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Religious Festivals in India You Should Know About

Religious Festivals in India

 

Religion has historically influenced Indian society on a political, cultural, and economic level. There is a sense of pride associated with the country’s rich religious history as the traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism all emerged out of India.

Religious Festival of India
Religious Festival of India
The 2011 Indian census indicated that 79.8% of Indians identified as Hindu, 14.2% identified as Muslim, and 2.3% identified as Christian. A further 1.7% of the population identified as Sikh, 0.7% identified as Buddhist and 0.37% identified as Jain. Due to the massive population size of India, religious minorities still represent a significant number of people.

Here, we are going to talk about-

  • Hindu Festivals in India
  • Muslim Festivals in India
  • Sikh Festivals in India
  • Buddhist Festivals in India
  • Jain Festivals in India
  • Christian Festivals in India


Most religious festivals and dates of significance are based on the lunar, solar or lunisolar calendar.

 

Hindu Festivals in India | Religious Festivals


In the Hindu religion 3.6 million different gods in which tree, dog, bull included because of Hindu religion respect all of them and every day a new festival in Hindus and its depend on where you are living.

 

India has Gods for everything, like Goddess of knowledge, God of machinery, Goddess of Forests, etc., similarly we call our country Mother India or Bharat Mata. We do puja of that deity.

There are also many festivals celebrated throughout the country dedicated to the many Hindu narratives and deities.

Hindu Festivals of India List:-

 

 

HINDU FESTIVALS IN INDIA

 

S.N.

NAME

STATE

MONTH

1

Makar Sankranti

Bihar, Uttar Pradesh

January

2

Vasant Panchami

North India

January or February

3

Maha Shivaratri

North India

February

4

Holi

All Over India

February or March

5

Ram Navami

North India

March or April

6

Guru Purnima

North India

July-August

7

Nag Panchami

North India

August

8

Krishna Janmashtami

All Over India

August-September

9

Ganesh Chaturthi

Maharashtra

August-September

10

Vishwakarma Pooja

North India

September

11

Navratri/ Durga Pooja

All Over India

September-October

12

Dussehra

Maharashtra

September-October

13

Diwali

All Over India

October-November

14

Bhai Dooj

All Over India

October-November

15

Govardhan Pooja

All Over India

October-November

16

Chhath Puja

North India, Maharashtra

October-November

 

Hindu festivals include our mother nature in their celebrations. Our mother nature is considered as god and goddess and we pray our nature by considering as god. This means the Hindu or Sanatan religion is encircled around nature. We have an elephant-headed god-like Ganesha. We pray to Cow and perform various rituals during the festival with a cow. Some festivals are dedicated to these animals like Nag Panchami. We consider the Navratri as spiritual festivals. The Vishwakarma Jayanti is the festival dedicated to the god of construction. We have sun festivals.

 

During the Navratri festival, a large crowd can be seen in the Vaishno Devi temple. During Shravan month pilgrims can be seen in Shiv temples. During the Janmashtami celebration, devotees can be seen in the Iskon temple. During Durga puja, a large pandal is set up in public places in India. Some religious festivals are celebrated at the bank of river Ganga such as Kumbh Mela, Chhath puja.

 

It is common to find images of gods and goddesses in public and private spaces at all times of the year. The elephant-headed god, known as Ganesh, is particularly popular due to his believed ability to remove obstacles.

 


Muslim Festivals in India | Religious Festivals


Islam is the second most followed religion in India, influencing the country's society, culture, architecture and artistry.

 

Muslim Festivals of India List:-


 

MUSLIM FESTIVALS IN INDIA

 

S.N.

NAME

STATE

MONTH

1

Hazarat Ali’s

All Over India

February or March

2

Ramazan

All Over India

April-May

3

Jamat-ul-Vida

All Over India

May-June

4

Idul Fitr

All Over India

May-June

5

Id-ul-Zuha

All Over India

August

6

Muharram

All Over India

September

7

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday

All Over India

November

 

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Sikh Festivals in India | Religious Festivals


Sikh festivals mainly encompass the birthdays of their ten gurus. The birthday of gurus is celebrated with an unmatched vigour and Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the scripture is taken out from gurudwaras on a decorated palanquin and public processions follow it.


Some of the most important Sikh festivals include the birthday celebration of their first Guru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, his successors' birthdays, Hola Mohalla, Baisakhi, and Deepawali.

 

Sikh Festivals of India List:-

 

SIKH FESTIVALS IN INDIA

 

S.N.

NAME

STATE

MONTH

1

Lohri

Punjab

January

2

Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday

All Over India

January

3

Vaisakhi

Punjab

April

4

Guru Nanak’s Birthday

All Over India

November

5

Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day

Punjab

November


Fireworks, distribution of sweets as Prasad, and feasts at the gurudwara are all an inseparable part of these festivities. Music is considered to be the strongest medium to connect with the Supreme in Sikhism hence the playing of Gurbani (musical reading of the scripture); hearty dances and their martial arts display treat the eyes of viewers during the festivals.

 


Buddhist Festivals in India | Religious Festivals


Buddhist Festivals have an important element of serenity and formal celebration such as visiting monasteries, making symbolic offerings, reflecting on Buddha's teachings and committing to the moral precepts as propounded in the Dhamma.

 

The Buddhist festivals are auspicious days to involve oneself in offering food for the poor, supplies for the temple (Giving), reinforcing moral precepts (Virtue), sitting in meditation and listening to sermons.

 

The most significant celebration which is held on the full moon night in May is the Buddha Day also called 'Vesak'. This day commemorates the birth and enlightenment of the Buddha. Buddhist followers offer food to monks, listen to sermons and circumambulate a stupa three times symbolically to pay respect to the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha.

 

 

Buddha’s Birthday [Buddhist] (April or May)

 

Jain Festivals in India | Religious Festivals


Jainism also originated as a countermovement that opposed some of the teachings and doctrines of early Hinduism. In modern-day India, layperson Jains usually uphold the ethical principle of ‘ahimsa’ (‘non-harm or ‘non-violence’). As such, Jains tend to promote vegetarianism and animal welfare. Another common practice in the Jain lay community is samayika, a meditative ritual intended to strengthen one's spiritual discipline. Samayika is often practiced in a religious setting, such as a temple, before a monk, or in one's home. Most Jains reside in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

 

Mahavir’s Birthday (March or April)

Paryushana (August or September)

 

Christian Festivals in India | Religious Festivals


Christianity is the third most followed religion in India mostly concentrated in the far south and Mumbai. The most prominent denomination of Christianity in India is Roman Catholicism, but there are also localized Christian churches (such as the Church of North India and the Church of South India). Converts to Christianity have come mainly from traditionally disadvantaged minorities such as lower castes and tribal groups.

Christian Festivals of India List:-

  

 

CHRISTIAN FESTIVALS IN INDIA

 

S.N.

NAME

STATE

MONTH

1

Easter

South India

March-April

2

Good Friday

South India

March-April

3

Christmas

All Over India

December


A large no of Indian festivals is celebrated every year. Each festival has its own identity and uniqueness. If you have been a part of any Indian festival and enjoy it the most, please share your wonderful moments in the comment box. We love to listen to you and your memorable part.


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