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List of Most Exciting Festivals of INDIA

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India is a land of vivid culture and festivals, where people from different religions coexist harmoniously. The wide variety of festivals that are celebrated in India is a true manifestation of its rich culture and traditions. The celebration happens over the year but from October to January is a time when the country is seen at its vibrant best. There are many Indian festivals and celebrations but the most exciting is mentioned below.

7. Holi: The Vibrant Festival of Colors 

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Signifies the victory of good(Prince Prahlad) over evil(Holika) and the arrival of Spring. Also, known as the festivals of color. On eve day, people make a huge Holika bonfire and do pooja and sing and dance around it. On the day of Holi, people gathered in a huge area and play with different dry and wet colors, water-filled balloons, and water-filled guns. 

6. Rakshabandhan: Strengthing the Bond of Brother-Sister

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Signifying the brother-sister bonding. During rakhi, the sister performs prayer(Aarti), applies tilak, and ties Rakhi on the brother's wrist wishing his well being and the brother in return vows to protect the sister.

5. Janmashtami: The birth of Mighty Lord Krishna 

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The annual celebration of the birth of lord Krishna. People fast throughout the day and visit temples, dancing, praying, and singing bhajans at midnight as a part of the celebration of Lord Krishnas Birth. Even little kids dressed up like Lord Krishna on this day. 

4. Durga Pooja: Pooja of Prosperity, Devotion, and Goodness

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Commemorates Lord Ram’s invocation of Goddess Durga before going to war with demon king Ravan. It is celebrated by Bengalis. Huge and beautiful Durga idols are made and placed in specially made artistic Pandals. The worship, fast, and feast of Goddess Durga are accompanied by cultural dances, dramas, and songs. People dress in traditional wear and go around the pandals hoping and praying

3. Ganesh Chaturthi: Eleven Days of Pampering Lord Ganesha

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It’s the birthday of lord Ganesha – The Elephant Headed-God. It is one of the biggest festivals of India where beautiful and huge idols are made of Lord Ganesha and installed in homes or outdoor in pandals. Pooja is performed in the morning and evening and the atmosphere is full of joy and happiness. And the last day is the day of visarjan , the idol is immersed in water bodies and many cultural activities are also performed during Visarhjan.

2. Navratri: The nine days of Fasting, Faith, and Devotion 

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It presents the celebration of the goddess Amba(Power) in nine different forms. The most important festival of India. In almost every part of India Navratri is celebrated. In Gujarat, it is rejuvenating Garba night and a Highly energetic Dandiya-Raas dance night. People are beautifully dressed in ethnic wear,/traditional wear, and the entire atmosphere is energetic and youthful.

1.Diwali: Grand Festival of Lights 

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The festival marks the return of Lord Rama along with his wife Devi Sita and lord Laxman, after a long exile of 14 years. One of the most prominent festivals of India, where people decorate their houses with lights, diyas, candles, and clay lamps. Everyone is dressed in their best and participates in pooja’s, burst crackers, and shares sweets with family, friends, and neighbors.