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Indian Festival Bazaar-A Kaleidoscope of Colors

Updated on November 26, 2011

Indian Festivals

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

Every day,  floral designs called rangolis are drawn with great precision by the lady of the house in front of her main door to welcome guests. On festival days, large rangolis are drawn with chalk powder, and filled in with colors.
Every day, floral designs called rangolis are drawn with great precision by the lady of the house in front of her main door to welcome guests. On festival days, large rangolis are drawn with chalk powder, and filled in with colors.
Children at Sharaya Childrens' Home wearing traditional silk langas after bath posing in front of the rangoli in their front courtyard before going to the temple next door to offer pooja on Dasara(Vijayadashmi) day.
Children at Sharaya Childrens' Home wearing traditional silk langas after bath posing in front of the rangoli in their front courtyard before going to the temple next door to offer pooja on Dasara(Vijayadashmi) day.
Another large rangoli adorning the entrance to a hospital.
Another large rangoli adorning the entrance to a hospital.
Large bundles of  marigolds and chrysanthemums strung together are sold in lengths. Popularly used to decorate pooja rooms of homes and temples. Dieties are often garlanded with such flowers. Plantainstems with leaves in tact  to adorn poojarooms.
Large bundles of marigolds and chrysanthemums strung together are sold in lengths. Popularly used to decorate pooja rooms of homes and temples. Dieties are often garlanded with such flowers. Plantainstems with leaves in tact to adorn poojarooms.
Fruits are in demand during festivals as they are offered to deities and guests. Also used in certain preparations.
Fruits are in demand during festivals as they are offered to deities and guests. Also used in certain preparations.
Bundles of fresh, brightly colored chrysanthemums and marigolds.
Bundles of fresh, brightly colored chrysanthemums and marigolds.
Streets are lined with hawkers selling flowers on the eve of the festival.
Streets are lined with hawkers selling flowers on the eve of the festival.
A market square with pushcart vendors selling fruits, flowers and banana stem with leaves.
A market square with pushcart vendors selling fruits, flowers and banana stem with leaves.
An entrance to a temple adorned with bunting decorated with letters and symbols entirely with colored flowers. It says WELCOME for Dasara celebrations in Kannada(local) language. The street behind it is adorned with floral rows and lights.
An entrance to a temple adorned with bunting decorated with letters and symbols entirely with colored flowers. It says WELCOME for Dasara celebrations in Kannada(local) language. The street behind it is adorned with floral rows and lights.
A flower shop
A flower shop
This flower seller has garlands of marigold, chrysanthemums and lotus flowers, jasmines,and ghanagale.
This flower seller has garlands of marigold, chrysanthemums and lotus flowers, jasmines,and ghanagale.
A flower seller outside the local temple.
A flower seller outside the local temple.

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.

Dasara Nights Is Fair Time

Gods and Goddesses are designed in running lights and erected as buntings at fairs and temple entrances.
Gods and Goddesses are designed in running lights and erected as buntings at fairs and temple entrances.
A woman sits outside a temple selling coconuts,flowers,lemons, betel leaves and nuts all required for the poojas inside. So, if  you forget to take them with you, you can buy right outside the temple.
A woman sits outside a temple selling coconuts,flowers,lemons, betel leaves and nuts all required for the poojas inside. So, if you forget to take them with you, you can buy right outside the temple.
Balloons and toys being sold with a Giant wheel in the background.
Balloons and toys being sold with a Giant wheel in the background.
A pushcart vendor making and selling potato chips.
A pushcart vendor making and selling potato chips.

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    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      6 years ago

      Lovely! India is absolutely on my "to-visit" list. I've heard quite a bit about various Indian festivals and would love to attend all of them!

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      I really enjoyed this hub;so interesting and inspiring.

      I now look forward to reading many more by you and also to vote this one up.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      bingskee 

      6 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      colorful festivities. each country has these sorts of festivals that are not only fun but full of colors.

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      Ramphil Basco 

      6 years ago from Iloilo, Philippines

      India are well-known for their colorful festivals.. Awesome hubs and I wish I can come to India next year.. Hopefully!

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      6 years ago from Bangalore,India

      India beckons the traveler,and that includes you all,yes, Simone, you too! The sights, smells and tastes of India is simply enchanting! Hope to cover more in upcoming hubs.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, what beautiful photos, and what cool places and events! Clearly, I need to go to India. If the prospect of the delicious food is not enough to tempt me, the chance of getting to see all of these wonderful things CERTAINLY is!!

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      brandasaur 

      6 years ago from Planet X

      A Kaleidoscope of Colors -- Perfect title for this hub! Photos look stunning too!

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      6 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Thanks everyone! It is indeed wonderful during festival time when people of all faiths are busy celebrating in their own way. For example, Dasara fairs are not restricted to Hindus. You will find everyone enjoying the rides, selling, buying, watching the entertainment, performing, or simply sauntering along.That's India for you. Tolerant of all religions!

      The Mysore Palace is illuminated during Dasara and Dasara procession in Mysore city is famous with foreign tourists making a beeline to see the pomp and grandeur,with the erstwhile King being the centre of celebrations. People of all faiths take part in the celebrations, procession, fairs and some like us travel to Mysore to soak in the atmosphere.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Beautiful photos1 Thanks for the information.

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      rlaha 

      6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Seeing these photos makes me nostalgic. I miss my aunts and uncles back in India. Thanks for posting!

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      Teri Silver 

      6 years ago from The Buckeye State

      Interesting and informative. Nice pix!

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      Rika Susan 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Very interesting hub about something I know little about, Purple Perl. Thanks! It must be quite something to experience such a festival! What an atmosphere it must be. And all those wonderful, vibrant colors...

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      kikalina 

      6 years ago from Europe

      how beautiful. makes me want to travel.

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