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5 Unmissable Indian Festivals

5 Unmissable Indian Festivals If you're planning a trip to India, but you're not sure when to go, scheduling your trip during one (or more) of these fantastic festivals will ensure you have the chance to experience a uniquely Indian event. Festivals are a massive part of Indian culture and they give tourists a perfect opportunity to explore the food, culture, religion and personality of the country.

Diwali 30th October 2016

Even if you've never visited India before, you've probably already heard of Diwali, as it is the biggest celebration in the Indian calendar. The festival of lights celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. This festival is best celebrated with an Indian family, as it is celebrated in a similar fashion to Christmas in the western world.

Holi 23rd March 2016

Holi, the festival of colour, is probably the most photogenic Indian festival and is a favourite amongst those who have an interest in photography. The festival celebrates the start of the spring and involves festival goers throwing coloured power and water at one another. Women hoping to experience Holi should take precautions to remain safe by staying off the streets and finding a controlled private venue in which to celebrate, as women can be at risk of being harassed by gangs of drunken youths.

Durga Puja 8th October 2016

Durga Puja is a festival honouring the goddess Durga who symbolises the feminine energy. During the festival, crowds admire artistically embellished stages that exhibit statues of the goddess Durga and listen to live music. This festival is favoured by art lovers as it is essentially a big open- air gallery, showcasing the creations of Bengali artists. The best place to celebrate the festival is in Kolkata in west Bengal.

Ganesh Chaturthi 5th September 2016

Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival created to honour the elephant-headed god Ganesh who is known as the god of luck and safe travels. Statues and images of Ganesh are created and then paraded in the streets and festival goers sing, dance and feast.

Pushkar Camel Fair 8th November

Pushkar is a small town in Rajasthan which comes alive during the autumn camel fair which coincides with the full moon festival. The combination of a livestock festival and a religious festival is a vibrant and exciting atmosphere for locals and tourists alike. The festival is primarily an opportunity for camel traders to buy and sell camels, but there is also plenty of food, shows, markets and even camel racing.

If you're not able to make it to India, why not celebrate one of these amazing festivals at home with friends? You can create authentic Indian dishes at home with our range of Indian Spice Pastes, shop now.

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