Author: A Collection
Publisher: Publications Division
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8123009690
The Indian calendar is one long procession of festivals. These are varied in origin as they are large in number. Some of them celebrate the birthdays of national heroes, some the eternal cycle of the seasons. Others have origin in religion, and in the myths and legends of popular faith. They enliven social life and unite the people by bringing them together in joyful celebration in shared rememberance of a common past.
All the great religions of the world have their followers in India. Over the centuries, communities belonging to different racial stocks have come together and mingled in the mainstream of Indian life to make this land a composite of different cultures. Festivals in India, like festivals in any part of the world, find expression for the people's zest for living, delight in nature and love of pageantry.