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.
|Month||Date in 2020||Festival||Day|
|January||10th January to 11th January||Hampi Festival||Friday|
|January||15th January||Makar Sakranti||Wednesday|
|January||Begins on 15th January and ends on 18th January||Pongal||Wednesday|
|January||Begins on 15th January and ends on 21 February||Kumbh Mela||Wednesday|
|January||26th January||Republic Day||Sunday|
|January||29th January||Basant Panchami||Wednesday|
|February||21st February||Maha Shivratri||Friday|
|February||Begins on 22nd February and ends on 25th February||Carnival in Goa||Saturday|
|February||Begins on 24th February and ends on 26th February||Losar||Monday|
|March||Begins on 9th March and ends on 10th March||Holi||Monday and Tuesday|
|March||Begins on 25th March and ends on 2nd April||Vasant Chaitra Navaratri||Wednesday|
|March||25th March||Gudi Padwa||Wednesday|
|March||Begins on 27th March and ends on 29th March||Mewar||Friday|
|April||6th April||Mahavir Jayanti||Monday|
|April||Begins on 14th April and ends on 20th April||Bihu||Tuesday|
|May||3rd May||Thrissur Pooram||Sunday|
|May||7th May||Buddha Jayanti||Thursday|
|May||23rd May||Eid Ul Fitr||Saturday|
|June||23rd June||Ratha Yatra Orissa||Tuesday|
|July||23rd July||Teej Festival||Thursday|
|August||15th August||Independence Day||Saturday|
|August||Begins on 22nd August and ends on 2nd September||Onam||Saturday|
|August||22nd August||Ganesh Chaturthi||Saturday|
|October||Begins on 17th October and ends on 25th October||Navratri||Monday|
|October||Begins on 22nd October and ends on 26th October||Durga Puja||Monday|
|November||15th November||Govardhan Puja||Sunday|
|November||Begins on 22nd November and ends on 30th October||Camel Festival||Sunday|
|November||25th November||Chhath Puja||Friday|
|December||Begins on 1st December and ends on 10th December||Hornbill Festival||Tuesday|
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:-
- Diwali – 14th November (Saturday)
- Makar Sankranti – 15th January (Wednesday)
- Holi – 10th March ( Tuesday)
- Ganeshotsav – 22nd August (Saturday)
- Navratri and Mahalaya – 17th to 25th October (Monday)
- Lohri – 13th January (Monday)
- Pongal – 15th January to 18th January (Wednesday)
- Janmashtami – 12th August (Wednesday)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Significance:- The 4 Day long Festival of Pongal celebrated as the First harvest of the year and thank the sun for agriculture abundance.
How it is Celebrated:- The Festival is celebrated by wearing traditional costume, decorating their homes with rangolis, lightning bonfire, dancing and singing around the bonfire
Historic Origin:- Marks an end to the winter solace, and the first harvest of the year.
Where:- Primarily in Tamil Nadu, celebrated by the Tamils in all over India.
Upcoming Dates:- 14 January (Thursday) to 17 January in 2021 (Sunday).
14 January (Friday) to 17 January in 2022 (Monday)
8. Janmashtami – 12th August 2020
Janmashtami is another one among the famous Hindu festivals in India. Celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Krishna. Janmashtami in Mathura and Vrindavan are very popular. Praying and Visiting temples, dancing, and singing bhajans (hymns) at midnight is a part of the celebrations of the birth of Lord Krishna. Also, small children dress up like Lord Krishna.
Significance:- Celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna.
How it is celebrated:- People offers Puja and prayer in the temple and decorated beautiful jhakis in the temple which depicts the story of Lord Krishna.
Historic Origin:- According to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, Celebrated in the month of Bhadrapada on the 8th Day (known as Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight), corresponds to August or September of the Gregorian Calendar.
Where:- Celebrated by the Hindu community, but the best place to celebrate this Festival is Mathura and Vrindavan.
