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Fairs & Festivals

The Indian calendar is a long procession of fairs and festivals. From the harvest festivals of the south to the immersion of Ganesh in Bombay, The Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, Republic Day in Delhi... every region, every religion has something to celebrate. Some of the Indian festivals and fairs are.

1. Makar Sankranti: The Hindu festival celebrated through out the India when farmers brings home there harvest. It is the time when Sun enters to the Capricorn (Makar Sankranti) from Dakshinayana to northern hemisphere (the Uttarayan). The Makar sankranti is also known as Lohri. The Festival introduces kite enthusiasts world-wide and a special dance called the 'Chajja' is held on the occasion of Lohri.

2.Pongal the Hindu harvest festival of South India, mainly in Tamil Nadu celebrated in the month of January. The Pongal Celebrations includes drawing of Kolam, swinging and cooking.

3.Republic Day is a national holiday that commemorates the establishment of the Indian Republic in 1950.  Republic Day is celebrated with much enthusiasm all over the country on 26 January.

4.Vasant Panchami is the festival dedicated to Saraswati. It is celebrated in Magh, which is between the January and February .That is highlights the coming of spring.  This Hindu festival is full of religious, seasonal and social significance.

5.Desert Festival: Every year, in the month of February the golden city of Jaisalmer hosts the desert festival which is also known as the “Jaisalmer Desert Festival”. Camel race and the camel polo is a big attraction of this fair. The festival becomes lively with legions of folk dance, puppeteers and acrobats.

6.Float Festival is first time celebrated by King Thirumalai Nayak in 17th century when he built a temple of Lord Vigneswara. On his birthday he started the custom of taking the idols for a boat ride in the tank. This is how the Float festival came into life. Now it is a famous festival in Madurai, Tamil Nadu and celebrated in full moon in the month of January or February.

Desert Festival: In the month of February the beautiful desert festival held for 3 days in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The attraction of this annual fair is Cultural showcase, camel races, turban tying competitions etc.

7.Nagaur Cattle Fair is eight days animal fair. The second largest fair held in Nagaur, Jodhpur in the State of Rajasthan.

8.Kumbh Mala is the power of faith. At the four well-known cities Nasik (Maharashtra), Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh), Prayag or Allahabad and Haridwar (both in Uttar Pradesh), It take place every six years in Magh (January and February) month  The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela which comes after 12years 'Purna Kumbh Melas', or 144 years, is held at Allahabad.

9.Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on a National level on the 13th day/13th moonless night  and breaking fast/'vrata' on 14th after sunrise  of the Magh or Phalgun month. This festival marks the wedding anniversary of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati.

                The Maha shivaratri annual fair held for 7 days in Mandi town of the Indian State of Himichal Pradesh.

10.Holi is the very popular colors festival of North India. The festival celebrated on Phalgun Purnima. This festival bridges the social gap and renews sweet relationships and celebrated since centuries with the same zeal and zest.

11.Elephant Festival is celebrated in Jaipur. This festival is the great symbol of Rajput royalty. This festival celebrated on the day of Holi in Phalgun.

12.Mardi Gras eminent in the end of February and the beginning of the March. The fair take place comes together in the state of Goa for 3 days with a lot of music, dance, good food, colours and a lot of festivities.

13.Nalwari Mala is the state level fair festivities in Luhnu ground, Bilaspur Himachal Pradesh for cattle wealth for seven days in the month of March.

14.Ramnavami - The birth anniversary of Lord Rama, which usually falls in March or April. It is also known as Shri Ram Navami, a human incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Ayodhya and Pondicherry are the main centers for this festival.  

15.Mahavira Jayanti is the religious festival of Jainism. It is a National level festival that commemorating the birth anniversary of Load Mahavira.

16.Baisakhi or Vaisakhi known as the special significance of Sikhs. Baisakhi is a harvest celebration on either 13th or 14 April in North India in the Gregorian calendar.

17.Pooram festival is known as the most spectacular and colorful festival of Kerala. The festival is a grand assembly of Gods and Goddesses celebrated every year in the month of mid-April to mid-may, who makes their visit to the Vadakumnathan Temple.

18.Rohru Mela: The Rohru annual fair celebrated in the month of April to give the most regard to local Lord SHIKRU DEVTA. The mela celebrated for 5 days every year and it is a time of cheerfulness to all the villagers.

19.Vishu Festival is the famous festival of South India, Which is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Medam (April).

20.Varsha Pirappu is the famous festival of Timal Nadu, South India. The festival is held on the first day of Tamil month Chithiram, which usually falls in April.

21.Meenakshi Kalyanam is one of the most spectacular festivals at Madurai Meenakshi temple, Tamil Nadu. This is the annual festival that fall in the month of Chaitra (April-May)      of the divine wedding of Goddess Meenakshi with Lord Sundareshwar (Shiva).

22.Urs is largest Muslim fair in India, held at Ajmer, Rajasthan every year. The Urs marked with quwwallis - sung at night. The festival celebrated in May in honor of venerated Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.

23.Buddha Poornima commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha which falls on the full moon night in the month of Vaisakha (April- May).  It is a famous festival of India, specially the North east India. Mostly the festival celebrated in Sikkam.

24.Eid ul Fitr is a festival of fast braking or end of Ramadan. Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fir means "breaking the fast". It is celebrated after the long fasting month of Ramadan (August).

