FESTIVALS AND FAIRS

The Indian calendar is a long procession of festivals; if you can find yourself in the right place at the right time, it is possible to go through your visit with a festival each day. The harvest festivals of the south, the immersion of Ganesh in Bombay, the car Festival of Puri, snake-boat races in Kerala, Republic Day in Delhi... every region, every religion has something to celebrate. Below is a selection of the major ones, but there are countless others; enquire at local Government of India Tourist Offices for details.

Months Festivals
JANUARY/FEBRUARY Sankranti / Pongal, Republic Day, Vasant Panchami, Floating Festival
FEBRUARY / MARCH Shivaratri, Holi, Mardi Gras, Ramnavami, Mahavir Jayanti, Easter
MARCH/ APRIL Kumbh Mela
APRIL / MAY Baisakhi, Pooram, Id-Ul-Zuha (Bakrid), Id-Ul-Fitr (Ramzan Id), Meenakshi Kalyanam
JUNE/ JULY Rath Yatra
JULY/ AUGUST Teej, Raksha Bandhan, Naag Panchami, Amarnath Yatra
AUGUST/ SEPTEMBER Independence Day, Janmashtami, Onam, Ganesh Chaturthi
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER Dussehra, Gandhi Jayanti, Diwali, Gurpurab
NOVEMBER Muharram, Bihar, Pushkar Mela,
DECEMBER Christmas Day

Note: Besides the above festivals there are hundreds of festivals and fairs which are of regional significance, celebrated with equal pomp and colour. The most authentic of these are the following:

(1) The Temple Festival in South India, a list of which if often available at Govt. of India Tourist Offices,

(2) The many festivals at Ladakh in Kashmir.

(3) The many festivals in Rajasthan at a time when a festival of some kind is not either in Progress or about to take place.

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