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A Metablog – Major Festivals of India

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Our blog covers many topics themed around experiencing India. We give travel tips, etiquette pointers, and talk about culture. Naturally there are many posts where we discuss festivals in India and where to experience them best. The diverse and vast country that India is, there’s never a month or perhaps a day, without a festival in some part of the country. Even so, now is the start of India’s main festive season. We think it’s a good reason to come out with a list of blogposts about festivals this season. Even if you have a good understanding of Indian festivals and their backstories, we believe there’ll be something you’ll discover new in one of these posts. As always, comments are welcome!

GANESH CHATURTHI

(1) Gigantic Ganesh idols are a common sight during Ganesh Chaturthi. But did you know that these massive idols had more to do with India’s Independence than religion? Bhavani unveils some forgotten facts.

Ganesh Chaturthi and Independence- a lesser known fact

(2)A photoblog on Ganesh Chaturthi, capturing the rituals and celebrations in an Indian home.

Photoblog – Ganesh Chaturthi 

(3) The story behind the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi festival

ONAM

(1)The festival of Onam, its history and celebrations.

Onam festival : Date, History, Celebrations and Onam Sadya

(2)Nothing wins popularity contests like food. Or so it seems, given how our readers love this blog. Yes, it’s about Onam Sadya.

Onam Sadhya

DUSSEHRA

(1)A 2 part blog about Dusshera/ Dasara that lists out the top 5 destinations to experience this 9-day festival in all its resplendent glory. Each destination recommendation comes with a list of things to do and options for places to stay.

Best Holiday Destinations in India – Top 5 places to experience Dussehra

Best Holiday Destinations in India – Top 5 places to experience Dussehra – Gujarat and Kerala

DIWALI

(1)Written by Sudha Mathew, this blogpost covers the backstory of this super-bright celebration that has become a cultural identifier for India around the world. Sudha also explains different thoughts guiding the 5 days of Diwali celebration – Dhanteras, Choti Diwali, Laxmi Puja, Padwa and Bhai Duj.

All you ever wanted to know about Diwali

(2)Christmas and Diwali. Vastly different festivals for an Indian. Comparable, even similar festivals for someone from the western world. What’s the truth? Deepa Padmanaban examines and analyses.

Is Diwali India’s Christmas? What’s common between Diwali and Christmas?

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All the winter festivals of India, starting from Diwali (Oct/Nov every year) to Carnivals of Goa (February).

Winter festivals of India

 

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The wise man travels to discover himself - JR Lowell

 

My name is Sudha Mathew. I'm an ex-banker who quit the rat race after a decade to follow my passion for travel and to combine it with my experience in understanding client requirements and exceeding their expectations.

 

While our content is mostly about the holiday experience, the accommodation and services, there's so much more to a journey. I have discovered a whole new me through travel. So I've reserved this corner of the website to share the unexpected aspects of travel. This space is also to hear from you about your journeys and discoveries. Bon Voyage!

 
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