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Festival

Thrissur Pooram

The pooram festival mainly happens between two groups representing the geographic divisions of Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi. They will compete in their respective presentations of richly endured elephants, traditional orchestra called panchavadyam, the swift and rhythmic changing of brightly colored and sequenced parasols called kudamattom and the dazzling fireworks in the early morning hours.

Il festival fu iniziato dal re di Cochin nei primi anni del 1700, Raja Rama Varma ed è stato celebrato ogni anno nei mesi da aprile a maggio. C’è un’incantevole performance musicale che è speciale per il festival nel nome di Ilanjithara Melam che viene eseguita durante le celebrazioni. È una performance unica con 250 artisti che suonano contemporaneamente lo strumento speciale chiamato chenda. Known as the festival of festivals, Pooram has a tradition of more than 200 years. This spectacular event started by Sakthan Thampuran, the erstwhile ruler of Kochi. Held on the Moolam asterism in the Malayalam month of Medam (April-May), festival related events take place at the Vadakkumnathan temple in the heart of Thrissur town and the adjoining Thekkinkadu ground.

THRISSUR POORAM

The procession taking the representation of the Goddess of Thiruvambadi to Brahmaswam Mutt; arrival of procession to the mutt accompanied by panchavadyam called madathil varavu; the pooram setout of the temple by noon and the one-hour long chembada melam (melam means orchestra); Ilanjithara melam (orchestra held in front of the Ilanji tree); Thekkotirakkam; meeting of the two temple groups of Thiruvambadi and Paramekkavu; Kudamattom (exchange of colorful parasols), the small-scale fireworks; the panchavadyam (traditional temple orchestra) at night; the major fireworks at early morning; the pakal pooram held on the next day; the fireworks following it and finally the conclusion of pooram festivities with the ceremonial departure called upacharam cholli piriyal are the main events of the pooram festival.

THRISSUR POORAM

The goddesses of Thiruvambadi and Paramekkavu are believed to be taking part in the pooram. The presiding deity at Thiruvambadi is Lord Krishna, it is the second in importance of the Goddess Bhagavati that takes part in the pooram. There are also eight other temples taking part, but some exclusive rights as a part of poorly vested with Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi temples. Those rights include rights to the path surrounding the Vadakkumnathan temple and also fireworks and exchange of parasols.

The festivities on the main day with the arrival of poorams from eight temples. By 6.30 in the morning, the first pooram of Kanimangalam Sastha temple will arrive at the Vadakkumnathan temple, followed by others like Karamukku Bhagavathy, Choorakattukavu Bhagavathy, Naithilakattu Bhagavathy, Laloor Bhagavathy, Panayckambilli Sastha, Ayanthol Karthiyayani Bhagavathy, and Chembookavu Bhagavathy.

The Chithirai Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Madurai. It goes on for around two weeks and represents a re-enactment of the wedding of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar (Lord Shiva). The festival takes place on the 5th day of the Tamil month Chithirai (April). The Chithirai Festival takes place at the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. There are also beautiful parades organized in the streets around the temple. According to Legend, Lord Kallazhaga (Lord Vishnu), brother of Goddess Meenakshi, came mounted on a golden horse to Madurai from Azhagar Kovil to participate in the celestial wedding of his sister. However, he misses the wedding as he arrived late. Infuriated, he gets into the river and goes back home. The whole festival revolves around this legend.

Celebration

The celebrations begin with a flag hoisting ceremony, the most important celebrations happen towards the end of the festival. A chariot is decorated, which carries the two idols of the couple. It is then taken around in a procession accompanied by loud music and beats of drums. As the procession passes through the streets, devotees put forward offerings of flowers, coconuts, camphor and incense sticks. Fairs and trade exhibitions are also organized on this occasion. The festival attracts a massive crowd.

The festival is celebrated with immense excitement and the zeal of a real wedding. The celebrations spread out all over the city and the streets remain crowded with devotees. Many people from neighbouring cities and states come to witness this festival. The last five witness the coronation, the procession, the Celestial wedding of God and Goddess, the Procession of temple chariots and the Return of Lord Kallazhaga.

Durga Puja is more than a puja; in a nutshell, it is an emotion. The entire Bengal is unleashed in the coming of Mother Goddess and there are many emotions related to this festival. In addition to Bengal, the national capital also has its share of celebrations. The best Durga Puja in Delhi consists of all those emotions that Kolkata has to offer, they literally staged the same theatrical shows here in Delhi, just like those in Kolkata. The Delhi Durga Puja celebrations are very similar to their Calcutta counterparts and promise five crazy days of fun and joke, which end with much pain and even some tears, while the Goddess Durga leaves to go home. The whole thing starts with shopping for every day, and then with the advent of puja turns into a celebration like no other. When you’re in Delhi, you don’t have to look for the favorite places of Durga Puja, because here we offer you the best Pandurgs of Durga Puja in Delhi.

