Indian Villages comprises of the largest part of the country and when it comes to celebrating some of the unique festivals in India, than no other place than the villages can offer you the perfection of time and tradition. The festivals in villages reflects the rural charm and simplicity of the Indian people and brings the cultural aspect that the country is known from ages to the forefront. The places in India are known for its distinguished fairs and festivals and in villages we see a lot of energy and enthusiasm when it comes to celebrating the festivals. There are few festivals and occasions that are celebrated across the country with full flow like Diwali, Independence Day, Janmastami, Id-ul-Fitr, Gandhi Jayanti, Republic Day, Ram Navami, etc., but in villages you will also find some of the traditional and cultural celebration which is not so popular in the busy crowded cities. Below are some of the common and popular festivals that are celebrated across the country.
East India Village Festivals – The Eastern part of India comprises of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa together with the villages that surrounds the region. It is believed that this part of India and the villages here are most popular for its variety of celebrations and some mouthwatering cuisines. Some of the most popular festivals in this part of India are: Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Lakshmi Puja, Pohela Boishakh (Bengali’s New Year) in West Bengal and in Orissa, Ratha Yatra is celebrated with full energy and flow. In the rural areas in eastern India, one would be amazed to see the diverse cultural and traditional festivals including the Jhoolan, Poush Mela and Vasanta Utsav. Also, one would love to see the village festivals and the drama celebrations that happens in each part of rural east India.
North India Village Festivals – Northern part of India is known for diverse cultural presence as people from all across the country are seen here. The North India comprises of Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and the villages that surrounds the region. The most popular festivals that is seen here are Janmastami, Vasant Panchami, Diwali, Lohri, Karva Chauth, Buddha Purnima, Ram Navami, Kheer Bhawani, etc.
South India Village Festivals – The South India villages comprises of the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh. Though the place is known to hold various cultural feasts and celebrations but some of the popular celebration in the region are Onam and Pongal and some of the traditional festivals on music and dance. Also one can see innumerable tribal festivals and celebrations on coconut preparations and water games.
North-East India Village Festivals – When it comes to celebrating some of the popular festivals in India, then the north Eastern part of India is no less than the other regions as it earmarks some of the big festivals on cultural, traditional and tribal customs. The northeast India comprises of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim and Manipur. In the rural parts of Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya, you would find festivals like Chapchar Kut, Mim Kut, Ningol Chakouba, Heikru Hitongba and many more. Also Assam has been known for its most traditional festival Bihu along with festivals like Durga Puja and festivals to celebrate the beginning of monsoon.
Western India Village Festivals – The Western Indian states of India comprises of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa and is known worldwide for some of the best collections of colorful traditional and cultural fare and celebrations. The place has been over ages known for not only Hindu festivals, but equally for Jain, Christian and Buddhist festivals which are celebrated throughout the year.
In short, India is not only diverse in religion but is also a diversified region where we can see innumerable festivals and traditions being celebrated throughout the year and the pleasure and amusement that it brings to the people can hardly be shared or compared as we not only share gifts, sweets, clothes and ornaments in these festivals but also get the blessings from our elders and love and affection from our friends and family.