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Festivals in Delhi

Delhi, the national capital of India is highly influenced by culture and festivals of various states of India as the city is surrounded by Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. People of Delhi celebrate all the festivals - of all religions be it Holi of the Hindus, Ramadan of the Muslims or Christmas of the Muslims.

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 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.

Holi Festival in DelhiIn 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. 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 Dusshera in Delhifanfare. 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. 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.

Eid in DelhiHoly festival of Muslim community Eid-Ul-Fitr which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramadan is celebrated 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.

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