India can be described as a land of festivals as well. Festivals are
essential threads woven in the fabric of Indian society. There are special
occasions for social get-together with family, friends and neighbours to
forge new bonds and strengthen the existing ones. There are probably more
festivals and occasions for celebrations than there are days in a year. All
these celebrations have religious, seasonal and social elements to them.
Indian women prefer to wear new sarees on any festival. Some festivals and
celebrations in India which compell an Indian lady to wear a festival saree
are as follows:
This is perhaps the most well-known of all the Indian festivals. Indian
ladies, expecially in the north, wear exclusive new sarees that are
embroidered with gold on this day to worship Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
The worship of Durga is the year's most major festival in Bengal, Orissa,
Assam and Tripura. Bengali ladies always wear new traditional sarees,
expecially the ones with red border, on Durga puja.
Indian ladies wear heavy embroidered sarees on this day. Some even wear
their bridal saree.
Ganpati festival is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm in
Maharashtra. Maharashtrian ladies perform puja wearing traditional sarees
like paithani and other silk sarees. Pongal
Pongal is celebrated as a new year in the South and hence women in the
South wear their traditional saree of white or cream colour with gold
It is a must for all Assamese ladies to wear a new muga or pat Mekhala
Chaddar, their traditional saree, to celebrate Bihu.
Besides the traditional festivals, there are other occasions where saree is
the favoured outfit. There are special Sarees for happy occasions. On the
birth of a new baby or the wedding of a relative, ladies wear brocade and
festival sarees. There are Fancy festival sarees for different occasions
such as navratri, dandiya, garba, Teez and many more. All these add glamour
to the festive season.