Kashmere Gate

Considered the oldest Durga Puja in the city, this one was born in 1909. The puja is an absolute success among the Bengalis in Delhi and even the non-Bengalis take part in the celebrations. A puja that follows all the rules of the book and that makes the feasts of five days exciting and interesting, this is certainly a must visit for devotees. Without doubt one of the best Durga Pujas in the city, the Kashmere Gate celebrations are not to be missed. The pandal is beautifully decorated every year, with unique designs and more, while the idol is simple, traditional and nothing short of divine.

Safdarjung Enclave

Located very close to the Green Park tube station, this is run by Matri Mandir Samiti and is one of the leading pujas in Delhi. The idol is built by artists who are brought from Calcutta and the pandal is usually a replica of an Indian temple. One of the best smiles of Durga in Delhi, you should visit during your pandal hopping expedition. The pandal decorations are unique and the rituals are performed in front of hundreds of entering devotees to take a look at the goddess. You could come here for the Kumari Puja and also on Ashtami for the main celebrations. There is nothing better in Delhi Durga puja.

Chittaranjan Park

This is for those who would like to experience the atmosphere of Calcutta. There are four main Durga Pujas that happen here every year, with much fanfare. Over the years, most of the blocks here have begun to organize their pujas, so you have a variety here like no other place in Delhi. By far the most quintessential experience of Delhi Durga Puja, Chittaranjan Park or CR Park, as it is commonly indicated, should be on the list of places to visit during the festival period. The location is easily accessible from the Nehru Place subway station and we advise you to go early as traffic can really kill your spirit.

New Delhi Kali Bari

A very ancient celebration of Durga Puja started way back in 1925, the New Delhi Kali Bari or the Temple of Kali is certainly a place of interest when it comes to Durga Puja in Delhi. Initially the celebrations were held on Bangla Sahib Road, which was then known as Baird Road, which was later moved to its current location. The celebrations here are very traditional and this will give you an insight into a secular puja. The rituals of Durga Puja have remained unchanged since 1936 and there is also the opportunity to attend the competition and the recitation of Rabindra Sangeet. A healthy cultural festival, the puja Kali Bar in New Delhi is something not to be missed. The pandal is located about a kilometer from Ramakrishna’s Asakam Marg subway station.

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most prominent festivals of India. People of India wait the whole year for this festival eagerly. Although it is celebrated all over the country, in the state of Maharashtra it is celebrated with the most enthusiasm. Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival which holds utmost importance in the religion. This festival is celebrated following the Hindu Mythology which says that Ganesh Chaturthi is the birthday of the Lord Ganesha. Hindus refer to Lord Ganesha as the remover of all obstacles. People believe that Lord Ganesha comes every year with prosperity and success. Furthermore, they welcome Lord Ganesha in their homes with this festival with the belief that he will remove all their sufferings. Ganesh Chaturthi sparks joy all over the country and unties people with celebrations.

The specialty of Ganesha Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for a whole 11 days. It begins on the Chaturthi when people install the statue of Lord Ganesha in their homes and temples. This festival ends on Anant Chaturdashi with Ganesh Visarjan. The devotees of the Lord Ganesha offer their prayers to God. They sing devotional songs for him and recited various mantras in his praise. They perform aartis in favour of the lord and seek his blessings on them.Most importantly, they offer Lord Ganesha sweets. Ganesha Chaturthi especially calls for Modak. Devotees offer Lord Ganesha with Modak, which is the lord’s favorite dessert. Modaks are sweet dumplings which people make with a filling of coconut and jaggery. They either fry them or steam them. People at homes and sweet shops make this sweet delicacy. They are seen around Ganesha Chaturthi mostly and are a huge hit amongst children.

Celebration

This 11-day long festival begins with people getting up in the morning and bathing. They buy new clothes for this festival and wear these clean clothes in the morning after bathing. They follow the traditional rituals of chanting mantras and songs. Early on, Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated in a few families. Later on, it spread all over and thus began the installation of idols and immersion in the water. This marked the beginning of making Ganesh Chaturthi a larger than life festival. In other words, the idol immersion denotes freedom from evil and sufferings. People set up pandals make glorious statues of Lord Ganesha. Towards the end of the festival when the visarjan is about to take place, people carry out a full-fledged procession. People come out in hundreds and thousands and dance their way to the rivers and oceans. When Ganesh Chaturthi ends, they pray for the return of Lord Ganesha every year. They look forward to this festival every year. The final immersion of Lord Ganesha’s statue in the river or ocean marks the end of Ganesh Chaturthi. n short, Ganesh Chaturthi is a fun-filled festival in honour of Lord Ganesha. People all over India thoroughly enjoy it. All the devotees of Lord Ganesha come together irrespective of their differences of caste and colour. Ganesh Chaturthi spreads joy and unites people all over.

