India is a land of festivity and colors. The air blowing in India is completely filled with delight and merriment. In India, festivals are celebrated all throughout the year. Delhi being a mini India celebrates many festivals throughout the year related to all the religion. All these festivals bring the people of Delhi together on a single platform. The festivals are celebrated with great vigor and enthusiasm by the Delhi peoples. The Delhi festivals have a specialty that all the religious festivals are celebrated by them and each of the festivals carries a message of harmony and peace.
The Delhi city remains busy, colorful and lively with the happenings that are held in the city irrespective of the seasonal changes. Delhi has a lot to offer to the local people and also to its visitors according to the religion, culture and season. Delhi attracts a large no. of tourists from all over the world every year because of organizing various national and international fairs and festivals which help in promoting tourism.
Popular Festivals In Delhi
The popular festivals celebrated throughout the year in Delhi are mentioned below.
1. Lohri – Lohri festival is one of the major festivals celebrated on 13th January every year. This festival marks the end of chilly winter season. The Lohri festival is the harvest festival of Punjab and resembles the onset of the summer season. In this festival, people sing and dance around the bonfires and follows the traditional rituals.
2. Makar Sankranti – This festival is also known as Kite Flying Festival in Delhi. This festival unites all the children and Kite enthusiasts on the open spaces and terraces to fly kites. In this festival, the entire sky is covered by different colour, sizes, and shapes of kites which depicts the immense happiness and joy of the Kite festival. This festival is celebrated in the Connaught place and also in the green laws of Palika Bazaar.
3. Republic Day – Republic Day is celebrated on 26th January every year in Delhi with the feeling of patriotism. This day is declared as a national holiday. On this day in the year 1950, a new constitution was adopted by India and became a Republic. This day is celebrated with a huge parade, and various stunts performed and displayed by the Indian Armed Forces, which depicts the cultural tradition and diversity from different regions of India.
4. Flower Show Festival – This festival is organized in the months of February every year in Purana Quila, Delhi. This is the greatest flower exhibition in the city. This festival showcases a wide range of exotic and colorful flowers and also organizes various events like Gladiolus and Dahlia Show, Foliage Plants Show, Summer Garden Competition etc. This event is best to be attended by a nature admirer.
5. Suraj Kund Mela – This is another festival which hosts the biggest crafts fair in the months of February in the Surajkund Village. In this fair, the artisan takes part to display their arts and crafts. Some good handicrafts can be bought from this fair. Also, different music and folk dance are performed which adds to the charm of the fair. This fair starts at 9:30 am and is opened till 5:30 pm.
6. Maha Shivratri – This festival is celebrated on the 13th or 14th day of Maagha month that is in March. This festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This festival is generally celebrated at night in which the devotees offer Flowers, Bel Leave, Milk, and water to Shivlinga and also they keep fast. The entire night is followed by the grand puja of Lord Shiva.
7. Holi – This festival in the month of Phagun that is in March. This festival is celebrated with huge pomp and show in Delhi which also involves playing with colors and throwing colorful water on each other. This festival involves huge joy and happiness in which people sing, dance and relish delicious dishes.
8. Mango Festival – This international Mango festival is celebrated in the Talkatora stadium in Delhi. This festival is for those mango lovers who can buy mangoes from more than 1200 varieties that are grown in the country. People indulge themselves in tasting the different varieties of mangoes available.
9. Janmashtami – This festival is celebrated as a special occasion in Delhi in honor of the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. This is held in the month of August every year. In this festival, the devotees keep fast until midnight and worship the statues of Lord Krishna.
10. Durga Puja – Durga Puja is one of the major festivals celebrated by the devotees with extreme delight in Delhi. This festival is celebrated in honor of Goddess Durga in which the Goddess is worshiped for six days and people usually keep fast. This festival is believed to mark the victory of goodness over the evil.
11. International Trade Fair – This is the most awaited event organized at Pragati Maidan in Delhi. This fair is conducted to promote the young entrepreneurs for new startups and new initiatives. The visitors and business community from all over the world attend this International Trade fair. This fair is held every year on 14th November. The theme of the fair changes every year.
12. Qutab Festival – This festival is a three days festival organized in the beautiful Qutab Minar, Delhi. This festival brings the past glory of the magnificent Qutab Minar. This event also depicts the cultural art performances of India. This three days event is filled with dance, music, and lights that bring the historic structure back to life. This event is generally held during the months of October or November every year.
13. Phoolwalon Ki Sair – This festival is generally held in the month of October. This event was started in 16th century in which includes flower sellers procession. In this festival, people carry floral fans at the shrine of Khwaja Bakhtiar Kaki and at Jogmaya Temple and pray for better flower season in the upcoming year. This festival depicts communal harmony as it is celebrated by both Hindus and Muslims.
Wow! An amazing list isn’t it? Each of these festivals has their own oomph and zing. In case you know of some other festival that could make this list even more amazing, leave us a comment in the comments section below.
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