A festival is a celebration of life. Festivals bring peace and joy to the masses. They break the monotony of life. Indian festivals are numerous. They are of three types- national, religious and seasonal. The first type of festivals i.e. national festivals are celebrated with great patriotic fervor. The second type of festivals depicts the religious association of the people. Third ones mark the change of seasons. The people celebrate their faith or seasonal change with gaiety and enthusiasm. The national festivals include Republic Day, Independence Day, Gandhi Jayanti etc. religious festivals of India include Guru Parav, Holi, Lohir, Buddhapurnima, Mahavir Jayanti, Dussehra, Diwali, Janmastami, Chath, Navaratri, Eid, Christmas the festivals of the Parsees and Jews etc. The seasonal festivals include Bihu, Baisakhi, Onam, Pongal, Basant Panchami etc. Festivals also have a negative influence on the society. Festivals should be celebrated with simplicity. They should be celebrated to promote national integration and communal harmony.