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5 Festival Celebrations to Not Miss When in India

India, the country known for its culture, customs, colours and festivals. Throughout the year, people of different religion celebrates one or the other festival in any part of country. People of different state celebrates different things but one thing that unites the country is, every state respects the festivals of other and try to celebrate with the touch of their religion. Every festival holds a major significance. These festivals make India a popular destination for the travellers. Here is a list of few festivals that one should experience in India.

1. Diwali

Diwali

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Diwali, is the most important festival of India, celebrated throughout the country as light festival. The festival is of major importance as on that day Lord Ram killed Ravan and came back to India. The festival is all about lighting diyas and worshipping different Gods. The festival is 5 day long, each day a different puja is conducted. The festivals marks celebration for bringing families together. Diwali celebration can be enjoyed anywhere in the country. Diwali celebration includes a major activity of burning crackers and amazing fireworks.

2. Holi

Holi

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Holi is one of the famous festival. It is known as festival of colours, which involves applying colours on each other. The celebration takes place in March, date is based on lunar calendar. The most famous Holi played in India, is of Mathura. It is called Lathmar holi, were the women beats men with sticks just before applying colours. The celebration of Holi is North India is a grand thing. All you need to do is search some good people to play with and keep your skin protected with colours. An important thing of Holi celebration includes, drinking Thandai. Thandai is a drink made of milk in which bhang (a drug) is mixed.

3. Desert Festival

Desert Festival

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Desert festival takes place in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. The fest incudes different cultural activities like camel race, safa tying competition, etc. The festival is all about admiring the sands of Thar Desert. Multiple folk singers perform during the evening, making the environment all musical. The Rajasthani culture is displayed during the festival. The festival is 3-day event. People with high moustaches compete with each other, that is a treat to be watched. 5 Festival Celebrations to not miss when in India. Fire dancers are a major attraction during the festival.

4. Rann Utsav

Rann Utsav

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Rann Utsav is festival celebrated in Kutch, Gujarat, India. It is a destination for families to enjoy their holidays. The festival is a ragbag of music, dance and culture of Gujarat. The White Rann of Kutch is what need to admired during this festival. Hundreds of tents are set up for tourists to stay and enjoy the celebration. The festival hosts hospitality for over 2 months, providing activities like Camel safari, paramotoring, bicycle, horse riding and bird watching and etc.

5. Sinshastha Kumbh

Kumbh Mela is one the holy festival celebrated by the Indians. It is believed that bathing in the holy river during the time of festival removes all the sins of the person. Kumbh Mela is organized at four places, one place at a time- Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik and Ujjain.  In Haridwar it is organized on the banks of river the Ganga, in Allahabad at Sangam of The Ganga, the Yamuna and The Sarasvati, in Nashik at the Godavari and the Shipra in Ujjain. The dates of the festivals are decided according the places of zodiac signs.