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List of Festivals Organized in India

Published on Friday, June 28, 2024

June 2024

Name of Festival

Purpose/Theme

Organized by/Date

Held At

Apara Ekadashi

Devotional observance for Lord Vishnu

June 2, 2024

India

Nirjala Ekadashi

Major fasting day in Hinduism

June 18, 2024

 India

Kabirdas Jayanti

Commemorating the poet-saint Kabir

June 22 ,2024

India

Jyestha Purnima Ishti

Rituals during the full moon in Jyestha month

June 23, 2024

India

May 2024

Name of Festival

Purpose/Theme

Organized by/Date

Held At

Vallabha Acharya Jayanti

Birth anniversary of Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya

May 4, 2024

Throughout Country

Akshaya Tritiya

Auspicious day for new beginnings and ventures

May10, 2024

 India

Mohini Ekadashi

Observes a day of fasting for Lord Vishnu

May 19,2024

India

Birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha

Birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha

May 23, 2024

India

April 2024

Name of Festival

Purpose/Theme

Organized By/Date

Held At

Sheetala Saptami

Worship of Goddess Sheetala for protection against diseases and epidemics

April 1, 2024

India

Sheetala Ashtami, Basoda, Varshitapa Arambha, Kalashtami

Observance of rituals related to Goddess Sheetala and Lord Shiva

April 2, 2024

India

Papmochini Ekadashi

Fasting and prayers for spiritual purification

April 5, 2024

India

Shani Trayodashi, Pradosh Vrat

Worship of Lord Shani (Saturn) and observance of evening prayers

April 6, 2024

India

Masik Shivratri

Night dedicated to Lord Shiva with fasting and prayers

April 7, 2024

India

Matsya Jayanti, Gauri Puja, Gangaur, Masik Karthigai, Swayambhuva Manvadi

Commemoration of Lord Vishnu’s fish incarnation, Worship of Goddess Gauri, Rajasthani festival, Monthly Karthigai observance, Ritual for self-creation

April 11, 2024

India

Lakshmi Panchami, Rohini Vrat, Vinayaka Chaturthi

Worship of Goddess Lakshmi, Observance of Rohini Nakshatra, Worship of Lord Ganesha

April 12, 2024

India

Mesha Sankranti, Solar New Year, Baisakhi, Skanda Shashti

Sun’s transition to Aries, Punjabi harvest festival, Worship of Lord Kartikeya

April 13, 2024

India

Yamuna Chhath, Puthandu, Vishu Kani, Pohela Boishakh

Worship of River Yamuna, Tamil New Year, Malayalam New Year, Bengali New Year

April 14, 2024

India

Tara Jayanti, Masik Durgashtami

Worship of Goddess Tara, Monthly observance of Goddess Durga

April 16, 2024

India

Ram Navami, Swaminarayan Jayanti

Birth anniversary of Lord Rama, Celebration of Swaminarayan sect founder

April 17, 2024

India

Kamada Ekadashi

Fasting and prayers for fulfillment of desires

April 19, 2024

India

Mahavir Swami Jayanti, Pradosh Vrat

Birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira (Jainism), Evening prayers for Lord Shiva

April 21, 2024

India

Hanuman Jayanti, Chitra Pournami, Chaitra Navapada Oli Ends

Birth anniversary of Lord Hanuman, Full moon day, Conclusion of Jain fasting period

April 23, 2024

Nationwide

March 2024

Name of Festival

Purpose/Theme

Organized By/Date

Held At

Yashoda Jayanti

Celebration of Yashoda’s birth anniversary

March 1, 2024

India

Bhanu Saptami

Observance of the sun god Bhanu’s appearance on Earth

March 3, 2024

India

Shabari Jayanti

Commemoration of Shabari, a devotee of Lord Rama

March 3, 2024

India

Kalashtami

Worship of Lord Krishna on the eighth day of the lunar month

March 3, 2024

India

Masik Krishna Janmashtami

Monthly celebration of Lord Krishna’s birth

March 3, 2024

India

Janaki Jayanti

Observance of Goddess Sita’s birth anniversary

March 4, 2024

India

Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti

Tribute to the founder of Arya Samaj

March 6, 2024

India

Vijaya Ekadashi

Fasting day dedicated to Lord Vishnu for spiritual growth

March 6, 2024

India

Maha Shivaratri

Night of Lord Shiva’s worship and fasting

March 8, 2024

India

International Women’s Day

Celebration of women’s achievements and empowerment

March 8, 2024

Worldwide

Vasanta Purnima

Spring festival with rituals and charity

March 8, 2024

India

Vinayaka Chaturthi

Worship of Lord Ganesha on the fourth day of the lunar month

March 13, 2024

India

Ranga Panchami

Colorful celebration associated with Lord Krishna

March 15, 2024

India

February 2024

Name of Festival

Purpose/Theme

Organized by/Date

Held At

Vivekananda Jayanti (Samvat)

Commemoration of Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary

2nd Feb 2024

 India

Kalashtami

Fast dedicated to Lord Shiva

2nd Feb 2024

 India

Shattila Ekadashi

Fasting day for spiritual purification

6th Feb 2024

 India

Pradosh Vrat

Worship of Lord Shiva during twilight

7th Feb 2024

 India

Mauni Amavasya

Holy dip in sacred rivers for purification

9th Feb 2024

Various pilgrimage sites

Ganesh Jayanti

Birthday of Lord Ganesha

13th Feb 2024

Maharashtra 

Kumbha Sankranti

Transition of the sun into Aquarius

13th Feb 2024

 India

Basant Panchami

Worship of Goddess Saraswati

14th Feb 2024

 India

January 2024

Name of Festival

Purpose/Theme

Organized by/Date

Held At

New Year’s Day

Celebration of the New Year

01 Jan 2024

Throughout the Country

Lohri Festival

Harvest festival celebrated with bonfires and songs

13 Jan 2024

 Punjab

Makar Sankranti

Kite-flying festival and transition of the sun into Capricorn

15 Jan 2024

 India

Pongal Festival

Tamil harvest festival with traditional rituals and feasting

15-18 Jan 2024

Tamil Nadu

Republic Day

Commemoration of India’s adoption of the Constitution

26 Jan 2024

 India

December 2023

Name of the Festival

Purpose/Theme

Organized by/Date

Held At

Konark Dance and Music Festival

Celebrate Odissi dance and music

01 - 05 Dec 2023

Konark, Odisha

Kala Ashtami, Kalashtami

Worship Lord Bhairav

05 Dec 2023

Nationwide

Kalabhairav Jayanti

Celebrate birth of Lord Kaal Bhairav

05 Dec 2023

Nationwide

Utpanna Ekadashi

Worship Lord Vishnu

08 Dec 2023

Nationwide

Pradosh Vrat

Worship Lord Shiva

10 Dec 2023

Nationwide

Masik Shivaratri

Worship Lord Shiva

11 Dec 2023

Nationwide

Vinayaka Chaturthi

Worship Lord Ganesha

16 Dec 2023

Nationwide

Vivaha Panchami

Celebrate marriage of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita

17 Dec 2023

Nationwide

Skanda Sashti

Worship Lord Kartikeya

17 Dec 2023

Nationwide

Masik Durgashtami

Worship Goddess Durga

20 Dec 2023

Nationwide

Mokshada Ekadash

Worship Lord Vishnu

22 Dec 2023

Nationwide

Christmas Day (XMas)

