The one thing that one requires before leaving is the keenness to leave. Whether you are traveling to India or a resident in India, the festival season makes for an ideal time. The festive energy of Jaipur is hard to miss by travelers and a visit to this beautiful town brings you closer to the joyous celebration…
6 festivals of India not to be missed during your travel in / within India (no particular order)
Diwali / Deepavali:
The 5 day festival is one of the most richly celebrated in India. For the Hindus, the festival is auspicious as it celebrates the legend of the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and killing of the demon king Ravana. For the Jains, Mahavira the last of the Tirthankar attained Nirvana on this day at Pavapuri on 15 October 527 BCE, on Chaturdashi of Kartika. For the Sikhs, Diwali marks the Bandi Chhor Divas, when Guru Har Gobind freed himself and arrived at the Golden Temple. Deepavali is the festival of lights, kindness, purity, charitable causes and peace. The five day festivals begins with Dhanteras , Naraka Chaturdasi or Choti Diwali, Lakshmi Puja, Padwa or Balipratipada and Bhai Duj. On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, make a trip to Jaipur and stay with us at Chokhi Dhani 5 Star Resorts & Hotels for an excellent extended festive weekend! The Diwali festival usually falls between October to November.
The significance of Dussehra festival one that it is related with Lord Ram and another is associated with Goddess Durga. In the Ramayana, the war between Ram and Ravana went on during these 10 days and Ravana was killed by the hands of Ram on the tenth day. Dussehra is also called Vijayadashami / Durga Pooja and is celebrated as victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahisasura. Vijayadashami is so called as triumph of virtue over sin or immorality. Celebrate this Dussehra with Chokhi Dhani with ramlila ( enactment of the play based on Ramayana), Ravan Dhahan (burning the effigy of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnath), and enjoy authentic Rajasthani cuisine, our humble Manuhar, rides, skill games, hangout areas, national museum , Haldighati, Kalagram artisan’s village and more. ! The Navratri festival usually falls from September to October.
The Lohri traditional festival is celebrated with great zeal and fervor by the Punjabis and Hindu friends. During the ancient times, it started as a winter solstice celebration and now 13th January is marked as Lohri each year. The incredible elements of Lohri the bonfire, folk dances, Bhangra dance, music, Gajak, Sarson Ka Saag with Makki di roti , Til barfi, Bajra Khichdi makes the festivals a great celebration of life and seasons.
Makar Sankranti / Kite Festival:
The kite catchers and kite flyers are most enthusiastic and eager of Mark Sankranti. The festival has three set of people, one who are expert at flying kites and can be seen shouting woh kaata (kite competitions) and the other set of folks who loves to hold the charkha (Catherine wheel) and the another set of mom / sisters / wives who cooks delicious food for the family and friends. Makar Sankranti celebrates the begining of spring and end of winter and is the day when everybody go to their house rooftop eating til-paati, gajak, kheer, ghevar, pakodi, and til-laddoo. Makar Sankranti always comes on 14th February each year.
Undoubtedly the most colorful and fun festivals of India is Holi. It is the spring festival celebrated with a lot of cheerfulness, playfulness, and everybody applies color / paste / natural paint / and some drink bhang on Holi. Friends / Family and Great Company make the festival a joy ride that leaves fond memory for the seeker. Holi is an annual celebration which comes on Phalgun Purnima ( Full Moon) in February or March month.
The lord Ganesha is often called Bappa, Mangal murti, Vinayak and Ganpati ji, elephant god. Lord Ganesh is worshipped before the beginning of all big events to bless people, for granting wisdom and eventful successful undertakings. There are special programs in the temples, aarti and decoration that celebrates the birth of little Ganesha in the Lord Shiva‘s family. Ganesh Chaturthi festival usually comes between August – September.
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