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Fun and frolic, fairs, festivals and celebrations are the heart and soul of Indian life. Read on to know more about Indian holidays and festivals and the rituals associated with celebrations

Children’s Day Celebration in India star
The first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s love for children blossomed into a celebration of childhood in India and his birth anniversary is observed as Children’s Day. Find more about this Indian celebration here.

Christmas Traditions in India star
Strictly speaking Christmas is not an Indian Festival. However over the decades and with the growth of the Indian Christian population, Christ’s birth is widely celebrated throughout India. Learn more about Desi Christmas Traditions here.

Diwali – The Indian Festival of Lights star
Diwali or Deepavali is a colorful, delightful festival that symbolizes the heart and soul of Indian culture in more ways than one. Learn more about India’s festival of lights here.

Easter in India star
‘Easter’, the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead is an important Christian Festival in India. Learn more about Indian Easter traditions here.

Eid al-Adah or Bakrid in India star
One of the most important Islamic festivals, Eid al-Adah or Bakrid is observed by Indian Muslims. This article focuses on the customs and traditions of the Bakrid festival of India.

Gandhi Jayanti Celebration in India star
The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the nation is observed as Gandhi Jayanti and declared a National Holiday in India. Learn more about this holiday here.

Holi - The Indian Festival of Colors star
Holi is the Indian festival of colors. Though popularly celebrated in North India, Holi celebrations have caught the attention of Southerners too, making this another excitingly significant Indian Festival. Read on to know more.

Holy Week in India star
Christians in India who observe the Holy Week that starts with Palm Sunday give importance to Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Here are some insights on what Indians do in the Holy Week and on these two important days.

Independence Day in India star
India became an independent nation on 15th August 1947 and Jawaharlal Nehru became the first Prime Minister of the country. Independence Day is celebrated with patriotic fervor and much ado and is one of the three National Holidays observed in India. Read on to find out more.

International Women's Day in India star
Along with the rest of the world, India has been observing March 8th as International Women’s Day for the past few years. History however shows the poor status of Indian women and several horrendous practices, many still shamelessly upheld. Read on to see what Women’s Day has come to be in India.

Maatu Pongal Festival star
Cows are revered in India and are the most useful farm animals. Milk supplied by cows gives several people in rural areas a steady stream of income. Maatu (cow in Tamil language) Pongal is a day when the cow is honored and its services recognized.

New Year in India star
Indians don’t greet the New Year on 1st January alone but on different dates all through the calendar year. Read on to know more about Indian New Year Days!

Onam Festival of India star
Onam is a delightful festival celebrated in the South Indian state of Kerala. The festivities that last for ten days culminate in ‘Thiruonam’ laced with the traditions of Indian celebrations. Here’s more on Onam festival.

Paari Vettai - South Indian Hunting Festival star
An ancient hunting festival observed in South India goes beyond religious significance and brings communities together. But is this at the cost of destroying animal wealth? Read on to know more.

Pongal Festival - Traditions and Customs star
The first day of the Tamil month ‘Thai’ is celebrated as Pongal. Several unique traditions and customs form part of this South Indian harvest festival. Learn about these practices here.

Pongal Festival in India star
India is still largely an agricultural economy and the harvest season is a time of celebration in rural areas. Pongal is one such Indian harvest festival that is prominently celebrated in South India for four consecutive days. Here is an overview of the four days of Pongal.

Raksha Bandhan Festival of India star
Brothers and Sisters have a special festival of their own in India called Raksha Bandhan. Not only does this festival remind siblings of their roles towards each other but also strengthens family ties. Here are some more details on Raksha Bandhan.

Ramzan in India star
Around 14% of the Indian population follows Islam as their religion and Ramzan is one significant festival celebrated by Muslims in the country. Read on to know more about Ramzan observed in India.

Republic Day In India star
Republic Day in India falls on 26th January and is one of the three National Holidays. On this day the Constitution of India came into force in the year 1950. Read on to find out more about Republic Day celebrations in India.

Teacher's Day in India star
September 5th is Teacher’s Day in India. All over the country students, past and present recognize the sincere efforts of teachers in shaping young minds on this day. Read more about Teacher’s Day celebrations in India here.

Valentine's Day in India star
Valentine’s Day is now celebrated elaborately by youngsters especially in urban areas of India. Being a country bound by traditions, celebrations on February 14th are certainly not universally welcome though. Read more to find how Valentine’s Day is slowly gaining popularity in India.

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