10 Most Popular Festivals In India

10 Most Popular Festivals In India

Festivals Of India & their significance - What & who to give a gift

India’s rich cultural heritage is further adorned by the numerous festivals we celebrate. Festivals are all about celebration, distribution of joy, expression of love and cherishing our diversity. We give gifts to our loved ones during festivals so as to let them know how special they are. But are you confused about what gift to give whom and when? This article is about the most popular Indian Festivals and their significance. This can help you choose your gifts:

1. DiwaliHappy Diwali - Top India Festival

The story:

Diwali or Deepavali, festival of lights is the most popular Indian festival. The stories behind the origin of the festival are different for different people. Some believe that Diwali marks the day Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya along with Sita and Lakshman after their 14 years long exile. Some believe that Diwali is celebrated to remember Lord Krishna’s victory over the evil Narakasur.

The celebration:

People burst crackers, light diyas and distribute sweets as a part of Diwali celebrations.

Gift ideas:

As one of the biggest festivals, Diwali season is one that sees the highest number of gifts sales in India. Check out our collection of unique jewelry sets for women. Ethnic Jhumkas and Terracotta jewelry sets that go well with Indian ethnic dresses can make great gifts for women during Diwali.

 

2. Ganesh / Vinayak Chaturthi:

The story:

According to Hindu mythology, Ganesh Chathurthi marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the supreme God of wisdom and prosperity, who is the son of Lord Siva (The God of Destruction per Hindu Mythology). This festival falls on the 4th of the Bhadrapada month. It is the biggest festival in many states of India particularly in Maharastra, Goa, Odisha where it is celebrated for many days.

The celebration:

People decorate Ganesha idols and perform special pooja on this day. It is one of the grandest festivals in India.

Gift ideas:

Check out the beautiful hand-crafted Terracotta Ganesha wall hangings that can be great additions to living room walls. You could also buy Ganesha idols to adorn the display shelves or pooja rooms.

 

3. Christmas:

The story:

Christmas is synonymous with a month of grand celebrations. As the celebration of the birthday of Lord Jesus Christ, this festival is another great occasion to share some “pyar”.

The celebration:

Beautifully decorated Christmas trees, decorative stars and a lot of other décors adorn the houses during Christmas. People also gather for special prayers in churches.

Gift ideas:

Our collection of multipurpose decorative boxes can make beautiful gifts. Candles stands are other great gifts that you could buy to instantly beautify prayer rooms.

 

4. Eid:

The story:

This festival is celebrated by the Muslims after the month-long fasting observed during Ramzan. This festival is said to have originated from Medina after Prophet Mohammed migrated there.

The Celebration:

Eid is all about sharing and caring for the fellow living beings. Eid prayers are performed in Mosques.

Gift ideas:

As Eid is all about sharing, you could choose a variety of gifts for your loved ones, be it jewelry for the women or wallets for men or decorative pieces for the house.

 

5. Navratri:

The story:

Navratri includes 9 nights and 10 days of grand celebrations. This festival is celebrated to worship Goddess Durga. The 9 different forms of the Goddess are worshiped on each day of the festival.

The celebration:

The festival is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India. It is also called Dusshera or Vijayadashami. Predominantly in south India, people arrange Golu, a decorative display of various dolls, figurines and idols.

Gift ideas:

To celebrate the women in the home during this festival of the Goddess, some beautiful jewelry sets are some great choices of gifts. A wooden vermillion container can also be a great gift option for this auspicious occasion.

 

6. Pongal/Makar Sankranti:

The story:

This is another popular Hindu festival that marks the beginning of spring in India.

The celebrations:

The religious rituals performed and the celebrations vary in different parts of India.

Gift ideas:

Ganesha idols or wall decors, Sindoor containers, sarees or jewelry for the women in the house, gift sets for the babies in the house are few ideas for gifts for this festival.

 

7. Onam:

The story:

This is one of the most special festivals for Kerala. This festival is celebrated to cherish the home-coming of King Mahabali.

The celebration:

People perform special prayer rituals. Large beautiful “pookalam” is the other main thing that comes to mind when talks of Onam.

Gift Ideas:

Any home décor to adorn living room walls can make great gifts for Onam. Another nice option is the handcrafted model of Kerala House Boat to reflect the rich culture of the state.

 

8. Gudhi Padva/Ugadi:

The story:

This festival is celebrated as the beginning of the new year in the Hindu Calendar.

The celebration:

Traditional Rangolis in front of the houses, special pooja at the temples and a lot of other festivities make this festival special.

Gift ideas:

Decorative platters to hold Pooja essentials, home décor to decorate the house could all be great gifts during this festival.

 

9. Karwa Chauth:

The story:

There are several stories stated as the reason behind the festival. One of the most popular versions is to commemorate the incident in Mahabharat where Draupadi fasted to pray for her husbands the Pandavas.

The celebration:

Women in the house fast from sunrise to moonrise praying for their husband. The fast is broken after sighting the moon.

Gift ideas:

Embellished watches or accessories, Sarees or traditional jewelry sets for the women in the house can make them special during the Karwa Chauth.

 

10. Holi:

The story:

Named after the evil “Holika”, this festival of colors is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil.

The celebration:

Holi is one of the most joyous, fun-filled festivals. Playing with colors is the main part of Holi celebration.

Gift ideas:

Some colorful terracotta jewelry or cute key chains for the kids can make great gifts for this festival.

In India, given its secular heritage, celebrations know no religion. People of all religions celebrate all the festivals with the same enthusiasm and vigor. We have a lot of festivals all year round to share gifts and express our love. But of course, to give a gift and to share pyar, you don’t need an occasion or a reason!

 

2017 India Festivals 

January

Date Day Festival Name  Religion
13 Friday Lohri Sikh/Hindu
14 Saturday Pongal, Makar Sankranti Hindu

 

February

Date Day Festival Name  Religion
01 Wednesday Vasant Panchami Hindu
24 Friday Maha Shivaratri Hindu

 

March

Date Day Festival Name  Religion
13 Monday Holi Hindu
28 Tuesday Gudi Padwa , Ugadi Hindu

 

April

Date Day Festival Name  Religion
05 Wednesday Rama Navami Hindu
14 Friday Baisakhi, Good Friday Hindu/Christian
16 Sunday Easter Christian

 

May

Date Day Festival Name  Religion
10 Wednesday Buddha Purnima Hindu
28 Sunday Ramadan (start) Muslim

 

June

Date Day Festival Name  Religion
25 Sunday Jagannath Rathyatra Hindu
26 Monday Eid al-Fitr , Ramadan Muslim

 

August

Date Day Festival Name  Religion
07 Monday Rakhi Hindu
14 Monday Janmashtami Hindu
25 Friday Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu

 

September

Date Day Festival Name  Religion
02 Saturday Bakrid Muslim
04 Monday Onam Hindu
30 Saturday Dussehra Hindu

 

October

Date Day Festival Name  Religion
08 Sunday Karwa Chauth Hindu
19 Thursday Diwali Hindu

 

November

Date Day Festival Name  Religion
04 Saturday Kartik Purnima Hindu

 

December

Date Day Festival Name  Religion
25 Monday Merry Christmas Christian
31 Sunday New Year eve All

 

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