Festivals

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A festival is a celebration of life. Celebrations offer peace and delight to the majority. They break the dreariness of life. Indian celebrations are many and are of three kinds: national, religious and occasional.

National celebrations inlude Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanit. The religious celebrations of India include Guru Parav, Holi, Lohari, Buddhapurnima, Mahavir Jayanit, Dussehra, Diwali, Janmastami, Chath, Navaratri, Eid and Christmas, as well as the festivals enjoyed by the Parsees and the Jews.

Diwali is the most unmistakable of Hindu festivals and is the celebration of lights. On this day, Hindus celebrate the arrival of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after the triumph over Ravana. it is the triumph of good over malevolence. The houses are cleaned and whitewashed. The general population wear new garments and homes are illuminated.

Ram Navami celebrates the birthday of Lord Rama and Janmastami is the birthday of Lord Krishna. Durga Pooja is praised in Bengal, Assam and some others parts of India.

Holi is celebrated to mark the end of the winter season and the start of spring. Holi is a celebration of colour, when individuals throw paint at each other.