India, a country with potpourri of ethnicity and beautiful diverse cultures, allures travelers from all over the world. We are a nation where people of different religions, caste and creed who love to celebrate!
The strongest bond among communities is the vibrant and colourful festivals, which are celebrated all over the country. These festivals are instrumental in bringing people together to promote a feeling of joy and revelry that is famous the world over.
The month of May is here and the celebrations begin on the very first day of the month. Here are some of the vibrant festivals celebrated across the country in the month of May.
1. Moatsu Festival: Moatsu, the beautiful and pulsating festival of the exquisitely scenic land of Nagaland, is celebrated with full vigor and zeal. The enchanting land of the Nagas comes alive on May 1st of every year to celebrate the vibrant festival of Moatsu, to invoke the blessings of the almighty. The most awaited festival of the Ao tribe is celebrated with folk dance, music along with the symbolic celebration of Sangpangtu (Bon fire), around which people sit and celebrate the occasion as a community, relishing authentic Naga food and drinks.
2. Parasurama Jayanthi: The sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu, Lord Parshuram was born on third day of waxing moon period. It’s often said that Lord Vishnu reincarnated as Parshuram to free the world from the burden of cruel kings who neglected their duties. Hence, this day is celebrated as Lord Parshuram Jayanthi. Devotees of Lord Vishnu observe fast on this day and worship the deity by offering flowers and burning incense to diffuse positivity and fragrance around the temple.
3. Akshaya Tritiya: Also known as Akha Teej, Akshaya Tritiya celebrated on May 2nd is a highly auspicious day for the Hindus and Jains. The festival is celebrated on the third day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Vaishakha. This holy day brings luck, success and prosperity to people, hence it is considered auspicious for beginning a new task like construction of houses, digging of wells as well as buying gold. We all have our own reason to celebrate this day, and most of us start our day by worshipping Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi on this day. The idols are decorated and offered flower, fruits, coconuts, and prasadam. The worship begins with the blessed sound of bells and the fragrant aroma of the incense sticks, which fill up the house with the positive vibes and a festive mood.
4. Ganga Saptami: The River Ganga holds a special place in all our hearts and May 5th is celebrated as Ganga Saptami, a festival solely dedicated to Goddess Ganga. Ganga Saptami is believed to be the day when River Ganga descended onto Earth from the heaven. This day is also known as Ganga Pujan and Ganga Jayanti. People visit the River Ganga and worship the river by doing elaborate poojas. The fervor of the pooja can be felt from far away, as the fragrance from the incense spread across the city filling the air with devotion and good spirit.
The month of May begins with these holy festivals and celebrations across India. Enjoy these occasions and rejoice the festivities with friends and family. Cycle Pure Agarbathies wishes you all the joy that each festival brings!