Festival & Events in India

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Festival and events

Festival & Events in India

Thousand of The Indian calendar is a string of celebrations. If you are at the right spot at the right time; it is possible to experience a festival every day of your trip. Such as the harvest celebrations in the south, Ganesh’s immersion in Bombay, and the Car Festival of Puri. Similarly, the snake boat races in Kerala, the Republic Day celebrations in Delhi, and many more. Consequently, each place and faith have something to celebrate. Below is a list of the most prominent ones, however, there are numerous more. Details may obtain from the local Government of India Tourist Offices if you want to enquire.

Firstly from the Month of January to February

Sankranti / Pongal is the Tamil harvest festival.
Republic Day celebrates the country’s 1950 founding. Grand Military Parade and Dancer Procession, etc. Delhi.
Vasant Panchami honors Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning. Ladies celebrate in yellow saris.
Floating Festival: Birthday of a 17th-century ruler; illuminated barge transporting temple idols at Mariamman Teppakulam Pool; hymn chanting.

Secondly from the month of February to March

Shivaratri is a Hindu festival honoring Lord Shiva. Ayurveda and fast Chidambaram, Kalahasti, Khajuraho, Varanasi, and Bombay celebrate.
Holi is a northern festival of colors. Springtime. Colorful water and powder splashes. Holiday Usually occurs during three days of Lent. Carnival has unique events.
Ramnavami is Vishnu’s incarnation Rama’s birthday. No parades. Theaters of the people.
The Jain festival ceremony honoring Mahavira, the 24th and final Tirthankara.
Also, Easter: Good Friday / Easter Sunday National.

Thereafter, from the month of March to April

Kumbh Mela is a major Hindu festival. As it conducts in one of four major cities every three years. Basically, those cities are Nasik, Ujjain, Prayag (Allahabad), and Hardwar (both in UP). Millions of pilgrims wash in the sacred Ganges River.

Similarly, from April to May

Baisakhi: Northern India, West Bengal, and Tamil Nadu celebrate, the Hindu New Year. Bhangra. Women wear yellow saris.
Pooram: New Moon. Beautiful elephants with umbrellas walked around the temple. Midnight fireworks.
Id-Ul-Zuha (Bakrid) is India’s biggest Islamic festival. So does Abraham’s death.
Muslim, National: Ramzan (Id-Ul-Fitr) is A celebration that ends Ramadan.
Madurai’s Meenakshi Kalyanam Meenakshi and Shiva’s wedding. Temple festival. The gods ride a chariot. 10-day event.
Fair: Ajmer Sharif, 6 days. Sufis celebrate religion, culture, and commerce. No procession.

Besides that in the month from June to July

Rath Yatra: Orissa, mostly. The largest religious event celebrating Lord Jagannath (Lord of the Universe). Thousands of devotees draw the three enormous chariots from the Puri temple. Similar festivities take held on a lesser scale in Ramnagar (near Varanasi), Serampore (near Calcutta), and Jagannathpur (nr Ranchi).

July- August

Teej: Goddess Parvati’s monsoon procession; elephants, camels, etc. Saris are green. Colorful.
Raksha Bandhan: Northern and Western India celebrate. Females traditionally bind men’s wrists with rakhis or listen to their wrists. Collecting colors.
Naag Panchami: Jodhpur, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra celebrate primarily. Sesha, the thousand-headed green serpent. The holiday is also observed in parts of Western and Eastern India.
And also, Amarnath Yatra: Lidder Valley, Kashmir, during Amarnath Yatra’s full moon. Pilgrims visit the place where Lord Shiva told Parvati about salvation.

August- September

Independence Day: Prime Minister delivers an address from Delhi’s Red Fort.
Janmashtami: National, particularly Agra, Bombay, and Mathura; Lord Krishna’s birthday.
Onam: Kerala’s Harvest Festival; spectacular snake boat races in many parts of Kerala.
Ganesh Chaturthi: Mainly Pune, Orissa, Bombay, and Madras, dedicated to elephant-headed God Ganesh. Giant models of the deity will process and immerse in water. Colorful, and particularly worth visiting on the Day of Immersion in Bombay. Finally, the festival ends after immersing the statue of Lord Ganesh in the water.

September- October

Dussehra: The most popular festival in the country. This festival is equally important as others and is celebrated in different ways, in different parts of the country. Moreover, in the north and particularly in Delhi plays and music recall the life of Rama. As it is also popular as Ram Lila. Similarly, in Kulu, the festival is also very colorful and celebrated. As well as, in Bengal and many parts of Eastern India, it knows as Durga Puja. And many people in the South celebrate it as Navaratri.
Fair, Himachal Pradesh: Kulu Valley to coincide with Dussehra (10 days).
Gandhi Jayanti: Mahatmas Gandhi’s birthday. No processions.
Diwali National: One of the most lively and colorful festivals in India. In some parts, it marks the start of the Hindu New Year. In Eastern India, people worship the goddess Kali. Elsewhere, it is Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, who venerate. Everywhere there are magnificent illuminations and fireworks. Gurpurab: Mainly in northern India. Anniversaries of ten gurus, spiritual teachers, or preceptors of Sikhism. No procession.


Muharram: Muslim. Commemoration of Imam Hussain’s martyrdom. Tiger dancers lead processions of colorful replicas of the martyr’s tombs. Colorful, particularly at Lucknow.
Bihar: Largest cattle fair in the world; 1-month Sonepur, Patna; on banks of the Ganges.
Pushkar Mela: Pushkar, near Ajmer, Rajasthan. Important and colorful. Camel and cattle fair, attended by Rajputs from miles around. Camel races and acrobatics etc.


Christmas Day: Most exuberantly celebrated in Goa, Bombay, and Tamil Nadu.

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