India is a country where people of different religions coexist in peace. The wide variety of festivals held in India is a true expression of its vibrant culture and traditions. There are many festivals and festivities in India.
While celebrations take place throughout the year, October to January is the time when the country can see at its most vibrant. To offer you a fair idea of all the festivals in India in 2019 and their dates before you start, here’s a piece of information that would prove vital to you!
It’s also going to tell you about the significance of the famous Indian festivals! There’s a festival in India for every occasion. The most common reasons are to celebrate the harvest season, to honor the achievements of gods and goddesses,
To remember historical events, and to show loyalty to individual gods and goddesses. The festivals that take place throughout the year offer a unique opportunity to see Indian culture at its best.
Here is a quick list of India’s most popular state-wise festivals. The tribal festivals of India, too, celebrate with a lot of pomp and display. Find out these forms of festivals until you hit the best places of Indian cultural heritage and take part in the grand festivities of these festivals:-
The Great Festival of Lights — The Diwali Diwali Festival College, one of India’s most famous Hindu festivals, observes with a lot of pomp and displays.
During this light festival, the rooms adorned with clay lamps, candles, and Ashok leaves. People wear new clothes, join in the puja party, smash crackers, and exchange sweets with relatives, families, and neighbors.
Also recognized as the Color Festival, Holi is one of India’s most popular festivals, celebrated with a ton of enthusiasm across the nation. On Holi’s Day, people make large Holika bonfires and sing and dance around it.
On Holiday, people gather in open areas and add dry or wet paint. With different hues to each other, with some bearing water guns and bright air-filled balloons.
Navratri is one of the most popular festivals in India. All the people around India are observing this festival in different ways. Throughout Gujarat, there is a nine-day festival with rejuvenating Garba nights and energetic Dandiya Raas dances. People dressed in elegant, bright traditional clothing and the air is very youthful and invigorating.
Eid-Ul-Fitr is a popular Muslim holiday and is also one of the most celebrated festivals in India. It knows’ festival Breaking the Fast’ and observed as soon as the new moon sees at the end of fasting, Ramadan.
The date of the beginning of Ramadan not set because Muslims believe in the calendar of the sun. Muslims believe that Ramadan is an auspicious month, as it considers to be the month in which the first chapters of the Quran announced to the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Raksha Bandhan is a festival that honors the friendship between brothers and sisters. The title ‘ Raksha Bandhan’ relates to’ a security ring.’ One of India’s most popular festivals, Rakhi, is a Hindu festival, while nowadays, people from different faiths take part as well.
It observes on Purnima or full moon day in Shravan, which comes in August-September. It’s a simple festival that involves a lot of love and affection.
Onam is one of the most important national festivals in India, where people wear traditional clothing, adorn Pookalam houses (floral designs), and prepare Onasadya (elaborate meal of about 13 dishes).
Activities such as Vallamkali (snake boat race), Kaikottikali (clap dance), Kathakali dance, and Pulikali procession (artists dressed and decorated like tigers and hunters) take place.
Pongal or Sankranti
Pongal or Sankranti, the four-day harvest festival in South India, is one of the most popular festivals in India. This festival is to the Makar Sankranti celebrated in North India.
The festival holds in January, from the 13th to the 16th of each year. Bhogi, Makar Sankranti, Kanuma, and Mukkanuma are the four days of the feast of Pongal on the following days. The Holiday holds to mark the Incarnation of the Lord of the Sun into the Northern Hemisphere.
One of the most popular and awaited holidays in India and the world, Christmas happens to be of absolute importance for the elderly and children alike.
Everybody, regardless of their religion, is waiting for this day, especially the children, for the surprise gifts of Santa. All the churches illuminated and adorned to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus.
Popular among the Indian festivals held in the North East, Bihu is the Assam Harvest Festival. During the month-long festivities, young men and women wear traditional clothes and dance the Bihu in the village fields and courtyards. A public feast with a ton of fanfare arrange during the Bihu festivities in India.
Ganesh Chaturthi, another significant Hindu religious festival in India, is a 10-day affair with vibrant festivities. Massive handcrafted Ganesh idols places in homes and outside, in public frames.
Pujas do in the morning and in the evening. The last day is the day of Visarjan–the deposition of an icon in a body of water. Cultural activities include music, dance and theatre, and free medical and blood donation workshops.
Kumbh or Kumbh Mela
Kumbh or Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious festivals in India. It begins and ends on Makar Sankranti and Maha Shivratri. Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage that takes place four times every twelve years and holds in four places, i.e. Allahabad (Prayag), Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik.
After every twelve years, Maha Kumbh Mela conducts in Prayag, attended by millions of people, making it the most significant meeting anywhere in the world.
Jagannath Yatra or Rath Yatra is one of India’s most famous festivals. The Rath Yatra marks Lord Jagannath’s annual visit to his birthplace along with his son Balarama and his daughter Subhadra.
It observes on the second day of Shukla Paksha Ashadha, as per the conventional Oriya Calendar.
The world-famous 8-day cart festival conducts at the Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri (Orissa). Hundreds of devotees flock to Puri on this day.
