celebration of all the festivals of India by the residents of Delhi
makes the capital full of colour and joy through out the year. But
the celebration of Holi and Diwali
in Delhi carries a totally different mood here. These two festivals
paint a very different picture of Delhi. The pomp and gaiety of
the Id and Guru Purab celebrations takes into its fold the people
from all walks of life. Being the Capital City, the National Festivals
are celebrated with much fan fare which lacks any where else in
the nation. The decorations done on the various places of worship
during these festivals are a feast to the eyes.
With the new year the seasons of festivals starts. It all begins
with the festival of Spring, Vasant Panchami. Twenty sixth day of
January is celebrated as the anniversary of the India's establishment
as a republic. The 30th day is remembered as the Martyrs' day.
Shivratri is dedicated to lord Shiva and a fast is held on this
day. The festival of colours is also celebrated during these months.
In ancient times this festival was celebrated with perfumed coloured
water and petals powder.
MARCH TO APRIL
These months celebrate the birth of Lord Rama as Ramanvami. On the
thirteenth day of April comes the harvest festival of Baisakhi.
The birth of Mahavira, the founder of Jainism also comes during
Buddha Purnima comes in May which commorates the birth of Lord Buddha.
Fifteenth day of August is the Independence day of India. The Naag
Panchami is dedicated to the serpant lord, Naag devta. This month
also brings the festival of threads Rakhi. In this sisters tie sacred
thread on the wrist of brothers and pray for their long life. Rakhi
is celebrated on the full moon day.
The Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with pomp and gaiety throughout
the country and is dedicated to the Elephant God, Ganesha. Pateli
is the Parsi new year. The birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated
Ramlila and Durga Puja or Dussehra is celebrated during these months.
2nd October is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti, the birthday of Mahatma
Diwali, the festivals of light falls during these months. This also
marks the Hindu New Year. It is celebrated by lighting countless
oil lamps, candles and bursting crackers. On the fifth day sisters
put tilak on their brother's forehead. The festival of Govardhan
is dedicated to the cows. The Birth day of Guru Nanak, founder of
Sikhism is also celebrated in November.
This month brings Christmas. Apart from these festivals the Muslim
festivals are celebrated according to the Lunar months. Their dates
are not fixed and change according to the movement of the moon.
The main festivals of the Muslims are- Id-Ul-Fitr, Bakar Id, Id-Ul-Zuha,
Muharram, Milad-Un-Nabi etc.