List of Festivals Organized in India - 2018

July 2018

Name of the Festivals/events Purpose Organized by Held at
Behdienkhlam Plague has taken off copious tribal lives and so is regarded as demon. It is the festival that involves the warding off the evil forces symbolized by the demons. The Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Dr Jitendra Singh attended the festival Meghalaya
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas theme - ‘Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India’ Ministry of External Affairs Varanasi
First-ever metal craft exhibition To promote and preserve the metal craft tradition Youth Association for Conservation and Development Hemis High Altitude National Park Chilling village, Leh
Video contest titled “Jal Bachao, Video Banao, Puruskar Pao” To engage with the people of India on the important issues of water conservation and water management Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation  New Delhi
4th National Conclave on Mines & Minerals For showcasing blocks which will be auctioned by the states in FY 2018-19 to the potential investors Ministry of Mines Indore, Madhya Pradesh
A multimedia exhibition organised by Regional Outreach Bureau of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) showcasing all the schemes launched in 48 months (4 years) by PM Narendra Modi. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Puri, Odisha.
The Ratha Yatra, the Festival of Chariot: Chariots of Lord Jagannath Festival is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, his sister Goddess Subhadra and elder brother Balabhadra.  Odisha Government Puri  in Odisha
69th Van Mahotsava celebrations Under this, over 5000 saplings were planted Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Dev Vrat Ganevag (Nehra) near Shimla
A digital campaign, ThinkForHealth, For the ideas to improve access to healthcare in India Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI)  A Nation-wide Campaign
2nd National Tourism Conclave To boost the tourism sector in the state Elets Jaipur
I am not afraid of the English’ campaign in schools aimed at capacity building of teachers to enable them to help the students to learn, read, write and speak English Haryana Education Department Haryana
‘Paudhagiri’ campaign To increase green cover Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Haryana government
A measles-rubella vaccination drive Aimed at protecting children from measles and rubella The Gujarat government Gujarat
Kisan Mela Help in imparting financial literacy to the farmers SBI  Karnataka
“Ganga Vriksharopan Abhiyan” in five main stem Ganga basin states – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. to bring greater awareness regarding the importance of afforestation for the task of Ganga Rejuvenation National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) Five main stems Ganga basin states – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal
 “Kharchi Puja” An annual festival to cleanse the sins of mortal souls. Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb Puran Habeli, in Tripura.
First international festival of Mizoram ‘Mizo Hnahthlak’ Uniting the Mizo ethnic community socially and culturally under a single platform though physically the community is scattered in various places.  Mizoram Government Dengthuama Hall in Aizawl, Mizoram
National Traders’ Conclave To discuss wide-ranging issues, including implications of the Walmart-Flipkart Deal on the Country's Retail Trade. Confederation of All-India Traders Constitution Club of India, in New Delhi
Programme on Ethics in Public Governance and Launched “Mission Satyanishtha” to bring transparency and ethics in the work culture and among all railway employees Indian Railways National Rail Museum, New Delhi.
The 3rd BRICS Film Festival To celebrate and inspire collaborations of world-class film productions from the BRICS nations Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Durban, South Africa