Upcoming Dates:- 30 August 2021, Monday
18 August 2022, Thursday
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9. Kumbh Mela – 15th January to 21 February 2020
One of the religious festivals of India, Kumbh Mela celebrated once in every three years, at the bank of four sacred rivers that are considered holy- at Haridwar on the Ganges river, at Ujjain on Shipra river, at Nashik on the Godavari and at Prayagraj where three river combines Ganges, Jamuna, and Sarasvati.
Significance:- Celebrated depending on the visionary situation of the moon, the sun, and Jupiter every three years.
How it is Celebrated:- The Festival is celebrated by dipping into the river and worshipping the Holy river. Kumbh Mela is one such famous Festivals in India that is visited by many Tourists.
Where:- Haridwar, Ujjain, Nashik, and Prayagraj
Upcoming Dates:- In Haridwar from 14 January to 14 April in 2021
10. Republic Day – 26th January 2020
Republic day is that Festival in India when patriotism in Citizen of India at its peak. Republic Day was the day when the constitution of India introduced. Republic day first celebrated in 1950 when the Indian Constitution introduced after the three years of Independence for the first time.
Significance:- Celebrated as the Day Constitution of India introduced.
How it is Celebrated:- Every year, Parade has been held in Rashtrapati Bhavan Delhi, and that goes to Rajpath, India Gate, and Finally red fort.
Where:- All parts of India
Upcoming Dates:- Celebrated every year on 26 January.
11. Basant Panchami – 29th January 2020
Basant Panchami is one of the famous festivals in India Celebrated every year in January or February, dedicated to Goddess Saraswati (also known as Goddess of Knowledge). This Festival is widely celebrated in Bihar, Assam, Odisha, West Bengal, Punjab, and Haryana.
Significance:- Basant Panchami marks the starting of Spring Season
How it is Celebrated:- On this Festival of India, People make Yellow dishes like saffron rice, Kadhi, and sweets like ladoo, Besan Chakki, etc.
Historic Origin:- According to Hindu Calendar, Celebrated every year on the 5th Day of Magha Month.
Where:- Indian States of Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab, and Haryana
Upcoming Dates:- 16 February 2021, Tuesday
5 February 2022, Saturday
12. Maha Shivratri – 21st February 2020
This famous Hindu festival in India, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This Festival has enormous significance in Hindu mythology and, most importantly, for married and Unmarried women who fast to have marital bliss. It is said that whoever worship lord shiva on this Day will get rid of all their sins. To unfold the mystery of Lord shiva click here.
Significance:- Devoted to Lord Shiva
How it is Celebrated:- By doing Worshipping Lord shiva
Historic Origin:- Celebrated in the month of Phalgun on the 14th Day of Dark Fortnight.
Where:- Celebrated by Hindus Religion people
Upcoming Dates:- 11 March in 2021, Thursday
1 March in 2022, Tuesday
13. Carnival of Goa – 22nd February to 25th February 2020
Carnival in Goa is almost 3-4 Days and brings much entertainment to the peoples. During Carnival time, you will feel Joy every year in mad Music, food, drinks, colors, drums, and fun. Float parades take place in the areas of Margao, Panjim, Vasco da Gama, and Mapusa. During your festive goa trip, you can also visit various beaches in Goa that will give you some amazing time.
How it is Celebrated:- During Carnival time, you will feel Joy every year in mad Music, food, drinks, colors, drums, and fun.
When:- Celebrated in February Month every year
Where:- In Goa
Upcoming Dates:- 13 February (Saturday) to 16 February in 2021 (Tuesday)
26 February (Saturday) to 1 March in 2022 (Tuesday)
14. Losar – 24th February to 26th February 2020
Losar is one of the famous festivals in India celebrated in the Ladakh region. It is celebrated either at the ending of January or at the beginning of February. The Metho is the main event that happened during the Festival of Losar carried out by Ladakh people in which they carry flaming torches moves from street to street and Chants prayers to chase away the evil spirits.
Significance:- Celebrated as the Tibetan new year in Ladakh.
How it is Celebrated:- During this Festival, people perform ancient rituals, dance, and Dramas.
