Festivals of India

Festivals of India

India is a land of festivals, and no month passes by without a festival being celebrated. There is a lot of pomp, splendour and gaiety associated with each festival. Sharing of gifts, gift articles and tokens of money are a part of such celebrations. Some of the major festivals are mentioned below with a description of each festival mentioned underneath.

  • Navratri / Dussehra - 25th September - 4th October 2014

    Navratri / Dussehra

    Navratri, meaning nine nights, is the worship of nine forms of Shakti, or divine energy of the Goddess Durga. This festival lasts nine nights and is celebrated during the commencement of Sharad Ritu - i.e the winter months of September and October. People purchase new clothes like chaniya cholis, jewellery, and other finery to participate in the Navratri celebrations. Read More...

  • Boss Day - 16th October 2014

    Boss's Day

    Boss's day is celebrated to thank bosses for their motivation and encouragement to their staff and employees. People celebrate this day by giving cards and gifts to their bosses.

  • Durga Puja - 25th September - 4th October 2014

    Durga Puja

    Durga Puja is celebrated with pomp and splendour all over India especially in West Bengal in worship of Goddess Durga. People purchase new clothes, jewellery, and other finery to participate in the Durga Puja celebrations.

  • Dhanteras - 21st October 2014

    Dhanteras

    Dhanteras is an auspicious day is celebrated on the 13th day of the dark fortnight (shukla paksh) of the month of Kartik. It is celebrated either in worship of Goddess Lakshmi - the Goddess of wealth or in the honour of Dhanavantari - the physician of the Gods.

  • Diwali - 23rd October 2014

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    Diwali is the Indian festival of lights. It is celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Ram and His wife Sita to Ayodhya after 14 years in exile. On this day, people light lamps and burst crackers. It is symbolic of the victory of good over evil. People also send gifts like sweets, dry fruits, gift hampers, diwali decor, diwali puja thali and such to each other. Read More...

  • Bhai Dooj - 25th October 2014

    Bhai Dooj

    Also called Bhaiya Dooj, this festival is celebrated two days after Diwali in the Hindu month of Kartik. Sisters apply auspicious 'tikka' on their brother's foreheads and brothers promise to protect them and keep them away from harm. Towards the end of this custom, they exchange gifts and sweets for each other. Read More...

  • Children's Day - 14th November 2014

    Children's Day

    Children's day in India is celebrated on 14th November - the birthday of India's first Prime Minister - Jawahar Lal Nehru. Celebrating this day means giving children the right to enjoy their childhood and grow to become healthy and educated children of the country. Read More...

  • Thanksgiving Gifts - 27th November 2014

    Thanksgiving Gifts

    Thanksgiving Day is a traditional North American Holiday, which is a form of harvest festival. It is celebration as a way of thanks for whatever one has at the end of the harvest season. Read More...

  • Christmas - 25th December 2014

    Christmas

    Christmas is traditionally celebrated on 25th December of every year with aplomb and much gaiety as the birth of Jesus Christ. Although a Christian holiday, it is also observed as a cultural holiday the world over. On this day, Jesus was born in a manger. He has millions of followers all across the world. Read More...

  • New Year - 1st January, 2015

    New Year

    New Year day celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of another year. New Year is celebrated by many cultures and countries around the world including the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and India. Read More...

  • Lohri - 13th January, 2014

    Lohri

    Lohri is an annual thanksgiving Indian festival at the end of the harvest season that is celebrated with much joy and gaiety especially in Northern India. Read More...

  • Makar Sakranti / Uttarayan - 14th January, 2014

    Makar Sakranti / Uttarayan

    Makar Sankranti celebrates the transition journey of the sun from the Saggitarius to Capricon (Makar Rashi). This festival is celebrated in various ways in many states across India. In Gujarat, people celebrate this occasion by flying kites. In other states, people exchange sweets made from jaggery, sesame seeds, and puffed rice. Read More...

  • Pongal - 14th January, 2014

    Pongal

    Pongal is the annual harvest festival in southern India, especially in the Southern State of Tamil Nadu. It marks the auspicious beginning of Uttarayan - the transition of the sun towards the northern hemisphere. This festival lasts four days. Read More...

  • Valentine's Day - 14th February, 2014

    Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day is a cultural holiday on which lovers express their love for one another by sending greeting cards and gifts to each other. It is essentially a western festival and is celebrated by western and western influenced cultures. Recenty, the trend of celebrating St.Valentine's day is picking up in India as well. Historically, it is the name of several martyred saints of ancient Rome. Read More...

  • Holi - 17th March, 2014

    Holi

    Holi is the festival of colours celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Phagun, which falls in late February or early March according to the Gregorian calendar. On Holi eve, people burn a bonfire of Holika. According to legend, Holika was King Hiranyakashyap's sister who was endowed with a boon that she would remain protected even if she would enter fire. Read More...

  • Women's Day - 8th March, 2014

    Women's Day

    Womens day observed on 8th March every year in India and all across the World & celebrates the spirit of womanhood. An epitome of care, love and sacrifice, the women plays an all-enveloping character of a mother, daughter, wife, sister, friend, and many more. Read More...