Celebrate birth of Jesus Christ

25 Dec 2023

Nationwide

Rohini Vrat

Jain festival

25 Dec 2023

Nationwide

Margashirsha Purnima

Full Moon Day

26 Dec 2023

Nationwide

Sankashti Chaturthi

Worship Lord Ganesha

30 Dec 2023

Nationwide

New Year’s Eve / Old Year’s Day

Celebrate end of the year

31 Dec 2023

Nationwide

November 2023

Name of the festival

Purpose/Theme

Organized by/Date

Held At

Karwa Chauth

Observance for the longevity of husbands

1st Nov 2023

India

Sankashti Chaturthi

Observance dedicated to Lord Ganesha

1st Nov 2023

India

Ahoi Ashtami

Fast observed by mothers for the well-being of their children

5th Nov 2023

 India

Rama Ekadashi

Observance dedicated to Lord Vishnu

9th Nov 2023

 India

Dhanteras

Festival marking the beginning of Diwali celebrations

10th Nov 2023

 India

Diwali

Festival of lights celebrating the victory of light over darkness

12th Nov 2023

India

Bhai Dooj

Festival celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters

15th Nov 2023

India

Chhath Puja

Worship of the Sun God and Chhathi Maiya

19-22th Nov 2023

Bihar, Jharkhand, and UP, India

Guru Nanak Jayanti

Birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

23rd Nov 2023

India

Sankashti Chaturthi

Observance dedicated to Lord Ganesha

30th Nov 2023

India

October 2023

Name of the festival

Purpose/Theme

Organized by/Date

Held At

Gandhi Jayanti

Celebrating the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

2nd Oct 2023

 India

Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti

Celebrating the birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri

2nd  Oct 2023

 India

Sankashti Chaturthi

Observance dedicated to Lord Ganesha

2nd Oct 2023

 India

Tsokum Festival

Harvest festival

5th Oct 2023

Nagaland, India

Indian Air Force Day

Celebrating the establishment of the Indian Air Force

8th Oct 2023

 India

Maha Navratri

Nine nights dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga

15th Oct - 24th Oct 2023

India

Durga Puja

Celebrating the victory of Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon Mahishasura

20th Oct - 24th Oct 2023

India

Dussehra

Celebrating the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana

24th Oct 2023

 India

Lakshmi Puja (Kojagari Puja)

Worship of Goddess Lakshmi

28th Oct 2023

 India

Halloween

Celebration dedicated to remembering the dead

31st Oct 2023

Worldwide

September 2023

Name of the festivalPurpose / ThemeOrganized by/DateHeld at
Balarama JayantiBirth anniversary of Lord Balarama5th September 2023India
Janmashtami

the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu7th September 2023 India
Vinayaka Chaturthibirth of Lord Ganesha19th-28th September 2023India
Mahalakshmi Vrat to seek the blessings of Goddess Mahalakshmi22th September 2023India
Radha Ashtamibirth anniversary of the goddess Radha23rd September 2023All over India    

August 2023

Name of the festivalPurpose / ThemeOrganized by/DateHeld at
Hariyali Teejfast seeking of well-being their husbands 19th August 2023North Indian states
Rajiv Gandhi JayantiBirth anniversary of the former PM of India. 20th August 2023All over India
Nag Panchami dedicated to the worship of snakes21st August 2023Maharashtra, Gujarat
Onam to commemorate the mythical King Mahabali, who is considered to have ruled28th-31st August 2023Kerala
Raksha Bandhan bond between siblings, particularly between brothers and sisters30th August 2023All over India     

July  2023

Name of the festival Purpose / Theme Organized by/Date Held at
Guru Purnima to honor one’s chosen spiritual teachers or leaders 3rd July 2023 India, Nepal, and Bhutan 
Shravan Somwar Vrat It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to bring good luck Every Monday 2023India, Nepal, and Bhutan 
Sankashti ChaturthiIt is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Ganesha 

6th July 2023

Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu 
Sawan Shivaratri is believed to bring in health and financial prosperity for Lord Shiva devotees 

15th-16th July 2023

North Indian states
Hariyali AmavasyaTo welcome the greenery brought on by the onset of monsoons

17th July 2023

North Indian states

June 2023

Name of the festivalPurpose/ThemeOrganized by/DateHELD AT
Sao Joao Feast To celebrate the Baptist St. John. This is one of the off seasons festival in Goa June 22nd – 23rd, 2023 Siolim, Goa
Simla Summer Festival 5 days festival celebrated to embrace our mother nature in Ridge of Simla 1st Week of June 2023 Ridge, Simla.
Sindhu Darshan Festival This festival is to celebrate the beautiful land scape of Bank of Indus river in Ladakh June 2023 Ladakh
Saga Dawa To celebrate the birth, life and enlightenment of Lord Buddha Celebrated in all monasteries of Sikkim on June 4, 2023 Sikkim and Darjeeling
Ambubachi Mela To celebrate the yearly menstruation of Goddess Kamakhya Kamakhya Temple will close for 3 days from June 22nd to June 26th, 2023 Guwahati, Assam
Puri Rath Yatra To honour the Lord Krishna in Jagannath Temple June 20, 2023 Puri, Odisha
Yuru Kabgyat It is also known as Lamayuru Festival. It is to honour the memory of Padmasambhava and Yama Lamayuru Monsatery in Lamayuru Village on June 26th to 27th 2023 Lamayuru, Ladakh
Feast of St Peter and Paul This festival is celebrated by the fisherman communities of Goa to honour the solemnity of St Peter and Paul They carry the idols of Lord Jesus in the boat on June 29th, 2023 Goa

May 2023

Name of the festival Purpose/ThemeOrganized by/DateHELD AT
Thrissur Pooram Witness the Grand Elephant Procession One of the oldest festivals in India Vadakkumnathan Temple on 1st May 2023 Thrissur, Kerala
Coal Miners Day of India To honour the coal miners and their contribution to our country 4th May 2023 All over India
Buddha Purnima To celebrate the birth of Lord Buddha 5th May 2023 Sarnath, India
Basava Jayanthi To celebrate the birth of Shri Basavanna, a philosopher and social reformer 14th May 2023 Karnatak, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra
Rabindranatha Tagore Jayanti To celebrate the Birthday of Rabindranath Tagore, composer of Indian National Anthem 9th May 2023 All over India
International Flower Festival Incredible festivals that showcase orchids, various flowers and delicious cuisines of Sikkim 1st-31st May 2023 by Government of Sikkim in the Governor’s Residence of Sikkim Gangtok, Sikkim
Moatsu Festival Celebrated by the Ao Naga Tribes of Nagaland to honour the Summer and harvest season Also known as Moatsu Mong, celebrated on 1st-3rd May 2023 Mokochung, Nagaland
Igitun Chalne People walk on fire to honour Goddess Lairaya of Sirigao Temple May 2023 by Sirigao Temple, Goa Panjim, Goa

