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Indian Festivals - One for each month of the year

Updated on May 26, 2009

Bonfire

Singing and dancing happens around the bonfire on Lohri
Singing and dancing happens around the bonfire on Lohri

Dinner for two?

Valentine's Day is a personal celebration for couples
Valentine's Day is a personal celebration for couples

Holi Attack

The women attack the men on holi with coloured water.
The women attack the men on holi with coloured water.

Rakhi

The holy silk thread that binds brothers to sisters
The holy silk thread that binds brothers to sisters

Balloons

Usually Balloons are released after the flag hoisting
Usually Balloons are released after the flag hoisting

Diwali

Festival of lights
Festival of lights

Celebrate Each Month

January

Lohri - The celebrations are held around a bonfire. Thanks is given by the farmers for the crop surving the winters. Every one sings and dances around the fire and adds lahi (puffed wheat), groundnuts and revadi(small sweet made of seseme) to the fire.

February

Valentines's Day - Something that's caught on in the last decade or so. You can say its in individual thing. Or rather a couple thing, for they decide how they want to celebrate it. But a lot of flowers, heart shaped objects and chocolates are usually involved.

March

Holi - Festival of colours. The day the whole world lets their hair down and acts like children. You throw colours on people and dump them in coloured water. And if you are in Mathura you see the women hitting their men folk with sticks. No kidding!

April

Baisakhi - Welcome to spring. Thanksgiving for the good harvest and a whole lot of other related stuff. Usually a trip to the temple is in order after which there is a general celebratory mood in the air.

May

Budhha Jayanti - Celebrate the birth of the Buddha. Not a very noisy festival. The Buddhists have prayers in the monestry.

June

My Birthday! The most festive day of the year ;) Just kidding.

Strangely enough there is no major festival that takes place in the month of June. I guess the onslaught of the monsoons and Sawan ka mahina is all that is celebrated by girls trying flowers to swings.

July

Raksha Bandhan - Sisters ask for the love and protection of their brothers by tying them rakhis (silk decorative threads) on their right wrists. Brothers solemnly promise to shelter them from hardship and pass of gifts.

August

Independence Day - After the flag hoisting early in the morning, there is little else to do except the normal routine all day. The evening will usually see gathering of friends and family.

September

Dushera - The end of Ravana at the hands of Rama is celebrated with a great Ramleela and burning of the effigy of Ravana. There are fairs and melas in all major towns. The fire crackers that come hurtling out of the burning effigy are the high point of the evening.

October

Diwali - The festival of lights. The whole house is lit up with Diyas and candles so that no corner of the home is dark. Children love the firecracker and adults enjoy the special sweets. There is also a tradition of light gambling in the evening.

November

Gurpurab - Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. A major Sikh festival. A visit to the Gurudwara is usually followed by fire crackers, sweets and a heavy dinner.

December

Christmas - Cake and wine at the closest Christian Friend's home. Maybe a visit to their Church to witnessness the midnight mass if you feel like it. Definitely a gift from Santa for the kids. A tree in the room optional.

Gurpurab

The Procession on Gurpurab
The Procession on Gurpurab

Offerings

Each festival is a flower in the garland of memories.
Each festival is a flower in the garland of memories.

Some Other Festivals

Indians love to celebrate just about any occasion and this reflects in the many other holidays that exist. Some others include Makar Sankranti, Basant Panchami, Moharram, Maha Shivratri, Eid -a Milad and Dulhandi in the first quarter of the year.

From April to June there will be holidays for Ram Navmi, Mahavir Jayanti, Easter/ Good Friday, and Ambedkar Jayanti. Mostly celebrating birthdays of prominent historical and mythological figures.

Fom July to September Janamashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, and Eid-ul Fitra will be celebrated. And in the last quarter there is Bhai duj, Gandhi Jayanti, Eid-ul Zuha, and Govardhan Puja.

Since most religious festivals follow the lunar calender their dates tend to change every year, but these are rough estimates.

Fun round the year

What is your favourite festival?

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Its Christmas Time

Gifts and the Xmas Tree
Gifts and the Xmas Tree

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      cashmere lashkari 

      7 years ago

      Its a common concern Ebey! And somehow despite all the holidays and breaks work still manages to get done

    • Ebey Soman profile image

      Ebey Soman 

      7 years ago from USA

      This is awesome! Thank you!! With all of these holidays, you wonder how Indians get any work done ;)

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      cashmere 

      9 years ago from India

      It sure is Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It sounds as though almost every month (except the month of your birth) is very festive. My husband was also born in June. Perhaps that is enough of a celebration! LOL

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR

      cashmere 

      9 years ago from India

      Hey Candie, since you have not celebrated any of the others it would have to be Xmas!

      Thanks Countrywomen.

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      countrywomen 

      9 years ago from Washington, USA

      Very nice listing of all the festivals. Thumbs up for such a wonderful hub.

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      Candie V 

      9 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      My fave was a toss up, of course Christmas, but Holi sounds like a hoot.  I'll bring food coloring! I would have to borrow someone's man to beat with a stick!

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR

      cashmere 

      9 years ago from India

      Yes they do. Its the one day they can beat up the dewars and mians who have troubled them all year long. Good fun to watch!

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      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      That's the beauty of this country - there's always a reason to celebrate! Do women really beat up the menfolk in Mathura? :P

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