Top 5 festivals of South India

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Festivals are the unique culture of south India provides itself to charming attractions. Festivals of South India cultural attractions will give you with a memorable glimpse into the south Indian way offe. p Top 5 Festivals of South India are p Pongal or Makar Sankranti or Sankranti / p Pongal or Makar Sankranti is observed with great fanfare. However, it is celebrated with distinct names and rituals in different parts of the country. In the states of northern and western India, the Pongalis celebrated as the Sankranti day with special zeal and fervor. The importance of this day has been signified in the ancient epicske Mahabharata also. So, apart from socio-geographical importance, this day also holds a historical and religious significance. As it is the festival of Sun God and he is regarded as the symbol divinity and wisdom, the festival also holds an eternal meaning to it. p Ugadi Festival/ p Ugadi festival marks the New Year day for people between Vindhyas and Kaveri River, who follow the South Indian lunar calendar, pervasively adhered to in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa. While the people of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh use the term Yugadi/Ugadi for this festival, the people of Maharashtra term the same festival, observed on the same day, Gudi Padwa. Sindhis, people from Sindh, celebrate the same day as their New Year day Cheti Chand. Manipuris also celebrate their New Year on the same day. It is observed as Baisakhi in Punjab and Puthandu in Tamil Nadu. However, it is not celebrated on the same day as Yugadi in Tamil Nadu because the Tamils follow a solar calendar. It is also celebrated in Mauritiusp Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi festival/ p Ganesh Chaturthi festival is the spectacular eleven day honors of the birth of the beloved Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha. The start of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival sees huge, elaborately crafted statutes of Ganesha installed in homes and podiums, which have been especially constructed and beautifully decorated. At the end of the festival, the statutes are paraded through the streets, accompanied by much singing and dancing, and then submerged in the ocean. p Dussehra and Navaratri festival/ p Navaratri or Vijayadashami or Dashera or Dussehra is the first nine days of this festival, and are filled with dance in honor of the Mother Goddess Durga. The tenth day, called Dussehra, is devoted to celebrating the defeat of the demon king Ravana by Lord Rama. It also coincides with the victory of the revered warrior Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. So goddess Durga is called as Mahisasura-Mardini (Durga) p In eastern India, the festival is observed as Durga Puja or Navaratri. Huge statues of the Goddess are made and immersed in the holy Ganges River. The festival is an extremely social and theatrical event, with drama, dance, and cultural performances held throughout the country. p Diwali/ Diwali is a five day festival that represents the start of the Hindu New Year. It's known as the Festival of Lights for all the fireworks, small clay lamps, and candles that aret during the Diwali celebrations. Theseghts are said to represent the victory of good over evil, and brightness over darkness. The candlelight makes Diwali a very warm and atmospheric festival, and it's observed with much joy and happiness. p