Culture & Festivals
For a country that is so diverse, there is one important value that you will find common. And that is Respect. Being one and respecting ourselves, our country, our guests, and people of different faiths – it is embedded into every Indian from an early age. This is our culture. This is what defines us. India’s diverse festivals are a beautiful backdrop that displays Respect. So while there are festivals celebrated every month of the year, the more popular of these are -
Holi - The Festival of Colours
Celebrated in March, with much fanfare. And now celebrated by tourists who specifically come to India during this time! Get ready to smear your faces in colour, throw water as a gesture of friendliness, and relish great food too.
Onam - The Harvest Festival
Celebrated in September. Don’t miss the heart-throbbing snake boat race. However, if you’re in Kerala during this time, you will be left speechless by the spectacular array of decoration and celebration – among people of all faiths. Onam is the main festival that brightens up this state.
Dussehra - The victory of Rama over Ravana
Celebrated in September. Known for the elaborate plays set-up across the country – depicting the battle. Huge effigies of Ravana are displayed and then set on fire, to symbolize this victory. Song and dance are an important part of this festival.
Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha
Eid-ul-Fitr is the Feast of Breaking of the Fast, and Eid-ul-Adha is the Feast of Sacrifice. You will be treated with the best of food and bask in the warmth of brotherhood, irrespective of your cultural background. If you find yourself called for a meal from house after house, don’t be alarmed. That is the norm!
Diwali - The Festival of Lights
Celebrated in October. Known for beautiful decorations of light, and of course - the amazing display of fireworks. It is also the festival where newness is celebrated. Newness of material possessions as well as a new perspective on relationships. Families, friends, and even strangers are made part of the celebration. Get ready to be enlightened!
Christmas - The Birth of Jesus Christ
Celebrated in December. Every community has their unique way of celebrating it. What is most memorable is that the Christmas treats differ based upon the region. Nonetheless, all of it is mouth-watering!