April 2023

Name of the festival Purpose/Theme Organized by/Date Held at
Tulip Festival Asia’s Largest Tulip Flower Show in the Foothills of Zabarwan Range, Dal Lake in Srinagar 1st April 2023 to 20th April 2023 Srinagar, Kashmir
Baisakhi Harvest Festival of Punjab. It is celebrated on the first day of the Nanakshahi Calendar 14th April, 2023 Punjab
Bihu April or harvest festival of people in Assam 14th April to 16th April 2023 Assam
Shad Suk Mynsiem Khasi Tribes of Meghalaya celebrate Shad Suk as the Thanksgiving festival with their traditional dance 10th to 11th April 2023 Most part of Meghalaya
Aoling Festival Celebrated by the Konyak Tribes of Nagaland to well come the spring 1st to 10th April 2023 and organized by the Konyak Tribes Mon District, Nagaland
Mopin Festival Well coming the spring by the People of Arunachal Prasdesh 5th April 2023 Along, Basar and Bame districts of Arunachal Pradesh

March 2023

Name of the festival Purpose / Theme Organized by/Date Held at
Holi Festival Festival of colours. To bring colours and positivity to life 7th March 2023 All over India
Bhumchu Festival The Destiny revealing festival. Level of water in the vase tell about the nature of the year ahead 7th March 2023 Tashiding Monastery, Sikkim
Brij Mahotsav Festival to honour God Krishna in his birth place Brij Bhoomi of Bharatpur, Rajasthan 7th March to 8th March 2023 Bharatpur, Rajasthan
Hola Mohalla Honour the warriors of Punjab who has sacrificed their lives in various wars 8th March to 10th March 2023 Anandpur Sahib, Punjab
International Yoga Festival To create awareness about the importance of yoga in our daily life 8th March to 14th March 2023 by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India Rishikesh,  Uttarakhand
Gudi Padwa New Year celebration in Maharashtra 22nd March 2023 Maharashtra

February 2023

Name of the Festival Purpose/Theme Organized by/Date Held at
Aadi Mahotsav festival Ministry of Tribal Affairs Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi New Delhi
Surajkund Crafts Mela Mela to exhibit art and crafts from indigenous artists and craftsman and also from abroad. February 1 – February 16, 2023. Theme of this festival is Jammu and Kashmir Faridabad, Haryana
Shekhawati Heritage Festival Celebrate the rich heritage of Shekhawati Village. This village is well known for its arts and entrepreneurial skills of its residents. February 12-15, 2023 Shekhawati, Rajasthan
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Art festival celebrated to honour art and artists all over the world Organized by Kala Ghoda Association from February 4 – February 12, 2023. Mumbai, Maharashtra
World Sufi Festival Honour the sufism, a way of living in the Mehrangarh Fort. February 10 – February 12, 2023 Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Elephanta Festival Celebrate the cultural heritage of Mumbai and Millennial City February 13 – February 15, 2023 Mumbai, Maharashtra
Maha Shivratri Celebrated all over India to get the blessings of God Shiva February 18, 2023 India
Losar Festival Tibetans New Year is celebrated on Himachal every year to honour the blend of Indian and Tibetian Culture February 21, 2023 Himachal Pradesh, India

January 2023

Name of the Festival Purpose/Theme Organized by/Date Held at
National Youth Day Celebrated to honour Swami Vivekanada Birthday. He was an Indian Youth Icon. Government of India celebrate 12th January as national youth day every year since 1985 India
Lohri Celebrate the good harvest and observe winter solstice. Celebrated on 13 January Punjab, India
Bikaner Festival Camels are the integral part of Rajasthan as they carry people and goods in desert. In order to honour the Ship of the desert, this is celebrated. Department of Tourism of Rajasthan celebrate this on 12th January every year. It is also known as camel festival Rajasthan, India
Makar Sankranti Harvest festival celebrated the southern part of India. 14th January, 2023 Southern States of India
Joydev Kenduli Mela Bouls ,a community plays music and sing devotional songs in this Kenduli fair. To enjoy this fair people from Birbhum gather together. Organized at the Radhavinod temple in the month of Magh celebrated on 14th January 2023 Birbhum, West Bengal
Pongal Prominent harvest festival of Tamil Nadu. It’s an Indian version of Thanks giving to mother nature Celebrated on 14th January 2023 Tamil Nadu, India
Bhogali Bihu Bhogali Bihu is celebrated on the month of January. There are 3 different kinds of Bihu celebrated in Assam. It is also a harvest festival. 15th January 2023 Assam, Tamil Nadu
Greatest Earth Literary Show Known as Jaipur Literature Festival, awaited by the book lovers worldwide. Organized by Jaipur Virasat Foundation on 19th January 2023 Jaipur, Rajasthan
Modhera Dance Festival To honour the famous Solanki Empire of Gujarat. It is also known as the Uttrardh Mahotsavor Modhera Utsav, a combination of music, dance, art and culture Organized by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited on 19th January 2023 Modhera Temple, Gujarat
Republic Day To celebrate the 74th Republic Day of our country, India. To commemorate the enactment of the Constitution of India. Indian Government on 26th Republic Day India

December 2022

Name of the festival

Purpose/Theme

Organized by/Date

Held at

Dhanu Yatra festival It is based on the mythological story of Lord Krishna and his demon uncle Kansa.

From December 27, 2022 to January 6, 2023

Bargarh, Odisha

Kumbhalgarh Festival

Celebrated in Rajasthan in Kumbhalgarh Fort of Udaipur

1st December – 3rd December 2022 and organized by Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan

Udaipur, Rajasthan

Rann Utsav

To demonstrate the Gujarati Culture in the largest Sal Desert of Rann of Kutch

1st November 2022 to 20th February 2023 and organized by Tourism Department of Gujarat

Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

Hornbill Festival

Celebrated to honour the culture and tradition of Nagaland people.

1st December to 10th December 2022 and organized by the locals of Nagaland

Kisama, Nagaland

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Enjoying the scenic view of Karnataka from high altitude using hot air balloons

December 2022 and organized by the Karnataka Tourism

Bidar, Mysore and Hampi, Karnataka

Christmas Festival

Celebrated all over India by many Christian Communities. People share gifts and cakes with their friends and family.

December 25th, 2022

India

Magnetic Fields Festivals

People from India and all over the world will come to show their talents to the huge audience.

December 2022

Rajasthan, India

Karthigai Deepam

Hindu festival of lights to honour the God Shiva of Thiruvannamalai of Tamil Nadu

December 6, 2022

Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

Galdan Namchot

Celebrate the arrival of the  new year of Ladakh and celebrate the birthday of Tsongkhapa, Tibetian saint-scholar

December 2022

Leh, Ladakh

November 2022

Name of the festival Purpose/Theme Organized by/Date Held at
Guru Nanak Jayanti Honour the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, Founder of Sikkism 23rd November 2022 Golden Temple, Amristar, Punjab
Pushkar Camel Fair Traditional Camel Fair take place in desert town of Pushkar in Rajasthan 15th November – 23rd November, 2022 in which around 50,000 camels take place Pushkar, Rajasthan
Sonepur Mela Biggest cattle fair of Asia held on the full moon day that falls on November or December 20th November – 5th December 2022 / Organized by People of Sonepur, Bihar and also known as Kshetra mela Sonepur, Bihar
Wangala Festival Celebrated to honour sun God and to have good harvest season. This is also known as 100 drum festival 11th November, 2022 / Organized by Garo Tribe of Meghalaya   Garo Hill, Meghalaya
Matsya Festival Honour the rich culture of Alwar region of Rajasthan 25th -26th November, 2022 / Organized by people of Alwar region Alwar, Rajasthan
Ganga Utsav- The River Festivals 2022 As a part of National Mission for Clean Ganga 4th November, 2022 / Organized by Minister of Jal Sakthi Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, New Delhi
Madhya Pradesh Utsav 2022 To celebrate the foundation day of Madhya Pradesh 1st November 2022 / Organized by Madhya Pradesh Culture Department to honour the 67th year of establishment of the state Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

