During icy winter months, when there is composure in rest of the world, the exotic nation India comes alive with an amazing and cheerful blend of modern as well as traditional festivals. All through winter season, the vibrant nation commemorates numerous festivities, which beautifully showcase country’s rich culture, royal heritage, and draw attention of visitors from all the four zones. Some of the main festivals, which are celebrated here during wintry weather season, are highlighted below.Lohri
A renowned festival of Punjabis, Lohri is commemorated in the month of January primarily in the state of Punjab. Lohri celebrations generally include dancing and feasting. This Indian festivity marks the starting of fiscal New Year for people who are engaged in farming and agriculture.Pongal
This festival is rejoiced mainly in southern regions of India. People living in Tamilnadu mainly commemorate this harvest festival for five days. They pay visit to temple, prepare sumptuous dishes at home and celebrate it with full gaiety.Makar Sankranti
Also dubbed as ‘Uttrayan Sankranthi’, Makar Sankranti is the sacred day when people take a sacred dip in divine Ganges. In addition, people also give alms to deprived ones as it is considered holy.Vasant Panchami
Sri Panchami or Vasant Panchami is believed to be the queen of all seasons. Devoted to the Goddess of learning and wisdom- Goddess Saraswati, Vasant Panchami is celebrated in the Hindu month of Magh every year.Mahashivratri
Mahashivratri is another winter festival, which is rejoiced by Hindu devotees in the Hindu month of Phalgun (March). The sanctified festivity signifies the divine marriage of Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati. On this day, married women keep fast for the longevity of their husbands. The major rituals include- fasting, feasting and singing of holy hymns.Holi
Holi is one of the most exhilarating and exuberant festivities that brings loads and loads of fun and gaiety. It harbingers the end of winter season and arrival of spring. Holi is primarily celebrated in Northern India and symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. On this day, people play with colors and savor dishes like gujia, papad, and other delectable dishes.Diwali
Diwali, the festival of lights is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in the month of November. This North Indian festival celebrates the victory of darkness over knowledge and good over evil. Dedicated to the divine Goddess Lakshmi, Diwali is the festival of lights, sparkling fire crackers and finger licking sweets.New Year
The jovial festival of the New Year begins on 31 December at the strike of 12. New Year brings new dreams, new hopes, and celebrated by people all across globe with full fervor. It is a special occasion of bidding adieu to the year gone and greeting the New Year with open arms and full positivity.
This winter festival is an excellent blend of excitement, fun and celebrations. The celebrations include savoring of mouth watering cuisines, tapping feet on groovy dance tunes, exchanging gifts, bursting fire crackers at the last tick of 31 December, and of course making resolutions for upcoming year.