 25.Id-ul-Zuha - or Bakr-id – The Muslim festival of sacrifice, is one of the most important Muslim festivals in India. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and vigor. Id-ul-Zuha is celebrated from the tenth to the twelfth day in the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah (October).

26.Karthigai Deepam is also known as the Annamalai Deepam. It is the famous festival of Timal Nadu, in South India. The festival is celebrated in full moon in Karthigai month (November).                      

27.Rath Yatra is Hindu festival celebrates in June or July month. The Rath means chariot and Yatra - a pilgrimage or procession. That’s why it is also known as chariot festival.  The Jagannath temple in Puri is the main epicenter of this festival. The Jagannath temple town in Orissa, on the east coast of India.

28.Amarnath Yatra to the Holy Pilgrimage is one of the most important events during July/ August. In this event the thousand people visit to the Amarnath cave.

29.Chamba Minjar Mela: One of the famous fair in Himichal Pradesh celebrated from 935 A.D in Chamba valley in the month of August. On the first day of Minjar mela, people bring the picture of Raghuvira Lord and also the other regional deities, Devtas and crests. The fair celebrated for one week to show respect towards King Sahil Verman's victory on rulers and additional Tirgata.

30.Raksha Bandhan – On the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravana (August) in India raksha bandhan celebrated the frail of thread of Rakhi protection embellished with the love and affection of a sister for her brother. On this day sisters pray for long life of their brothers and ask God to bless them with his blessings. Raksha Bandhan is called Avani Avittam in South India.

31.Gayatri Japam - Gayatri Japam is recited in the next day of Purnima in Sarvan month. It is recited by all Brahmin (Yajurveda , Rig Veda and  Same Veda Brahmin)

32.Independence Day – Each year India celebrate Independence Day of 15 August.

33.Janmashtami is the day on which Lord Krishna was born in Mathura. It is Hindu festival celebrated 8th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadon (August or September). Pujas, bhajans, fasting and many other rituals mark Janmashtami celebrations in India.

34.Suhi Mata Festival rejoices the growth of maize in the month of August.

35.Teej well had known north India women festival and much anticipated monsoon festival. The festival takes place in the August. Teej is dedicated to the divine couple - Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, On this day Women keep 'Nirjala Vrat' for well - being of her husband.

36.Gowri Habba celebrated before Ganesh Chaturthi. It is also known as Swarna Gauri Vratam in South India. The Gowri Habba is a Hindu festival dedicated to Goddess Paravati. Gowri Habba is celebrated in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.

37.Ganesh Chaturthi The Birthday of Load Ganesh the son of Shiva and Parvati. The one of the most popular Hindu occupations in India falls between August and September. Festival is widely celebrated in Maharashtra, West Bengal, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

38.Nuakhai is the agricultural festival of Orissa. Nuakhai is observed to welcome the new rice of the season. It is also known as Nabanna, Nuakhai Parab or Nuakahi Bhetghat.

39.Navarathri: In different parts of India Navarathri is celebrated in different ways. In Sanskrit Nava means nine and ratri means nights.  The Mother Goddess (Navarathri) occasion is observed twice a year, once in the beginning of summer and again at the onset of winter.

40.Dandiya is the folk dance of Vrindavan and it is performed depicting scenes of lila and Holi. Dandiya is featured dance of Navratri evenings in West India, Specially in Gujarat.

41.Dussehra is one of the fascinating festivals of India and it is celebrated 10th day after Navratri. In this day Lord Ram killed Ravana and won back his wife Sita.  Dussehra is also known as Vijaydashami and celebrated on the new moon day of the Hindu month Ashwin (September – October). It is also celebrated as Durga's triumph over the demons and also the day of the Saraswati.

42.Kullu Dussehra Festival: The International annual mela started nine days before dussehra in Kullu, Himichal Pradesh for the triumph of the God Ram over evil. The fair start with Rath Yatra of the idol of Lord Ragunath is led by the Kullu Raja and village deities. The Kullu Dussehra  mela procession starts a week of religious ceremonies, cultural activities, socializing and shopping at the huge bazaar, or market, that comprises most of the mela ground, which make the festival a rare event.

43.Karwa Chauth: On this day the married women observe fast for the long life, well being and prosperity of her husband. Karwa Chauth is celebrated nine days before diwali in the month of October.

44.Diwali:  Among all the festival in India, Diwali is most pulsating and greatest festival. Deepavali is one of the biggest festivals of Hindu, which means the “rows of lights”. This festival is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil. Deepavali is celebrated for 5 days as Dhan Teras, Choti Diwali, Lakshmi Puja, Govardhan Puja, Bhai Dooj. On the day of Deepavali people exchange gifts, bursting firecrackers, lighting fireworks, colourful sparklers & bonfires and having festive meals. Diwali is the “festival of lights” celebrated on the new moon day that marks the end of Ashwin (October) and beginning of Kartik (November) month.

45.Kali Puja is celebrated two weeks after Laxumi Puja in the month of October and November.

46.Pushkar Mela dated since long back which is held in the honor of “GOD BRAHMA”. The international fair famous in Pushkar in Rajasthan and it comes to an end of the Kartik Purnima for five days. The festival is famous for selling and purchase of cattle and livestock, matka phod, bridal competition, camel race and longest moustache.

47.Lavi Fair got international popularity and notoriety. The fair is celebrated every year in Rampur, Himichal Pradesh during November Month.

48.Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ on 25 December. Christmas is a universal festival and has a special significance for its unity in diversity worldwide.