Thursday, 29 September 2016

The many festivals of Jharkhand

With Durga Puja just over a week away, the festival season in India is just about to begin. Much like other states Jharkhand too has rich traditions and culture. Festivals form an important part of any culture. A recent study of the Union Ministry revealed that Jharkhand registered more than 385% increase in foreign tourist visits between 2012 and 2014. This rapid growth is particularly impressive in comparison to its neighboring states. Perhaps a part of this impressive growth also has to do with the many festivals which are celebrated in this state. In this blog we will look at the various festivals which are celebrated in the state
The major festivals
Chhath Puja is perhaps the most important festival celebrated in this state. This puja has to do with the worship of the Sun. This puja is held twice in a year. It is held once in March and again in the month of November. The puja is performed to thank the Sun god for sustaining life on earth. The rituals followed during the Chhath Puja are rigorous. They are performed over four days. The rituals performed include holy bathing and fasting.
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Holi is the festival of colours is celebrated in the state with much enthusiasm just like the other states of India. Generally Holi is celebrated around the month of February or in March. People celebrate this festival by greeting every one with colours. It brings great joy to all who participate in this festival.   
Dussehra is a festival which celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahisasur. This is a festival which also commemorates Lord Rama's victory over King Ravana. Both put together it ultimately signifies the triumph of good over evil.
Diwali is the festival of lights, which is also celebrated in Jharkhand with much fervour along with other states of India. 
Ramnavami is another important festival of the state to celebrate to the birth of Lord Rama. People of the state celebrate it by fasting and offering prayers to the lord. Apart from this Janmashtami is another festival which is celebrated in Jharkhand to mark the birth of Lord Krishna. 
Basant Panchami is also a major festival of Jharkhand. This is done to celebrate the arrival of the pleasant season of spring after the passing of the cold winter season. Kite flying forms a part of the celebration during Basant Panchami.
Along with all the Hindu festivals the Muslim festivals too are celebrated in Jharkhand with equal enthusiasm. 
Amongst the muslim festivals the ones which are celebrated are Bakhri Id and Muharram. Bakhri Id is observed on the tenth day of twelfth month in the Muslim Calendar. Muharram commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Holy Prophet.
Many tribal festivals are also celebrated in Jharkhand as well. 
So with so many festivals being celebrated in Jharkhand, you must take time to visit the state during festival time to celebrate them. In case you visit Jharkhand you could visit Hotel Cocoon Dhanbad at Dhanbad which is one of the best hotels in the state. For details visit our website.