October 2022

Name of the festival Purpose/Theme Organized by/Date Held at
Bathukama Floral festival in which women arrange seasonal flowers of different medicinal value in shape of temple 25th September – 3rd October 2022 States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
Durga Pooja Festival 9 days festival of Navaratri to Honour Goddess Durga Devi 26th September – 4th October 2022 / Celebrated mainly in Kolkata, West Bengal Mostly celebrated by all Indian States
Mysore Dasara Celebrated to honour Goddess Chamundeswari who killed demon Mahishasur 26th September – 5th October 2022 / Organized in Royal Palace, Mysore Mysore, Karnataka
Tawang Festival Celebrated with Aji-Lhamu Dance to showcase the rich culture of Arunachal Pradesh Month of October   Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Saras Food Festival 2022 Saras Stalls by women Self Help Group should be established in all state capitals, major cities and metros 28th October, 2022 / Inaugurated by Faggan Singh Kulaste, Union Minister of State for Rural Development and Steel.   Virtually opened from New Delhi

September 2022

Name of the festival Purpose/Theme Organized by/Date Held at
Ganesh Chaturthi Honour the Lord Ganesh and celebrated for 10 days 31st August – 10th September 2022 States of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana
Solung Festival Agricultural festival celebrated to protect harvest from evil spirits 1th – 7th September 2022 / Celebrated by the Adi Tribe of Arunachal Prades Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh
Pang Lhabsol Festival Celebrated to please Mount Khagchendzonga which is considered as Guardian Power 10th September 2022 / Organized by Royal Chapel Monastery of Sikkim State of Sikkim
India Food Fair From street food vendors to food machine companies showcase their work 06th – 8th September 2022 / Organized by Essential Events and Trade Fairs Pune, Maharashtra
Abhaneri Festival Showcase the richness and culture of Rajasthan 17th-19th September 2022 / Organized by Abhaneri Village People Abhaneri, Rajasthan
Paryatan Parv 2022 Tourism Festival celebrated to encourage domestic tourism and make India a major tourist destination 30th September – 2nd October, 2022 / Organized by Ministry of Tourism Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
Ziro Music Festival Open air Concert festival to honour the rich culture of Ziro people 26th – 29th  September 2022 / Organized by Ziro people in Alpine Area Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
Bastar Dussehra Festival To honour the tribal culture of Chhattisgarh and pay tribute to Goddess Danteshwari 26th September to 6th October 2022 Jagdalpur, Chattisgarh
Bathukama festival Celebrated to symbolize the collective spirit of the people of Telangana 25th September, 2022 / Organized by Ministry of Culture Kartavyapath, India Gate, New Delhi

August 2022

Name of the festival Purpose/Theme Organized by/Date Held at
Onam Harvest Festival celebrated for 10 days in Kerala 30th August – 8th September/ People of Kerala celebrate with Snake Boat Race State of Kerala
Athachamayam Festival Remebrance of heroic triumph of the Royal king of Kochi, Kerala 30th August 2022 / Local people of Kerala celebrate this festival by dressing up like tigers Tripunithura, Ernakulam, Kochi
Raksha Bandhan To honour the love between brothers and sisters 11th August 2022 Pan India
Tiranga Utsav To celebrate the contributions of Pingali Venkayya, who designed our national flag and also to celebrate his 146th Birth Anniversary 2nd August 2022 / Organized by the Ministry of Culture New Delhi, India
Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival Festival to attract thousands of music and health enthusiasts every year In month of August / Organized by Covelong Point Surf School, Kovalam village, Chennai Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Bonderam Festival To remember the village riots carried during old time by knocking down flags In month of August / People of Goa Divar Island, Off the Coast near Panjim, Goa
Ganesh Chaturthi To celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh 31st August Mostly in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh
Chakradhar Samaroh 10 days music festival celebrated to honour king and musician Chakradhar Singh of Raigarh Month of August Raigarh, Chattisgarh

July 2022

Name of the festival Purpose/Theme Date/Organized by Held at
Hemis Gompa Fair To celebrate the birth Anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava who is the founder of Tibet’s Tantric Buddhism July First Week / People of Leh celebrate this festival by wearing masks Hemis Monastery, Leh
Minjar Festival To remember the Victory of King of Chambal against Ruler of Trigarta. The Chambal king is welcomed by given a maize (minjar) flower by the people 24th July 2022 / People of Chowgan area of Chamba valley of Himachal celebrate this festival by , presenting a stalk of maize flower as an offering to god Chamba Region of Himachal Pradesh
Champakulam Boat Race Boat race performed in Chempakulam’s Pamba River with snake boats. 12th July 2022 /Organized by Champakulam Boat Race Society   Pamba River, Kerala
Guru Purnima To pay tribute to the Sage Vyasa who wrote epics and Hindu scriptures 13th July 2022/ People pay tribute  during full moon day of the month Rishikesh, Govardhan and other regions
Dree Festival An agriculture festival celebrated by offering rituals to god for Protecting the crop 4th – 5th July 2022/ Apatani Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh Ziro Of Arunachal Pradesh
Behdienkhlam Festival Tribes of Meghalaya celebrate this festival to drive away evil spirits that cause plague 14th July 2022 /Jaintia Tribes of Meghalya Jaintia hills and Jowai region of Meghalaya
Hariyali Mahotsav Tree festival organized to create awareness about importance of tree to fight against climate changes 8th July, 2022 /Organized by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi
International Mango Festival More than 500 varieties of mangoes are displayed to showcase July as the peak season for mangoes 9th – 10th July 2022 /It is organised by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC)   Janakpuri, Delhi
Ladakh Polo Festival To preserve the culture of Ladakh since 1400s 11th – 17th July 2022/ Organized by Indus Chushot Polo Club   Ladakh
22nd Bharat Rang Mahotsav, 2022 To celebrate India’s 75 years of Independence as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav 16th July – 14th August /This is organized by Ministry of Culture National School of Drama, New Delhi
Bakri Eid Muslim festival for remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim who sacrificed his son. This festival is also known as Id-ul-Azha 9th – 10th July 2022/ People offer prayers at mosques   Muslims all over India

June 2022

Name of FestivalPurpose/ThemeOrganized by/dateHeld at
Bonalu Festival 2022It is believed the goddess would protect her people from seasonal diseases common in the monsoon season. Lakhs of devotees take part in the festival every year by offering bonam (short for bhojanam, meaning feast).Telangana and Capital HyderabadGolconda Bonalu is celebrated at Jagadamba temple on June 30, whereas, Secunderabad Bonalu is celebrated at Ujjaini Mahakali temple on July 17 and Hyderabad Bonalu at the Lal Darwaza Simhavahini Mahankali temple on July 24.
'Sao Joao' festivalIt is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, who baptised Lord Jesus on the river of Jordan and is celebrated at the onset of monsoon. Siolim.People of GoaNorth Goa
Baikho Festival It is celebrated by Rabha tribes of India to bring in auspicious harvest season and to fill it with abundant crops and good health. People of AssamState of Assam
Sital Sasthi festival This festival highlights the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.Sixth day of the Jyestha month during the Shukla PakshaOdisha
SMBSaathi Utsav WhatsappIt aims to support small businesses by helping them adopt digital mediums like Whatsapp Business App.Jaipur

