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Top 10 Most Popular Hindu Festivals Celebrated in India

India is an Incredible country in which there are various types of religions. here are some of the top 10 most popular Hindu festival which is celebrated in the entire country. Basically, four religious groups in India are Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh celebrates their festival every year.

Top 10 Most Popular Hindu Festivals Celebrated in India

1. Diwali

Diwali Festival
Diwali is known as the biggest festival of all Indian festivals, also recognized as a festival of
light. Diwali is the victory of light over darkness and knowledge or ignorance. During the five days of the festival, houses are lighted with several Diya that are small clay lamps, and firecrackers are busted. Each day of Diwali has its own day. The festivity begins with Dhanteras followed by Naraka Chaturdashi on the second day, Diwali on the third day, Diwali Padva on the fourth day, and Bhai dooj on the last day. Diwali has its significance as Lord Rama returned to our Ayodhya with his goddess Sita. The Citizen of Ayodhya Welcomes them by lighting Diya all over the houses.

The preparations for the Diwali starts almost before a month as people clean and renovate their houses. Diwali also marks the beginning of New Year According to the Hindu calendar.

2. Holi

Holi Festivals
Holi The Festival of Colors is celebrated to signify the victory of good over evil. The first day of this two-day festival starts with the Holika Dahan that is the Holika bonfire. where people gathered to mark the end of Holika by Prahlad, the devotee of Lord Vishnu. The second day of Fiesta is known as to Dhulandi and celebrated by spraying colors and water over each other. The festival is celebrated on full moon night in Phalguna that is from February to March, or between February to March month. Lots of mouthwatering delicious food are prepared and people go from place to place to enjoy the festival and play with colors.

3. Navratri or Dussehra

Navratri Festival
Durga Puja for eastern India and Navratri for rest of India is a nine-day festival celebrated by Hindus all over India. The 10th day of the festival is known as the Dussehra. Which is celebrated in almost all of India in the September to October month of lunar calendar. The first nine-day of festival represent the celebration of Goddess Durga or Amba the 10th day also known as Vijayadashami is celebrated to enjoy the victory of Lord Rama over the demon King Rama, During the Navratri, people fast for nine days and worshiping all the manifestations of Goddess Durga, who is also referred to as Devi.

4. Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan Festivals
Raksha Bandhan is a festival that symbolizes the sacred relation between brother and sister. It  is celebrated on the full moon day of the Sawan July, August month of the Hindu calendar, also known as Rakhi. Raksha Bandhan is a special occasion that is celebrated by tying a holy thread of protection by a sister to her brother around the wrist. Among all the mythological legends related to Raksha Bandhan most famous is the one related to Queen Draupadi and Lord Krishna.

Once when Lord Krishna was hurt during a war and was left with a bleeding finger, Draupadi tied a cloth torn from her saree to his leading hand and in return, Krishna promised to repay her debt in future similarly, by extending them first for holy rakhi brother promises to protect his sister throughout his life.

 5. Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival
It is also known as Vinayak Chaturthi honors the birth of elephant-headed God, that is lord Ganesh, the Son of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. The festival is celebrated for four to 14 days of pride fortnight in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada. That is from August to September. The festival is celebrated with the installation of statues of Lord Ganesha in the homes and podiums. The ideal is 10 worship For 3 to 11 days and that immense in the ocean on huge water bodies offering of special sweet called modak.

6. Makar Sankranti 

Makar Sankranti Festival
Which is also known as Pongal. Makar Sankranti candy is celebrated on 14 January every year in almost all parts of India. The festival has immense spiritual significance and marks to the transformation of the sun into Makar Rashi that is Capricorn. Makar Sankranti  also the Festival of harvest and marks the arrival of spring in India. It is celebrated as Pongal in Tamilnadu and as Lohri in Punjab. It is a festival of thanksgiving and the end of an auspicious phase that begins in the month of December According to the Hindu calendar, kite flying Til ladoos, Sesame seeds sweets also an important part of the festival.

7. Krishna Janmashtami

Janmashtami Festival
Krishna Janmashtami is also known as Gokulashtami. Krishna Janmashtami is the celebration of the Lord Krishna birth, The festival is celebrated on the eighth day of Krishna Paksha in the Bhadrapada that is from August in September month of the Hindu calendar. People generally observed fast on the occasion of Janmashtami and prepare delicious dishes made of milk products as offering to Lord Krishna. Temples are decorated for the festivals and prayers are conducted at midnight as Lord Krishna was born at midnight.

8. Maha Shivratri

Shivratri Festival
Which literally means great night of Shiva. It is a Hindu festival celebrated on the 14th day of Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi of month, February and March, February till March every year According to the Hindu calendar, there are various mythological legends related to Shivratri.

But the most accepted one says that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were married or this auspicious day. The days honored by offering Bel leaves or Golden apple leaves to Lord Shiva.

Most of the Hindus also keep fast and they chant Om Namah Shivaya all day.

9. Shri Ram Navami

Ram Navami Festival
The Birth of Lord Rama is marked by the celebration of Shri Ramana Navami that falls on the 19th of the month. That is from March to April According to the Hindu calendar. Ramana Navami is one of the most important of all Hindu festivals as Lord Ram is known to be the seventh human avatar of Lord Vishnu.

The festival is sometimes also known as Shri Ram Navratra. Hindus also keep fast for nine days, and at various places, Ramcharitmanas is recited.

10. Onam 

Onam Festival
Onam festival is celebrated in the South Indian state of Kerala owner marks the return of the legendary King MahaBali. The ten days Onam Fiesta brings out the best of Kerala tradition and culture. People decorate the front of the houses with beautiful flowers arranged in beautiful patterns known as Pookalam. New clothes are brought for festivals and a variety of dishes is prepared. The first day of Carnival is known as atom and last is Thiruvonam.

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