Human is lover of festivals. Festival honor and remember God, great sadhus and celebrate seasonal occasions. They include both the spiritual and temporar. Indian culture has been sustained and enriched by such festival.
The tradition of festivals evolved from the yagna ceremonies performed by rishis in Vedic times. They retained the same fundamental sentiments of appeasing and honoring God. Furthermore, the rishis later included other rituals and observances like fasting, jagran (vigil), singing of bhajan, reciting or listening to God's devine lila and celebrating by dancing and offering feasts.
Festival are celebrated in mandirs, sacred spots and on holy river banks. The popular festival celebrated by Hindus during the year are Diwali and New Year's Day, Uttrayan, Maha Shivratri, Holi, Ram Navmi and most all GOD'S jayanti like Ram Navmi, Hunuman Jayanti, Swarminarayan Jayanti, Janmashtmi, Swaminarayan Jayanti, Rath Yatra, Guru Purnima, Raksha Bandhan, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navaratri, Vijay Dashmi(Dashera), Sharad Prunima and others.
Utsavs - Festivals break the monotony of routine activities, recharging peopel with enthusiasm, vigor and virtues. They provide moral and spritual impetus to all in their spritual sudhanas and daily duties. The festive ambience and posotive vibrations foster social harmony.
India is a land of spectacular festivals, instilling in its people a unique persona of faith, joy and harmony