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Indian Fairs and Festivals

Chennai Music Festival


Mid December to mid January every year Location : South India, Chennai

The Chennai Music festival is a celebration of classical music and dance of South India. The festival is held at a number of places throughout the city and mostly it is organized in the auditoriums, temples and heritage huts. Artistes from different parts of the country participate in this musical extravaganza and enthral the viewers who are music lovers.

This started quite early and was called the Margazhi festival which was back in 1927 and it was meant to remember the anniversary of the Madras Music Academy. Since it was held in the Tamil month of Margazhi it was named as Margazhi festival. Later the other music schools joined the festival. The South Indian classical music is treated as a form of worship and the musical notes truly fills the air of Chennai with a divine feeling.


Lohri Festival


Celebrated on January 13 every year Location : All Over India

The History of Lohri The history of Lohri, a seasonal festival of North India is as old as that of story of Indus Valley civilization itself. The Festival of Lohri marks the beginning of the end of winter and the coming of spring and the New Year. The fires lit at night, the hand warming, the song and dance and the coming together of an otherwise atomized community, are only some of the features of this festival. The Lohri of north India coincides with Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti in Bengal, Magha Bihu in Assam, Tai Pongal in Kerala, all celebrated on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti.

Mamallapuram Dance Festival


December 21, 2017 to January 21, 2018. (Dates to be confirmed).

The 19th edition of Mamallapuram Dance Festival is bound to captivate the watchers from across the world. If you are a lover of execution art, there is no way you want to miss this great event. Be at the Arjuna's penance rock sculpture, where the centre-stage will be the regional dance acts. The rock sculptures that have an embedded history provide the perfect backdrop to the show. Your evenings in South India can be a memorable one in Mamallapuram. You will knowledge the exotic classical dances with a modern touch.

International Kite Festival


Duration : 14/01/2018 - 16/01/2018 Location : Jaipur

Firstly, what is The International Kite festival? Well it has many names, it is also known as Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti in Gujarat. It is a day celebrated by the people to rejoice the end of winter. The kite flying is led from Ahmedabad, a chief city of Gujarat.

It is believed to be the day when the Gods wake up from their long sleep and the heaven unlocks up. This is the day when the beautiful blue skies in Gujarat are filled with colourful kites flying around and the laughter of the people rings in the wind. People from not only India, but all over the world gather together to witness this day and show their talents in kite- making.

The International Kite Festival in Gujarat is celebrated on the 14th of January every year and is one of the main attractions of tourism in Gujarat.

Magh Bihu Festival


Duration : 15/01/2018 - 15/01/2018 Location : Assam

Every year, Assam and its diaspora celebrate one of the most important cultural festivals of India, Magh Bihu festivals. This year, Bohag Bihu falls on April 14, 15 and 16. These three days will be marked by festivities thru Assam and parts of its near states. But, like a lot of things about north-east Indian culture, Bihu too remains lesser-known to most of India.

Pongal Festival and Harvest Festival


Duration : 14/01/2018 Location : Tamil Nadu

The four day celebration Pongal Festival and Harvest Festival, peace and happiness. There is a Tamil saying that Thai peranthal Vali Perakum. That paraphrased means with the dawn of the month of Thai, there will be peace, happiness, prosperity, brightness and harmony in the life of everyone. It is held to honor the Sun, for a bountiful harvest. Families gather to rejoice and share their joy and their harvests with others. The Sun is offered a "Pongal" of rice and milk.

Bhogi Pongal (1st Day): Bhogi Pongal, is the first day of the pongal festival and devotees worship Lord Indra.

Surya Pongal (2nd Day): The second day of the festival is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun God). Devotees perform puja which requires rice to be boiled in milk in an earthen pot.

Mattu Pongal (3rd Day): Mattu Pongal day is dedicated to the cows, oxs and people adorn them with beads, bells and worship them.

Kaanum Pongal (4th Day): The final day of Pongal is – Kannum Pongal also known as Karinaal. Devotees worship Sun God and even offer food along with Sarkarai Pongal along with sugarcane. This offering symbolizes sweetness, happiness and joy in one’s life. Further women perform their ritual in the early morning and further sisters pray for the happiness of their brothers

Bikaner Camel Festival


Duration : 13/01/2018 - 14/01/2018 Location : Bikaner

Camel Fair, Bikaner is a required after event in Rajasthan. Organized by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Bikaner Camel Festival is a yearly event in January that Bikaner celebrates in honour of the ship of the desert, Camel. The festivities are at par with the other celebrations of Rajasthan. The event mainly includes spectacular camel performances like camel races, camel dances, neck shaking camel rides etc.

Pushkar Fair & Pushkar Mela


Duration : 15/11/2018 - 23/11/2018 Location : Pushkar

The Pushkar Fair, also known as the Pushkar Camel Fair, or Pushkar Mela, is a colourful and vibrant display of unique expositions, exciting competitions and charming events. Extending to seven days, this annual camel and bulls fair, held in the town of Pushkar between the months of October and November, draws a large number of crowds. Besides, this fair is renowned for being one of the world’s largest cattle fairs.

Apart from its celebratory aspect, this wonderful event also possesses a religious significance. Over the years, the fair has found an honourable mention in Rajasthan Tourism.

Although the Pushkar Mela is primarily held to showcase the camels and livestock, and is the world’s largest cattle fair, there are other events and features which are the main highlights of this fair. These events enhance the entire experience of the fair while gifting the visitor with some lovely memories.

Maha Kumbh Mela


Kumbh Mela Allahabad 2019 15 Jan to 4 Mar

In January & February Month, Hindus from around the world complete a pilgrimage of trust to bathe in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India. The event was called Maha Kumbh Mela, a particular festival held once every 144 years, and a projected 100 million people visited the site over a period of days. It was likely the single largest peaceful gathering of people in the history of the world.

Hindus all around the world are known to celebrate festivals with much passion and passion, sometimes to express joy and hope and sometimes to appease the gods in the hope of attaining salvation. The Kumbh Mela, held every three years, is one such festival, a pilgrimage of faith for Hindus looking to wash their past sins.