Festivals play are very large part in the day to day life of Hindus and they portray and rich cultural traditions of the country. In Hindu tradition, a festival is observed with prayers and different rituals such as fasting, decorating the deities, cooking special dishes, community fairs, etc. The festivals usually commemorate special events from Hindu mythology but this often coincides with seasonal changes or agricultural cycles such as the sowing or harvest season.
Festivals are celebrated highlighting different facets of the local culture and vary across the different geographic regions of the country. The same festival is often celebrated in different ways across the country. Given below is a collection of Hindu festivals, highlighting their significance with explanations of the different rituals involved while celebrating it.