Diwali - Diwali is by far the most glamorous and important Hindu festival. The first day of Diwali is Dhanteras. Doorways are hung with strings of mango leaves and marigolds. Rangolis are drawn with different coloured powders to welcome guests. Oil lamps are arranged in and around the house. Because of these flickering lamps, the festival has acquired its name Deepawali or Diwali meaning `a row of lamps'.
The festival of Makar Sankranti falls on 14th of January every year. This day is celebrated as a festival right from the times of the Aryans by the Hindus. This festival is celebrated differently in different parts of the country yet the use of til (sesame) is found everywhere
Pongal is the most important festival celebrated in Tamilnadu. This is a harvest festival honouring the sun god and the god of rain, Indra. Pongal is the thanks-giving for the plentiful paddy crop.
This is the celebration of the beginning of spring season. Saraswati, the goddess of learning is worshiped on this day. People wear new yellow coloured clothes.
Shivaratri is a very auspicious day, symbolising the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. The festival comes sometime in February or March. It is the most significant festival for Kashmiri Pandits.