June 2018

Name of the Festival/events Purpose Organized by Held at
Bonalu Festival To worship their Idol of Goddess "MAHAKALI" Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao released Rs.15 crore for the Festival. Telangana
Financial Literacy Week Consumer protection is the theme Reserve Bank of India New Delhi
Smoking cessation campaign Titled ‘What Damage Will This Cigarette/Bidi Do’ Ministry of Health and Family Welfare New Delhi
Arunachal Rising Campaign To create awareness among people about the government initiatives, policies and programmes. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu Arunachal Pradesh
10 day ‘Yoga Ambassadors Tour’ To design a wholesome yoga package for visiting tourists with well-known yoga destinations with related activities Ministry of AYUSH with Kerala Government Kerala
3rd Meeting of National Council of Senior Citizens (NCSrC) On issues related to welfare of senior citizens and improvement of their quality of life Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment New Delhi
‘Water Literacy’(Jalasaksharatha) campaign To create awareness about the importance and optimal use of the resource and conservation in the state Kerela State Literacy Mission Authority Kerala
European Union Film Festival (EUFF) To improve cultural ties between India and European countries Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore New Delhi
Workshop on Cyber Security Framework – 2018 To bring in synchronised approach for cyber security based on frame work document Defence Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman New Delhi
10th Meeting of the Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism To discuss terrorist threats in their respective regions including the problem of cross-border terrorism Shri Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary (Counter Terrorism) New Delhi
Two-day National Consultation on ‘Making Agriculture Sustainable and Profitable’ To efforts at various levels to double farmers’ incomes by 2022 The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu Pune, Maharashtra.
22nd edition of 3-day annual Sindhu Darshan Festival Focused on national integration, communal harmony and national pride Sindhu Darshan Yatra Samiti Ladakh region of J&K
Renewable Energy Dialogue For engaged deliberations on the role of different stakeholders in advancing renewable energy deployment, balancing both domestic priorities and international mitigation ambitions and commitments. Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu New Delhi
Seminar on Technology Partnerships for Steering POSHAN Abhiyaan called ‘TECH-THON’ for POSHAN Abhiyaan To showcase and initiate a ‘Peoples Movement’ or Jan Andolan towards Nutrition Ministry of Women and Child Development New Delhi.

May 2018

Name of the Festival/events Purpose Organized by Held at
India-UK Home Affairs’ Dialogue Covered a wide range of issues including cybersecurity, women safety, organized crime, terror financing. Led by Mr Rajiv Gauba, Union Home Secretary New Delhi
World Health Assembly Theme "Health for All: Commit To Universal Health Coverage" Led by Union Health Minister of India, Mr J P Nadda Geneva, Switzerland
15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas   Theme - “Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India”   By Prime Minister Narendra Modi   Varanasi
Vibrant North East 2018', Made aware of central government's schemes and programmes Delhi-based NGO, Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD), Guwahati
'Khel Mahakumbh' To attract participation of at least one lakh youth from Thakur's Hamirpur constituency Sachin Tendulkar, Anurag Thakur Dharamsala
Two-day National Workshop on Data Requirements for Disaster Risk Reduction Database Dynamic platform having locally obtained and validated data on nationwide losses of properties and lives, occurring due to disasters. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) New Delhi
‘India and the world: a history in nine stories’ exhibition Portrays the evolution of Indian civilization. The President, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, (IGNCA), Raam Bahadur Rai National Museum, New Delhi.
Cannes Film Festival Purpose is to placing emphasis on artistic value, which is inherent characteristic of films. Australian actress Cate Blanchett is the President of the Jury Cannes, France.
Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) Aimed to train over 5.5 lakh workers in environment and forest sectors Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan Karnataka, West Bengal 
The first edition of the International Children’s Film Festival Opportunity for children to view world-class films. Kerala State Council for Child Welfare, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, Kerala State Film Development Corporation Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Venture Capital Symposium 2018 To enhance the economic relationships between France and India and to support the Start-up India programme. NITI Aayog New Delhi
Workshop on the theme “Ganga and its Biodiversity: Developing a Road Map for Habitat and Species Conservation” on river Ganga Need to approach the challenges of cleaning river Ganga through an “integrated approach and with synergy between development and ecology. Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Niti World Wildlife Fund (WWF).n Gadkari and New Delhi
4th Smart Cities India 2018 expo To develop smart cities opens up massive opportunities for contribution from various organisations, thinkers, technology providers. India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the NASSCOM Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
9th edition of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav To present and promote rich cultural diversity and inter-linkages among different states. Ministry of Culture Tehri, Uttarakhand
5 day ASEAN India Film Festival Boost cultural exchanges and create a platform for exchange of new trends of filmmaking Information and Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore New Delhi
The ‘Gaj Yatra’ Secure 100 elephant corridors in India. Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) Meghalaya.