May 2022

Name of Festival Purpose/Theme Organized by/date Held at
First of its kind bird festival in Jammu and Kashmir To promote sustainable eco-tourism and provide impetus to local people’s nature-based alternative forms of income. To be scheduled Pahalgam and Dachigam districts of Jammu and Kashmir
Shiryu Lily Festival Shirui lily is the sate flower of Manipur and it blooms from late May to early June Inaugrated by the governor of Manipur La Ganesan. 25th -28th May 2022 Ukhrul District of Manipur
French LitFest 2022 Part of Bonjour India, an art and culture festival which marks the relationship between India and France May-July 2022 French Embassy and it is funded by French government
17thMumbai International Film Festival for documentary, short fictions, animation films (MIFF 2022) Oldest and largest non fiction film festival in South Asia. Golden Conch will be awarded best film on the theme ‘India@75’ Organised by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Mumbai
Yoga Utsav in Assam To mark 50 days countdown to the 8th International Day of Yoga   Ministry of Ayushthrough its autonomous body Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga and State Government of Assam Shivsagar, Assam
Week long North Eastern State festival on different themes The events was gilded with cultural programs celebrating the uniqueness of the North East Region and grandly showcasing its potential. Ministry of Development of North East Region, 28thApril- 3rd May North East each day different cities with different themes:
1
.Investment Potential and future energy needs of North East on April 29 at Shillong
2.The welfare of Tribals and Border Management on April 30 at Itanagar
3.The Smart City Revolution in the NE on April at Gangtok
4.Role of women in the development of NE on May 1 at Agartala
5.Eco-Tourism in NE on May 2 at Aizwal
6.AgriHorti and organic products potential of North East on May 2 at Dimapur
7.Sports Potential of the NE will be celebrated as a parallel Sports week has also been organized. The culmination would be celebrated on May 3 at Imphal.
Bharat Drone Festival 2022 The Government of India aims to make India a global drone hub by 2030 Inaugrated by Prime Minister of India and organized by Ministry of Civil Aviation Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
India’s first Lavender Festival  To promotes the cultivation of aromatic crops for essential oils that are in great demand by the aroma industry. Inaugurated by Union Minister Jitendra Singh Bhaderwah, J&K.

April 2022

Name of Festival Purpose/Theme Organized by/date Held at
Sarhul Festival The beginning of New Year 4th April,2022. Third day of Chaitra. Celebrated by Oraon, the Munda and the Ho tribes. It is celebrated till the month of June Jharkhand
Gangaur Festival It is celebrated to mark the festival of Goddess Gauri 18th march-4thapril. 1st day of the month of Chaitra. Celebrated by mostly married women Rajasthan
Sahityotsav 2022 Festival of Letters of Sahitya Akademi Organized by Sahitya Akademi New Delhi
Karaga Festival 2022 Oldest festival of Karnataka 8th-18th April 2022 Karnataka by Thigala Community
Ishan Manthan An attempt to celebrate the plural expressions of northeast India. It can be understood as “North East Brainstorming.” The inaugural session also witnessed the release of two books titled ‘Lok Beyond Folk’, a book on the Lok Culture which was edited by Shri J Nandalumar and ‘Jewels of North East India’. 25th-27th March 2022 inaugrated by Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and DONER, G Kishan Reddy Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi
Red Fort Festival To promote heritage conservation and tourism 25th March- 3rd April 2022 Organised by Union Ministry of Culture as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav along with Red Fort’s “Monument Mitra”, Dalmia Bharat Ltd. Inaugrated by Union Ministry of Culture and Child Development, Smriti Irani.   Red Fort, New Delhi
Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav 2022 To remember the sacrifices of freedom fighters and to promote and preserve Indian cultural heritage and art forms. 26th-27th March 2022 , organized by Ministry of Culture Rajamahendravaram, Andhra Pradesh. The first Rashriya Sanskriti Mahotsav was organized on the grounds of IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts), New Delhi in November, 2015.
Madhavpur Ghed Fair Festival It is the highest symbol of connecting people of India and the festival brings together the far east of the country and the west Organised by overnment of Gujarat in association with the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Development of North Eastern region. Inaugrated by President Ram Nath Kovind Gujarat to connect to the Mishmi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh

March 2022

Name of Festival Purpose/Theme Organized by/date Held at
Herath Festival or Night of Hara (Shiva) This festival marks the marriage anniversary of Lord Shiva and Goddess Uma. Organized by Kashmiri Pandits on 28th of February, 2022 this year. Celebraed on the 13th day of the dark half of the month of Phalguna. Jammu and Kashmir
DolUtsav or DolJatra Festival of colors dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha. It is also the last festival of the year as per the Bengali calender 18th March 2022 celebrated on full moon day. West Bengal
3rd National Youth Parliament Fesival Theme: ‘be the voice of New India and find solutions and contribute to Policy’. Aim to hear the voice of the youth, between 18-25 years who will join various careers in the coming years, including public services. 10th-11th March 2022 Organized by Lok Sabha Secreteriat and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Central Hall of Parliament, New Delhi

February 2022

Name of Festival Purpose/Theme Organized by/date Held at
‘Vigyan Sarvatra Pujyate’ To celebrate science and technology (S&T) and display the country’s scientific legacy and technology prowess. 22nd to 28th Feb 2022 Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
48th ‘Khajuraho Dance Festival-2022 To create a sense of security among women in tourist destinations with the slogan ‘Hindustan Ke Dil Mein Aap Safe Hain’. Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Mangu Bhai Patel.  20 to 26 February 2022 Panna, Madhya Pradesh
Medaram Jatara 2022 Festival  To honour the Goddesses Sammakka and Saralamma 16th to 19th Feb 2022. It is celebrated by Koya Tribe Telangana
The Maru Mahotsav or Jaisalmer Desert Festival Theme:  New Year, New Hope, New Celebration 13th to 16th Feb 2022 Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Kanchoth Festival This festival is a symbol of ancient Nag Culture.  8th February 2022 UT of Jammu and Kashmir
Torgya Festival To chases out evil spirits which usher in diseases and misfortunes. 31st January 2022-1st February 2022 Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh
Spituk Gustor Festival  It is a celebration of peace and prosperity 30th & 31st January 2022 Leh and Ladakh Union Territory

January 2022

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by/date Held at
20th Dhaka International Film Festival Theme: Women in Cinema January 15-23, 2022 Dhaka, Bangladesh
18th Kachai Lemon Festival To promote a unique kind of lemon fruit and support lemon farmers. The festival is held under the theme of ‘Organic Kachai Lemon for Safe Environment and Rural Transformation’. January 14, 2022 Manipur
9th edition of the North East Festival  To promote the commercial and tourism potential of the North East region January 7 - 9, 2022 Guwahati, Assam
Losoong (Namsoong) Festival Marks the beginning of the Sikkimese New Year  18th day of the 10th month Sikkim
The Losar Festival To celebrate marking the beginning of the calendar. Ladakh Tibet

December 2021

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by/date Held at
97th World Sangeet Tansen festival To celebrate Tansen December 25 to December 30 Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
25th Lord Krishna Balram Jagannath Rath Yatra This yatra witnessed an amalgamation of Ludhiana's riches and religious fervor each year.  International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Ludhiana
24th Lokrang 2021 To present the beauty of folk arts of their different regions JKK, RUDA (Rural Non-Agriculture Development Agency), and Art and Culture Department Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) in Jaipur, Rajasthan
The Hornbill Festival   To revive, promote, protect, sustain and showcase the rich cultural heritage and diversity of Naga Tribes Nagaland Naga Heritage village Kisama, Nagaland
1st Aharbal Festival To promote tourism in Kashmir most particularly at the Aharbal waterfall Kulgam district administration and the Department of Tourism of J&K Kulgam in Jammu and Kashmir

