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A Celebration of Life

Observed with enthusiasm and gaiety, festivals are like gems, ornamenting the crown of Indian Culture. They are round the year vibrant interludes in the mundane routine of life. The Indian calendar is a long procession of festivals; if you can find yourself in the right place at the right time; it is possible to go through your visit with a festival each day.

Each of the festivals of India represents a different state and culture. Most of the festivals are particular events connected with the seasonal changes and garnished with some popular legend. Some festivals welcome the seasons of the year, the harvest, the rains or the full moon. Birthdays of divine beings, saints and gurus are also celebrated as festivals. Certain festivals are associated with a particular state of town and others like diwali, shivrathri etc. are common to most parts of India. Some of the festivals are called by different names and is celebrated in a different fashion in various parts of the country. Only a few of the festivals take place on a particular date. Most of them follow the lunar or solar calendar and hence the exact date of the festivals varies from year to year.

So join in the happiness – get a feel of India’s festivals. Not just religious festivals, but also touristy events which highlight the crafts and culture of a region; not just vibrant carnivals, but also solemn processions, which pay homage to a revered saint. Not just festivals, but a very important part of life for millions of Indian.

 
A preview to some famous Fairs and Festivals are as follows :
STATE SPECIALITY

Assam

Magh Bihu Festival, Majuli Festival, Elephant Festival, Tea Festival, Dehing Patkai Festival, Brahmaputra Festival

Andhra Pradesh

Pongal, Shivratri, Ugadi, Deccan Festival, Lumbini Festival, Rayalaseema Food & Dance Festival, Brahmotsavam

Arunachal Pradesh

Losar Festival, Reh Festival, Ojiyale Festival, Tamladu Festival, Khan Festival, Sanken Festival, Mopin Festival

Andaman & Nicobar Island

Island Tourism Festival, Janamashtami Festival, Subhash Mela, Vivekananda Mela Festival, Block Mela, Durga Puja, Pongal, Panguni Uthiram, and Onam

Bihar

Chhatha Puja, Sama Chakeva, Sonepur Cattle Fair, Ramnavami, Nag Panchami, Basant Panchami, Bihula, Buddha Jayanti, Mahavir Jayanti

Chhattisgarh

Hareli Festival, Madai Festival, Bhagoriya Festival, Pola, Mati Puja, Navakhana

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

Akha Tij, Pongal, Divaso and Baleo , Villianur Temple Car Festival, Masimagam Festival, Bastille Day, French Food Festival, Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo

Diu & Daman

Navratri Festival, Gangaji Fair, Nariyal Poornima, Christmas, Folk Dane Festival

Delhi

Lohri, Republic Day, Garden Tourism Festival, Phoolwalon-ki-Sair, Mango Festival, Independence Day Celebrations, Qutub Festival of Classical Music and Dance, Dussehra

Goa

Ganesh Chaturthi, Govardhan Puja, Shigmotsav, Feast of Our Lady of Candelaria, Pop & Jazz Music Festival, Feast of Three Kings, Jatra, Urs of Shah Andullah, Procession of all Saints, Feast of Jesus of Nazareth, Beach Bonanza, Igitum Chalne, Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Novidade

Gujarat

International Kite Festival, Modhera Dance Festival, Raksha Bandhan, Bhadrapada Ambaji Mela, Lili Parikrama Fair, Shamlaji Fair, Janmasthami, Navratri Festival, Diwali, Saptak Music Festival, Vautha Fair

Haryana

Lohri, Basant Panchami, Baisakhi, Gugga Naumi, Bathing at Sohna, Kurukshetra Festival, Pinjore Heritage Festival, Festival of Gardens, Teej Festival, Geeta Jayanti Samaroh

Himachal Pradesh

Lohri, Kullu Dussehra, Fulaich Fair, Chaitti, Chaitraul, Basoa or Bishu, Gugnaumi, Losar, Khogal, Sajo, Gotsi or Gochi, Karva Chauth, Faguli, Sair Fair, Hamir Utsav, Lavi Fair, Renuka Fair

Jharkhand

Barura Sharif, Bhadli Mela Itkhori, Kolhaiya Mela Chatra, Chatra Mela, Kunda Mela Pratappur, Lawalong Mela, Kolhua Mela Hunterganj, Belgada Mela Simaria, Kundri Mela

Jammu & Kashmir

Lohri, Baisakhi, Ramnavmi, Shivratri, Guru Ravi Das Birthday, Navroz, Id, Buddha Jayanti, Tihar, Jhiri Mela, Losar Festival, Tulip Festival