India is famous for its colorful customs and one of the most colorful festivals of all is the “Festival of Colors” itself. Holi, the vibrant festival celebrated to welcome spring Mythically, it celebrates the death of demon Holika by Prahalathan, a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Cultural dance and music performances, puppet shows and much more are enjoyed as part of the festival celebration. Although celebrated throughout the country, Holi is an exclusive festival in only a few states of the country.

Holi in Barsana

Barsana is a small village located near Mathura of Uttar Pradesh. This village still stick to the culture and tradition of the land, as a daily routine. When it comes to festival, the village turns into beautiful paradise of bright colors. Holi festival is celebrated with an age-old tradition where women of the land beat up men with small sticks decorated with colorful cloth and paper.

This celebration is called Lathmar. Lathmar Holi is playing exactly one week prior to the actual celebration of Holi. Two days before Holi, the village celebrates Ladoo Holi during the households in the region make delicacies and share with others. On the Holi day, people conduct special rituals at home and temples before drenching each other with color water and powder. Tourists are more than welcome to be part of this celebration.

Mathura & Vrindhavan Traditional Holi

If you want to enjoy in Holi festival without commercialization, we recommend you to visit Mathura or Vrindavan. Mathura is an ancient city and is believed to be the place where Lord Krishna was born. On Holi day, people start a long procession with music, dance and celebration from the temple to the Holi Gate. This marks the beginning of Holi festival, which takes place for one week.

The location of celebration in Vrindhavan is Banke Bihari temple. On the day before Holi, thousands of people visit the temple to participate in the Holi of God. Priest spray color water on the deity and on the devotees. The devotees chant in unison. It is a wonderful site to watch cultural and ritual activities. On the Holi day, the celebrations start at 9 am in the morning. People throw powder at each other inside the temple. Devotees specifically dressed in light colors or white for enjoying the colors. Right outside the temple, you can find street foods, shops for souvenirs shopping and much more.

Holi in Shantiniketan

If you want to enjoy Holi festival filled with cultural activities, West Bengal’s Shantiniketan is the best spot to visit. Here, Holi is called as Basanta Utsav. You can find many cultural programs during this festival. Folk dance, music festival, puppet shows and much more are conducted throughout the city. The temples of the city conducts special rituals during this day.


holi in purulia

Purulia of West Bengal celebrates the spring with Basanta Utsav. However, it is quite dissimilar to that of the one celebrated in Shantiniketan. Folk dance, Nauta dance, Chau dance and Darbarijhumur are conducted throughout the place. Baul musicians conduct concerts at various spots in Purulia. The festival is celebrated in various places in the city.

Holi in Purulia

However, the iconic celebration is conducted at Bandhar Deul, an ancient temple. Thousands of people visiting the temple early in the morning to enjoy music performances and enjoy with colors. Mohua, a local beverage served to people who enjoy Holi in the temple. The evenings are dedicated for dance forms. An open-air theater is constructed and people enjoy folk performances. On the day after Holi, poetry recitals take place in the temple. Short folk performances also takes place at various places.

Holi in Anandpur Saheb

Holi in Anandpur Sahib

Holi is celebrated in cliché manner with rituals, cultural activities and many colors in Andandpur Sahib, Punjab. On the day after Holi, Hola, at Sik festival is celebrated in Anandpur Sahib. A day before Holi, a large three-day fair is that the Sikh New Year. You can enjoy fireworks, music, poetry, dance forms, martial art performances and many others. A military styled procession is conducted near the Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib.

HOLI IN UDAIPUR

Udaipur celebrates Holi in a royal style. On the evening before Holi, Holika Dahan is conducted. The royal family of Udaipur take part in the iconic procession of the celebration, seated on elephants or horses. The whole city forms a procession of dance, music and celebration and the royal family from the palace to Manek Chowk.

A large bon fire is conducted in the chowk region, which is followed by several dance and music performances. By the end of the day, a large puppet of a demon On the day of Holi, buckets of colored waters are thrown at anyone found on the street. People enjoy with folk dance and music. The hotels & restaurants in Udaipur conduct live night dance programs with DJ.

Holi is celebrated in a lively manner throughout India. Remember that the locals will throw water at strangers without considering their attire, belongings or others. Thus, cover your cameras and other precious items.

Apply to thick layers of coconut oil in your body and hair. It will help you remove the colors easily after the festival.

The Pushkar The apple is a unique celebration of the beauty of their coveted “ship of the desert” – the camel along with some other cattle. It is estimated that more than 2 lakh people from around the world visit this unique fair, which mainly focuses on trading cams and cattle, camel races

The scene is set if you have flipped the pages of a history book back to a few pages – large arid desert fields dotted with crowds of excited people in all their magnificent glory, dressed with colorful saddles and bejeweled with embellishments. This is the setting of the world’s largest fair that is held at Pushkar around 10 km away from Ajmer in Rajasthan, at the edge of the Thar Desert.

