Festivals of India

It seems that nearly every day is a festival day in India. Some of the major festivals that will take place during or shortly before or after RIA/CE include:


Dashara


This festival honors Durga, the mythological female goddess who slayed Mahishasur, the king of evil.
In India, the harvest season begins at this time and so the Mother Goddess is invoked to start the new harvest season and reactivate the vigor and fertility of the soil. This is done through religious performances and rituals which are thought to invoke cosmic forces that rejuvenate the soil.



Vijaya Ushva


During the time of the Dashara Festival, local villagers hold a celebratory festival with dance and music in honor of Durga's victory.
Vijaya Ushva Festival is organized by the government of Orissa to attract people all over the world to this magnificent land. At the Vijay utsav the celebrations includes Dance, drama, music, fireworks; puppet shows and spectacular processions, all combine to recreate the grandeur of the bygone era.



Kumar Purnima


During this festival, unmarried girls dress in their party best, feast on scrumptious food, play a game called Punchi and worship the moon in order to attract good husbands.
The Sharad Purnima or Kojaagari Purnima or Kumar Purnima is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin (September-October). The rainy season is over and the brightness of the full moon brings special joy. This is a traditional celebration of the moon and is also called the Kaumudi celebration, Kaumudi meaning moonlight.



Laxmi Festivals


Each village celebrates Laxmi, goddess of wealth, with intricately sculpted likenesses of Laxmi, painted and placed in glitzy shrines.
At night, goddess Laxmi is worshiped and night vigil is observed. According to a folk-tale, once a king fell on evil days, and was in great financial straits, but then his queen observed this fast and night vigil, and worshiped the goddess of wealth, Laxmi. Consequently, they were blessed by the goddess and they regained their prosperit



Diwali


The annual firework-filled celebration of Lord  Rama's slaying of Ravan, the king of evil.
Diwali (also spelled Devali in certain regions) or Deepavali, popularly known as the "festival of lights", is an important five-day festival in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, occurring between mid-October and mid-November. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. Deepavali is an official holiday in India.



Ala Nabmi Festival


This is the festival honoring Krishna's wife Rada.