FESTIVALS IN DELHI
India is country which has festivals all through the year and Delhi being a cosmopolitan city celebrates various festivals pertaining to all religions. These festivals have many implications because it forms a basis for bringing people together on a single platform. People of Delhi gather to celebrate every festival with great enthusiasm and vigor. This is the specialty of Delhi that we get to see festivals of all religions and each one of them carries a message of peace and harmony.
Major festivals in Delhi
Id-Ul-Fitr is celebrated by Muslims to end the holy month of Ramzan. The festival brings a lot of joy among Muslims who rejoice after a long period of fast.
Makar Sakranti is celebrated in Delhi and most parts of India. It is also called the harvest festival of India. The reason for being given such a name comes from the fact that the festival marks the joy and happiness after new food grains are harvested. Makar Sakranti is a major event in Southern India. It is also celebrated in eastern India where people take holy dips in the river Ganges
Republic Day is a national festival in India and is celebrated all across India devoid of any religious barriers and customs. It is celebrated to mark the day when constitution of India came into effect. The celebration takes place in Delhi which includes parade of Indian Army to show the might of the Republic of India, folk dances and Jhankis to show the culture of different states in India.
Holi, arguably the most popular festival in India, is celebrated all across the country with great bliss and vigour. The festival comes in the month of “Phaguna” and on a full moon day. Colors or Gulals are the major ingredients of the festival. People use these colors to play with others and to add to the joy, people love dancing to the tunes of traditional drum beats and holi songs.
It is called the festivals of lights and is celebrated all across India with a lot of excitement. Crackers, fireworks and diyas form the major part of the festival with lighting all across the city. The festival is celebrated in the month of October. Diwali is celebrated to greet goddess “Lakshmi” who is regarded as the emblem of wealth and prosperity. Worship of the goddess is followed by burning crackers in the evening.
Festival of Dussera is celebrated in most parts of India to rejoice the victory of bad over evil. Celebrated in the month of September or October, the festival continues for a period of ten days. Effigy of Ravana, who is known as the demon according to the Hindu Mythology, is burnt at the last day of the festival. The festival cites the heroic deeds of lord Rama and his troops in the battle against the evil.
Independence Day is celebrated on August 15 to mark the freedom of India. It was on this day when India got Independence from the British rule and became a sovereign republic.
It is celebrated in the month of January to mark the start of chilly winter season in Delhi. People dance and sing around bonfires followed by the traditional rituals.
Garden Tourism Festival
It is a festival organized by the tourism ministry of Delhi and has nothing to do with any particular culture and tradition. The festival takes place in the month of March and continues till four to five days. It draws interest and excitement from garden loving community in Delhi. The basic idea is to bring people of same likings under one roof where people throw colored waters on each other. The month of March is also the spring season and the city is full of lovely flowers all around. So, this time of the year provides a conducive environment for hosting such a festival where tourists also find something new and unique to cherish.
This is commonly called the “festival of flowers sellers”. Hindus and Muslims actively participate in the festival which lasts for three days. People gather at the shrine of Devi Jog Maya and at the Dargah of Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki. Flower sellers offer flowers to the shrine and the Dargah to pray for a better flower season in the coming year.
Celebrated in the month of July which offers you varieties of mango to choose from. It is held in Delhi and people gather to buy Mangoes of more than 1200 varieties grown in the country. India also happens to be the largest mango producing country of the world.
The festival is celebrated at the Qutab Minar in the month of October. Artists and performers from different parts of the country gather to perform on the occasion.