Holidays in India

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Holidays in India by Mind Map: Holidays in India

1. Diwali

1.1. October 27th

1.1.1. Historically, Diwali can be traced back to ancient India. It most likely began as an important harvest festival. Some believe it to be the celebration of the marriage of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, with Lord Vishnu. The first day is called Dhanteras - On this day people buy new utensils or anything in gold or silver. The second day is Choti Deepawali - On this day diyas are kept at any dark corner of the house to symbolize that no evil can enter the house in the lights. The third day is Deepawali - People decorate their homes with diyas, candles and decorative bulbs and lights. The fourth day is Govardhan pooja on which the Govardhan pooja is performed to celebrate the great deed of Lord Krishna And the last day is Bhai dooj on which sisters put 'roli teeka' on their brother's forehead and pray for their well being. The festival symbolizes the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness.

1.1.2. a Hindu festival of lights, held in the period October to November. It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the fiscal year in India.

2. Dussehra

2.1. October 8th

2.1.1. Dussehra is a public holiday that gives a day off for the general population of India. School is off and most businesses are closed that day. Symbols and things they celebrate with in Dussehra are: Bonfires, Fireworks, Red spots (tikas) painted on foreheads, and paper and wood models of Ravana

2.1.2. In Dussehra Hindus have prayer meetings and offerings to their gods with food. They can do these either at home or in temples in India. Their celebrations can last up to 10 days This holiday celebrates the Hindu god Rama's victory over the evil demon Ravana. This story is told through the Indian epic Ramayana where it goes more in depth of how things unfolded. Dussehra in India. Accessed 18 Oct. 2019.