India is the cultural capital of the world because of the variety of the religions and festivals here. One would find many conventional and unconventional type of celebrations here. What makes our country a matter of immense interest among other people of the world is the culture and its reverberation, spectrum of colors, kinship between religions, and bizarre rituals. Read here about some of the unique festivals and the way they are celebrated in India.
Losar Festival, Ladakh: This pulsating festival is the Indo-Tibetans’ biggest event marking the start of the Tibetan New Year. The local people come out in large numbers on the street and pray, pass fire torches, dance and sing between 8-11th The 3 day long celebrations see decoration of monasteries, newly painted houses, families dress in new cloths and food fun. If you have a brother who loves adventure and exploration then attending this festival could be one of the best thing to do.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival, Rajasthan: The month of February sees Jaisalmer of Rajasthan come to life with this unique desert festival. Folk singers, puppeteers, acrobats, fire dancers and many more in their traditional colorful avatars would welcome you to this vibrant festival. Rajasthan is a desert with less or practically no vegetation but the people are so vibrant and effervescent here that you cannot gauge the hardship they face daily in their life due to shortage of water. Camel plays an important role here in this festival. Camels are decorated here and there is a game called camel polo.
Rakshabandhan, India – The festival of Rakshabandhan commemorates the sibling love like no other. The festival is celebrated in the month of August, where the sister prays for the longevity and the well-being of the brother. It is bond which is celebrated all over North India with a lot of reverence. Markets are beautifully embellished with attractive rakhi threads, sweets, dry fruits and other gift items which turns out to be rakhi gifts for brother.
Khajuraho Dance Festival, Madhya Pradesh: There are more than 1000 temples in Khajuraho of Madhya Pradesh and they were built between 10th and 11th Century A.D. The beautiful temples here are an example of the artistic intelligence of the people in India that were prevalent since the primitive ages. This dance festival includes performances by dance troupes who act out various dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Mohini Attam, Chhau, Kathak, Kuchipudi and more. It is held in between 20-26th February every year.
International Kites festival, Gujarat: Kai Po Che is the phrase that one would hear in Gujarat if you visit during this kites festival. People gather here for the international meet for all kite lovers. The main group of kite lovers assembles at Rann of Kutch, with their handmade kites. It is witnessed in between 10-11th January every year. Kites can be seen in the sky throughout country around the festival of rakhi as well. If your brother is really fond of flying kites, then as a rakhi gift for brother, you can plan a trip here with him.
Goa Carnival, Goa: This is a four day long festival that occurs in between 14-17th February annually and it has the roots set in the Christian traditions brought to Goa by the Portuguese people way back in 16th The events at the carnival combine fiestas of diverse cultures, religions and beliefs and many street shows. The gala event can be compared to the holiday parades of South America.