06 Jan Diwali and Holi: Two emblematic hindu festivals
India is known for its colors found especially in the traditional sari, its dishes but also in its festivities. It is a very country, suitable for visiting throughout the year and where there is a number of celebrations due to the diversity of regions and religions. If you plan your trip to coincide with the festivals of Holi or Diwali, you will have the opportunity to discover these cultures!
Holi: the festival of colors
Holi is a traditional Hindu festival to celebrate the arrival of spring. It is a two day event that takes place every year and throughout India. Each city has its own way of organizing the festivities and if you are around in February or early March it will be a folk festival in Bengal and in Punjab other sporting events and lots of noise in Delhi.
It is a festival dedicated to Krishna in northern India and Kama in the south. The first night, a fire is lit, the start of the festival. The second and following days are marked by the presence of thousands of people in the streets. This colorful festival is accompanied by music and dancing. Dressed in white, the Indians sprinkle colored gulal, a pigmented powder. Each color has its own meaning: blue refers to vitality, red for love and happiness, green for harmony and orange for optimism. In the process you will certainly hear ‘Bura na mano Holi hai “which means “do not be angry, it’s Holi” and “Happy Holi”. Take part of this delightful friendly show.
Diwali: The Festival of Lights
Diwali, the festival of lights, has its origins in the Hindu mythology and literally means “rows of lamps” in Sanskrit . This festival celebrates the return from exile of King Rama after his victory over the demon Ravana. This is a tradition that still exists today and, throughout India. Wherever you are in the country at this time, take the time to celebrate with the local in a euphoric atmosphere.
Diwali is one of the most important festivals of India, taking place during the lunar month of Kartika (October and November) for five days. You can contemplate the sparkling sky during the fireworks and contemplate the light decoration of the streets, the houses, but also the markets and public buildings. All the buildings are orned with lights, lamps, candles, and flowers as garlands. Same as when Christmas for Christians, the Indians offer gifts and you will read “Happy Diwali” on everyone’s lips.
Diwali is an impressive sight in the south of India. In Mumbai you will find your childhood soul in front of all Hindu these illuminations, fireworks and firecrackers which are believed to scare the evil spirits away. In Varanasi, the holy city of Hinduism, it sparkles with a thousand lights and remains one of the best places to learn about Diwali.
It would be a bright idea to visit India during traditional events such as Diwali or Holy. A unique experience awaits you, the opportunity to share moments of pure happiness and be closer to the local people.