Festivals in Delhi
The people of Delhi celebrate every festival ranging from Makar Sankranti and Lohri to Christmas with great fervour and enthusiasm. This is the specialty of Delhi that we get to see festivals of all religions and each one of them carries a message of peace and harmony.
Apart from Holi and Diwali, which is celebrated all over India, Delhi witnesses celebration of all festivals- major or minor ones of all communities.Lohri, Makar Snakranti and Bihu are celebrated in month of January, with much fanfare despite cold weather conditions. People out of happiness nad joy keep dancing on beat of drums in their respective localities. Makar Sankranti is also known as Uttarayan, a day when the sun starts moving northwards marking the decline of winter.
Saraswati puja also known as Basant Panchami, on this day the goddess of art, wisdom and culture is worshipped to mark the Sarawswati puja especially by students.
In the month of March, Holi and Mahashivratri are celebrated with great fervour and festivity. It is believed that Shivratri marks the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Barat procession of Lord Shiva is taken out on the day to mark the celeberations.
In the month of April, Good Friday, Easter , Baisakhi and Ramnavami are celebrated. Ram Navami, is celebrated as the birth of Lord Rama, with ritualistic fasting and special prayers. The festival is celebrated on the last day of the nine-day long Chaitra Navaratri festivities.
Baisakhi is celebrated by the Punjabi community with joy and cheer. Various programmes are organized across the city to commemorate the celebration as Punjabi people are known for their happy go lucky style.
Raksha Bandhan, the festival symbolizes trust between sisters and brothers are widely celebrated here with great fervor. Girls and women can easily be seen dressed in traditional attire on this day. Women in the capital get free rides in public buses on Rakhi, while the Delhi Metro runs extra trains to cater to the rush of commuters.
The ten-day long Dussehra that symbolizes the triumph of good over evil is observed in Delhi with much fanfare. Donning their best ethnic attires, people throng temples that are decorated up with lights and flowers to offer their prayers. People throng Ramlila venues across the city where artistes enact the final battle episode of Ramayana where Lord Ram kills Ravana and brings back Sita to Ayodhya. The festivities culminated after nine auspicious days of navratri, during which Ramlila is enacted to depict the life of Lord Ram.
Ravan dahan is also staged in various parts of the city on the day Vijayadashmi. As the effigies of demon king Ravans, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakaran are set ablaze amid chants in praise of Lord Ram, people witness spectacular fireworks which illuminated the sky.
Another big festival, Diwali is also celebrated with same passion as Dusshera and other festivals in Delhi. People from all strata of the society prepare special rangolis to welcome goddess Lakshmi. Diwali is celebrated with joy and gaiety across Delhi as lakhs of people lit candles and 'diyas', explodes crackers and share sweets and gifts with friends and neighbours.
Chhath puja, widely celebrated in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh is also celebrated with much fanfare and enthusiasm in Delhi.
In winter season festivity of Christmas grips Delhi as shopping malls and all local markets are well decorated with light and Christmas Stars twinkle everywhere after dusk. People can easily be seen buying santa, Christmas trees and other decorative items used for celebrations. To mark the occasion people lit candles in the church.
Holy festival of Muslim community Eid-Ul-Fitr which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramadan is celebrated with zeal and zest in the city. Muslims throng historic 17th century Jama Masjid and other Eidgahs to offer congregational prayers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Bakri-id also known as Id-Ul-Azha is widely acclaimed festival of Muslim community.
Apart from above all various other festivals of other community like Guru Purab, Mahavir Jayanti, Hariyali Teej to name a few are celebrated in Delhi with same zeal and zest as popular festivals are celebrated here.