November 2021

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by/date Held at
5th edition of Ganga Utsav 2021 To celebrate the glory of the river Ganga. The glory and importance of other rivers will also be celebrated during the festival. 1st-3rd November 2021 Delhi
Apple Festival It will provide a better platform to apple growers and other stakeholders. 1st November 2021 Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir
National Tribal Dance Festival 2021 The festival will host artists belonging to diverse tribal communities from countries including Uzbekistan, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Syria, Mali, Palestine, and the Kingdom of Eswatini. 1st November 2021 Chhattisgarh
Rann Utsav The days are filled with dance, folk music, handicraft stalls, adventure sports in desert, food stalls, local excursion and much more. 1st November, 2021 and ends by February 22nd , 2021Kutch of Gujarat
International Yoga and Music Festival Every day evening there would be an open air classical music concert. The concert and most of the lectures will be free of cost. -- Rishikesh
Chhat PujaPeople join together near the river edge and chant prayers together. They sing songs in favour to Sun God and perform many rituals. 10th November 2021 Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal and others
Pushkar Camel Fair To make things interesting, many events will be conducted. Camel beauty contest is the best of all. 11th November to 19th November 2021 Rajasthan
Hampi Festival The festival is celebrated with dance, drama, puppet show, traditional music, processions, rituals and fireworks. First Week of November Karnataka
Wangala Festival This festival is conducted to say their thanks to sun god and also to mark the end of the agriculture season. 12th November 2021 Garo hills
Guru Nanak Jayanti Even if you had missed the festival, drive through the Golden Temple during night to witness the gorgeous glowing temple on the water. 19th November 2021 Punjab
India Art Festival This festival is conducted in many major and mid-level art galleries to search for emerging artists. -- Mumbai
Bundi Festival The traditional folk dance and music performances during this culture are the highlight attractions. 16th November to 19th November 2021 Rajasthan
Sonepur Mela Apart from cattle trading, this festival is famous for circus performances, martial art performance, fair rides, dances, magic acts and so on. 20th November to 5th December 2021 Bihar
Boita Bandana Festival The festival is the maritime tradition that is celebrated as a testament to the maritime trade history of Kalinga, tradesmen and mariners known as sadhabas travelled on boitas (boats) to trade with distant island nations that share borders with the Bay of Bengal like Indonesia, Java, Sumatra and Bali. November 2021 Odisha
Cherry Blossom Festival 2021 The annual festival coincides with the actual blooming of the cherry blossom flowers. 25th November to 27th November 2021 Meghalaya

October 2021

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by/date Held at
‘Nata-Sankirtana’ Festival To mark important occasions in person’s life such as from birth to death. Celebrated by the Government of IndiaImphal, Manipur
Bathukamma Festival During this festival, women arrange seasonal flowers of different medicinal value in the shape of a temple spire. 6th October to 14th October 2021 Andhra Pradesh
India Art FestivalThe festival is participated by art buyers, art writers, fellow artists, gallery owners, distributors, and more. -- Mumbai
Ayilyam Festival This festival is famous for the ceremonial procession that takes place from the temple to an ancient still-preserved Brahmin house, Meppallil Illam. 2nd October 2021 Allappuzha
Karni Mata Festival This festival is mostly celebrated inside the temple and areas around it. Special rituals and decorations are conducted and a small fair is conducted around the temple. 7th October to 15th October 2021 Bikaner, Rajasthan
Tithal Beach Festival Beach Festival is a beach celebration that takes place in Tithal Beach, which is a little away from Valsad town. 21st October to 4th November 2021 Gujarat
Vijaya Dashami / Dussehra In the eastern part of India and in Bengal, Dussehra is celebrated as the immersion of goddess Durga’s Idol in a river or in the sea. 15th October 2021 All over India
Rajasthan International Folk Festival This is an art and music festival which is celebrated to promote local traditional performance arts. -- Mehrangarh Fort
Tawang Festival The Tawang Festival takes place for three days starting with Sebang, a religious procession of the Tawang monks. 26th October to 29th October 2021 Arunachal Pradesh

September 2021

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by/date Held at
Solung Festival To seek prosperity and a good harvest Celebrated by the Adi TribesArunachal Pradesh
Bail Pola Festival or Festival of Cattle To recognize the importance and thanks to the oxen and bulls who work hard on farms Celebrated by Farmers of Maharashtra Maharashtra
NuakhaiTo welcome the new rice of the season Celebrated by people of Western Odisha and Southern Chhattisgarh Odisha
1st Himalayan Film Festival 2021 To showcase the film making talent from all the Himalayan states and UTs Organised by UT of Ladakh and Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Sindhu Sanskriti Kendra of Leh

August 2021

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by/date Held at
Aadi Perukku Hindu festival 2nd AugustTamil Nadu
Folklorama World's largest and longest-running multicultural festival 6th August to 8th August Manitoba, Canada
Metumniu FestivalThe particular crop harvest of millet August Nagaland
Nag Panchami -- 13th August India
Balarama Jayanti Birth anniversary of Lord Balarama 28th August India
Chhapar Mela Cultural festival August Ludhiana, Punjab
Tarnetar Mela Celebration of the wedding of Arjuna with Draupadi August Gujarat

July 2021

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by/date Held at
National Doctors' Day To honour the legendary physician Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy 01st July 2021 --
Van Mahotsav Spread awareness about the importance of trees 1st July to 7th July --
Metaltown Festival Music Festival 3rd July Gothenburg, Sweden
Sonisphere Festival Music Festival 3rd July Europe
Norwich Lord Mayor Carnival -- 4th July --
Asalha Puja Theravada Buddhist Festival 4th July Varanasi
Dree Festival His three day long agricultural festival is joyously celebrated to bring a bountiful harvest season 5th July Arunachal Pradesh
Festival of San Fermin Bulls are runing through the streets of the town 6th July Pamplona, Spain
Electric elephant festival Music July Croatia
Tuluni Festival Harvest Festival 8th July Nagaland
International Mango Festival Two-day festival showcasing mangoes 9th July to 10th July Delhi
Naadam Festival Mainly focuses on three traditional games horseracing, wrestling and archery 11th July Mongolia
Pori Festival Celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists July Himachal Pradesh
Harela Festival Welcome the rainy season, new harvest 16th July – 21th July Uttarakhand
Gilroy Garlic Festival Food Festival 23rd July Gilroy, California
Guru Purnima Celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists 24th July --

June 2021

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by/date Held at
Kal Ashtami observed during Ashtami Tithi of Krishna Paksha 2nd June
Pradosh Vrat Observed to seek blessings of Lord Shiva 7th June South India
Jyeshtha Amavasya the birth anniversary of Shani Dev 10th June
Maharana Pratap Jayanti birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap, the eminent ruler in the 16th century 13th June Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Rajasthan
Vinayaka Chaturthi to mark the birth of Lord Ganesha, 14th June
Raja Festival (Mithuna Sankranti) a three-day-long festival of womanhood observed to respect Bhudevi, the wife of Lord Jagannath 15 June 2021 - 18 June 2021 Odisha
Hemis Festival Celebrated through Dance Performance at Hemis Monastery and dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava representative reincarnate of Buddha 20 June 2021 - 21 June 2021 Ladakh

