Indian Culture Traditions and Festivals

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Indian culture is marked by many fantastic traditions that have evolved over time. These customs and rituals have withstood the test of time because they are deeply rooted in the rich history of India. They represent an age-old story of spiritual beliefs and practices that bind the people of India together. Some of these traditions have become integral parts of their heritage. In this article, I introduce five such traditions that are of critical importance to Indians of all ages. They include the festival of Durga Puja, Dusshera Puja, Holi, Ganesh Chathurthi, and Navaratra.

The festival of Durga Puja is one of the most popular festivals observed in all parts of India. It is a festival that highlights the Goddess Durga and her consort Ksheer. The Goddess Durga is associated with knowledge and intellect. On this day, Goddess Durga Puja is believed to give willing participants knowledge of good luck and prosperity in their lives and marriage arrangements.

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The Madhya Pradesh government celebrates “Durga Puja” with great fanfare and pomp on the first day of Durga Puja. The main highlight of this ceremony is the firing of the Brahma temple at Vrindavan, in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Durga Puja is believed to be the beginning of spiritual worship and the pursuit of truth. This is the main focus of all the traditional celebrations of Gujarat culture. While the Brahma temple is the main point of focus of the festival, several other icons, places, rituals, and sculptures of important personalities are also used as part of the ritual.

Holi is another well-known celebration of Indian culture. This particular festival is celebrated with much of the same pomp and pageantry that are witnessed at the Madhya festivity. In fact, there are even more customs and rituals that make Holi a major part of the Indian culture and tradition. Holi is the main feast during the entire month of August in the Indian sub-continent, apart from the west and central part of India. The festivities associated with the festival include colorful fireworks exhibitions, street fairs, boat races, singing and dance performances of local artists, street markets, and various other activities such as football and butchery.

The Manipur culture believes strongly in the concept of yashtimadhuk (good luck). The entire month of August is considered a very lucky time for the family and friends of the deceased. On this day, they are believed to get a good fortune for the new year which is fast approaching. The most notable of these cultural customs include the visit of the holy temples of the different religions and goddesses, the dancing on the footpath after going to the temple, offering sweets to the deities, and the exchange of sweets and blessings made between family members.

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Nagaland is the most untouched region in India, which is mainly because of its natural beauty and diverse natural flora and fauna. It has a lot to offer the visitors who come here. One of the major attractions of the region is the Charminar, which is constructed out of a century-old structure and is located near the hamlet of Neelambur. The local people practice the ritual of niyamas (ceremonial rituals) and magdiwadi (ritualistic dance) to offer protection to their homes, cattle, and crops. A typical culture of Nagaland is marked by the fact that there is not much change in the way people live as long as the people have a basic belief in the survival of nature and staying away from the influences of outside cultures such as modernity and modernization.

The people of Manipur believe in reincarnation, which is a belief shared by most of the ethnic groups in India. It is a belief that is strongly followed by the residents of Nagaland, particularly the Khatri of Manipur and the Nilgiri of Assam. They believe that each person is given a particular amount of time during which to pass away and that after this period called ‘Nadha’ or life, another body has come into existence. This cycle continues until the people return to the land of Mussoorie, which is the homeland of the Nilgiri people.

Bottom Line

The Manipuri festival, better known as Gan-Pondha is celebrated with great fanfare and colors. The festivities are colorful and joyous and the focus of the celebrations revolves around two rivers that feed the pond at Nagarhole and Mochras. The main highlight of the festival is the dancing and music associated with the two rivers. Every year, on the full moon of Gadjaan-Pondha, the ceremonies associated with these two rivers are conducted to honor the powers.

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