India is a country of festivals and we Indians celebrate more than hundreds of festivals throughout the year. Every part of India has its own culture and festivals but few of them are celebrated all over the country. India is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country which means there is a lot of festive things that happen during the whole year.
At almost every festival, people do shopping to enjoy themselves at their best. With global shopping taking new heights, the online shopping experience is best met when they break country barriers. With that in mind, there are ways to shop from UK brands that don’t directly ship to India with the help of UK forwarding services. I have featured the top 10 festivals of India when Indians do a lot of shopping. This post will help you explore the culture, traditions, and shopping habits of Indians.
The festival of colors is celebrated all over India, from every of its city to the street. It’s celebrated during March and has great importance in the lives of the locals. This festival is being celebrated for ages and is deeply rooted in Indian culture. During Holi, people burn effigies, light bonfires, play with colors, and do a lot of fun things.
When it comes to shopping during Holi, there is a lot of shopping happens. People buy sweets, colors, clothing outfits, gifts, toys and a lot of other things. You can say it is the Indian version of the La Tomatina festival but it is more ancient, has religious and cultural values, and is also celebrated by more people compared to La Tomatina.
India is the country where millions of Muslims live and they do shopping a lot during Eid-ul-Fitr. During Ramadan, these people of the specific religious community do fasts and pray to their god. After Ramadan, the day comes of celebration and that day is known as Eid. Muslims buy new clothes, gifts, sweets, other eatables and a lot of other things to celebrate and greet others.
You can say it’s a festival of gifts. On this day every sister ties a Raksha string called “Rakhi” on their brother’s wrist and prays for their good health and prosperity. In return, sisters receive a lot of gifts from their brothers in form of cash, jewelry, clothing outfits, sweets, chocolates, electronics, gadgets, and the list goes on.
This festival strengthens the bond of affection between siblings and also has great cultural and religious values. This festival lies during August and sisters do fast and puja for their brothers on “Bhai Dooj” which also happens during August.
One of the biggest festivals of India, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all over India with great happiness and joy. During Ganesh Chaturthi, people bring clay made idol of Ganpati and worship the idol for several days, and during the visarjan day, the idol is dispersed in the local water bodies.
Many huge pandals are made during this festival and many fairs also take place. The Ganpati god in Hindu mythology is considered as the one who brings great luck and goodwill. People do a lot of shopping during Ganesh Chaturthi and buys clothes, jewelry, sweets, and tons of other commodities.
Navratri is a nine-day festival and celebrated across the whole of Indian and many parts of the world having a Hindu population. It is celebrated in many forms across India and is considered one of the biggest shopping festivals in India. Many online and retail stores provide great deals during Navratri especially on clothing outfits, electronics, gadgets, home appliances, etc.
India has both festivals of colors and lights too. Diwali falls in October-November and is celebrated for more than three days. It comes after Dhanteras which is also considered the Black Friday of India. It is considered very lucky and auspicious as people shop a lot of commodities during the Diwali celebration.
Each year, the Indian automobile and electronic market set new records of sales during Dhanteras. People shop almost everything on this day including vehicles, electronics, jewelry, properties, home appliances, clothing, eatables, and the list goes on.
This Chariot festival has great significance in the lives of Indians and it is celebrated in almost every part of India. The main epicenter of this festival is Puri, where the world’s famous Jagannath Temple resides. Not to confuse with the name, Lord Jagannath is another form of Lord Krishna.
On the day of Rath Yatra, Lord Jagannath along with his sister Subhadra and brother Balram seated in the grand chariot visits to its followers throughout the town. This procession takes place in every temple of Jagannath across the country and a lot of shopping happens inside the fairs.
One of the prominent harvest festivals of North India, Baisakhi is celebrated all over India especially in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Jammu region. It is one of the most important festivals of Sikhs, but other religious communities also celebrate Baisakhi with great joy. People at this dance, meet relatives, shop for sweets, clothing and a lot of other things and enjoy at their best.
This Buddhist festival is celebrated mainly across the Leh and Ladakh region of India. It is celebrated for two days and thousands of pilgrims come together to celebrate this festival. Multiple things take place during the procession including the famous Cham dance, playing traditional musical instruments, praying rituals, etc.
People wear colorful and traditional costumes, masks and dance along with the locals and tourists to turn it into a grand show. It happens during June or July month and has great significance among the Buddhist people of North India.
Christmas is a global festival celebrated all over this blue planet. It falls during December and is celebrated as the birth date of Jesus Christ. Now, when it comes to shopping during Christmas, there’s a lot of shopping that happens during the last weeks of December, especially for Christmas and New Year.
New Year is also celebrated across the globe with great joy and people also spend a lot on shopping for clothes, gift items, electronics, home appliances, etc. The New Year and Christmas are around the corner and people have started their shopping to celebrate these two mega-events with great happiness.
India is the land of festivals and I think no other country celebrates the way we Indians celebrate each and every festival. During these processions, people do much shopping which sometimes results in record-breaking. India doesn’t have a specific shopping festival like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but in India, almost every other festival is Black Friday and Cyber Monday.