May 2021

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by/date Held at
Sikkim International Flower Festival It features Around 600 different types of orchids, 240 types of trees and ferns, different types of bamboos, and the charming rhododendron’s 46 variants the Government of Sikkim (1st May) Sikkim
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti cultural celebration to mark the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore 7th May
Buddha Purnima commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, founder of Buddhism. Pilgrims from all over the world congregate at Bodh Gaya for celebration 26th May
Guru Gorakhnath Jayanti Birth Anniversary of Guru Gorakhnath 7th May North India
Sitalasasthi celebrated as the marriage of Shiva and Parvati
Vallabhacharya Jayanti This year devotees celebrated the 542nd birth anniversary of the spiritual guru 7th May Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Eid al-Fitr, Ramadan also called the "Festival of Breaking the Fast", the end of fasting in Ramadan 13th May
Virtual Vesak Global Celebrations Celebrations on Buddha Purnima Culture Ministry in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation

April 2021

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by/date Held at
Manyamkonda Jatara The interstate religious festival of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, and the special significance of this festival is shifting idols between two states Odisha and Andhra Pradesh
Gangaur Symbolize the togetherness of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and marks the worship and propitiation of Gauri, by the womenfolk 29th March to 15th April Rajasthan and West Bengal
Rongali Bihu Assam’s harvest festival is celebrated at the beginning of the Assamese New Year Assam
Ramadan The holiest month of the Islamic calendar, time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship 13th April to 12th May
Ambedkar Jayanti Commemorate the memory of B. R. Ambedkar, Indian civil rights activist 14th April
Baisakhi, Bihu To celebrate the first harvest festival of the year 14/15th April Assam, Manipur, and Bengal
Ram Navami Celebrated as a spring Hindu festival on the 9th day of Chaitra Navratri, the birth of Lord Ram 21st April
Thrissur Pooram Celebrated at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur on the Pooram day when the moon rises with the Pooram star in the Malayalam Calendar month of Medam 23rd April Thrissur
Mahavir Jayanti Celebrates the birth of Mahavir, the 24th and last Tirthankara 25th April

March 2021

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by Held at
International Yoga Festival It is an event that focuses on purification and detoxification of mind, body, and soul by making Yoga a way of life. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
'Herath' Festival The festival assumes colossal importance among the Kashmiri Pandit Community who celebrate it to mark the wedding of "Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati". - Jammu and Kashmir
‘Kalanamak Rice Festival’ The festival aims to promote historical, nutritional, and scientific information about the cultivation of Kala Namak Rice. - Uttar Pradesh
Banana FestivalThe state government had in 2018 organized the One District One Product (ODOP) scheme to promote traditional enterprise.Uttar Pradesh GovernmentKushinagar, Uttar Pradesh
Maha Shivaratri It is believed that Mahashivaratri is the night when Lord Shiva performs the Tandava dance, which holds major significance. - Punjab
Ramakrishna Jayanti He was also well-known for inculcating education amongst his followers about worldly virtues and pleasures. - -
Chhoti Holi and Holika Dahan People get together and burn away the demon, Holika, who was killed to save Prahlad. - Punjab
Holi It is mainly celebrated with colours and water as people get together and have major celebrations on this day. - Punjab

February 2021

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by Held at
Surajkund International Craftsmela This festival is the right place to enjoy the regional and international crafts and local traditions. Faridbad
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival To maintain and preserve the heritage and art district of South Mumbai.The
biggest street art festival of India, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival will commemorate 20 years of this iconic festival this year.
- Mumbai
Mandu Festival The main aim of the Mandu festival is to invite the people from all over India and abroad for tourism and also, they can see the ancient culture and traditions of India live. - Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh
Kanchoth FestivalThe festival is celebrated by locals, mainly Nag followers who believe that on this day of Gouri Tritiya, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married and the latter insisted on a throne made of snow as her wedding gift. -Jammu and Kashmir
Khajuraho Dance Festival This festival highlights the richness of the Indian classical dance styles such as Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, and Kathakali with performances of some of the best exponents in the field. - Madhya Pradesh
Ratha Saptami Festival Ratha Saptami is also called Surya Jayanti because it marks the birth of Surya and is called Magha Saptami because it belongs to the seventh day (Saptami) of the Hindu month Magha. - Tirumala (Andhra Pradesh)
Baneshwar Fair The tribe of Bhils also comes from the states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. - Southeast of Udaipur, in Dungarpur district
Jaipur Literature Festival To create a more immersive experience using augmented reality, providing access and easy participation to readers from all across the globe. - Jaipur

January 2021

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by Held at
Lohri This is one the most celebrated festivals in January in India. It signifies the end of the cold winter and arrival of warmer days along with the onset of harvest season. Punjab
Republic Day The Republic Day parade, traditional dance troupes, and helicopters flying in the sky are the main attractions of the festival. - New Delhi
Pongal Farmers light a Sacred Bonfire to burn the agricultural waste after the harvest , this ritual is called Boghi. - Tamil Nadu
Makara SankrantiIt is observed on the first day of the end of winter soclicite. It marks the transit of the Sun into Makara.-Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India (especially south India)
International Kite Festival The festival of Uttarayan marks the day when winter begins to turn into summer, as per the Indian calendar. The Uttarayan festival marks the beginning of a new harvest season. - Sabarmati River Front, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Bikaner Camel Festival The festival was organized as an initiative by the Department of Tourism, Art & Culture of the Rajasthan Government. Camels and the Bikaner have a long association. Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan Bikaner, Rajasthan
Modhera Dance Festival The purpose of celebrating the age-old tradition as well as treasure of performing arts that our country has. TCGL or Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Modhera, Gujarat
Kenduli Mela It is believed by many to be the birthplace of Jayadeva, an issue that is still debated by scholars. Occasion of Makar Sankranti Kenduli village, West Bengal
Bhogali Bihu Magh Bihu is one of the most important cultural festivals of Assam. The festival marks the end of the harvesting season in the region. - Assam

December 2020

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by Held at
International Bharati Festival 2020 To mark the 138th Birth Anniversary of Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathi, who was Tamil writer, poet and journalist along with Indian Independence Activist and social reformer Vanavil Cultural Centre, Chennai   Chennai  
9th edition of International Sand Art Festival Theme: ‘environment’ and ‘COVID-19’. Odisha Government Chandrabhaga Beach of Konark, Puri district of Odisha
31st Konark Festival To showcased various dance forms like Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Kathakali. Odisha Tourism and Odissi Research Centre Odisha
Virtual Adi MahotsavTo promote the tribal communities, their products culture which will help to increase their source of incomeMinistry of Tribal Affairs and Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED)Madhya Pradesh
Kumbhalgarh Festival Cultural Festival - Rajasthan
Hornbill Festival Cultural Festival State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments Nagaland
Karthigai Deepam Festival of Lights- Also called, Thrikkarthika. It is celebrated to welcome Goddess Karthiyayeni (Chottanikkara Amma)Bhagavathi. - Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka
Feast of Francis Xavier To honour Catholic missionary and Saint Francis Xavier   Goa
Mahindra Kabira Festival To celebrate contributions of Poet Kabir - Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam Theyyam (Cancelled due to COVID-19) Theyyam ritual dance festival - Kerala
Chhau Jhumur Utsav (Cancelled due to COVID-19) To promote Chhau dance and moral and ethical values. - West Bengal
Dhanu Jatra (Cancelled due to COVID-19) World’s largest open theatre   Odisha

