Incredible India Festivals


Festivals in India is known as “Utsav” is derived from the Sanskrit word, Utsava. The Sanskrit word Utsava comes from the word "ut" meaning "removal" and "sava" which means "worldly sorrows" or "grief".

India is a country of colours and festivals. It is said that there are seven days in a week but nine festivals. They mark the grand, gay and happy occasions in the life of Indian people. These are celebrated with gay abandon. Great preparations are made well in advance to observe festivals.

These are the occasions of family gatherings, exchange of greetings and sweets, joy, praying, fasting and feasting. People visit temples, holy places, worship gods and invoke their favors. Festivals come round the year and add colour, joy, happiness, variety and spice to life.

A few famous of them are,

  • Deepavali
  • Idd-ul-Fittr or Idd
  • Buddha Mahotsava
  • Christmas
  • Cheti Chand
  • Gurpurb
  • Makar Sankranti – Pongal
  • Navarathri and Bathukamma (Garba)
  • Holi
  • Onam
  • Raksha Bandhan
  • New Year
  • Republic Day
  • Vasant Panchami
  • Thaipusam or Kavadi
  • Maha Shivaratri
  • Shigmo
  • Vasant Navratri
  • Rama Navami
  • Gudi Padwa
  • Ugadi
  • Vishu
  • Hanuman Jayanti
  • Bihu
  • Bonalu
  • Bathukamma
  • Rath Yatra
  • Guru Purnima
  • Krishna Janmaashtami
  • Ganesh Chaturthi
  • Kumbh Mela
  • National Kite Festival – Gujarat
  • Ali Ai Ligang - Assam
  • Island Tourism Festival - Andaman Island
  • Carnival of Goa - Goa
  • Desert Festival - Rajasthan
  • Elephant Festival - Assam
  • Elephanta Festival - Maharashtra
  • International Yoga Week - Rishikesh
  • Kutch Mahotsava - Gujarat
  • Nagur Fair - Rajasthan
  • Sekrenyi - Nagaland
  • Surajkund Craft Mela, Delhi
  • Tea Festival – Assam


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