There are three main yearly festivals. All
major festival celebrations include visiting a temple, eating special foods
and exchanging gifts.
Diwali is the festival of lights. Light represents knowledge. It is
celebrated in late October
or early November. This is the Hindu New Year.
Holi is the festival which marks the coming of spring. It is held in
March or April. There are processions and people light bonfires and cover
each other with colored water and powders.
Dussehra is the festival which marks Rama's triumph over the evil
Ravana. It is held in
September. There are dances and plays with events in the life of the god Rama
Every twelve years in January or February:
Kumbha Mela: This celebration is a huge bathing affair. Millions of
Hindu pilgrims go to the
River Ganges at Allahbad for this festival.