Historic Origin:- The Festival came into existence much before Buddhism was celebrated as a gesture of thanks to the gods. It usually falls each year on a different day in the Spring season.
Upcoming Dates:- 12 February 2021, Friday
3 March 2022, Thursday
15. Vasant Chaitra Navaratri – 25th March to 2nd April 2020
According to the Hindu Lunar Calendar, the Vasant Chaitra Navratri is the nine Days festival that marks the beginning of the new year. On Navratri, the first three days are dedicated to Maa Durga (known as Goddess of energy), next 3 to Maa Lakshmi (known as Goddess of wealth), and the last 3 to Maa Saraswati (known as Goddess of knowledge). The Nine days Navratri Festival ends with the Ram Navami.
Significance:- According to Hindu mythology, it is celebrated as the beginning of the new year, and it is dedicated to Maa Durga, Maa Lakshmi, and Maa Saraswati. It is believed that people who worship Goddess during this time will get salvation and seek blessings for the future.
How it is Celebrated:- People celebrating by doing fasting and worshipping the Goddess and Prayers are held in temples, especially in Bengal.
Historic Origin:- According to the Hindu lunar calendar, celebrated in the Chaitra, which falls in March or April in Gregorian Calendar.
Where:- Celebrated by the Hindus in all parts of the Country.
Upcoming Dates:- 13 April (Tuesday) to 22 April (Thursday) in 2021.
2 April (Saturday) to 11 April (Monday) in 2022
16. Mewar – 27th March to 29th March 2020
Mewar is Festival of India celebrated in Udaipur, Rajasthan. If you want to witness the Rajasthani Culture, you should not forget to attend this Festival in India. Mewar Festival is also known as the Gangur Festival. This Festival celebrated for a very long time when the Sisodia Dynasty was ruling India and had a vast history. There are many places to visit during your Udaipur trip that will mesmerize you with their beauty.
Significance:- Celebrated to welcome the season of spring.
How it is Celebrated:- This Festival is quite colorful, and women in Udaipur actively take part in the various ceremonies.
Where:- Udaipur, Rajasthan. (Attending the Mewar festival is one of the best things to do in Udaipur.)
Date:- 27 March to 29 March in 2020
17. Mahavir Jayanti – 6th April 2020
Mahavir Jayanti is a famous festival of India in when the Jain religion celebrates the birth of Lord Mahavir on this Day. The Maha Abhishek happened with the statue of Lord Mahavir when the deity of lord Mahavir bathed with milk and Flowers. Even a grand procession of Lord Mahavir also carried out in the streets on this Day.
Significance:- Celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir.
How to Celebrate:- People do fasting and Worship to the Lord Mahavir. Rath Yatra is also carried out.
Historic Origin:- According to Hindu Calendar celebrated on the 13th Day of Chaitra month, which is known as April month in the Gregorian Calendar.
Where:- Widely celebrated in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan by Jainism Community.
Upcoming Dates:- 25 April 2021, Sunday.
14 April 2022, Thursday
18. Easter – 12th April 2020
Just like other festivals of India, Easter is a grand religious celebration and celebrated with so much zeal and warmth in different parts of the Country. Celebrated during the spring season by various colorful decoration, plays, dances, plum cakes, and bright lanterns adorning the streets.
Significance:- Resurrection of Lord Jesus
How to Celebrate:- Celebrated by decorating Easter eggs, colorful decoration, doing folk song and dances, cakes, chocolates, and lightning bright lanterns adorning the streets
When:- Celebrated on 12 April 2020, Sunday.
Where:- Goa, Pondicherry, and Kerala are the best places to celebrate Easter in India.
Upcoming Dates:- 4 April 2021, Sunday
17 April 2022, Sunday
19. Baisakhi – 13th April 2020
Baisakhi is one of the famous festivals in India in April month, celebrated as the Punjabi new year, and to welcome the harvest of Rabi crop. This Festival has a religious significance in India as it marks the Day when the tenth guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh back in 1699, laid out the foundation stone for the Panth Khalsa.
