Celebrating the Indian Festive Fervor
India is a perfect embodiment of a rich multi cultural ethos. A dichotomy of sorts, India is a country where diversity and unity is in harmony. People from different walks of life with varied religious beliefs living together in one village, district, city and state of the country. To add to this, life here is vibrant and full of festivities. All the year round, in some or the other part of the country there are festivals which keep us not just humored but also in some way strengthen our religious roots and keep us grounded to the value system we follow.
From The vibrant Holi which makes life colorful in the north to Naguar – a desert festival in the West, Pushkar- as the world famous fair, Hemis in the East and Thissur festival in southern part of the country; you will never find a dull moment in India.
The country celebrates a number of festivals which sometimes are region and religion specific. For instance Holi as a festival is predominantly celebrated in the Northern part of the country. It is the festival of colors which has its roots in mythology. In the North, it is said that Prahlad the son of King Hiranyakashipu refused to worship his father like God. For him Lord Vishnu was the supreme power. As a result of this, the King made attempts to kill his son but each time Prahlad was saved by Lord Vishnu. Finally, Prahlad's aunt Holika came to his rescue and took the child in her lap and sat on the pyre of fire. At the end of this Holika who was claimed to be fire proof perished and Prahlad was saved. People across the country have been celebrating this festival with fun and galore.
As we move West Naguar and Pushkar are the festivals which any traveler must witness. At the banks of the Pushkar Lake, there is a five day fair that is held where men sell their livestock. The fair is kick started with a camel race and is followed by trading, exhibitions and shows.
On similar lines Nagaur festival is around one of the largest cattle fairs held in India in Rajasthan.
Moving on to the other side, Eastern part of the country it is shadowed a little by the Tibetan and Chinese culture (due to geographical proximity) the North Eastern region of India has Buddhism the basis of the value system of the people. The Hemis festival is dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava who is believed to be a reincarnation of Lord Buddha. The celebrations are kick started at the Gompa with the beating of drums and amidst the heady sound of cymbals and pipes, the portrait of the Lord is ceremoniously adorned for worship.
As we hit South of India, famous for its pristine backwaters, classy silk, and authentic cuisine, Thissur is a festival which is a 'must attend'. Traditionally known as the Temple festival of Kerala, thousands of people from the country and overseas flock to witness the grandeur attached with this festival. The festival held at the Vadakkumnatha temple with all the pomp and show. Bedecked elephants, traditional music reverberating in the atmosphere and astounding fireworks make this two day festival a true depiction of south Indian religious fervor.
If you want to witness the opulence of the country and experience authentic tradition, you must be a part of the festivities Indians celebrate. It is the time when modern day lifestyle is carefully etched in cultural grandeur.