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The Indian calendar is one long procession of festivals. These are as varied in origin as they are large in number. There are innumerable national, regional, local, religious, seasonal and social festivities. This is not surprising considering the fact that India is the land of gods, goddesses, saints, gurus and prophets.

Festivals here are characterised by colour, gaiety, enthusiasm, feasts and a variety of prayers and rituals. Travellers are struck by the scale and multiplicity of the festivities that populate the cultural scene of this land.

Here is a list of some of the festivals:
Baisakhi Buddha Purnima Christmas
Deep Diwali Diwali Dussehra
Easter Eid Ganesh Chaturthi
Good Friday Gurupurab Hola Mohalla
Holi Janamashtami Kullu Dussehra
Ladakh Festival Lohri Maha Shivaratri
Mahavir Jayanti Makar Sankranti Muharram
New Year Days Onam Parsi Festivals
Pongal Raksha Bandhan Ram Navami
Rath Yatra Ugadi

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