India - The Land of
Hinduism is often described as a religion of fasts, feasts and festivals. In India, the
celebrations of fairs and festivals form a wondrous and joyful series of events, marking the
rites of passage between birth, death and renewal. There are said to be more festivals in India
than there are days of the year. There is celebration for every religious
occasion, change of
season and for every harvest. They are times when people gather together, linked by ties of
shared social and religious beliefs. Vibrant colours, music and festivities make the country come
alive throughout the year.
Festivals in India are characterized by color, gaiety, enthusiasm, prayers and rituals. Foreign
travelers are struck by the scale and multiplicity of Indian festivals that have evolved in the
society. Fairs and festivals are moments of remembrance and commemoration of the birthdays and
great deeds of gods, goddesses, hero's, heroine's, gurus, prophet's and saints.