Nagpur Festivals

Festivals bring with it a new life. Nagpur is a city, which has people of different religious belief. As such the Nagpur festivals witnesses a complete harmony among the people of various religions who forget their religious differences and join hands to participate in the festivals. The festivals of Nagpur bring an absolute happiness in the life of the people there.

Hindu Festivals of Nagpur

The Hindus of Nagpur celebrate a large number of festivals throughout the year. The New Year of the Hindus starts on the first day of Chaitra. This festival at Nagpur are celebrated by setting up a bamboo pole having silver or brass pot at the top of it and a new cloth piece is fastened to it. It is considered to be an auspicious day for starting off a new thing. Ram Navami is celebrated with great pomp and grandeur on the 9th day of the same month to celebrate the birthday of Lord Rama. Hanuman Jayanti is held in Nagpur on a full moon day of Chaitra month to celebrate Lord Hanuman’s birth anniversary.

Lord Krishna’s birth anniversary is celebrated in the month of Sravana. Another very important festival in Nagpur is the Ganesh Chaturthi, which witnesses a number of cultural performances to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha. The people also carry out Dussehra with extreme merriment for a continuous period of nine days. This celebration marks the victory of good over evil. The festival of Diwali takes place after the completion of 20 days of the Dusshera festival. People illuminate their house with candles and lights. Children burn crackers. People distribute sweets among relatives. Holi is another festival in Nagpur which witnesses people smearing colors on one another.

Muslim and Christian Festivals in Nagpur

Muharram is the major festival of the Muslims of Nagpur. Besides the other Muslim festivals of Nagpur are Id-ul-Fitr or Ramzan Id, Bakr Id (Id-ul-Azha or Id-ul-Zoha). The Christian community of Nagpur celebrates the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ on 25th December every year with extreme devotion. They go to the church on this day to offer their prayers.

Such was a brief estimate of some of the well-known Nagpur festivals.

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Last Updated on 6 September 2011