  • Gudi Padva / Ugadi - 31st March, 2014

    Gudi Padva / Ugadi

    Gudi Padva is an auspicious festival celebrated by Hindus in the Maharashtra and Konkan region. This day marks the end of one harvest and the beginning of another. It also signifies the beginning of Chaitra - the month signifying the beginning of spring. This festival essentially venerates Lord Brahma - the first mentioned in the Hindu Trinity. Read More...

  • Mahavir Jayanti - 13th April, 2014

    Mahavir Jayanti

    Mahavir Jayanti is the celebration of the birth of Lord Mahavir, who was born on the the 13th day of the rising moon in the Hindu month of Chaitra. It coincides with late march of early April according to the Gregorian calendar.

  • Easter - 20th April, 2014

    Easter

    Easter is commemorated as the day on which Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. On this day, people gift Easter eggs, cakes, pastries, Easter baskets, and other gifts to each other. Read More...

  • Baisakhi - 14th April, 2014

    Baisakhi

    Baisakhi is celebrated as the beginning of the solar year and the harvest festival of Punjab. People visit Gurudwaras, attend processions and take part in social gatherings on this day. Read More...

  • Mother's Day in UK - 30th March, 2014

    Mother's Day in UK

    Mother's day in the UK is the equivalent of Mother's day in other countries. It is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This festival is celebrated since at least the 16th century. It is a time when children honour their mothers by giving them gifts and cards. Read More...

  • Mother's Day in USA - 11th May, 2014

    Mother's Day in USA

    Mother's day is a secular festival that is celebrated to honour motherhood and the positive contribution of mothers to American society. On this day, children give cards and gifts to their mothers as a token of appreciation. Read More...

  • Mother's Day in India - 11th May, 2014

    Mother's Day in India

    Mother's day is celebrated to honour motherhood and the positive contribution of mothers to Indian society. People take this day as a time to reflect the positive difference that mother's day makes to their lives and present gifts and cards to their mothers. Read More...

  • Father's Day - 15th June 2014

    Father's Day

    This is a secular festival that commemorates fathers and forefathers. It is related to mother's day and it celebrates parenting by fathers and guardians. It is celebrated in many countries including India. On this day, children exchange gifts and cards with their fathers... Read More...

  • Parent's Day - 27th July 2014

    Parent's Day

    Parent's day is celebrated as the fourth Sunday of July every year. This festival honours mothers and fathers for their devotion and sacrifices made to provide a secure and promising future for their children. On this day, children give gifts and cards to express their love and honour for their parents. Read More...

  • Friendship Day - 3rd August, 2014

    Friendship Day

    Friendship Day is celebrated to honour the relationship between friends. This festival first originated in the USA. On this day, people spend time with friends and exchange cards and gifts. Read More...

  • Raksha Bandhan / Rakhi - 10th August 2014

    Raksha Bandhan

    Raksha Bandhan is an Indian festival in which sisters tie a sacred thread of protection around their brother's wrists. By accepting a thread from his sister, the brother is bound to protect his sister from harm. Read More...

  • Janmashtami - 17th August 2014

    Janmashtami

    Janmashtami is the festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna on the eight day of the Hindu month of Shravana, which coincides with the 28th of August according to the Gregorian calendar.

  • Teacher's Day - 5th September 2014

    Teacher's Day

    Teacher's day in India is celebrated on the birth anniversary of the second president of India Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. School students commemorate this day by conducting various academic activities and celebrations as an act of thanks and remembrance to their teachers. On this day, children offer cards and gifts to their teachers as a token of love and appreciation. Read More...

  • Onam - 7th September 2014

    Onam

    Onam is the annual harvest festival celebrated in the State of Kerala. It falls during the month of Chingam, the first month of the Malayalee calendar, and lasts for 10 days. People send special Onam gifts like jewellery, flowers, apparel, aesthetic indoor decoration, and cards to each other to celebrate the occasion. Read More...

  • Id-ul-Fitr - 29th July 2014

    Id-ul-Fitr

    Id-ul-Fitr is a festival that commemorates the end of fasting during Islamic holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan. This festival lasts three days and beings the day after Ramzan ends. The commencement of this festival is verified by the sighting of the new moon. Muslims buy new clothes and exchange sweets as part of the gaieties.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi - 29th August 2014

    Ganesh Chaturthi

    Ganesh Chathurthi is the festival that celebrates the birth of Ganesha the son of Siva and Parvati. This festival starts on the fourth day (Shukla Chaturthi) of the waxing period of the moon in the Hindu month of Bhaadrapada, and lasts 10 days in most regions of India. People also celebrate this festival by exchanging gifts and cards amongst each other. Read More...

  • Grandparent's Day - 7th September 2014

    Grandparent's Day

    Grandparent's day is a secular festival that is celebrated to honour and strengthen family values and the role that grandparents play in the family. People celebrate this festival by giving gifts and cards to their grandparents.