India is always vibrant, but there are certain times of year when the country comes alive like no place else in the world – specifically, during Holi and Diwali. These are India’s most famous and thrilling celebrations, and experiencing them represents a true (and fun!) immersion into Indian culture.
Every corner of the country is seemingly covered in the colors of the rainbow during Holi. This popular celebration, which takes place in March, marks the beginning of spring and is beloved by Indians. Everywhere from major metropolises to small villages, you’ll find an unforgettable sight: people laughing and dousing each other in colored powders and water.
Diwali is the Festival of Lights: a yearly celebration of good overcoming evil. During this autumn event, small clay lamps are lit in order to welcome the Hindu goddess Lakshmi. Locals share sweets with family members and the streets are filled with the sounds of firecrackers, which are believed to scare evil spirits away.
Interested in experiencing these legendary festivals? We have special departures of our new 2018 journey Timeless India: A Magical Adventure — February 25 and November 4 — designed to put you in the heart of these joyous and festive occasions. Or travel on our new 2018 adventure Spotlight on Northern India on February 22, October 25 or Nov. 1 departures. Join us and experience these unforgettable events firsthand. You can learn more here.