Festivals In Delhi

Festivals of Delhi
Delhi celebrates almost all the festivals that are celebrated in other parts of the country. From the Diwali of the Hindus to the Eid of the Muslims to the Christmas of the Christians to the Guru Nank Jayanti of the Sikhs, each and every festival is celebrated in Delhi. Throughout the year, the city remains immersed in the festivities. However, the festivals of New Delhi, India do get an additional touch of the city when they are celebrated here.
The people of Delhi love celebrations. Almost every day marks a social or religious event celebrated by the diverse religious and local communities. Being a mini India in itself, Delhi is home to almost the same fairs and festivals, which are celebrated in other parts of the country.
Delhi festivals are celebrated with a view to commemorating religious or historical events or marking the change of seasons. The vigor and lifestyle of the people comes into full play. Every season brings with it numerous fairs and festivals. So throughout the year Delhi remains alive with cheerful celebrations. These festivals have their own share of cultural, religious and state extravaganza.

Lohri:
Celebrated in the month of January Lohri is a winter festival which marks the marks the peak of winter and celebrated with bonfires, singing and dancing.

Republic Day:
It is celebrated on the 26th of January when India became a Republic. The constitution of Independent India came into being on 26th of January 1950. A must visit event for every tourist. A military parade on the Rajpath typifies this state celebration of India's republic hood, followed on Jan 29 by the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The parade is the most impressive pageant of Delhi. The march past includes military displays, elephant and horse pageantry, floats representing different states and union territories of India.

Independence Day
Independence Day is celebrated on August 15 to mark the country's freedom from the hands of the British. Processions and flag hoisting on the Red Fort are the highlights of the celebrations.

Dussehra:
It is a ten day long festival, usually celebrated in the months of September/October. It is associated with the vanquishing of the demon Ravana by Rama. Dussehra celebrations include performances of the Ram Lila (life of Rama). Nine days are spent in worship. The tenth day is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. Huge effigies of Ravana and his son Meghnath are burned on the last day of the festival. The heroic deeds of Lord Rama are enacted in songs and dance.

Bhai
Bhai Dooj Festival is celebrated in the month of October or November. The date is not fixed and is calculated every year by the Pandits. It falls on the new moon night, approximately one day after the festival of Diwali. The name Bhai Dooj, with "bhai" meaning brother and "dooj" meaning the second day after the new moon (the day of the festival), literally means the day of the brother. Bhai Dooj is also known as the festival of Tikka.

Christmas
Christmas is celebrated every year on 25th December. It commemorates the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity. Conventionally, it involves decorating a fir tree, singing Christmas carols and exchanging gifts with loved ones. The main celebrations of Christmas take place on the Christmas Eve, that is December 24.

Diwali
Diwali Festival is also known by the name of "the festival of lights". One of the major Hindu festivals, it is celebrated almost in each and every city of India. There is a legend associated with this festival. It is believed that Demon King Ravana had kidnapped Sita Mata, the wife of Lord Rama, while they were undergoing their 14 years of exile.

Durga Puja
Durga Puja festival is one of the major festivals celebrated by the Bengalis. The festival is dedicated to Ma Durga, the Goddess of power, also known as Shakti. It is believed that festival of Durga Puja commemorates the victory of the goddess over the demon Mahishasura.
Guru Nanak Jayanti
Guru Nanak Jayanti festival commemorates the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev the founder of the Sikh faith. Guru Nanak Dev was born in the Hindu Month of Kartik (October-November) in 1469 AD at Talvandi, almost 30 miles from Lahore. Sikhs celebrate the birthdays of all the ten gurus and call them Gurpurabs.

Holi Festival
Holi festival is celebrated in the Hindu month of Phagun (Month), on a full moon day. It is the festival of colors and involves smearing each other with gulal (colors) and throwing water on each other. There are a number of legends associated with the origin of the Hindu festival of Holi. One legend has it that on this day Holika, an evil demoness, tried to burn Prahlad, a devotee of Lord Vishnu.

Janmashtami Festival
Janmashtami Festival is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. It falls in the month of August or September, with the date being calculated every year. On the day of Janmashtami, people fast until midnight and thereafter worship the image or statute of Lord Krishna at home or temple. .

Navratri Festival
Navratri Festival is regarded as one of the most holy and revered festivals of the Hindus. Lasting for a period of nine days, the festival is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. Also known as the Divine Mother, the Goddess assumes many forms. Three of her forms consist of Goddess Durga (destructive), Goddess Lakshmi (protective) and Goddess Saraswati (knowledge).

Raksha Bandhan Festival
Raksha Bandhan festival is celebrated amongst Hindus throughout the world. The festival of Raksha Bandhan celebrates love and affection between a brother and sister. It falls in the Hindu month of Shravan (generally August). However, the date is not fixed and is calculated every year.

Maha Shivratri Festival
Maha Shivratri Festival is celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva and it is believed that Lord Shiva got married to Parvati on this day. Mahashivaratri is celebrated on the 13th (or 14th) day of the dark half of Hindu Month of Phalgun (February-March). As the name "Shivratri" means "the night of Shiva", this festival is celebrated generally at night.

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