India is the land of thousand festivals celebrated mostly during the season change, during the monsoon and during numerous religious events at different religions of India. The 1.37 billion Indian who speak 22 languages, celebrate wide variety of festivals by a community and religion with respect to their cultures, Here is the list of most popular festivals celebrated by women in India.
Teej festival is one of the most popular monsoon festival of India, celebrated by women in India and also Nepal. The monsoon festivals of Haryali Teej and Hartalika Teej is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, also celebrated by girls with folk music and dances.
Navaratri is the nine divine nights of goddess Durga, celebrated and solely dedicated to the nine Avatars of Maa Durga. The festival also includes Durga Puja and celebrated in different way at West Bengal followed by Dussehra.
Durga Puja is decided to Goddess Durga and most widely celebrated festival of women in West Bengal, Assam and Odisha. Maa Durga is the symbol of Shakti and sprit of women, female strength and courage, Sindoor Khela is a popular ritual of Durga Puja.
Karva Chauth festival celebrated by Hindu married women especially in Northern India for the longevity of their husbands, Now considered to be a romantic festival. Earlier was celebrated for the long life of soldiers in the war and now extended today for husband.
Vat Purnima also known as Vat Savitri is a popular Hindi festival celebrated by married women across India in different states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
Ka Pomblang Nongkrem is the festival of the Khasis people in Meghalaya and also an extremely popular religious gatherings of women for peace and prosperity of its people.
Chhath Puja is an ancient Hindu festival, native to the Indian subcontinent and dedicated to Sun God and wife Usha. The festival is most eco-friendly Hindu festival, observed more specifically in Indian states of Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and main worshipers are usually women.
Attukal Pongala festival is a huge gathering of millions of Indian women at the Attukal Temple of Thiruvananthapuram, who prepare rice in red pots for the Goddess. The festival is the earliest Pongala festival in Kerala and listed in Guinness World Records as largest annual gathering of women.
Gowri Habba festival is celebrated in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, usually by married women and the same is known as Hartalika in other Indian states.
Aadi Perukku or Aadi monsoon festival is mostly observed by women from Tamil Nadu, pay tribute to water’s of lakes, rivers and its properties. Mulaipari is an important ritual of the festival along with Kummi folk dance by Tamil women in circle.