A travel through out India and its culture and traditional village festivals.

Pongal Festival 

Pongal is a four-days-in length harvest celebration celebrated in Tamil Nadu, a southern condition of India. For whatever length of time that individuals have been planting and assembling nourishment, there has been some type of harvest celebration. Pongal, a standout amongst the most critical well known Hindu celebrations of the year. This four-day celebration of thanksgiving to nature takes its name from the Tamil word signifying "to bubble" and is held in the month of Thai (January-February) amid the season when rice and different oats, sugar-stick, and turmeric (a fundamental fixing in Tamil cooking) are reaped. 

Mid-January is an imperative time in the Tamil timetable. The harvest celebration, Pongal, falls regularly on the fourteenth or the fifteenth of January and is the quintessential 'Tamil Festival'. Pongal is a harvest celebration, a customary event for offering gratitude to nature, for commending the life cycles that give us grain. Tamilians say 'Thai pirandhaal vazhi pirakkum', and trust that knotty family issues will be understood with the coming of the Tamil month Thai that starts on Pongal day. This is customarily the month of weddings. This is not an amazement in a to a great extent agrarian group - the wealth picked up from a decent reap structure the financial premise for costly family events like weddings. 

The Bihu Festivals of Assam 

The Bihus are the national celebrations of Assam. There are three such celebrations in Assam: in the months of Bohaag (Baisakh, the center of April), Maagh (the center of January), and Kaati (Kartik, the center of October). The Bihus have been commended in Assam from old times. Each Bihu concurs with an unmistakable stage in the cultivating schedule. The Bohaag Bihu marks the New Year at the approach of seeding time, the Kaati Bihu marks the finish of sowing and transplanting of paddies, and the Maagh Bihu marks the end of the gathering period. Bohaag Bihu is additionally called the Rongaali Bihu or the Festival of Merriment, Maagh Bihu is likewise called Bhogaali Bihu or the Festival of Food, Kaati Bihu is likewise called Kongaali Bihu or the Festival of the Poor. 

 

Of the three Bihu celebrations which are mainstream and non-religious, the Bohaag Bihu introduces the time of most noteworthy pleasure and imprints the entry of Spring. The society tunes connected with the Bohaag Bihu are called Bihugeets or Bihu tunes. The Bohaag Bihu goes on for a few days amid which "the youngsters in the vilalge may be seen moving about in gatherings joyously dressed or framing circles amidst which the prettiest young ladies move" (The History of Human Marriage by Edward Western-March) singing melodies of affection and sentiment. Such social occasions are called Mukoli Bihus (Open Bihus). The melodies are exceptionally famous among all segments of the general population. 

Bikaner Camel Festival 

The Bikaner Camel Festival is only committed to the boat of the desert-the camel, which is an essential wellspring of transport and business in the condition of Rajasthan. This celebration is commended every year in Bikaner in January and is extremely critical to the general population of Rajasthan in light of the fact that in ahead of schedule times there were no vehicles and after that camels were the main wellspring of transport. 

The Bikaner Camel Festival begins off with a wonderful parade of brilliantly decorated camels against the excellent background of the Junagarh Fort. The celebration then continues to the sandy spread of the Polo Ground, which is trailed by fascinating occasions. Camels and proprietors both are wearing their finest garments and embellishments and appreciate the celebration. The celebration likewise includes the renowned camel move which is enjoyable to look as the camels take after directions by their proprietors. This is likewise a spot where you can appreciate a few delightful, conventional nourishment, for example, the celebrated Bikaner Bhujiya (an exquisite nibble) and tea and desserts produced using camel milk. The fascinating highlights of the celebration are: camel races, camel draining, hide cutting outline, best breed rivalry, camel groups, conventional society move and music. With music and move exhibitions, nourishment, artworks show and part more, this celebration is a standout amongst the most vigorous and brilliant ones in the nation and has made the city of Bikaner an unquestionable requirement visit for visitors. 

Baisakhi Festival 

Baisakhi Festival falls on April thirteenth or April fourteenth and imprints the start of the sun oriented year. Individuals of North India, especially Punjab express gratitude toward God for good gather. Visit to Gurudwaras, Vaisakhi parades and customary exhibitions are the highlights of the day. Baisakhi has uncommon essentialness for Sikhs as on this day in 1699, their tenth Guru Gobind Singh Ji sorted out the request of the Khalsa. 

Durga Puja 

The formal love of the mother goddess, is a standout amongst the most imperative celebrations of India. Aside from being a religious celebration for the Hindus, it is additionally an event for get-together and revival, and a festival of customary society and traditions. While the ceremonies involves ten days of quick, devour and love, the most recent four days - Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dashami - are commended with much jollity and magnificence in India and abroad, particularly in Bengal, where the ten-furnished goddess riding the lion is revered with awesome enthusiasm and dedication. 

Durga Puja is commended each year in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September-October) and honors Prince Rama's summon of the goddess before going to war with the evil presence ruler Ravana. 

Mahavir Jayanti 

Mahavira was the 24th and the last Tirthankara (illuminated being). He was conceived in 599 BCE to King Siddhartha and Queen Trishala. According to legend, the Lord after conception was showered by the god-ruler Indra with heavenly drain. This custom denoted his introduction to the world as the conception of a Tirthankara. 

Mahavira, likewise called as Vardhamana, is viewed as a huge propagator of Jainism, and in addition its reformer.

Puri Rath Yatra 

Otherwise called Car Festival, this stupendous Chariot Festival is commended in the month of Asadha, on the second day of the lunar fortnight that falls amid June-July. Famously known as Rath Yatra, this celebration is praised in the honor of Lord Jagannath why should accepted be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. 

The observed Ratha Yatra Festival is said to have begun in the season of Svarochisha Manu of the second manvantara and is anticipated to proceed until the end of the second 50% of Lord Brahma's lifetime. Indeed, even in the Valmiki Ramayana, it is said that when Lord Rama was inspiring prepared to leave this world, he told Vibhishan, Ravana's more youthful sibling, to love Lord Jagannatha, the Lord of the Iksvaku line in His nonattendance. 

Ganesh Chaturthi 

Ganesha Chaturthi, the immense Ganesha celebration, otherwise called 'Vinayak Chaturthi' or 'Vinayaka Chavithi' is commended by Hindus around the globe as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is seen amid the Hindu month of Bhadra (mid-August to mid-September) and the most terrific and most expound of them, particularly in the western India condition of Maharashtra, goes on for 10 days, finishing upon the arrival of 'Ananta Chaturdashi'. 

Deepavali 

Deepavali is a celebration of lights and is a gazetted occasion in India. Devotees of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism watch different traditions identified with Diwali. 

Diwali festivities may keep going for up to five days. Numerous individuals enrich their home and working environments with minor electric lights or little earth oil lights. Dishes of water with candles and blooms drifting at first glance are additionally famous beautifications. 

Numerous individuals endeavor to clean their homes and yards before Diwali. They might likewise wash themselves with water and fragrant oils, wear new garments and give blessings of desserts to relatives, dear companions and business partners. Firecrackers are set off at night in a few territories. Melas (fairs) are held in numerous towns and towns.