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Feasts and Festivals are the Features of All Major Religions

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Being a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious society, celebrates holidays and festivals of various religions.

The three national holidays in India,

The Independence Day,

The Republic Day

The Gandhi Jayanti

are celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm across India. In addition, many Indian states and regions have local festivals depending on prevalent religious and linguistic demographics. Popular religious festivals include the Hindu festivals of Navratri, Janmashtami, Diwali, Maha Shivratri, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja, Holi, Rath Yatra, Ugadi, Onam, Vasant Panchami, Rakshabandhan, and Dussehra.

Several Harvest festivals such as Makar Sankranti, Pongal and Raja sankaranti swinging festival are also fairly popular.

Indian New year festival are celebrated in different part of India with unique style in different times. Ugadi, Bihu, Gudhi Padwa, Puthandu, Pohela Boishakh, Vishu and Vishuva Sankranti are the New years festival of different part of India.

Certain festivals in India are celebrated by multiple religions. Notable examples include Diwali, which is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the country.

Buddha Purnima, celebrated by Buddhists.

Sikh festivals, such as Guru Nanak Jayanti, Baisakhi are celebrated with full fanfare by Sikhs and Hindus of Punjab and Delhi where the two communities together form an overwhelming majority of the population.

Adding colours to the culture of India, the Dree Festival is one of the tribal festivals of India celebrated by the Apatanis of the Ziro valley of Arunachal Pradesh, which is the easternmost state of India

Nowruz is the most important festival among the Parsi community of India.

Islam in India is the second largest religion with over approx. 204 million Muslims. The Islamic festivals which are observed and are declared public holiday in India are; Eid ul Fitr, Eid ul Adha-(Bakri Eid), Milad un Nabi, Muharram and Shab-eBarat.

Christianity is India’s third largest religion. With over approx. 27.8 million Christians, of which 20 million are Roman Catholics, India is home to many Christian festivals. The country celebrates Christmas and Good Friday as public holidays.

Regional and community fairs are also common festival in India. For example, Pushkar fair of Rajasthan is one of the world’s largest markets of cattle and livestock.

Sources:

https://www.teenink.com/nonfiction/travel_culture/article/111536/INDIAN-CULTURE

https://sites.google.com/site/importanceofhistory1/personal-information

https://traveltourismacademy.com/2018/12/03/tourism-in-india/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_India

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