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 HARIDWAR FESTIVALS

“You are invited to the festival of haridwar and your life is blessed”

haridwar is the Gateway to God and stands among the most visited Hindu Holy places located in India. Situated on the banks of River Ganges, it attracts many Hindu pilgrims from all over the world. People of haridwar are very religious and observe many religious festivals and fairs. Along with celebrating all Hindu festivals, the major festivals celebrated here include Holi, Diwali, Kumbh Mela, and Ardh Kumbh Mela.

Popular fairs organized here include the Kartik Poornima, Shravan Poornima, Ganga Dussehra, Somwati Amavasya, and Kanwad mela.

Popular festivals celebrated in haridwar:

Ardh Kumbh Mela (March - April)
This festival of haridwar is the one that attracts the most attention. During this festival, the whole town buzzes with pilgrims and tourists coming from all over the world. It is believed that by taking a dip in the holy water of Ganges during the Kumb fair will lead them to Nirvana -or the ultimate salvation.

Dipawali (October)
Also known as Diwali, the town looks bathed in lights and happiness during this festival. This is counted among the biggest festivals Hindus. The lights reflected in the holy waters of Ganga looks astonishingly spectacular.

Holi (February - March)
Holi is widely popular jolly festival celebrated in India. This also initiates the spring season according to the Hindu calendar. During this event, young and old smear each other with powdered colors and water.

Kanwar Mela (July - August)
Kanwar Mela is celebrated during the Hindu months of Shravan and Phagun. It is during this festival that hundreds of thousands of pilgrims undertake a journey to haridwar to collect the divine waters of River Ganga.

Ganga Dussehra (June)
It occurs on the 10th day of Hindu month of Jayestha. Ganga Dussehra is celebrated to worship Mother Ganga. According to the Hindu mythology, it was on this very day when Mother Ganga descended down to earth to relieve people of their sufferings.

Kartik Poornima (November)
This festival is celebrated on the full moon day. During this festival, the banks of Ganga are lit with countless number of Diyas.


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