Indian Events As The Reflection Of Ancient Traditions

The samples of the rich Indian culture are reflected in numerous rites and traditions of historical and religious significance. Today, Indian holidays are observed in various parts of the world, in such countries as Nepal, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, Australia, Africa, Canada, Britain, and the United States. Such diversity was caused by massive migrations of Indians.
Indian events vary significant, depending on local and family traditions of people. Among the widely reputed holidays, observed by Indians in all parts of the world, are Dussehra, Dala Chhath, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Ugadi, Rama Navami, and Krishna Janmaashtami, all of them commemorating important events of the country and focusing on various aspects of community life.
 
Regarded as one of the most important Indian events, Dussehra is a Hindu festival, observed by Indians annually in the Hindu Vikrami Calender month Ashwin, which corresponds to September or October. The holiday commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over demon Ravana. People spend the day decorating houses and shops with flower strings. The holiday, seen as the victory of good over evil, is observed in grand style.
 
Pongal is an Indian festival, celebrated in Tamil at the time of harvest. Historically, it is a holiday independent of religion, observed by residents of South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. While Pongal is recognized as a Tamil festival, similar Indian events are celebrated in other regions under different names. Pongal is held for four days, beginning with the last day of the month, Maargazhi, and lasting until the third day of Thai. It has astronomical significance, marking the beginning of the Sun's movement for a period of six months.
 
Ugadi is observed as a New Year's day among the residents of the Deccan region of the country. The festival is known under the name Gudi Pawda among the people of Maharashta.
 
Gudi Pawda is an Indian spring holiday, observed on the first day of Chaitra, the Hindu month, corresponding to March or April in the Gregorian calendar. According to the ancient belief, this is a day of Brahma's creation of the world.
 
Rama Navami is celebrated on the ninth day of the Hindu lunar year as the day of marriage of Rama and Seetha. Marriage celebrations are usually performed in the households, followed by the procession of the idols along the streets. Among the highlights of Rama Navami are Kalyanam, a ceremony of wedding performed by priests, and Panakam, a drink made of jagger and pepper.
 
Onam is celebrated by Indians across all religions and castes as the holiday of harvest. It is primarily observed by the people of Kerala as the time of rejoicing with nature.
 
Krishna Janmaashtami, referred to as Gokulaashtami, Krishnaashtami, or Srikrishna Jayanti, is an Indian summer festival that is observed on the eighth day of the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapadha, which falls in the month of August in the Gregorian calendar. The holiday commemorates the birth of Krishna. It starts with the fasting on the previous day, followed by celebrating the birth of Krishna at night.
 
One of the significant Indian events, Krishna Janmaashtami, is celebrated with great honor across the country with the festivities extended for several days. Devotional dances and songs are seen as an integral part of the celebration, including the traditions of Dali-Handi and Raslila. The festival aims at bringing all community members together.
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