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Event Category: Festivals in India

In a country that is the cradle of so many different religions and cultures, it’s hardly surprising the calendar is overflowing with festivals in India. Throughout the year, every region has its own festivals and events, and as a visitor it’s an extra colourful travel experience to include one in your journey.

Religious Indian festivals

Most of India’s biggest festivals have religious or mythical origins, such as the Hindu festivals Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi and Diwali. But many others do not and are no less colourful and interesting, from the indigenous warrior tribes’ Hornbill Festival in Nagaland and the madhouse Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, to huge sports events such as the Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Kerala.

When to attend festivals of India?

There are so many of them that festivals in India take place the whole year round. However, it’s always good to conduct a little research before you go as sometimes it’s even more interesting to arrive a little earlier to watch the event’s preparations unfold, such as a few days before the start of the Hindu Bengali festival of Durga Puja when local craftsman finish their elaborately crafted deity statues.

Indian food festivals

Food also plays a major role in festivals in India, either as one of its cultural or religious elements, or as a standalone Indian food festival. Food is often one of the best ways to discover the true soul of a place, and with India’s celebrated and incredibly varied cuisine, you’re spoilt for choice – from the National Street Food Festival and the Asian Hawkers Market in Delhi to Ahare Bangla in Kolkata and the Goa Food Cultural Festival at the west coast.

So wherever or whenever you visit the world’s second-most populous country, make sure you include one of the many festivals in India to make your trip truly unforgettable.

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September 2019

Onam Festival 2019, Kerala, India

September 1 - September 13
Kerala KeralaIndia
Onam Festival Kerala, India

During the days of the Onam Festival, the biggest and most spectacular festival of Kerala, the entire Indian state goes on a spree of celebrations, music and dance performances, elaborate banquets, flower carpets, rowing competitions, and many other happenings. Usually taking place during August – September, this ancient Hindu event is also called the Festival of Harvest when nature is in full bloom and festivities are in the air everywhere.   The Onam Festival is the most significant harvest festival…

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Ganesh Chaturthi Festival 2019, India

September 2 - September 12
Mumbai Mumbai,India + Google Map
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The spectacular Hindu Ganesh Chaturthi festival in September is an 11-day affair of colourful festivities, involving singing, dancing and theatre honouring the birth of the elephant-headed deity. The start of the festival sees huge, colourful statues of Lord Ganesha – one of the best-known deities in the Hindu pantheon and worshipped for bringing good fortune and removing obstacles – installed on elaborately decorated public podiums. In Mumbai – formerly known as Bombay – this is the biggest street party of…

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Durga Puja Festival 2019, India

September 29 - October 8
All over the Indian subcontinent
Durga Puja Festival India

Durga Puja, one of the most important festivals for Hindu Bengalis, is the biggest yearly event in Kolkata and known as the Carnival of the East. Usually taking place in September or October, this multi-day festival celebrates the victory of good over evil with elaborate displays of the goddess Durga, colourful processions, artfully crafted clay idols and sumptuous meals. Reminiscent of the spectacular Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, people place elaborately crafted idols of the 10-armed goddess Durga at prominent places in…

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October 2019

Diwali 2019 (Deepavali), Festival of Light, India

October 27
Various
Diwali

What do you do when you return home after having been exiled for 14 years? You heave a sigh of relief and celebrate. That’s what happens during Diwali (also called Deepavali) in October when in India Lord Rama, his wife Sita, his younger brother Lakshmana and the monkey god Lord Hanuman return home after defeating the demon King Ravana. To welcome back their king and to illuminate their path, the people of his home town Ayodhya lit diyas or oil…

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November 2019

Pushkar Camel Fair 2019, India

November 4 - November 12
Pushkar Camel Fair Pushkar,RajasthanIndia + Google Map
Pushkar Camel Fair

The Pushkar Camel Fair in November is a fantastic, colourful madhouse where Hindu pilgrims, mystics, cattle traders, entertainers, tourists and camera crews mix with some 30,000 camels.   Also known as Pushkar Mela or Pushkar Fair, every year this nine-day event turns into one of the world’s largest animal fairs when this small, sacred desert town in the Indian state of Rajasthan attracts over 200,000 visitors. From genuine, age-old Indian trading practices and chanting Hindu devotees all the way to the…

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December 2019

Hornbill Festival 2019 in Nagaland, India

December 1 - December 10
Kisama Heritage Village, Kisama Heritage Village
Kisama,NagalandIndia
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The biggest event of indigenous warrior tribes in India’s Nagaland state, the 10-day Hornbill Festival sees singing, dance and sports performances mix...

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March 2020

Holi Festival 2020 India

March 9, 2020 - March 10, 2020
Multiple Venues
Holi Festival

Holi festival India 2020 is a riotous two-day Hindu celebration where crowds douse each other with colour and water – and is probably India’s most vibrant and fun festival.  Holi sees family, friends and strangers come together to dance, laugh and feast, celebrating the triumph of good over evil and the arrival of the spring harvest season. Most often associated with getting drenched in water and throwing coloured powders or gulal at one another, Holi Festival actually consists of two…

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