India: The land of festivals

India: The land of festivals


India is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. Apart from its many religions and sects, India is home to innumerable castes and tribes, as well as to more than a dozen major and minor linguistic groups from several language families unrelated to one another.

The country celebrates over sixty-four festivals based on different religions and castes. It respects its constitutional right of secularity and thus announces gazetted holidays on all festivals.

From Hindu festivals like Diwali, Holi, Navratri, Dusherra to Muslim festivals like Id-UL-Fitr, Id-UL-Zhua, Muharram; Sikh festivals like Hola Mohalla, Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Guru Purab to Jain Festivals like Mahavir Jayanti, Deep Diwali, Pryushan; Christian festivals like Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, as well as geographically celebrated Onam, Pongal, Hornbill, Losoong etc. all are honoured with the same feeling of joy and happiness.

The ecstatic vibe that runs through the country with the onset of the festival season is really contagious and puts a smile on the face of each and every citizen.

Delhi, being the capital of the country, plays a vital role in hosting not only its own inhabitants but also people from other states and union territories. With Art Exhibitions, Cultural events, Art festivals, and theatres showcasing India as a whole, it has succeeded in keeping alive the feeling of festivities and togetherness in the hearts of the people.

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