Karnataka

Dussehra, Yugadi, Rajyotsava Day, Sri Vithappa Fair, Godachi Fair, Sri Yellamma Devi Fair, Banashankari Devi Fair, Pattadakkal Dance Festival, Hampi Festival

Kerala

Thitambu Nritham, Asthami Rohini, Thrikarthiaka, Onam, Aranmula Vallamkali, Manarcad Perunnal, Neelamperoor Pooram, Payippad Boat Race, Vallarpadam Perunnal, Kalpathi Ratholsavam, Parumala Perunnal, Vaikathashtami Festival, Kerala Village Fair, Thai Poosam

Lakshadweep Island

Id-ul-Fitr, Bakrid, Milad-ul-Nabi, Muharram, Lakshadweep Tribal Festival

Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho Dance Festival, Tansen Music Festival, Gwalior Festival, Shivratri Mela at Pachmarhi, Chethiyagiri Vihara Festival at Sanchi, Madai, Bahgoriya, Fair of Nagaji, Nimar Utsav, Kumbh Mela

Maharashtra

Ganesh Chaturthi, Nag Panchami, Gudi Padwa, Gokul Ashtami, Narali Purnima, Pola, Dussehra, Makar Sankranti, Diwali, Pune Festival, Banganga Festival, Kalaghoda Art Festival, The Elephanta Festival, Ellora Festival, Kalidas Festival at Nagpur, Thimithi, Kumbh Mela

Manipur

Lai-Haraoba, Dol Jatra, Rath Jatra, Id-ul-Fitr, Kut, Ganga-Ngai, Chumpha, Manipur New Year, Ningol Chakouba, Heikru Hidongba, Ningol Chakouba

Meghalaya

Doregata Dance Festival, Shad-Suk Mynsiem, Behdeinkhlam, Autumn Flower Show, Pomblang Lewduh, Nongkrem Dance Festival, Seng Kut Snem, Wangala Festival

Mizoram

Chapchar Kut, Pawl Kut, Mim Kut, Thalfavang Kut

Nagaland

Hornbill Festival, Moatsu Festival, Nazu Festival, Sekrenyi Festival, Tuluni Festival, Yemshe Festival, Amongmong Festival, Tsokum Festival, Ngada Festival, Tokhu Emong

Orissa

Rath Yatra, Chaita Parva, Bali Yatra, Puri Beach Festival, Konark Festival, Durga Puja, Galalakshmi Puja, Bada Osha, Bali Yatra, Mondei Festival, Parab Tribal Festival

Pondicherry

Pongal, Masimagam Festival, Villianur Temple Car Festival, Bastille Day, French Food Festival, Birth Anniversary of Aurobindo

Punjab

Baisakhi, Lohri, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahibjor Mela, Martyr Festival, Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan – Jalandhar, Mukatsar Maghi Festival, Holla Mohalla Anandpur Sahib, Birth Anniversary of Guru Ramdasji, Chappar Mela, Sodal Mela

Rajasthan

Desert Festival, Pushkar Fair, Elephant Festival, Bikaner Camel Festival, Mewar Festival, Marwar Festival, Baneshwar Fair, Nagaur Fair, Teej, Karva Chauth, Karni Mata Mela, Kota Dussehra, Sitabari Fair, Bundi Utsav, Chandrabhaga Fair, Jaipur Literature Festival

Sikkim

Saga Dawa, Lhabab Dhuechen, Phang Lhabsol, Drukpa Tsheshi, Kagyat Dance, Durga Puja, Flower Show

Tamil Nadu

Pongal, Natyanjali Dance Festival, Kavadi Festival, Karthigai Deepam, Chitri Rai Festival, Mahamagam Festival, Mamallapuram Dance Festival, Arubathimoovar Festival, Summer Festival, Velankanni Festival, Kanthuri Festival, Cape Festival, Thai Poosam

Tripura

Kharchi Puja, Ker and Garia Pujas, Ganga Puja

Uttarakhand

Lohri, Baisakhi, Kale Kauve or Ghughutia, Basant Panchami, Nandadevi Rajjat Yatra, Ganga Dussehra, Ramnavmi, Ghuiya Ekadashi, Kumbh Mela

Uttar Pradesh

Kumbha Mela, Durga Puja, Ganga Mahotsav, Dussehra, Makar Sankranti, Buddha Purnima, Sravan Jhula Mela, Bateshwar Fair, Ayodhya Puja, Ramlila, Barabanki Mela

West Bengal

Birthday of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Rabindra Jayanti, Durga Puja, Bhai Dooj, Buddha Jayanti, Mahavir Jayanti, Rathyatra, Bera Utsav, Kolkata Festival
 
 
   

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