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Indian Festival Bazaar-A Kaleidoscope of Colors
Indians celebrate festivals right through the year. Most important among these being, Dasara, Deepavalli, Pongal, Ugadi ,Ganesha. Often holidays are declared for the State and Central Governments, educational institutions and companies. Traditionally, these involve beginning the day with rituals,and poojas are performed with fervor in Hindu homes and temples. Depending on the significance of the festival, the diety associated with it is invoked for blessings. Rituals begin early morning and include fasting, oil bath, wearing new traditional clothes specially in silk, bought for the occasion, performing pooja to the family diety, preparing a feast comprising a set number of dishes which are particular to the festival. Evenings are special too with a visit to the local temple, distribution of sweets to friends and relatives and if it is a festival such as Deepavalli also known as Diwali, firecrackers are burst after dusk. And homes are decorated with oil lamps.
The Art of Rangolis
Every day, intricate floral designs called rangolis are drawn with great precision by the lady of the house in front of her main door to welcome guests. Intricate patterns involving use of dots which must be joined or around which a design emerges are popular for everyday use. On festival days, large rangolis are drawn with chalk powder, and filled in with colors. A rangoli is also drawn in the pooja room of the house where the family diety is kept to be worshipped every day.
Festival Scenes During Dasara
Dasara Nights Are Wholesome Family Entertainment
Dasara (Navaratri) consists of nine days and nights of festivities each being dedicated to a different deity. Streets are lined up with buntings, colored lights, flowers. Crowds make a beeline for the local Dasara fairs held at large lungspaces of the city. Roads and entrances are illuminated beckoning all for a variety of entertainment. Rides such as roller coaster and Ferris wheel predominate while popular local eats like Pani puri and chats and hot bajjis are a must for all men,women and children,who come dressed for an evening to enjoy. A dais is especially erected to one end of the grounds for live entertainment. Popular singers, dancers and mimicry and comedy artists are invited to entertain. Popular numbers from movies are sung and local language comedies are enacted. A new variety show everyday, and most people throng the fair almost everyday.