November 2020

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by Held at
10th edition of National Science Film FestivalTo promote science culture in IndiaVigyan Prasar in partnership with Tripura State Council of Science and TechnologyTripura
Rann Utsav The days are filled with dance, folk music, handicraft stalls, adventure sports in the desert, food stalls, local excursion and much more.   - Kutch (Gujarat)
International Yoga and Music Festival Best professional yoga trainers around the world visit Rishikesh for this festival.  - Rishikesh
Chhat Puja People join together near the river edge and chant prayers together.   - Varanasi
Pushkar Camel Fair To make things interesting, many events will be conducted.   - Rajasthan
Ka Pomblang Nongkrem This ceremony’s highlights are goat sacrifice, rituals, dance performances and sword dance.   - Shillong, Meghalaya
Hampi Festival Which attracts tourists from around the world.   - Karnataka
Wangala Festival This festival is conducted to say their thanks to sun god and also to mark the end of the agriculture season.   - Meghalaya
Guru Nanak Jayanti This festival marks the birthday of Guru Nanak Jayanti. He is the founder of Sikhism.   - -
Bundi Festival Fireworks are lit at the night of the festival. Starting from Kabaddi competition to camel race, the entire celebration is colorful and vibrant.   - Rajasthan
Sonepur Mela This celebration is also called as the Kshetra Mela. This is one of the biggest cattle fair of Asia.   - Bihar
Matsya Festival The iconic celebration of this festival is Rumal Jhapatta, a traditional game. This two day festival is called as the Pride of Alwar.   - Rajasthan

October 2020

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by Held at
Ramnagar Ramleela World’s oldest Ramleela   - Varanasi
Bathukamma It is a flower festival celebrated in Telangana. It is devoted to Goddess Maha Gauri.   - Hyderabad

August 2020

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by Held at
Onam Festival Festival of paddy harvest. - Kerala
Nuakhai Juhar To welcome a new crop of the season - Odisha, Chhattisgarh and neighboring states
Chakradhar Samaroh Music and dance festival during Ganesh festival.  It is organized in the honor of King and musician of Chhattisgarh’s cultural capital, Chakradhar Singh. - Raigarh, Chattisgarh (Performances were only available online)

July 2020

Name of Festival Purpose Organized by Held at
Dhamma Chakra Day To celebrate the first sermon of Buddha.  Also known as “Turning of the wheel of Dharma”. International Buddhist Confederation under the aegis of Ministry of Culture -

April 2020

Name of the Festival Purpose Organized by Held at
Tulip festival To display almost 48 varieties of tulips Indira Gandhi memorial tulip garden Srinagar, Kashmir
Bihu To celebrate the harvesting season Locals of Assam Assam
Shad suk Mynsiem As a thanksgiving dance festival Khasi tribe Meghalaya
Aoling festival To mark the beginning of spring season every year Konyark tribe Mon district in Nagaland
Chithirai festival To celebrate the wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Meenakshi Local Tamilians Tamil Nadu
Kadammanitta Padayani To celebrate the first month of Medam Local Malayalis Kerala
Mopin festival Celebrated as a harvest festival Alog, Basar, Bame Arunachal Pradesh
Urs festival In the memory of Sufi  saint Khwaja Mannudin Chishti Rajasthan tourism Ajmer, Rajasthan

March 2020

Name of the festival Purpose Organized by Held at
International Yoga Festival To offer Yoga classes from world-class Yoga teachers Parmarth Niketan Ashram Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Chapchar Kut It is a harvest festival named after bamboo which is cut and dried for subsequent cultivation Local people of Mizoram Aizawl, Mizoram
Ezhara Ponnana To witness a spectacular procession of Golden elephants Kerala tourism Kottayam, Kerala
Attukal Pongala World’s largest gathering of women for religious activities Local women of Kerala Trivandrum, Kerala
Shigmo Goa’s state version of Holi Goa tourism Goa
Kavant Gher fair Rural harvest festival Rathva tribe Vadodara
Myoko To celebrate the rituals of prosperity, fertility, purification, and sacrifice Apatani tribe Zero, Arunachal Pradesh
Bhandara festival It involves an astonishing amount of turmeric thrown all over the temples on Somvati Amavasya Local Marathi people Pune, Maharashtra
Gudi Padwa Shoba yatra To celebrate Maharashtrian new year Marathi local people Mumbai, Maharashtra
Gangaur To honor Goddess Gauri Local Rajasthani people Rajasthan

February 2020

Name of the festival Purpose Organized by Held at
Pondicherry heritage festival To conserve the town’s outstanding architectural legacy Local people of Pondicherry Pondicherry
Adivasi Mela To learn about Odisha’s tribal heritage Local tribes of Odisha Bhubneshwar, Odisha
India art fair To showcase modern and contemporary South Asian art MCH Group AG, Switzerland New Delhi
Sur Jahan World Peace Music festival It features top local and International Sufi musicians Bangla Natak Kolkata
Kala Ghoda Art festival To showcase the open-air exhibition and stage shows Kala Ghoda Association Mumbai
Surajkund International Crafts Mela To showcase the finest handlooms, handicrafts, and Indian cuisine Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana tourism Faridabad
Indian Dorby It is India’s premier horse race Kingfisher Mumbai
Adoor Gajamela To showcase traditional art forms of Kerala Kerala tourism Adoor, Kerala
Baneshwar fair To showcase the cultural heritages of Rajasthani tribes Bhil tribe of Rajasthan Rajasthan
Udyanotsav To display hundreds of varieties of flowers and trees Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi
Jaisalmer Desert festival To experience the sandstone city of Jaisalmer Rajasthan Tourism Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Arth-A culture fest To create a platform for the lovers of art and culture to learn and celebrate Indian culture Indira Gandhi National Centre for the art Delhi
Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav To present a combination of martial dance, classical, and folk dances Odisha Dance academy Bhubneshwar, Odisha

January 2020

Name of the festival Purpose Organized by Held at
Pongal To celebrate the harvesting of crops Tamilians Tamil Nadu
Dhanu Jatra To celebrate the enactments of the mythological story of Lord Krishna and his demon uncle Kansa Local people of Odisha Odisha
Rann Utsav To showcase the cultural heritage of Gujarat Gujarat tourism Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
Dhaatu International puppet festival To showcase and exhibit puppet parades and non-stop puppet shows Artisans from 5 countries including India and Italy Bangalore, Karnataka
Swathi Sangeetholsavam To pay tribute to the compositions of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Kerala tourism Trivandrum, Kerala
Chitra Santhe To showcase annual art fair Karnataka Chitrakala Parisath Bangalore, Karnataka
International Kite festival To celebrate Makar Sankranthi Gujarat tourism Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Sunsplash India’s largest raggue festival Goa tourism North Goa
Magh Mela Celebrated as Mini Kumbh Mela By pilgrims and sadhus Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Kenduli Mela To showcase West Bengal folk music West Bengal tourism West Bengal
Bird festival of Goa For bird spotting Goa forest department Valpoi, Goa
Rajarani Music festival To celebrate Odishi and Hindustani  music Musicians of Odisha Bhubneshwar, Odisha

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