Fairs & Festivals of India
Owing to its religious, cultural and regional variations,
India has a large number of festivals and fairs. In one region or the other,
festivals happen almost every day, each with an specialty of its own. Most
of the festivals are particular events connected with the seasonal changes
and garnished with some popular legend. Some festivals welcome the seasons
of the year, the harvest, the rains or the full moon. The celebrations are
splashed with colour, dances and songs.
Birthdays of divine beings, saints and gurus are also celebrated
as festivals. Certain festivals are associated with a particular state of
town and others like Diwali, Shivrathri etc are common to most parts of India.
Some of the festivals are called by different names and is celebrated in a
different fashion in various parts of the country. Only a few of the festivals
take place on a particular date. Most of them follow the lunar or solar calendar
and hence the exact date of the festivals varies from year to year.
There are Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian
festivals but the Hindu festivals are the most. There are celebrations connected
with temples, churches and mosques. Besides the religious and seasonal festivals,
there are Music and dance festivals which attract the country's best performers
of classical and folk dance, music and theater.