Learn about some of the commonly celebrated holidays in India.
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|Holiday||Date||Reason||Associated Traditions||People Celebrating||Associated Symbols||Image of Associated Symbol(s)|
|Indian Republic Day||26-Jan||Celebrates the adoption of the 1950 Indian Constitution.||Parades, Military ceremony known as the Beating Retreat, Air show||The India Gate, Indian flag, Ashoka Wheel|
|Thaipusam||The day of the full moon in the month of Thai (January/February)||Celebrated by Tamil communities in honor of Murugan, the god of war.||Offerings, entering a trance-state while the body or face is pierced and carry burdens called kavadis.||Murugan's spear, milk pots, kavadi|
|Holi||The day after the full moon in the month of Phalguna (early March)||Celebration of the arrival of spring. Also called the Festival of Colors.||Dancing in the streets while throwing water and dyed powders.||Colorful powder, Om sign, bonfires|
|Rama Navami||The ninth day of Chaitra (April/March)||Celebrates the birthday of Lord Rama.||Fasting, Rama puja (worship), chariot processions||Rama, bow and arrow, coconut|
|Independence Day||15-Aug||Celebrates India's independence from the British in August of 1947.||Parades and Pageants, singing the national anthem, flag hoisting||Indian flag, Hand/Fist, Ashoka Wheel|
|Krishna Janmashtami||The eighth day of (August/September)||Celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna.||Teams of men forming human pyramids to reach and open clay pots filled with curd that have been strung up from buildings.||Krishna, yogurt pot, peacock feather, sweets, flute|
|Ganesh Chaturthi||Ten days in the month of Baadrapada, beginning on the fourth day of the waxing moon (August or September)||Celebration of the god Ganesha.||Statues of Ganesha put in homes at the beginning of the festival. At the end of the festival, the statues are paraded through the streets and then submerged in a body of water.||Ganesha, modaka (sweets offered to Ganesha)|
|Navratri||The first 9 days of the month of Ashwin (Late September or Early October)||Nine days of celebration of the female divine.||Visiting family, worship of Durga, Lakshmi, and Sarasvati, precession with the image of Durga, plate decorating, fasting||Durga, garba dancers, conch shells|
|Dussehra||The tenth day of the month of Ashwin (Late September or Early October)||This day celebrates the triumph of good over evil. This triumph belongs to both Rama in his triumph over Ravana and Durga in her triumph over Mahishasura.||Submersion of Durga idols, plays depicting the life of Rama, burning of Ravana effigies||Durga, Rama shooting Ravana with an arrow, Ravana's ten heads|
|Gandhi Jayanthi||2-Oct||Celebrate the life of Mahatma Gandhi, the unofficial "Father of the Nation."||Prayer services, Gathering at Raj Ghat (the Gandhi memorial in New Delhi)||Spinning wheel, Indian flag, Gandhi's image|
|Diwali/Deepavali||The final day of the Vikram calendar (October)||Celebration of the victory of good and light. Lakshmi is honored by this festival. Known as the Festival of Lights.||Burning ghee lanterns, putting up lights, fireworks.||Lamps, swastika, Om sign|
|Pushkar Camel Fair||Two weeks around the Kartik Purnimal full moon (usually around November)||A festival of camel and livestock trading in Rajasthan.||Camel races, polo, competitions.||Camels, tents|