UPSC Prelims 2020 Important Topics: Festival and States: India is a land of diversification. Every state has its unique art, culture, and tradition. The one thing that is common for all states is the celebration of individual culture and tradition.
Indians celebrate their beliefs, culture, and tradition in the form of festivals. Every festival has its own specific characteristics. Festivals in India are celebrated season-wise and state-wise.
The main reason for the celebration of these festivals is to spread happiness and strengthen the bond between friends and family. Many festivals are local and held at different dates each year. Few are set according to the lunar calendar. The relevance of festivals in India is to honor a deity at a particular temple, celebrate the agriculture cycle or a religious story or event.
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List of Indian Festivals
The list of the Indian festivals mentioned below is stated in the following order:
The state-specific Indian festivals are listed below:
|List of Indian Festivals
|Bhishma Ekadasi, Deccan Festival, Pitr, Brahmotsavam
|Maghi Purnima, Bastar
|Carnival, Sunburn festival
|Navratri, Janmashtami, Kutch Utsav
|Rakhadumni, Gochi Festival
|Baisakhi, Surajkund Mela
|Jammu and Kashmir
|Har Navami, Chhari, Bahu Mela
|Karam Utsav, Holi
|Mysore Dasara, Ugadi
|Lokrang utsav, Diwali
|Nongkrem festival, Khasis festival
|Ganesh Utsav, Gudi Padva
|Rath Yatra, Raja Parba
|Losar, Saga Dawa
|Ganga Dussehra, Kumbh Mela
|Ram Navmi, Ganga Mahotsav, Navaratri
List of (Season-specific) Harvest Festivals in India
|Ladakh harvest festival
East & West India
|Ka Pomblang Nongkrem
Interesting Facts about Festivals in India:
- Tihar is one of the festivals of India that is dedicated to certain animals and things. They are classified as day of dog, day of crow, day of cows, etc.
- Gotmar festival in Pandhurna is one of the festivals where two large villages perform an act of rivalry against one another by hurling rocks for 24 hours.
- Gajan festival is one such festival where devotees offer sacrifices and perform acts of devotion such as running over hot coals, lying on beds of nails, stepping over children, offering human remains and piercing themselves to win blessings from Hindu gods such as Lord Shiva.
- Snake Boat Races are held in Kerala and several dozens of men race on a boat in Kerala’s waterways and canals.