India is a country that is divided among various provinces, cultures, and languages but united by its festivals. Each state of India celebrates at least one festival from where the reason to celebrate might have originated from historically. Being a part of the festivals in India brings you closer to understand the rich tradition that they have been following for generations.

India is the only country that has numerous festivals based on its religion, Community, and state, and all the festivals in India are celebrated with so much excitement and energy like every day is a new celebration in India. You will enjoy every part of India during your festive excursion. 

To give you a fair idea about India’s Festivals in 2020, we have provided you with an essential piece of Content that will provide you with a bit of brief information about the Festivals in India.

Festivals of India Calendar for 2020

Before diving into the various festivals in India list, let’s glance at the list of religious, Festivals in India state-wise, and National festivals of India that is celebrated with lots of excitement and happiness. Plan your trip around these festivals to experience the Vibrant Culture of India.

 MonthDate in 2020FestivalDay
January10th January to 11th JanuaryHampi FestivalFriday
January13th JanuaryLohriMonday
January15th JanuaryMakar SakrantiWednesday
JanuaryBegins on 15th January and ends on 18th JanuaryPongalWednesday
JanuaryBegins on 15th January and ends on 21 FebruaryKumbh MelaWednesday
January26th JanuaryRepublic DaySunday
January29th JanuaryBasant PanchamiWednesday
February21st FebruaryMaha ShivratriFriday
FebruaryBegins on 22nd February and ends on 25th FebruaryCarnival in GoaSaturday
FebruaryBegins on 24th February and ends on 26th FebruaryLosarMonday
MarchBegins on 9th March and ends on 10th MarchHoliMonday and Tuesday
MarchBegins on 25th March and ends on 2nd AprilVasant Chaitra NavaratriWednesday
March25th MarchUgadiWednesday
March25th MarchGudi PadwaWednesday
MarchBegins on 27th March and ends on 29th MarchMewarFriday
April6th AprilMahavir JayantiMonday
April12th AprilEasterSunday
April13th AprilBaisakhiMonday
AprilBegins on 14th April and ends on 20th AprilBihuTuesday
May3rd MayThrissur PooramSunday
May7th MayBuddha JayantiThursday
May23rd MayEid Ul FitrSaturday
June23rd JuneRatha Yatra OrissaTuesday
June30th JuneHemisTuesday
July23rd JulyTeej FestivalThursday
August3rd AugustRakshabandhanMonday
August12th AugustJanmashtmiWednesday
August15th AugustIndependence DaySaturday
AugustBegins on 22nd August and ends on 2nd SeptemberOnamSaturday
August22nd AugustGanesh ChaturthiSaturday
OctoberBegins on 17th October and ends on 25th OctoberNavratriMonday
OctoberBegins on 22nd October and ends on 26th OctoberDurga PujaMonday
October25th OctoberDussehraSunday
November15th NovemberGovardhan PujaSunday
NovemberBegins on 22nd November and ends on 30th OctoberCamel FestivalSunday
November25th NovemberChhath PujaFriday
November27th NovemberDiwaliSaturday
November30th NovemberGurupurabMonday
DecemberBegins on 1st December and ends on 10th DecemberHornbill FestivalTuesday
December25th DecemberChristmasFriday

8 Most Important and Must-Visit Festivals in India

Here are the most popular festivals in India list that you must attend during your trip to India:-

  1.    Diwali – 14th November (Saturday)
  2.    Makar Sankranti – 15th January (Wednesday)
  3.    Holi – 10th March ( Tuesday)
  4.    Ganeshotsav – 22nd August (Saturday)
  5.    Navratri and Mahalaya – 17th to 25th October  (Monday)
  6.   Lohri – 13th January (Monday)
  7.   Pongal – 15th January to 18th January (Wednesday)
  8.   Janmashtami – 12th August (Wednesday)

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1. Diwali – 14th November 2020

Diwali is among the most popular festivals in India. Diwali is the festival of lights which is celebrated all over India and among Indians around the world. This Indian festival celebrates the victory of Lord Ram over Ravana as he returns Ayodhya after 14 years of exile in the forest. Diwali is also celebrated by worshipping Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of riches. Indian lights lamps and candles in their houses in order to light up their spirituality and fight against evil, the darkness from within. This festival lasts for 4 days, the third day is the most important one here people burn crackers, worship Goddess Laxmi, visit family and friends and draw beautiful rangoli with colours and flowers.

Diwali celebration in indian festivals in november

Significance:- This Festival marks the homecoming of Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman after the long exile of 14 years.

How it is celebrated:- Home decorated with fancy nights, clay lamps, and candles. Colourful and bustling in markets, the lighting fireworks and crackers, eating the sweets, and visiting the relatives. 

