List of Festivals Organized in India

Published on Saturday, July 24, 2021

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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