The celebration is a channel to the most profound aspects of life. Traveling in India to experience festivals will ignite one’s soul to the resonance of music, the vibrancy of colors, and glow of lights. Festivals in India are an integral part of its culture which has survived changes through aging times. Festivals are a tool to bring life to a state of exuberance and enthusiasm. The whole culture is in a state of celebration bringing various communities, religions, and languages together to share happiness, love and peace. Every Indian family looks forward to celebrating every festival in its grandeur. It is always believed food and music bring people together onto one stage.
People of India celebrate many festivals, it could be Mahashivarathri, Holi, Deepawali, Ramadan, Bakrid, Makara Sankranthi, Ugadi, Easter, Onam Pongal, Dhasera, Ganesha Chatruthi, Christmas and much more. All of these festivals are connected to life, hope, truth, goodness, happiness, nature and seasons creating a feeling of awesomeness!
Every festival brings with it the best of exotic cuisine too! tickling ones taste buds to the deepest roots. The concoction of spices, blend of sweet sugars, and a twist of rare herbs are a major part of the preparation of an Indian spread which will tangent oneself to the divine.
Each festival has a touch of special music which will rock every traveler’s soul and alter the rhythm of the heart beat. Various classical Indian instruments such as thabala, flute, sitar, veena, harmonium, tambora, earthen pots and much more are played with a DJ at his best on the turntable fuses to create a rhythm of vibration to get the feet stomping and hands swinging to the groove.
Importance of Major Festivals in Southern India
Pongal festival is the main festival of Tamil Nadu. It is a festival of thanksgiving to the sun, the earth, and the cow. This south Indian festival is celebrated in the month of January with joyous festivities and rituals to mark the harvesting of crops by farmers.
Makara Sankranthi is the harvest festival of Andra Pradesh celebrated for 3 days falling in the middle of January. Symbolically, the sun slowly takes away darkness and ushers in “the light of knowledge.”
Mahashivrathri festival is a national festival which falls on a moonless night of February to March when Hindus offer special prayers to Lord Shiva. The festival is observed for 1 day and night only. The day is spent on fasting, chanting and music.