Historic Origin:- According to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, the darkest new moon night of Kartik month corresponds to mid-October – mid-November as per the Gregorian Calendar.

Where:- Celebrated all over the Country.

Upcoming Dates:- 4 November, Thursday

                                       24 October 2022, Monday

2. Makar Sankranti – 15th Jan 2020

This festival is celebrated with different names across India, for example, Pongal in South India, Lohri in Punjab and Haryana, Bihu in Assam and Khichdi Festival in Bihar. This festival signifies the end of darkness and the beginning of new chapters in everyone’s life.

Makar Sankranti is predominantly celebrated in Gujrat which is also known as the famous kite festival in India. People gather to fly kites that relate to the emotional state of brotherhood and happiness. There are kite flying competitions conducted which bring in people together from different areas of life and culture. In households, women prepare sweets made out of Til ( Sesame Seeds ) with sugar or Jaggery, Farsan and worship the Sun God.

Makar Sakaranti, Famous Indian festival

Significance:- The Festival of Makar Sakranti celebrated to mark the beginning of the agricultural cycle and the end of the winter season.

How it is Celebrated:- The Festival is celebrated by kites flying and preparing the sweets made by Sesame seeds (Teel) and a sugar base such as JaggeryJaggery.

Historic Origin:- Marks an end to the winter solace, Celebration to welcome longer days, Transition of negative to positive time after Uttarayan.

Where:- Celebrated in all parts of the country, but the best place to celebrate this colourful Festival is in North India.

Upcoming Dates:- 14 January 2021, Thursday

                                        14 January 2022, Friday

3. Holi  – 10th March 2020.

Holi festival in India is the celebration of love, color and loads of fun. There is a vast history behind the Holi festival of India. This festival is celebrated by burning Holika ( Bonfire ) night prior to the Holi evening. Holi in India is celebrated as a victory for Prahlad, son of Hiranyakashyap over Holika ( sister of Hiranyakashyap)  who jumped with him in the holy fire on the demand of her brother Hiranyakashyap as she was blessed to enter blazing fire without damaging herself. Hiranyakashyap was a cruel king and wanted to be worshiped by his kingdom as a god to which his son Prahlad revolted and worshiped Lord Narayan instead. Prahlad returned back from the fire without any harm, whereas Holika was burnt to death. That’s where Holi gets its significance of celebrating good over evil. The other story that relates to Holi is Lord Krishna use to apply colors to his beloved Radha while they played and in return, Radha and her friends use to beat him and his friends with sticks which started as the famous Lathmar Holi Tradition which is one of the various types of Holi celebration in India.  

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The best place to visit India for Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan the origin of this festival as its also known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan is played in the most authentic style. People from all over the world visit Vrindavan to be a part of this festival making it once in a lifetime experience, where one can experience the real aura of celebration where men and women dress as Lord Krishna and Radha and throw colors ( Gulaal ), flowers along with performing the Lathmar ritual in which the girl beats guys with sticks. Holi parties in Goa, Holi parties in Mumbai, Holi parties in Udaipur, and Holi parties in Delhi are also very exciting and energetic. To experience this Holy festival book the Holi India Tour Package with LIH the Best Rated Tour Operator in India.

Lohri festival in india in march

Significance:-  Victory of good over evil, the festival of love, and fun.

Historic Origin:– Celebrates in the Purnima (a full month ) of the Phagun month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar in March of the Gregorian Calendar.

How it is Celebrated:- Playing with colors, performing the Lathmar ritual, Preparing Thandai, and Bhang.

Where:- Vrindavan, Mathura, and Rajasthan, attend Holi parties in Mumbai.

Upcoming Dates in Holi:- 28 March (Sunday) to 29 March (Tuesday) in 2021

                                                       17 March (Thursday) to 18 March (Friday) in 2022

4. Ganeshotsav – 22 August 2020

Ganeshotsav is one of the most important festivals in India which is celebrated for 10 days in Maharashtra to welcome the elephant-headed Lord Ganesh on the occasion of his birthday. Lord Ganesh is worshiped as the lord of success and destroyer of evil and obstacles. This festival is celebrated with great pomp and show in Maharashtra. Devotees bring Ganesh idols in their house and worship the Idol with Diyas, and his favorite food called the Modak. He is welcomed in the house with a lot of love and stays with the family for 10 days as a part of the family member. Houses at this time are decorated with lights and Mandals. Huge Ganesh Idols can be seen worshiped on the pavements and housing societies. One can feel the vibes of the festivals when places are brightly lit, music and gatherings flood these Mandals with belief and love for the lord. Alibaug cha Raja in Mumbai is considered to be the most visited Ganesh Mandal in Mumbai. This Mandal is visited by a lot of Bollywood celebrities, politicians and businessmen making it the most famous Ganesh Mandal in Mumbai. On the 10th day of the festival, the immersion of Lord Ganesh in water takes place with a belief of him returning back the next year. Many documentaries about the preceding of these festivals have been shot. This festival surely has to be on the list while you visit India.

