7 Indian Festivals from 7 Different States

India is a land of cultural diversity. A festival not only means joy and happiness, but also an essential display of tradition and values. These festivities are entwined with the culture and lives of people and have impacted them greatly. Every state in India has its own major festival that showcases the vibrancy of its people. Here’s presenting Digital Dribble’s list of a few of these vital festivals:

Durga Puja (West Bengal)

Undoubtedly the most important festival of Bengal, the Durga Puja happens during the time of ‘shukla paksha’ (according to the Hindu calendar) and covers six days namely Maha Panchami, Maha Shashti, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Bijaya Dashami. The Mahalaya marks the inception of the festival and on that auspicious day, people pay a tribute to their deceased relatives by commemorating them. The festival ends with ‘Kojagori Lakshmi Puja’, which is the worship of Goddess Lakshmi on a full moon night.  Durga Puja marks the victory of good over evil and is celebrated in October.

  • Pushkar Mela/Pushkar Fair (Rajasthan)

The largest fair in the state of Rajasthan is held in the town of Pushkar. As the name of the town suggests, it is a camel and livestock fair held all across the town of Pushkar. The fair attracts tourists from across the country and the world. Apart from livestock transactions, it also involves competitions. Some of them are ‘the longest moustache’, ‘the bridal competition’, and ‘breaking the pot (matka phod)’.  The men focus on goats, camels, sheep, and cows while the women pass their time in the stalls selling native jewelry, clothes, and textiles. The fair is held during the months of October and November.

  • Hornbill Festival (Nagaland)

The Hornbill festival is celebrated in the state of Nagaland and is generally called the ‘Festival of Festivals’.  It takes place between the dates of 1st and 7th December in Kohima. Every tribe of the state takes part by displaying their own colours and traditions. Nagaland has a rich culture and heritage, which is evident in this festival with its plethora of events. The name is derivative of the Indian Hornbill which is an essential character of the folk tales of the state. The events and stalls include- art and craft, herbal medicine, games, beauty contests, rock bands, traditional archery, dance, Naga wrestling, and much more!

  • Thrissur Pooram (Kerala)

Held annually in Kerala specifically at the Vadakkunnathan Temple situated at Thrissur, the festival has deep cultural and traditional implications for the people of the state. On the occasion of Pooram which is the day when the moon rises with the Pooram star, is the largest of all programs. It was started by Raja Rama Verma and the temples surrounding the Vadakkunnathan participate in the festival too. It has events like flag hoisting (Kodiyettam), displays of firecrackers, exhibitions of ornamental caparisons, royal fans, peacock feathers, and sacred bells. A Hindu festival, the Thrissur Pooram has borrowed heavily from the local culture of Kerala.

  • Konark Dance and Sand Art Festival (Odisha)

 Organized for the first time in 1989, this festival is organized to spread knowledge and awareness about the magnificent Sun Temple in Konark, Odisha. Situated thirty-five kilometres to the northeast of Puri, the Sun Temple has millions of visitors all the year-round and is a world heritage site. The extravagant and exquisite architecture of gods, chariots, elephants and horses is a remarkable sight. The annual festival held in an open-air auditorium showcases different forms of dance including Chau, Mohiniattam, Odissi, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, and others. Beautiful sand art is also displayed.

  •  Kila Raipur Sports Festival (Punjab)

Popularly also known as the ‘Rural Olympics’, this festival takes place in Kila Raipur in Ludhiana covers a wide variety of sports. It is celebrated every year in February and thousands of people including foreigners attend the event. In addition to sporting events, animals like bulls, dogs, camels, donkeys, mules and other animals are also used as part of the festival. The purpose is to cultivate individual strength to allow people to work in the fields. The winners are rewarded in kind but they also garner the respect of the town.

  • Ladakh Festival (Jammu and Kashmir)

The Ladakh festival is a mélange of festivals that are collectively referred to as a whole. Some of these festivals are Hemis, Ladakh, Losar, and Sindhu Darshan. The Ladakh festival takes place in September and is organized by the state tourism department.  Almost all festivals are performed either inside a monastery or in the vicinity of one. The summer transforms the valley into a combination of vibrant colours, which stay during the course of the festival. The festival has dance, art, processions, yak, and even dragon dances!

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