India is highly spiritual and colorful country. Every state has different religions, hundreds of customs and festivals. And each festival has its own history, theme, culture, and method of celebration.
From all over the world, the travelers are visiting India to enjoy and read the cultural history of festivals. Every state is famous for its own religious festival and offers a unique way to see the Indian culture.
These festivals are well worth or best time to book airline tickets to get the cheaper airfare. The airline notifies you if during these coming days any offer occurs on tickets. There are many Indian festivals and celebrations.
Below mentioned are the top 6 Religious festivals of India.
Diwali, Festival of Light
Diwali is the biggest and prominent Hindu festival of India. The word Diwali means “rows of lighted lamps” and it is also called the Festival of Light. The best part is that you will definitely get the cheaper price on airline tickets.
People wear new clothes, worship the Lord Laxmi, burst the crackers, and share sweets with friends, families, and neighbors. There are five days of festivities, each marked with different prayers and rituals.
- Celebration month: Diwali is based on the lunar cycle and has not a fixed date. That’s why it usually comes in October or November.
- Best Time To Book Tickets: Book your flight tickets 1 or 2 months before that may be August or September. This time the fares are low than the original fares. Therefore, book the flights and guesthouse earlier so that you can experience Diwali with family or friends.
Significance: After a long exile of 14 years, this festival is celebrated in the return of Lord Rama, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana.
Key attractions: Houses are decorated with clay lamps, candles. The Children burst the fireworks and crackers during this festival.
How to celebrate: Diwali is a festival of family celebration that is much like a Christmas.
Where to celebrate: Diwali is celebrated throughout India. Cities like Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, and Mumbai go all out on Diwali.
Holi, Festival of colors
It is one of the famous festivals in India and among foreigners. It involves throwing colored powder and water at each other.
- Celebration month: Holi is also based on the lunar calendar. It is celebrated on the full moon in either February or March.
- Best Time To Book Tickets: The airlines will cost you less money on airfare and provide the discounted rate if you booked your flight 1 or 2 months earlier. So, start books your tickets in November to January.
Significance: It signifies the victory of Prince Prahlad over evil Holika.
Key attractions: On this day, people make Holika bonfires extensively and sing and dance around it. People apply dry and wet colors to each other, with water guns and balloons.
How to celebrate: Always find the right group of people to celebrate Holi and cover your skin and hair with oil. And try to use natural and non-synthetic colors.
Where to celebrate: The best place to celebrate Holi is probably Mathura / Vrindavan in North India. There many private celebrations such as the Holi Cow festival in Delhi.
Lathmar Holi is quite different than the Holi. A few days before Holi, it is celebrated in Barsana, near Mathura. In this, the women beat up their husband with sticks called laths before playing Holi with colors.
It is truly one of the great festivals of India and celebrated with grandeur by Bengalis, throughout the country. The people dress traditionally and worship the goddess Durga.
The artisans create the pandals and decorate the stages to exhibit the statues of the Goddess Durga. Each night of the festival, people are move from one pandal to another to admire the artwork and enjoy live music. On the last day, the statues are taken for immersion into the Ganga River.
- Celebration month: Durga Puja is as much an arts festival as it is a religious celebration. It is celebrated on September or October according to the Indian lunar cycle.
- Best Time To Book Tickets: The best to book tickets for Durga Puja is May to July. The airline will let you know if any changes have occurred in fare difference.
Significance: It signifies that the Lord Rama’s call the Goddess Durga before going to war with the Ravana.
Key attractions: Huge and incredibly beautiful ten armed Durga idols that are placed in artistic Pandals and worship the Goddess Durga.
How to celebrate: It is the 10 days of fast, feast, and worship of Goddess Durga that are accompanied by cultural songs, dances, and dramas. The best way is move along with the crowds for visiting the pandals each evening.
Where to celebrate: It is celebrated in all over the world. But the best place to celebrate Durga Puja in Kolkata.
Ganesh is another important Indian festival. It runs for 11 days in late August or September, depending on the cycle of the moon. The thousands of statues are exhibited around the city, and devotees gather at Siddhivinayak Temple.
Similar to Durga Puja, idols of Ganesh are made by the artisan and placed them in pandals or home. On the 11th day, the idols are flaunted through the streets and finally immersed in the sea that is called Visrajan.
- Celebration month: It comes in the month of August or September according to the lunar cycle.
- Best Time To Book Tickets: May to June
Significance: On this day people celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God.
Key attractions: The beautifully crafted idols of Ganesha are immersed in the water.
How to celebrate: During the festival, Ganesh statues are placed all over the city that is accompanied by the music, feasting and dancing.
Where to celebrate: Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in about five states but Mumbai is the best place to experience it.
It is one of the most important Sikh festivals. The langars are organized in the Gurudwaras. People distributed the Karah Prasad among all, and also hymn chanting processions, which are held in the city. People light up their homes with lamps and candles and burst crackers to celebrate Gurpurab.
- Celebration month: It is celebrated on November according to the lunar cycle.
- Best Time To Book Tickets: You will get the cheaper fare on air tickets if you booked your tickets at the end of the October.
Significance: On this day Sikh people celebrate the anniversaries of the ten Sikh Gurus.
Key attractions: The people sing the Bhajan-Kirtan (hymns), Gurbani in the Gurdwaras, the Langar and the Karah Prasad.
How to celebrate: Visit the Gurudwaras and enjoy the hymns, Gurubani and Langar.
Where to celebrate: This festival is celebrated by the Sikh community all over the world, but the best place of this festival in Punjab.
Pushkar Camel Festival
Pushkar is a small town in the Rajasthan. It is famous for the beauty of its lake, the uniqueness of its Brahma Temple and the chilled-out vibe. The first thing you need to know about the Pushkar Camel Fair is that it really is a camel fair.
For 5 days, the cultural shows, competitions like camel racing and the largest pop-up marketplace are organized. Camel traders are come across the world to buy, sell and trade the camels.
- Celebration month: According to the Hindu festival, it is celebrated after the 10 days of Diwali in the month of October or November.
- Best Time To Book Tickets: – You will get low price on airfare if you will book your flight August or September.
Significance: The fair is held to mark the creation of the Pushkar Lake by Lord Brahma.
Key attractions: The trade in cattle and camels, camel and horse dance competition, turban tying and tilak competition, mustache competition, wrestling matches, matka race etc.
How to celebrate: Visit this beautiful town in Rajasthan. And enjoy the food, cultural shows, competitions and marketplace, where artisan made products are showcased and sold.
Where to celebrate: The Pushkar Camel Fair is held in Pushkar. But you can also join the camel traders headed to Pushkar in the weeks before the festival.
There are many other festivals that are celebrated in India. But, here we covered the top festivals that will make your journey smooth and enjoyable for the next time. So, immerse yourself in the beauty of the country and get the detail information how you should celebrate these festivals.