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Ancient India : Festivals and celebrations!

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Ancient India : Festivals and celebrations!
What does the festivals represent?
How was festivals celebrated in ancient times of India?
DIWALI
Diwali is the festival of lights.
Another word instead of Diwali is Deepawali. Diwali is celebrated on the darkest night of Kartik, (the eight month of the Hindu Calendar). Diwali is the most important festival, this importance has been recognized and celebrated 5000-7000 years ago and is now celebrated not only by Hindu's but any Indian who appreciates and wants to join in the celebrations of lights.
Diwali is also a festival celebrated as Christmas in the west of India, so this is also a time to mark the beginning of a new year.
Preparations for Diwali start just before the following festival such as cleaning the house, put special decorations and painting the house.
What is Holi?
When was Holi celebrated?
Holi is the color festival, this is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna. The holi festival startes just at the start of spring. This festival is celebrated in the north states of India, is like a carnival and it is very popular. Holi Festival is a time when all Indians come together leaving all their sadness and grievness behind from the past. Originally the festival in the past were only for the shudras who were not allowed to participate in festivals. Today this festival has lost its significance and is now for all Indians, and is a favourite festival of all time.
In India, the celebrations of fairs and festivals form an amazing wondrous and joyful series of events, marking the rites of birth, death and renewal .
The celebrations and festivals are moments of remembrance of the birthdays, great deeds of gods, goddesses, hero's, heroines, gurus, prophets and saints.
All Indians from different religions and beliefs such as Hindu's, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and other religious groups celebrate individually, or together as a mixture of groups if their festivals are the same, on the same day.
The Ancient tradition of celebrating festivals goes back to the Vedic times of Aryans. The Vedic scriptures and literature give many source of information about about festivals when celebrations were carried on to honor gods, trees, rivers and mountains. These festivals include prayers, fasting and also social and cultural significance.
In the festivals of India there are performances of music, dancing, and drama which took place rugged physical activities. Other activities included wrestling, and wild bull, elephant, horses and rhino race.

Information on few common Festivals
Why is the this topic important to Indian History?
This topic is important to Indian History because it leaves a special significance story about culture and a true Indians faith. The reason why Indians have these festivals is so that all Indians can celebrate their religion, customs, practice their special rituals and pray to their God.
How are the festivals celebrated today, in the present world?
In today's world, Indian festivals all around the world are celebrated with more enjoyment. There are many fun activities including the basic of praying to Gods, celebrating religion and customs. Some festivals these days have enjoyable rides such as rollercosters, jumping castles and a lot of singing performances and trivia questions. There is also food that is shared with all from different religions.
Some festivals stay the same and don't change.
What Changes have been in the area from past to present?
Bibliography
www.webonautics.com/ethineticindia/festivals
www.theindiatravelguide/test/festival
There are over 60 festivals
10 Famous festivals/celebrations!
1. Durga Puja
2. Diwali (Deepawali)
3. Chhat Puja (Only festival dedicated to the Sun God)
4. Holi
5. Christmas
6. Ratha Yatra
7. Raksha Bandhan
8. EID
9. Thai Pongal
10. Onam
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