Maha Shivratri festivals
Maha Shivratri is one of India’s famous Hindu festivals devoted to Lord Shiva. It observes every year on the 13th night of the 14th day of Phalguna (February to March).
Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati on this day. It also marks the night when Lord Shiva performed Tandav, the dance of primordial development, survival, and devastation. The ritual takes place during the day.
Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is the annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the 8th avatar of Vishnu. It celebrates according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in Shraavana and Bhadrapad.
It is a significant festival, particularly in the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism. Dance drama performances of the Bhagavata Purana life of Krishna (as Rasa Lila or Krishna Lila), midnight devotional singing when Krishna was born, fasting (upavasa), a night watch (Ratri Jagran) and a festival (motzavasa).
Dedicated to the Hindu goddess of Saraswati, Basant Panchami is a celebration that is either held in January or February. In the Indian states of Odisha, Assam, Bihar and West Bengal, this event observes on a grand scale with the Saraswati Puja.
Many people wear yellow clothes on this day, while jasmine garlands carry people in Rajasthan. Lord Shiva and Parvati worship in Uttarakhand this day. Even Sikhs celebrate this yellow festival by organizing Langars where free meals offer to all visitors regardless of their status quo, caste, and religion.
Goa Carnival festivals
Goa Carnival is one of those festivals that will observe with great pomp and display in February. It lasts for more than three to four days and has a lot of fun to do. During this festival, some cultural groups are coming together to join a massive parade in Goa. It is also interesting to watch float parades that mainly organized in urban areas such as Panjim, Vasco da Gama, Mapusa, and Margao.
It’s the time when Goa immerses himself in the spirit of love, grooves on mad music and gorges on delicious delicacies. Goa Carnival is one of those festivals that will observe with great pomp and display in February. It lasts for more than three to four days and has a lot of fun to do.
During this festival, some cultural groups are coming together to join a massive parade in Goa. It is also interesting to watch float parades that mainly organized in urban areas such as Panjim, Vasco da Gama, Mapusa, and Margao. It’s the time when Goa immerses himself in the spirit of love, grooves on mad music and gorges on delicious delicacies.
The Ugadi Festival takes place in March or April and observes a lot of cheerfulness people from all over Karnataka. It remembers as an auspicious moment for those who are looking forward to starting new projects.
It says that Lord Brahma has begun the development of the vast universe on this day, and therefore this festival represents the beginning of the new Hindu lunar calendar. Decorating homes with roses and mango leaves, giving prayers and cooking different meals is how people and their loved ones appreciate it.
The Goverdhan puja (mid-October-mid-November) is one of India’s Hindu holidays, held four days after Diwali. On this day, a wide variety of vegetarian dishes cooks devotees as Prasad for Lord Krishna. the act of offering food to God symbolizes appreciation.
This festival associate with the law of Krishna lifting the Govardhan Hill to his finger in the Bhagavata Purana to protect people from the torrential wrath of Indra. There are several variations in which it observes, but they all reflect a belief in finding the security of Christ.
The Nongkrem Dance Festival is a five-day festival that is unique to the hilly state of Meghalaya. The goddess Ka Blei Synshar honors during November for a good harvest. One of the highlights of the festival is the dance performed by unmarried men and women wearing exotic costumes. People carrying a sword in their right hand and a white Yak hair whisk in their left hand, and playing with pipes is a must-see sight this day.
As one of the leading Sikh festivals, Gurupurab observes as the birth anniversary of the father of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. A day before this day, a procession takes place, led by five Beloveds. Celebrate this religious and spectacular festival around November, special assemblies hold in Gurudwaras on the teachings of the gurus. Additionally, langars arrange, and forms of martial arts conduct as part of the festival’s traditions.
The largest of all Ziro Valley festivals in Arunachal Pradesh, the Dree Festival celebrate to ensure a good crop. The festival holds in July and claims to be a good harvest. On this day, the cucumber distributes to all as a symbol of an abundant harvest. Prayer, gorging on local dishes, brewing and drinking are some of the elements of the celebrations at the Dree Festival.
It’s an essential two-day festival in the beautiful landscape of Ladakh. The Hemis Festival is characterized by a multitude of events, including contemporary dances in western costumes, drawing many visitors from all over the world. The anniversary of the founding of the father of Tibet’s Tantric Buddhism observes.
Pushkar Camel Festivals
An astounding number of camels converge on the tiny desert town of Pushkar, in the Indian state of Rajasthan, for the Pushkar Camel Festival. The camels’ feds paraded, washed, joined beauty contests, rode, and, of course, sold.
If you want to see the camel trade, make sure you arrive before the festival starts, because it starts and winds up early.
This festival holds every year in December to bring a new year to Sikkimese. Sign of joy for the year’s harvest, the festival is being observed by the Bhutia tribe and the Lepchas. The event features folk dance events, archery contests and drinking brewed beer.
One of the most popular festivals in the state of Rajasthan, Gangaur hold every year in the lunar month of Chaitra (March-April). This festival honors the divine marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and sees as a sign for marital joy.
In this festival, which is mainly celebrated by girls, the clay idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati worship and submerged during water on the last day of the festival.