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Festivals of Delhi
Delhi being the capital city has the most diverse population and enjoys a large variety of religious celebrations with traditional music, dance and colorful costumes. Apart from the religious festivals several other colorful occassions also bring together the top perfomers from the field of music, dance, drama and art. With the break of the new year in the month of January, the festivity in Delhi starts and gathers momentum through the year.
Id-Ul-Fitar - 8th Jan
Celebrated to mark the end of Ramzan ,the Muslim month of fasting. It is an occasion for fasting and rejoicing.
Makar Sakranti -14th Jan A major harvest festival of India. It is one of the biggest events in the states of Tamilnadu, Karnataka and AndhraPradesh. But fights and bullock races are an important features of the celebrations. Also celebrated in the eastern region when millions of piligrims take a holy dip in the Ganges.
Republic Day -26th Jan
The national festival in India observed through out the country to make the inauguration of the Republic of India on 26th January 1950. In Delhi, the celebrations include a magnificent parade of the armed Forces, folk dances and floats from all the different states of India
Maha Shivratri - 21st Feb
Just after the monsoons the craftsmen from all over the country gather in Suraj Kund, close to Delhi to display their handicrafts and fabric items. This occasion attract large number of tourists from around the world to visit the place.
Holi - 9th March
This festival of roses takes place during the end of January. Roses from all around the globe are displayed at the Safdur Jung Tomb. It attracts a large number of tourists from distant lands.
Ram Navmi -2nd April
One of the most bright festivals of the Hindus is the festival of lights. It is celebrated all round the city with great pomp and fanfair. The houses and streets are lit with lights and diyas and bright fireworks and crackers light up the night sky. Goddess Lakshmi is offered flowers, sweets and other offerrings. People visit the temples to take part in bhajans and prayers. People exchange sweets and greetings and it is the highest time for merriment in the city.
Muharram - 5th April
Commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussain , the grandson of the prophet Muhammad. Tazias, symbolic of the marty's tomb at Karbala, are carried in mourning procession. Muharram as observed in Lucknow, is a famous
Baisakhi - 13th April
Baisakhi is a very popular festival of Punjab .It is celebrated to mark the harvesting season. To rejoice this occasion ,Bhangra and Gidha dances are performed all over the Punjab.
Rakshabandhan - 4th Augusg
Celebrated by Hindus particularly in northern India. Sisters tie holy thread/Rakhi on the wrists of their brothers take oath to protect the honour and help them in adversities.
Janamashtmi - 12th August
The birth anniversary of Lord Krishna ,celebrated with great enthusiasm all over India, specially at Mathura and Vrindavan , which are closely associated with his childhood
Independence Day - 15th August
Like 26 January, 15th August is also celebrated in the city as the Independence Day to mark the Indian independence from the British rule in the year 1947. The Prime minister of the nation addresses the nation from the Red Fort and many people gather around the Red Fort to hear the Prime Minister's address.
Dussehra -25th Oct
Based on the epic story Ramayana the ten days Dussehra festival signifying the triumph over good over evil is celebrated all over the country. In North India ,the Ramalila is staged to commemmmorate the heroism of Lord Rama. In Bengal, it is observed as Durga puja and images of the warrior goodness Durga are immersed in lakes and rivers four days of worship.
Diwali -14th Nov
The brightest Indian festival when every city, town and village is turned into a fairyland with millions of electric light, candles and oil lamps illuminating homes and public buildings, a special feature of the festival is the worship of Lakshmi the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Guru Nanak Jayanti - 30th Nov
The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, is celebrated with great devotion.
Christmas Day - 25th Dec
The birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated in India, with the traditional exchange of greetings and gifts.