Festivals of India - Famous Festivals Celebrated in India

Festivals in India are colorful and vibrant.

Apart from numerous local festivals, there are some popular festivals celebrated by almost everyone in four corners of India.

Here, we provide brief information about each one of them.

Diwali or Deepavali:


Diwali or Deepavali is celebrated in the month of October/November [15th day of Kartika Masam] and the festival celebrations lasts for 5 continuous days.

Regional Names of Diwali:

Depending on where you are living in India, the names of the festival changes.

In northern regions people call this festival as Divali or Diwali (Festival of Lights). Where as in southern regions, it is called Deepawali or Deepavali.


Diwali or Deepavali is known as 'Festival of Lights'. Diwali is celebrated in the month of October or November on the day of Amavasya.

Indians celebrate this festival by decorating their homes, lit the skies with the special Diwali Firecackers.

Also, share flowers and sweets, light lamps and seek the divine blessing of Goddess Sree Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity.

Over the years, Deepavali has turned into a biggest and most important national festival celebrated by millions of Indians of every religion.

Diwali is celebrated to mark the victory of Good over Bad. In West Bengal, Diwali is celebrated as "Kali Puja".

Holi or Holaka:


February end or early March [on Phalgun Purnima]


Puja, Colours, Holi gifts and Holika Dahan.

Regional Names of Holi:

Phagu Purnima, Shimgo, Dol Purnima, Rangpanchami, Lathmaar Holi, Kaman Pandigai, Hola Mohalla, Basant Utsav and Dulandi Holi.

Shivaratri or Maha Shivaratri:


Maha Shivaratri (Great Night of Shiva) is a famous Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The festival is celebrated in India as well as Nepal in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu Calendar.

Regional Names of Maha Shivaratri is Shivaratri, Sivarathri.


There are many mythological legends associated with Maha Shivaratri.

According to a popular legend, it is the day that Hindu devotees acknowledge their thanks to Lord Shiva for saving the world by consuming the poison of Samudra Manthan, conducted by both Gods and Demons.

Unlike, other Hindu festivals, Shivaratri is celebrated at Night by doing "Jaagaran" (staying awake at Night).

Devotees fast and offer prayers to Shiva Lingam to bring good luck and fortune in their life.

Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami

Rama Navami or Sri Rama Navami

Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi

Dussehra or Vijayadashmi

Navratri or Durga Puja

Guru Purnima or Vyasa Purnima


Pongal or Makara Shankranti

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