India is a land rich in festivities. There is no place in the world where the festivals are celebrated like India! Every festival concerns diverse occasions, some greets the different seasons of the year, the crops, the rains, or the full moon. Others commemorate spiritual occasions, the born days of heavenly beings and saints, or the arrival of the New Year. A lot of these festivals are ordinary to the majority of parts of India. Though, they may be known as special names in a variety of parts of the country or maybe celebrated in a different style.
Poila Boishakh: Bengali New Year
This year, Poila Boishakh will be celebrated on April 15. According to the Bengali schedule, it is the first day of the first month, and citizens thank the marvellous forces for the crops of the previous year and that to follow.
People adorn their houses with rangoli in their courtyards made with a paste of rice and water (called alpona).
Families get together on this promising day and have a good time on the New Year with Bengali folk music and dances in conventional dresses. Little gatherings are held where children and adults take part in a variety of activities like drawing, painting, dancing, poetry recitation, singing, etc.
Baisakhi: Harvest Festival of Punjab
This year, Baisakhi is on April 14. On this day, Khalsa community was formed as Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of Sikhs, asked citizens to follow Sikhism in 1699.
The northern states of Punjab, Haryana and parts of Delhi have a good time this day with a great deal of fanfare. People mutually perform bhangra and gidda on conventional folk songs and dhol. Men show off their gatka skills.
The Sikh group of people also scrutinizes it as the day of thanksgiving for a plentiful harvest and prays for future affluence.
Bihu: Harvest Festival of Assam
Bohag Bihu is extensively celebrated from corner to corner in Assam, and parts of Manipur and Bengal. The Assamese celebrate Bihu three times a year, which shows the different cycles of farming – Bhogali/Magh Bihu Bohag/Rongali Bihu, and Kongali Bihu.
On the day of Bihu, a variety of feasts like Mangsho, Chira and Pitha are prepared. Women, men and children are observed singing, feasting, exchanging gifts, in quest of blessings from elders, trying new clothes, and performing the conventional Bihu dance on this day.
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