Rituals at the Pushkar Fair

The Pushkar fair is also a holy pilgrimage for Hindus, held for 5 days every year from Kartik Ekadashi to Kartik purnima. Pilgrims that visit Pushkar how to take a holy dip in the Pushkar Lake and offer prayer to the deity residency in the temple at Pushkar, Lord Brahma. This is the only temple of the country, which makes it an important pilgrimage spot for people of faith. The two full moon days are worthy of special calls for special rituals and prayers to the deity.

Attractions at the Pushkar Fair

Most of the activities and celebrations at the fairgrounds, which is a huge mass of arid land at the intersection of the Brahma Temple Road and the National Highway 89. The main attractions at the fair, needless to say are the camels. We are dressed up with colorful saddles, jewels and other embellishments and exhibited for trade, like shaving camels, camel races, beauty pageants, camel parades, camel dance and the enthralling auctioning of these magnificent animals that form an integral part of Rajasthan’s livelihood in the desert. From the unique show of the crowds of Pushkar. Several cultural performances of music and folk dance with unique performances by magicians and snakes charmers can be witnessed at this bohemian celebration of coexistence between man and animal.

Camel Safari

This is an exciting feature of the Pushkar Fair; tourists can take a ride of camels around the fairgrounds which is a unique experience with the undulating sand dunes and the desert terrain. The views of the dunes especially during sunsets and sun rises are mesmerizing and one of themost beautiful activities one can partake in during the festival.

CAMPING

This isn’t camping as you know it, camping at the Pushkar Fair is a decadent affair complete with large spacious luxury tents, equipped with all the necessary amenities and even coming with butler services. tent cities is the main spot where there is a line-up of tents to choose from, the tranquil desert setting after dawn under the full moonlight is a romantic experience worth the money.

HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE

See the fair from a bird’s eye perspective while on a giant hot air balloon kilometers up in the sky. This isn’t an activity for the faint hearted, but is a thrilling experience that offers unmatchable panoramic views of the fair and the surrounding desert land.

WHAT TO STAY AWAY FROM

Since the fair attracts a mix of different people, there may be several money-making scams so keep your eyes open and avoid offers that seem too good to be true, chances are they are for a reason. There may also be beggars and gypsies at the fairgrounds but a stern no should be enough to dissuade them from pestering you.

HOW TO REACH PUSHKAR

Ajmer is the nearest railway station to Pushkar and has train coming from all the major cities of the country. One can also choose to drive to the venue, which is a picturesque drive from the nearby Snake Mountain of roughly 30 minutes. There is an airport located at Kishangarh which receives frequent flights from major cities like Delhi and other surrounding cities of Rajasthan.

Diwali is the festival of lights. People celebrate the day by lighting oil lamps, making crackers explode and enjoying a cultural moment in the family to remember that Good always prevails over Evil. However, the mythology behind the Diwali celebration in India has different stories. Some explain that Diwali is the day Ram came back to Ayodhya with his wife, his brother and Hanuman after killing Ravan. For some communities, Diwali is celebrated as the day the Pandavas returned to their nation after 13 years of exile and hiding. Diwali is also seen as the day when Lord Lakshmi came out of the sea of ​​milk. Diwali night is celebrated in colors to enjoy the marriage of Lord Vishnu and Lord Lakshmi.

Diwali
Diwali

For people in the eastern regions of India, this festival is celebrated as Kali’s victory over demons. In the central northern part of India, Diwali is the day when Lord Krishna raised Mount Govardhan to protect his village people from the wrath of Lord Indra. The people of the south enjoy themselves as the day Lord Krishna won on Narakasura.

It is not just about Hinduism. The Sikhs see Diwali as the day when Guru Har Gobind freed many people from the fort of Gwalior. In Jainism, this is the day when Mahavira reached nirvana. Here is all you need to know and understand to celebrate Diwali in India. First of all, the demand for tickets, hotels and other services will be at its peak during Diwali. Therefore, it is very important to book in advance all services and amenities before the departure date.

Diwali

Diwali Celebration in India 2019 – The Festival of Lights is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated festivals for most Indians. It is celebrated throughout India and has different and differently written names. Deepawali, Deepavali or Diwali could be anything in different parts of India. But the meaning is always the same as Deep is Light and vali è row – so it means something like a row of lights. The whole country is illuminated with these colored lights on the Biggest Festival in India. It is a four-day festival and Diwali 2019 falls on Sunday 27 October. Join the dazzling colors and lights of this Diwali celebration in India. Book a tour in India to watch the Diwali celebration all over India.

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