20 Colorful and Famous Festivals of India That You Must Visit

1. Holi

Holi is perhaps one of the most vibrant and fun festivals of India. Also known as the festival of colours, Holi also depicts the win of good over evil. Holi is one of the major festivals of Northern India celebrated in spring. The festival is as vibrant and sprightly as spring itself. In this festival, people throw colors on each other and play with colors. Celebration of Holi is linked with the eternal love of Radha and Krishna from Indian mythology. To experience Holi in a grand manner, you must celebrate Holi in Vrindavan, Mathura and Barsana. Apart from these places, Holi is celebrated in a grand manner at Delhi, Varanasi, Pushkar as well.

2. Durga Puja

Durga Puja is the most famous festival of the Bengalis where Goddess Durga is worshipped as the supreme energy of the Universe. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Durga fought with demon Mahisasur for nine days and killed him on the tenth day.

While Durga Puja is celebrated in West Bengal and by the Bengalis, it is Navratri in other parts of India. Here I would mention about Durga puja only. For Bengalis, Durga Puja is not just a festival, it is a carnival. It is a time for homecoming. Infact, Goddess Durga is treated as a daughter and during the four days of festivities, it is believed that the Goddess has visited her parent’s house. Likewise, families come together during the Durga Puja for celebration.

In Kolkata, Durga Puja is just like a huge carnival. People are outside their house all through the day and night meeting friends and family. There are no restrictions and only enjoyment. Durga Puja Pandals are quite famous in Kolkata and so are the celebrations of the Bonedi Barir Durga Puja (Durga Puja celebration at the aristocratic houses). It is said that you should visit Kolkata during the Durga Puja to understand what celebration is!

Nowadays Durga Puja is celebrated all around the world wherever there are Bengalis. Idol makers from Kumartuli send their Durga idols even to foreign lands!

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