Festivals in The India Sub-continent

Indian festivals are specified by high spirits, colour, prayers, enthusiasm and rituals. Foreign travelers are struck by the scale and multiplicity of Indian festivals that have evolved in the society.

Indian Festivals are celebrated by the people having different cultures. Out of number of festivals some are dedicated to welcome the seasons, some are for the harvest, the rains, or full moon there are different reasons to celebrate the festivals. Some festivals are being celebrated as religious, in the form of birthdays of divine Gurus, saints or on arrival of new year

celebrate religious occasions, the birthdays of divine beings, saints, and gurus (revered teachers), or the advent of the New Year. A number of these festivals are common to most parts of India. However, they may be called by different names in various parts of the country or may be celebrated in a different fashion

Every celebration centres arround the rituals of prayer, seeking blessings, exchanging goodwill, decorating houses, wearing new cloths, music, dance and feasting.

In India every religion has something to celebrate. The festivals reflect the vigour and life-style of its people. Vibrant colours, music and festivity make the country come alive throughout the year.


of India (Music, Dance, Drama) India has very great sense of humur of Music, dance, Drama & theater since human civilization came in existance.


The music of India is an invasive effect in Indian life. It is played almost at all the ceremonial opportunity, from birth of a child or death of an old person, religious rites and seasonal festivals. Originally, not all development of music was reduced to writing. To keep their normal reliability, they were imparted vocally from teacher to pupil, the Guru-Shishya tradition.


Indian dance too has diverse folk and classical forms. Among the well-known folk dances are the bhangra of the Punjab, the bihu of Assam, the chhau of Jharkhand and Orissa, the ghoomar of Rajasthan, the dandiya and garba of Gujarat, the Yakshagana of Karnataka and lavani of Maharashtra and Dekhnni of Goa. Eight dance forms, many with narrative forms and mythological elements, have been accorded classical dance status by India's National Academy of Music, Dance, and Drama. These are: bharatanatyam of the state of Tamil Nadu, kathak of Uttar Pradesh, kathakali and mohiniattam of Kerala, kuchipudi of Andhra Pradesh, manipuri of Manipur, odissi of the state of Orissa and the sattriya of Assam.

Drama and theater

Indian drama and theatre has a long history alongside its music and dance. Kalidasa's plays like Shakuntala and Meghadoota are some of the older plays, following those of Bhasa. One of the oldest surviving theatre traditions of the world is the 2,000 year old Kutiyattam of Kerala.

The tradition of folk theater is popular in most linguistic regions of India. In addition, there is a rich tradition of Puppet Theater in rural India, going back to at least the second century BCE.


Indian cinema has very strong impression on almost ever aspect of life in India. India producing the largest number of movies in this world including Hindi, Bangala, Malyalam, Kannad and other languages. “Bollywood” is the casual name given to the fashionable Mumbai based film industry in India in comparision to Hollywood.

India has the unique feature of producing the biggest number of films anywhere in the world and in many languages. India produces more than nine hyndred short films and one thausand feature films every year.

Unity in Diversity

It's no coincidence that four of the world's most important religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism) were born in India. Neither is it a coincidence that Islam found its huge number of followers here, and that Christianity reached as early as 52 AD. Driven out from everywhere else in the world, Parsis were welcomed into the Indian mainstream. Thousands of tribes live in India without any identity crisis whatsoever.

It is this multitude of views which has given India its resilient and tolerant character. Sample any town or village, and you will find a close-knit society of different castes, religions, financial status, ideals and principles. Beliefs maybe strong and rigid in concepts, but flexible in practice.  While such a harmonious coexistence may well be unthinkable in most countries, it's not so in the land of Ahimsa (non-violence), and its chief propagators - Gautam Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi.  For Indians this kind of diversity is neither a shortcoming nor something alien. It adds color, joy and vivacity to their lives and makes them understand the right of every living being to live and coexist - well exemplified in a  popular Sanskrit phrase - Vasudhaiv Kutumbhakam (The world is everyone's home)