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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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January 2019

Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 India

January 15, 2019 - March 4, 2019
Triveni Sangam Allahabad,Uttar PradeshIndia + Google Map
Ardh Kumbh Mela

Ardh Kumbh Mela is a phenomenal spectacle of millions of Hindu pilgrims in India who gather every six years to bathe in a sacred river – this time in Allahabad.…

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November 2019

The Grub Fest 2019, New Delhi, India

November 1, 2019 - November 3, 2019
Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium, Gate 2, Pragati Vihar
New Delhi, Delhi,110003India
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The Grub Fest, India

Hailed as India’s premier food festival, The Grub Fest is the country’s biggest food and entertainment event bringing together foodies, ethnic neighbourhood restaurants...

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January 2020

Uttarayan 2020, International Kite Festival

January 7, 2020 - January 14, 2020
Sabarmati riverfront, Pramukhswami Maharaj Riverfront
Ahmedabad,GujaratIndia
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Uttarayan, Gujarat, India

During Uttarayan, one of India’s most eagerly awaited celebrations, the International Kite Festival in the state of Gujarat sees millions of kites colour the skies in what is believed to…

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November 2020

Pushkar Camel Fair 2020, India

November 22, 2020 - November 30, 2020
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...

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December 2020

Hornbill Festival 2020 in Nagaland, India

December 1, 2020 - December 10, 2020
Kisama Heritage Village, Kisama Heritage Village
Kisama,NagalandIndia
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Hornbill Festival worldwide festival

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 2021

Holi Festival 2021 India and Worldwide

March 28 - March 29
Multiple Venues
Holi Festival

Holi festival India 2021 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.  With…

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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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