The Constitution of India came into action and India declared itself as a Republic Nation on 26 January 1950. The Constitution declares India to be a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic and republic, assuring its citizens of justice, equality, liberty, and endeavours to promote fraternity among them. The beginning of the occasion is always with the reminder of the sacrifice of the martyrs who died in the freedom movement for the country. Also Bravery awards are distributed by the President. Every year a grand parade is held in the capital City, starts from the Rajghat. In this parade different regiments of the army, the Navy and the Air force take participate. On this day, we also recalled the great words of our first President and motivated ourselves for the well-being of humanity.
The festival of Maha Shivratri is celebrated by the devotees of Lord Shiva, who is the God of Meditation, contemplation, and austerity. Devotees strongly believe that praying to Lord Shiva on this auspicious day washes away their sins and takes them closer to the path of salvation. On this day, devotees do fasting and worship Lord Shiva with milk, honey, sandalwood paste, Bel Leaves, flowers, fruits, etc. It is followed by Meditation, chanting mantras and singing bhajans praising the Lord, throughout the night.
Holi is celebrated with lighting up of bonfire on the Holi eve. There are several legends & stories associated with Holi celebration making the festival more exuberant and vivid. People play and rub 'gulal' on each others' faces and cheer up saying, "bura na maano Holi hai". Holi also gives a wonderful chance to send blessings, love and gifts to near and dear ones.
Good Friday is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. It is celebrated traditionally as the day on which Jesus was crucified. If you are interested in a study of the issue, please see our article that discusses the various views on which day Jesus was crucified. The Friday within Holy Week, and is a time of fasting and penance, commemorating Christ's suffering, crucifixion, and death. For Christians, this holy day commemorates not just a historical event, but the sacrificial death of Christ, which along with the resurrection, comprises the heart of the Christian faith.
Rakhi is basically a sacred thread of protection embellished with the love and affection of a sister for her brother. This day is also known as Raksha Bandhan and celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravana in India. This frail of thread of Rakhi is considered as stronger than iron chains as it binds the most beautiful relationship in an inseparable bond of love and trust. Rakhi festival also has a social significance because it underlines the notion that everybody should live in harmonious coexistence with each other. The festival of Raksha Bandhan is entirely dedicated to the love and affection shared between a brother and a sister. On this day, sisters pray for long life of their brothers and ask God to bless them with his blessings. Brothers, in turn, give them enticing rakhi gifts and promise to care life long.
August 15 is celebrated as the Independence Day in India. This national festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country. On this special occasion, rich tributes are paid to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives and fought to free our motherland.
Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated every year on 2nd October as the Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of India. Mahatma Gandhi proved that non-violence is the most effective instrument of social change. His teachings are promoted even today to avoid violence and find peaceful solutions to conflicts.
Karva Chauth (Second Half)
Karwa Chauth is a festival that provides an opportunity for all married women to get close to their in-laws. All married women observes fast that ensures the well-being, prosperity and longevity of their husbands. This Hindu festival has a cultural and social significance and all Indians celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm. The festival of Karwa Chauth is celebrated mostly by North India. This event is growing bigger with each passing day. In addition to the traditional items such as henna, beauty products and fashionable clothes, the demand of special eateries are also gearing up. Nowadays, Karwa Chauth is more of fun than a serious festival.
Diwali is by far the most glamorous and important festival celebrated in India. Enthusiastically enjoyed by people of every religion, its magical and radiant touch creates an atmosphere of joy and festivity. During Diwali, lights illuminate every corner of India and the scent of incense sticks hangs in the air, mingled with the sounds of fire-crackers, joy, togetherness and hope.
Bhai Dooj (First Half)
It is an auspicious occasion that holds special significance and celebrates the strong bonding between brothers and sisters. Sisters invite their brothers to visit their place and prepare the beloved dishes for them. Sisters pray to God for the well-being and longevity of their brothers against all the evils and bad fortune. In return, brothers follow their responsibilities of caring and loving their sisters.
Guru Nanak Jayanti
Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru. This festival has a lot of religious significance for the people of Sikh religion. To celebrate Guru Nanak's birthday, akhand path, which is a three day long non stop prayer, is conducted.
Christmas is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Jesus Christ who is considered as the "son of God" and founder of the Christian religion. It is the most auspicious Christial festival celebrated across the world on December 25th. Customs contain the exchange of cards and gifts and the coming of Santa Claus (Father Christmas) on Christmas morning or Christmas Eve, Christmas trees and Nativity scenes.
New Year's Eve is the last day of the year, i.e. 31st December. It is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink, and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year. The celebrations continue till past midnight into New Year's Day, 1st January.