• Youths perform Bhangra, a traditional Punjabi dance, at a wheat field on the eve of the Baisakhi festival in Punjab. Baisakhi or Vaisakhi is the harvest festival in the Indian state of Punjab and is also the beginning of the Hindu New Year.Reuters
  • A boy is flying a kite during Makar Sankrati. It is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India in the month of January and it is marked as the beginning of spring season.Reuters
  • Devotees prepare ritual rice dishes to offer to the Hindu Sun God as they attend Pongal celebrations at a slum in Mumbai. Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated by Tamils across the country.Reuters
  • Women cover themselves as men pour coloured water on them during "Huranga", which is a game played on the festival of Holi, at Dauji temple in Mathura. Holi is a spring festival, which is also known as festival of colours, celebrated in India.Reuters
  • Devotees try to form a human pyramid to break a clay pot containing curd during the celebration of Janmashtami. It is the festival which marks the birthday of Hindu god Krishna and it is celebrated across the country.Reuters
  • Muslims offer prayers on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr at a mosque. The festival marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and it is also known as 'Feast of Breaking the Fast.'Reuters
  • Devotees gather around idols of Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, before they are carried for immersion on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai. Ganesh idols are taken through the streets in a procession, accompanied by dancing and singing, and later immersed in a river or the sea, symbolising a ritual seeing-off for his journey towards his abode, taking away the misfortunes of all mankind with him.Reuters
  • Folk dancers perform during festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival, 'Onam' in Kerala. The Malayalis celebrate this festival with most number of cultural elements, like Pookalam (floral carpet), Onam Sadya (the feast), Vallam Kali (Boat race), Pulikali (Tiger Dance) and many more.Reuters
  • A girl dressed in traditional attire poses as she takes part in the "Garba" dance in Navratri festival, popular in Gujarat. Navratri, held in honour of Hindu Goddess Durga, is celebrated over a period of nine days where thousands of people participate in 'Dandiya' dance and 'Garba' in traditional costumes.Reuters
  • Hindu women worship an idol of Hindu goddess Durga on the last day of the Durga Puja festival. The festival is the biggest religious event for Bengali Hindus. It is believed that the goddess Durga symbolises power and the triumph of good over evil.Reuters
  • People watch an effigy of 10-headed demon king Ravana being burnt during Dussehra. It is a festival that commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil.Reuters
  • A devotee lights oil lamps during a religious ceremony to celebrate Diwali, which is also known as festival of lights. Prayers and offerings are made to Hindu deities on this occasion.Reuters
  • A boy kisses a idol of baby Jesus at a church during Christmas festival.Reuters

India is popular for its culture and various festivals associated with it. From 'Deepawali' to 'Janmashtmi' and from 'Eid' to 'Christmas', the nation celebrates all the festivals together.

Festivals are part of the people's lives in India and its colour, enthusiasm, rituals as well as many factors even attracts the foreign travellers to visit India during the festival season.

Apparently, the country has several cultural and traditional festivals, which are celebrated every year with the same enthusiasm and devotion.

Check out the above slideshow for the major festivals celebrated in India.