Holi is a Hindu spring festival, originating from the Indian subcontinent, celebrated predominantly in India and Nepal, but has also spread to other areas of Asia and parts of the Western world through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent, also known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love”.
Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. This religious Eid is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast.
Independence Day is annually celebrated on 15 August, as a national holiday in India commemorating the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947, the UK Parliament passed the Indian Independence Act 1947 transferring legislative sovereignty to the Indian Constituent Assembly.
Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated every year on 2nd October as the Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of India. Mahatma Gandhi proved that non-violence is the most effective instrument of social change. His teachings are promoted even today to avoid violence and find peaceful solutions to conflicts.
Vijayadashami also known as Dasahara, Dusshera, Dasara, Dussehra or Dashain is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navratri every year.
Diwali, Deepavali or Dipavali is Hindu and Jain festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.”
Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru. This festival has a lot of religious significance for the people of Sikh religion. To celebrate Guru Nanak’s birthday, akhand path, which is a three day long non stop prayer, is conducted.
Christmas is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Jesus Christ who is considered as the “son of God” and founder of the Christian religion. It is the most auspicious Christial festival celebrated across the world on December 25th. Customs contain the exchange of cards and gifts and the coming of Santa Claus (Father Christmas) on Christmas morning or Christmas Eve, Christmas trees and Nativity scenes.