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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 and the International Kite Festival in Gujarat.

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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August 2021

Onam Festival 2021, Kerala, India

August 12 - August 23
Kerala KeralaIndia
Free
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...

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Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2021, Kerala, India

August 14
Kerala KeralaIndia
Nehru Trophy Boat Race Kerala, India

Held every year on the second Saturday of August, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race that sees huge, iconic snake boats engaged in a fierce and colourful contest, has turned into…

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September 2021

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival 2021, India

September 10 - September 19
Mumbai Mumbai,India + Google Map
Ganesh Chaturthi festival worldwide festivals

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...

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October 2021

Durga Puja Festival 2021, India

October 11 - October 15
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…

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November 2021

Diwali 2021 (Deepavali), Festival of Light, India

November 4
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…

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