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Indian Festivals and Events

January –June


Bikaner Camel Festival
Bikaner, India
January

This Indian festival has colorful camel activities, including a beauty competition, and also dancing, fireworks, and music.


 

International Kite Festival
Jaipur, India
January
www.kite-festival.org



Pongal (Harvest) Festival
Pongal, India
January
www.pongalfestival.org


 

Republic Day
India
January 26th

This is India’s Independence Day and there are parade and festivals throughout India.


 

Desert Festival
Jaisalmer, India
January
www.festivalsofindia.in/desert

This Indian Festival is a Dance music festival that has camels at it.



Madurai Float Festival
Madurai, India
February

This is a festival that has temples and spectacular floats on the night of the full moon.


 

Goa Carnival
Goa, India
January
www.carnivalgoa.com

This Indian festival is on the beaches of Goa that has Latin, and dance music. It started back in the 1500s when the Portugese Christians ruled the area.


 

Khajuraho Dance Festival
Khajuraho, India
February


 

Holi (Festival of Color)
Jaipur, India
March
www.holifestival.org

This Hindu festival is the ultimate in colorful festivals, everyone throwing colored water or paint over everyone else.

 

Mewar Festival
Udaipur, India
March
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This Indian Festival welcomes spring with traditional Rajasthani song and dance, colourful processions and fireworks displays. The festival coincides with Gangaur, which is one Rajasthan's most important celebrations and culminates in a parade of brightly dressed ladies carrying images of the goddess Gauri towards the scenic Lake Pichola

 

 

Thrissur Pooram
Thrissur, India
April
www.keralatourism.org

This Indian festival has fireworks, music and decorated elephants. This is arguably India's most spectacular festival.

 

 

 

 

 

July – December


Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival)
Puri, India
July
www.rathayatra.co.uk

This Indian festival is in the ancient holy city of Puri in Orissa state. Pilgrims pull 15m high chariots across the city.

 

 

Onam Festival
Kerala, India
August
www.onamfestival.org

This Indian festival has boat racing, fancy outfits, processions, and dancing, music.

 

 

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival
Maharashtra and Goa, India
September
www.incredibleindia.org

This Indian festival is a boisterous celebration for Gansha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom.

 

 

Dussehra
Bombay, India
October
www.diwalifestival.org

An important Hindu festival notable mainly for public battles between giant paper monsters filled with fireworks.

 

Riff
Jodphur, India
October
www.jodhpurfolkfestival.org

This Indian festival coincides with north India's brightest full moon in the Hindu Vedic Calendar. For five days in October Mehrangarh Fort, which towers 120m over the city of Jodphur, will be taken over by more than 150 musicians.

 

 

Diwali
Mumbai, India
October
www.diwalifestival.org

This Indian festival is a great time to see the country at its most jubliant time. This festival starts at the end of the harvest season and its a time for all the people to celebrate.

 

 

Festival of Lights
Diwali, India
October
www.diwalifestival.org

This traditional Hindu festival is a huge event and its now celebrated around the world



Pushkar Camel Fair
Pushkar, India
November
www.pushkar-camel-fair.com

A Indian festival where a million camels gather to race, put on fancy kit, change owners in the lakeside town beside the Thar Desert.

 

 

Konark Festival
Konark, India
December
www.konarksuntempleindia.com

This Indian festival is on the Sun Temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the state of Orissa and serves as a backdrop to five days of traditional music and dance.

 

 

 

 

 



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