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Sankranti - Kite Festival in Gujarat and
Lohri in North India
on almost the same date every year, i.e. January 15, Makar Sankranti
has different festivities associated with it. These are named as Lohri
by North Indian Hindus and Sikhs and Uttarayan by Gujaratis.
Celebration of Lohri marks the end of winter season. It is celebrated
with the beating of Dhol, Nagadas, and singing of traditional Lohri
songs. Children visit the neighbourhood asking for treats. The festival
is full of life, and you can't afford to miss the North Indian's Lohri.
Special celebrations take place in the houses of newborns and newlyweds.
January 13, 2020
in Southern Part of India
Pongal" in its literal sense is the thanksgiving festival to the Sun
God for the harvest. It is celebrated between 14 January and 17 January
every year. Each day has different occasions to celebrate. The first
day is celebrated as Bhogi when old possessions are discarded, and new
ones are celebrated. The second day is the main event known as Thai
Pongal followed by the third day's event, Maatu Pongal. Kaanum Pongal
celebrated on the fourth day gives a happy ending to the festival.
Panchami- Celebrating Saraswati
Hindu Spring festival is either celebrated in January or February. The
festival is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Saraswati. Saraswati Puja
takes place on a giant level in the states of
witnessed a stampede of thousands of people? well, that's Kumbh Mela
for you. Held once in every 3 years at Allahabad, Varanasi, Haridwar and Ujjain,
the festival is one of the largest pilgrim gatherings around the world.
Considered as the most spiritually enlightening festival in the world,
Kumbh Mela is a venue of devotees taking a dip in the river to become
holy. Although at certain places it's celebrated every 3 years, it's
held once in 12 years at some places based on the Vikram Samvat
calendar. The number of people that visited Maha Kumbh Mela has crossed
30 million a day over the past years.
carnival kicks for 3-4 days and brings in a lot of entertainment. Many
cultural groups are a part of the huge parade that takes place in Goa.
Float parades take place in important urban areas such as Panjim,
Margao, Vasco da Gama, and Mapusa. Goa soaks into festive love every
year during the carnival time with mad music, colour, food, drinks,
drums, and fun.
festival of colours is the most amiable festival of the country. Holika
Dahan takes place a night before Holi where all negatives are burnt in
a bonfire. On the main day, people play with organic colours as they
groove on the tunes of music. Gujiya, Mathri, and Thandai are the
specialities of the festival. "Lath Maar Holi" is celebrated in the
Bhaj region of Mathura. Women playfully beat their husbands' shields
with sticks. In the South, offerings are made to Kamadeva, the Indian
God of Love
Vasant Chaitra Navaratri marks the beginning of New year according to
Hindu Lunar Calendar. The celebration lasts for nine days. Gujarat
hosts enigmatic celebrations in the form of fasting and its traditional
folk dance, Garba. The first three days are dedicated to Maa Durga
(goddess of energy), next three to Maa Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) and
the last three to Maa Saraswati (Goddess of knowledge). The nine days
of Navratri ends with Ram Navami.
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