April 2018

Name of the Festival Purpose Organized by Held at
Assam Spring Festival to promote the local food and culture Indian Weavers’ Association and the Swankar Mithinga Onsai Afat Manas National Park
Theatre Olympics This event brought together around 25000 artists under the theme “Flag of Friendship Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Mumbai
63rd Railway Week Function of Railway Board presented Merit Certificates and Cash Awards to officials of Railway Board for their outstanding performances during 2017-18. Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board Rail Bhavan, New Delhi.
2nd India Mobile Congress serve as a platform for policy makers, regulators and other industry stakeholders to engage in meaningful deliberations on contemporary issues. the Department of Telecommunications and the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). New Delhi
Home Expo India 2018 to generate business deals for direct import. Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), Greater Noida
Bisket Jatra to welcome the spring and the Nepalese New Year. Bhaktapur, Nepal
Consultative Workshop for the Delegation a Training Programme were conducted during the course of this workshop. India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) New Delhi
India Skills Kerala 2018 It will help youngsters in the State to show their vocational skills Kerala Kerala
campaign called “Devbhoomi dialogue to look for self-employment opportunities in their chosen fields. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat Uttarakhand
5G India Congress served as a platform for all stakeholders, Government & technology providers to come together and discuss about the 5G development. organised by Nexgen Conferences Delhi
Four day first International SME convention 2018 main focus is on inclusion of MSMEs in the Make in India program & empowering women entrepreneurs. by Minister of MSME New Delhi
29th Road Safety Week to create awareness on road safety and improve road safety. Nitin Gadkari New Delhi
Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan to identify and plug critical gaps that hinder the success of panchayats PM Modi From MP
four-day Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop to monitor the progress of the Convention in India, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan New Delhi
Two day Secure India Conclave the conclave will offer insights into prevalent internal security issues of India. organised by Global Counter Terrorism Council New Delhi
Shirui Lily festival to spread awareness about conservation of the endangered Shirui Lily and promote the district of Ukhrul as a tourist destination in Manipur. sponsored by the Manipur State Department of Tourism Ukhrul district of Manipur
Startup Week to promote entrepreneurial eco-system. Maharashtra government Maharashtra
Israeli Modern Art Exhibition to mark the occasion of 25 years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel. organised by National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel New Delhi
Second World Hindu Congress (WHC) The theme of World Hindu Congress 2018 is “Sumantrite Suvikrante” – “think collectively, achieve valiantly” organised by World Hindu Foundation Chicago
First International SME Convention 2018 help to reach and market access of International Counterparts for promoting and exporting Made in India products and services. by Minister of MSME New Delhi
International Buddhist Conference. to commemorate 2562nd Buddha Jayanti. Lumbini, Nepal.

March 2018

Name of the Festival Purpose Organized by Held at
International Yoga Festival (IYF) To help and support to the people to live better and healthy life ParmarthNiketan Ashram in association with Union Ministry of AYUSH, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board and Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd. Rishikesh’s ParmarthNiketan, , Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Women’s Film Festival, To mark the International Women’s Day, NFAI, Aashay Film Club and the AAYAM Group of Women in Media. Mumbai
Panaji Shigmotsav float parade 2018 To focuses on traditional folk dances and performance of mythological scenes. The state government of Goa Panaji, Goa
Swachh Shakti 2018 To recognize their outstanding contribution towards making Swachh Bharat a reality in rural India. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in association with the Government of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow
Losar festival To preserve their tradition and especially their dialect. The Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society (IBCS). At the Nyokum Lapang Ground in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.
70th anniversary of Indo-Russia ties To expose the youth to the dynamic opportunities of cooperation between the two countries. Ministry of External Affairs (Eurasia Division) in collaboration with the International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs and BRICS International Forum New Delhi, India
WINGS INDIA 2018 To provide platform for interactions, forging alliances, investments and air connectivity between the States and the global aviation players & stakeholders. Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airport Authority of India and FICCI got underway in Hyderabad
Krishi Unnati Mela Focus on doubling the farmers’ income and to create awareness among farmers about the latest agriculture-related technological developments Central government of India New Delhi, India
5th Nadi Mahotsava To revive rivers, but also improve the condition of people living on their banks The state government of Madhya pradesh At Bandrabhan of Hoshangabad District of Madhya Pradesh
Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) Initiative to recognise, respect, showcase, reward innovations and to foster a supportive ecosystem for innovators Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions [SRISTI] At Rashtrapati Bhawan, New delhi, India
Saras Aajeevika Mela. To alleviate rural poverty and to organize the rural poor women into their own institutions like Self Help Groups and their federations, Producers’ Collectives etc. and also ensure their financial inclusion and livelihoods support.


