India Festivals and Rajahs
Holi day, a wild festival of colours in February/March.
Around 80% of the 1. 1 billion people living in India are Hindus. With hundreds of different gods, as well as other world religions, it is hardly surprising that there are frequent celebrations in this deeply religious country.
Here are a few of India’s many, madly colourful festivals
Dates are usually based on non-Gregorian calendars, so change year-by-year.
Mid Jan SE (eg. TN, Kar, AP) Pongal (Harvest) festival, 3 days.
Mid Jan Ahmedabad (G) Kite Festival, 1 day.
Mid Jan Trivandrum & Thrissur (Ker) Elephant march, 1 day
Jan, Delhi, Republic day. Parade and festival, 2 days.
Jan/Feb Madurai (TN) Float Festival. 1 day.
Late February/early March. Jaisalmer (Raj) Desert Festival. 3 days
Feb/March North India, Holi (Festival of Colour). 1 day
Feb/March Khajuraho (MP) Dance Festival.
Feb/March Goa Carnival.
Feb/March/April Ajmer (Raj) Urs Ajamer Sharif Islamic Festival. 6 days
April/May, nationwide, Hindu New Year (Baisakhi), 1 day
April/May Thrissur (Ker) Pooram. Elephant, fireworks etc. 1 day.
April/May Madurai (TN) Chitra Festival. Divine marriage at OTT Meenakshi temple. 10 days.
June/July Puri (Or) Chariot Festival. The original juggernauts. 1 day
July/Aug, nationwide, best in Jodhpur, Naag Panchami. Snake Festival.
Aug/Sept Allepey/all Kerala, Onam Harvest Festival and Snake Boat Racing. 10 days.
Aug/Sept all Maharashtra, Ganesh Chaturthi, 1 week.
Sept/Oct, nationwide, Dussehra(Ram Lila), 10 days
Oct/Nov, nationwide, Diwali (Festival of Lights), 1 day.
Oct/Nov Pushkar (Raj) Camel Fair. 1 week?
For some precise dates, more suggestions and information see: Exotic Festivals