India is undoubtedly one of the most colourful and eclectic countries in the world. With colours of all shades painting the streets and foods that vary with each state, there’s no shortage of experiences to be shared in India. The festivals celebrated throughout the year bring together the people of this nation and are a must to experience if you are planning your travels to India this year. It’s the perfect place to plan a family holiday as well! Check out all the vibrant and unforgettable festival experiences on your next trip to Asia’s second most populous country.
This festival is primarily celebrated in the south of India, but as the country is a complete amalgamation of languages, cultures and customs, this religious festival is celebrated all over the country. It originated during the 1600s as a celebration of the birth of Ganesha, the prominent elephant God. As well as all festivals in India, the month and date differ based on the Gregorian calendar. The most energetic and fun celebration is in India’s state of Maharashtra where you can stay comfortable at the Radisson Blu Pune Hinjewadi. Join the community as they adorn a giant idol of Ganesha with flowers and then submerge the statue in water, all while singing and chanting songs that echo through the city.
If you have experienced the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Venice, you might want to check out the one in Goa as well! Brought into the country originally by the Portuguese when they colonised the Goan state, it is now the biggest fiesta of the year as preparations for the carnival in February begin as early as December! A collection of dances, songs, parades and even plays are set up in the 4-day festival and participants can join in whenever they want without having to pay a ticket. The Carnival is set for 22 – 25 February 2020, so be sure to plan your trip and stay at the Radisson Blu Resort Goa Cavelossim Beach so you can get to and from the carnival with ease.
Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. Even today, Indian households continue to light a row of clay lamps outside their homes to signify the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Preparations and rituals typically extend over a 5-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu lunar calendar. It is also one of the biggest shopping seasons where people buy new clothes for themselves and gifts for their families and friends. If you’re looking to join in on the shopping fun, discover more about why Asia is a shopper’s paradise! As it is with most Indian festivals, the day and month differs with the calendar, and this year’s celebration falls in October. Join the locals as they celebrate the festival by lighting their lamps and eating heart-warming food when you stay with Radisson Blu in Jaipur and Amritsar in the north of the India.
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This grand festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and another noteworthy Indian festival during the year. This celebration commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over the demon Ravana on the tenth day of Navaratri. Celebrations vary in the different regions of the country, where in the north will see large effigies of Ravana being set on fire community fairs with rides, food stalls and games, and in the south large processions and parades accompany a large idols of the Goddess Sita over whom the lord and demon fought. Whether you want to be part of the north Indian or south Indian celebration, stay comfortably at the Radisson Blu New Delhi Dwarka and Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore in October.
Arguably one of the most, if not the most colourful affair in India. The Holi festival celebrates the arrival of spring after the winter months. Although it began with religious roots, today it is seen as more of a celebratory festival. On the night before Holi, bonfires are lit in people’s homes and on streets to celebrate the victory of good over evil, and people take to the streets to sing songs and dance. On the day of Holi, marked by the evening of Full Moon Day in the month of Falgun, families and friends welcome each other into their homes by smearing coloured powder on their faces. While people partying in the street dance and sing with colour and water. Parties are organized across the country but be sure to add the Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar onto your itinerary which is located in West Delhi, just a few minutes away from the popular city center. If you’re looking for an adventure in the northeast of the country, head to the Radisson Blu Hotel Guwahati for a colourful Holi while still enjoying the tranquil setting in Assam.
At the end of the day, whether you are more intrigued by colour, fireworks, or just pure festival fun, there is something in store for you in India.