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Fair and Festivals

India’s vibrant character and a diverse ethnicity are revealed in its colorful fairs and festivals celebrated all over the country. Dyed in vivacious hues, and pulsating with energy, these celebrations give you a taste of Indian religion and culture. Religious rituals, tribal culture, tourism festivals, and thousands of years of beliefs; Indians leave no chance to celebrate their illustrious legacy. Often called the intangible heritage of India, these endearing celebrations with glittering fireworks, colorful jamboree, dance & music, and mouthwatering delicacies are a rocking experience.

If you a planning a trip to India, here are some of the festivities you must add to your India travel itinerary. Vibrant, vivid, and versatile, these fairs and festivals are certainly one-of-a-kind experiences.

Fairs and Festivals in India

Holi- The Festival of Colors

Holi- The Festival of Colors

Held mostly in northern India, in March, Holi is celebrated by throwing colors on each other. Rooted in mythology and playful chronicles of Radha-Krishna, this colorful festival celebrates love, life, and the arrival of spring. Holi celebrations in Mathura-Vrindavan and the Lathmaar Holi of Barsana are too colorful to be missed.

Diwali- The Festival of Lights

Diwali- The Festival of Lights

This festival of lights, celebrated in October or November, symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. On Diwali, people light earthen lamps, candles, and pretty fairy lights to light up a dark moonless night. Celebrated widely across the country, Diwali traditions include the exchange of gifts, traditional sweetmeats, card parties, and fireworks.

Pushkar Fair, Pushkar

Pushkar Fair, Pushkar

This vivid cattle fair flaunts the rich & vibrant traditions of Rajasthan. Check out the colorfully adorned camels that participate in jocular competitions like camel beauty pageants, and rejoice in the unique festivities at Pushkar fairground. The fair is celebrated in October/November and runs for a week.

Goa Carnival, Panjim

Goa Carnival, Panjim

This fun parade, led by King Momo, showcases the vibrant spirit of Goa. Celebrated in February or March, Goa Carnival is a kaleidoscopic gala, featuring swank floats, colorfully dressed dancers, and loads of festivities.

International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh

International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh

Feed the soul seeker in you at this week-long Yoga festival by the Ganges in Rishikesh. Join us at this little town at the Himalayan foothills and indulge in some yoga by the Ganges.

Hornbill Festival, Nagaland

Hornbill Festival, Nagaland

Take a sneak peek into the tribal heritage of Nagaland at the Hornbill Festival, celebrated every December in Kisama Heritage Village near Kohima. Traditional tribal dances, food, cultural galas, and sports of the various Naga tribes are the highlights of the Hornbill Festival.

Kumbha Mela

Kumbha Mela

Recognized as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, Kumbh Mela is deeply rooted in Hindu mythology. It is celebrated once every 12 years in four river-bank pilgrimages in Allahabad, Nashik, Haridwar, and Ujjain. Holy baths, religious discourses, and feasts & festivities are a part of the celebrations. Visit this sea of humanity and take a dip in the holy river to absolve you from mortal sins. The dates of Kumbh Mela are based on the lunar calendar.

Puri Rath Yatra, Puri

Kumbha Mela

The chariot festival of Lord Jagannath in Puri, celebrated mostly in the month of June-July, dates back to centuries. Thousands of curious travelers and devotees gather here to draw Lord Jagnnath’s massive chariot across the city.

Onam- Snake Boat Race, Kerala

Onam- Snake Boat Race, Kerala

Join in the celebrations and cheer the colorful snake boats as they race amid festive crowds in the backwaters & lakes of Kerala. Pretty flower rangolis (colorful patterns) and delicious Sadya (festive meal) are an integral part of Onam festivities.

Durga Puja, Kolkata

Durga Puja, Kolkata

Age-old rituals, joined with boisterous revelry and mouthwatering cuisines are the highlights of Durga Puja, that celebrates the many forms of the Goddess. Check out the magnificent pandals, savor delicious fish, and play colors with the festive crowds during Durga Puja celebrations. The festival is celebrated in September or October.

Hemis Gompa Festival, Ladakh

Hemis Gompa Festival, Ladakh

Celebrated at the beautiful Hemis Monastery in Ladakh, this monastic festival is much known for its Cham Dance, performed by the monks, dressed in fineries and huge colorful masks. .

Rann Utsav, Kutch- Celebrating the White Desert

Rann Utsav, Kutch- Celebrating the White Desert

Rann Utsav, the longest celebrated festival in India, starts in November and continues till February. Held at the dazzling white Rann, this colorful extravaganza celebrates the culture, crafts, and cuisines of Gujarat. Stay in the white tent city, go for camel safaris, and soak in the festivities at the largest salt desert in the world.

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