India - the land of festivals!
I n today's world, there is so much of monotony and pressure in everyone's life that every once in a while we all want to escape from it, and what better way to do so other than celebrating festivals. In fact our happiest childhood memories are more often than not, of celebrating festivals with family and friends. Who doesn't enjoy giving and receiving gifts, partying, enjoying and celebrating with the loved ones?!
Among all the countries of the world, India is the one with a large geographical area, supporting people from all communities and religions of the world. We celebrate festivals of each religion with equal zeal and vigor, and this also proves each time how our unity lies in diversity.
India's rich heritage has been built over the centuries and this has led to a huge variety in Indian life, soul and festivals. There is a great diversity in the Indian regions and these diversities have brought about an assortment of rituals and festivals too.
Each religion follows its own calendar for deciding the day on which the festival is to be celebrated. For example, the Hindu festivals are determined by the lunar Hindu calendar. Thus the dates of the Hindu festivals do not match with the solar Georgian calendar.
Since India has a large Hindu population, it is natural that most of its festivals are Hindu festivals. Since the Hindus personify nature and human feelings, they have about 3.3 millions gods and goddess, and thus a number of festivals to worship them.We often see that some festivals are more popular in a particular region. Chhat, for instance,is a festival chiefly celebrated in Bihar whereas Diwali is celebrated all over India.
The festivals which are celebrated throughout India are called national festivals, and the whole of India comes together to celebrate it. Diwali is the festival of Hindus but you won't find a single Muslim or a Christian child who stays at home when all his friends and neighbors...
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