Unique festivals of India, you should experience
India is known for its larger than life festivals. The bright colors and unique customs are quite captivating for foreign tourists. With so many diverse cultures, every state has a unique way of celebrating a festival. If you want to experience the real flavor of India, one good way is to visit the local state to get the authentic feel of the festival. It gives the tourist a chance to witness the local traditions.
Some of the most popular and unique festivals in India are:
Venue: Thrissu, Kerala
Onam is one of the major festivals in India and especially, Kerala. It is celebrated at the beginning of the New Year in Malayalam culture. The first month of Malayalam calendar is known as the Chingam and the first four days of Chinagam are celebrated as the Onam. According to the legends, the festival is celebrated across Kerala to commemorate King Mahabali. It is said the spirit of Great king Mahabali visits Kerala at the time of the festival. The significant attractions during this festival are the traditional dances performed by men and women. Traditional dance forms such as Kummattikali, Pulikali, Onam Kali and others are performed to celebrate this occasion.
Chaitra Parva and Chhau Dance Festivals:
Venue: Baripada, Orissa
Chaitra Parva commences on the April and continues till the day of Sankranti at Baripada district of Orissa. Chhau Dance was originally started in Purulia district of West Bengal in India. The dance is a very unique form of art which incorporates martial arts in a discreet manner. Due to its unique movements and frolicking, many scholars perceive that the name of the dance “Chhau” has been derived from “Chhauni” means military camp. Men flaunt large headgears which are heavily decorated and perform pseudo combat techniques. This traditional dance performance includes the enactment of stories from several great epics like the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and other local folklore.
Pushkar Fair and Camel Safari, Rajasthan:
Venue: Pushkar, Rajasthan
Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India that does not need any introduction. The holy city is known for its cultural heritage and history. It is famous for the Jagatpita Bramha temple. There are also other temples worth visiting like Atmeshwar Temple, Apteshwar Temple, Savitri Temple, Old Rangji Temple and Paap Mochini Temple. These temples are not only important for its religious significance, but they are also an architectural marvel of ancient India. Hindu pujas are performed first in the Savitri temple and then in the Bramha temple. So visitors must visit the Savitri temple first in order to seek blessings from Lord Bramha. But the Savitri temple is situated on a top of a hill, which is 720 meters high. All pilgrims have to undertake the tedious climb of 1100 steps to reach the holy shrine of this temple. Damodar Ropeways & Infra Ltd. [DRIL] has successfully built a ropeway to make the journey easier. The ropeway ride can reach the top of the mountain in less than 6 minutes. Taking the ropeway ride makes the journey easier for all pilgrims, irrespective of old age or physical disabilities.
In addition to the magnificent architecture and iconic temples of India, Pushkar is also universally known for the very famous Camel Fair. The fair is a treat to the travelers who visit Pushkar during this fair. The main aim of this fair is to encourage trade of cattle such as cows, camels, goats, and others. The fair is a combination of folk music and local cultural performances.
Dahi Handi and Krishna Janmashtami:
Venue: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated on the birthday eve of Lord Krishna. An exceptionally exciting and fun part of this festival includes a group of guys forming a man pyramid. Then they climb on each other to reach and unabashedly break clay pots filled with churned butter. This activity is called Dahi Handi. The best essence of Dahi Handi can be experienced in Mumbai. The Dahi Handi and Krishna Janmashtami festivals are a commemoration to the mischievous, youthful nature of Lord Krishna.
Durga Puja Festival and Sindoor Khela:
Venue: Kolkata, West Bengal
Durga Puja is the celebration of the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. It is one of the biggest and significant festivals of Bengal. The puja is celebrated for five days in a row. As a traveler, you can enjoy the grandeur of the City Of Joy Kolkata during Durga Puja. Tourists will feel ecstatic among the marvelous and grand idols of Goddess Durga. Apart from the beautifully created pandals, visitors get to enjoy the rituals of Dhunuchi Nach and Sindoor Khela during this festival. Married women smear vermillion on each other to celebrate the ending of this festival.