Ganeshotsav, one of the famous festivals of india

Significance:- It’s Celebrated to mark the birthday of Lord Ganesha.

How it is celebrated:- Chanting of Hindu Texts and Vedic Hyms, prayers in the temple, delicacies prepared are Modak, chakli, Puran Poli, last day procession of Idol of Lord Ganesh, Immersion of the Lord Ganesha Idol in the water on the last day.

Historic Origin:- According to Hindu lunisolar calendar, celebrated in the month of Bhadrapada on the 4th day of the first fortnight (Shukla Chaturthi), Bhadrapada is known as August or September of the Gregorian calendar

Where:- Celebrated by Hindu Community all over the world but the most famous place in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

Upcoming Dates:-  10th September in 2021

                                 31st August in 2022

5. Navratri – 17 to 25 October 2020

Navratri which means nine nights is a festival devoted to Goddess Durga the goddess of power and victory. Navratri is one of the popular festivals in India celebrated in Gujrat whereas it is known as Mahalaya in Kolkatta. The rich cultural essence of Gujrat can be felt in these nine days of Navratri. People fasts during these nine days and perform Garba and Dandiya in the evenings on the tunes of Gujarati folk music and Bollywood songs after worshiping the Goddess. Women look gorgeous in the traditional outfits called Chaniya Choli which has the mirror and bright colored thread work on it. Whereas men are seeing wearing Chrono ( Cotton Pants ) and Kediyu ( shirt ). Gujrat is decorated all over, attracting tourists and visitors from all over.

Similarly, Mahalaya in Kolkatta which lasts for seven days holds another outlook of worshipping Goddess Durga. Mahalaya is celebrated on the occasion of the victory of Goddess Durga over Buffalo king Mahishasura ( the demon ). Here the Pandals ( where the goddess is worshiped ) is decorated with lights and food. The landowner families have been carrying out the puja’s for centuries and the most famous ones are in Sovabazaar Raj Bhari and Rani Rashmoni Bari.

Navratri celebration in indian festivals and celebrations

Significance:- Celebrates the Goddess Durga in nine different ways.

How it is celebrated:- During this 9 Day festival people performs Garba dance all 9 days, wear traditional dress chaniya choli, and eat Gujrati cuisines like potato wafers, Sabudana khichdi, singoda ki kheer and Mandavi Paak.

Historic Origin:-  According to Hindu lunisolar calendar, celebrated in the month of Ashwin on the first nine days, Ashwin known as September or October of the Gregorian calendar

Where:- Almost all part of the country, but the popular place to celebrate this festival is the Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kolkata and the metros.

Upcoming Dates:- 6th to 14th October 2021, Wednesday

                                       26th September to 4th October 2022, Monday

6. Lohri – 17th January 2020

Whereas Lohri in Punjab is celebrated by making a huge bonfire. People circle around the bonfire and offer rice or wheat in it. Lohri is the famous Punjab festival, which is primarily celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus, and the northern part of India on 13 January of every year. It is celebrated the night before Makar Sankranti, also known as Maghi. The Festival of Lohri celebrated to mark the winter season and to welcome the longer days. 

Lohri festival in india in march

Significance:-  Celebrate to mark the end of winter days and harvest of rabi crops, and to thank the sun for the Good harvest.

How it is Celebrated:- Peoples wear new clothes, lighting the bonfire in the yard after the sunset and circle around the bonfire threw jaggery, sesame seeds and rewaries in it and danced and sang around the fire till the fire died out.

Historic Origin:- Marks an end to the winter solace, Celebration to welcome longer days, Transition of negative to positive time after Uttarayan.

Where:- Celebrated by Sikh communities, particularly across North India especially in Punjab.

Upcoming Dates:- 13th January 2021, Wednesday

                                        13th January 2022, Thursday

7. Pongal – 15th to 18th January 2020

Pongal is a four Day festival in India celebrated in South India. Rice is boiled till it overflows from the pot. On this famous Festival of India, People celebrate it by drawing kolam, cooking Pongal dish and wearing traditional attires.

Festival in India

Significance:- The 4 Day long Festival of Pongal celebrated as the First harvest of the year and thank the sun for agricul