Life is a celebration and in India there are very few months that do not bring festivals. To many people it would look like an overdose of festivities and celebration because I have seen many of my international friends say that India is the only place in the world that provides 365 days of festival time. While Diwali is considered to be the biggest and grand of all, Holi certainly plays an important role in bringing people together. Although, I do not celebrate Holi personally, because of the chemical-based colors that people use, I am still going to celebrate in a grand style, because I also celebrate my birthday on that day. So, March 16 is a Sunday, Holi-day and my birthday, now what else could I have asked for right at the beginning of the year.
Festivals are an integral part of Indian culture. Personally, I hate the commercialization of festivals that have diluted the essence of cultural and social integration. However, a majority chunk of the population loves to enjoy the festival on a grand scale. While Maharashtra celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi on a grand scale, Kolkata is passionate about Durgotsava. The grandeur of various Durga puja pandals in Kolkata clearly indicates its love for this festival.