The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India At Pragati Maidan in New Delhi
Famous Madhavpur Mela To symbolise the country’s unity in diversity The Ministry of Culture Madhavpur ,Gujarat
Print Biennale India 2018 First International Exhibition to discover new trends in print making nationally and internationally.



The Lalit Kala Akademi New Delhi, India
6th Foundation Day of The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council ( To support the entrepreneurial aspirations of brightest minds in the country through its programs and mentor support networks in keeping with the Government’s mandate. Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology Government of India. New Delhi, India

February 2018

Name of the Festival Purpose Organized by Held at
B N Mullik Memorial All India Police Football Championship. To give importance to sport Jammu and Kashmir Police Gulshan Ground ,Jammu
The 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela To show richness and diversity of the handicrafts and cultural heritage of India
To focuse on religious, rural and spiritual tourism
Surajkund Mela Authority in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, External Affairs, Department of Tourism, Government of Haryana and Haryana Tourism Corporation Haryana’s Surajkund city, The partner country for this year mela is Kyrgyz Republic.
A 10-day National Tribal Festival, Aadi Mohatsav To celebrate tribal culture, cuisine and commerce The Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs and North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala. Kalagram in Manimajra, Chandigarh
first International Kala Mela To focus on direct interaction between the artist and the connoisseur
To educate and raise awareness about art
Lalit Kala Akademi Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in New Delhi
Pelican Festival. to give feast to the bird lovers State government of Andhra pradesh Atapaka Bird Sanctuary on Kolleru,
Mahamastakakabhisheka Mahotstav 2018 To follow integral part of the ancient and composite tradition. Shravanabelagola, Karnataka
first radio festival To mark World Radio Day 2018. International of Women in Radio and Television, in collaboration with UNESCO. Going to be held in New Delhi
44th edition of Khajuraho Dance Festival 2018 To highlight the richness of various Indian classical dance styles culture department of state government Khajuraho temple, Madhya Pradesh
The 15th edition of BioAsia event Focusing on strategies to keep up with the pace of change and innovative ways to develop new models for distribution & healthcare delivery. Government of Telangana Hyderabad

January 2018

Name of the Festival Purpose Organized by Held at
The 171st Araadhanai Music Festival Over 1,000 musicians from all over the world are expected to pay homage to Saint Thygaraja The state governmnet of Tamil Nadu Thiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu
Karnataka International Travel Expo’ (KITE) Aims to improve the State’s visibility in the tourism market. The Karnataka government Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka
Science Film Festival of India titled as SCI-FFI Goa Aims to boost the culture of science films. The state-based Vidnyan Parishad, Goa’s Department of Science and Technology, the Entertainment Society of Goa and the Goa College of Art. Goa
The 26th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair Burning environment issues like climate change, global warming, and water pollution will be the main theme for this year’s New Delhi World Book Fair The National Book Trust (NBT), India, in association with India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO). New Delhi
International Balloon Festival Organised by media company Global Media Box and The Slaves, a Pollachi-based restaurant, with the support of the State Tourism Department and Adhiban Fincorp. Pollachi near Coimbatore.
The seventh edition of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, To promote engagement among the people of different states to enhance mutual understanding and bonding. organised by the Ministry of Culture Karnataka
The fourth edition of the India International Science Festival Union Minister for Science & Technology, Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Lucknow
Ramayana Festival, marking 25 years of the Indo-ASEAN Organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations. New Delhi
Kachra Mahotsav 2018 aimed to increase awareness, use the waste generated in the city creatively, and to showcase multiple techniques for reusing things that are labelled as garbage The Raipur Municipal Corporation Chhattisgarh
Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) To promote Poetry work The state government of Rajasthan Diggi Palace, Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal of Rajasthan
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