How many festivals are there in India?

India is a big nation with many faiths, which results in a distinct local festival culture. Throughout the year, India is claimed to have over a thousand festivals. Every holiday in India is greeted with grand celebrations and, at times, cultural harmony. 

Indians have festivals to commemorate their religion, culture, and heritage. Every event has its own distinct personality. Festivals in India are observed seasonally and by state.

The fundamental objective of these celebrations is to promote joy and enhance the bonds between friends and family. Many local festivals take place on various days each year. A few are based on the lunar calendar. Festivals are important in India because they honor a god at a specific temple, celebrate the agricultural cycle, or commemorate a religious tale or event.

Indian festivals can be generally divided into five categories:

  • Diwali and Holi are festivals that celebrate the triumph of good over evil.
  • Seasonal festivals such as Onam in Kerala, Makar Sankranti in the north, and Pongal in the south commemorate new beginnings and harvest seasons.
  • Gods' and renowned people's birthdays or anniversaries, such as Krishna Janmashtami, Mahashivratri, and Ganesh Chaturthi.
  • Celebrating the bond between spouses or siblings: Raksha Bandhan and Karwa Chauth
  • National days are celebrated with tremendous patriotic fervor every year, such as Republic Day on January 26 and Independence Day on August 15.

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