Significance:- Baisakhi is Punjabi new year celebrated to welcome the harvest season and the birth anniversary of the Khalsa.
How to Celebrate:- People do folk dance like Bhangra and Giddha, Fairs, Decorations in houses and Gurudwara, Punjabi feasts, Parades and Nagar Kirtan, cooking of delicious foods.
Historic Origin:- Baisakhi is celebrated on the First Day of Baisakh in the Country and according to the Gregorian Calendar celebrated in April.
Where:- Celebrated by Sikh Community, primarily in Punjab.
Upcoming Dates:- 14 April 2021, Wednesday
14 April 2022, Thursday
20. Bihu – 14th April to 20th April 2020
Bihu is one of the famous festivals in India celebrated by the Assamese as the traditional new year. During this festival, men and women of Assam wear their traditional dress and perform their folk dance and music in the village field or the Courtyards.
Significance:- Bihu is the Assamese traditional new year celebration.
How to Celebrate:- People celebrate this Festival in India by doing Bihu dance and preparing the local cuisine like coconut ladoo, til pitha, ghila pitha, and fish pitika
When:- This Seven-day Festival starts on 14 April and ends on 20 April in 2020.
Where:- Celebrated in Assam
Upcoming Dates:- 14 April to 20 April in 2021
14 April to 20 April in 2022
21. Thrissur Pooram – 3rd May 2020
Among all Festivals in India, Thrissur Pooram is the famous Kerala festival, one of the best events to attend. This Famous Festival does not end before 36 hours. People from different parts of the Country gathered to celebrate this Festival. Fireworks and Parasol display as a crucial part of the city.
Significance:- Thrissur Pooram Is celebrated to memorialize the establishment of 10 Temples around the Vadakkunnathan Temple.
How to Celebrate:- Fireworks and Parasol are the Highlight of this Festival.
Historic Origin:- According to Malayalam calendar, celebrated in Pooram Nakshatra in the Month of Medam, Known as April or May in the gregorian Calendar.
Upcoming Dates:- 23 April 2021, Friday
13 April 2022, Wednesday
22. Buddha Jayanti – 7th May 2020
Buddha Jayanti is celebrated to memorialize the birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha; it is also known as Buddha Purnima or Vasak. Gautam Buddha is the person who introduced the philosophy of Buddhism in the world. To indulge in this Festival, people wear white clothes and attend Buddhist teaching to follow tradition.
Significance:- This Festival is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha.
How to Celebrate: On this day, people wear white cloths and impart Buddha’s teachings.
Historic Origin:- The Buddha’s birthday is based on Asian lunisolar Calendars and is primarily celebrated in Baisakh month of the Buddhist Calendar. According to Gregorian Calendar, it falls in May.
Where:- Darjeeling, Sikkim, Bodh Gaya, Kurseong, Arunachal Pradesh, Darjeeling, and Maharashtra
Upcoming Dates:- 26 May 2021, Wednesday
16 May 2022, Monday
23. Eid Ul Fitr – 23rd May 2020
Eid is one of the famous festivals in India celebrates by the Muslim Community. On this day, people dress up in the new clothes, attend the special community prayer in Majid, exchange sweets, visit friends and relatives, and make some mouth-watering Delicacies. Elders give the Idi to children in the form of money or gift.
Significance:- It Celebrates the end of fasting called Ramadan.
How to Celebrate: During this fest, people wear new clothes, exchange sweets, visit their friends and relatives, make some fantastic delicacies, and attend Masjid’s prayers.
Historic Origin: According to Lunar Hijri Calendar, this Festival is celebrated on the 1st Day of Shawwal month, which corresponds to May or June month, according to Gregorian Calendar.
Where:- Celebrated by Muslims all over the Country.
Upcoming Dates:- 12 May (Wednesday) and 13 May (Thursday) in 2021
2 May (Monday) and 3 May (Tuesday) in 2022
24. Ratha Yatra Orissa – 23rd June 2020
Ratha Yatra is one of the famous religious festivals in India in June month celebrates to honor the Lord Jagganath. Idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and the Goddess Subhadra are taken to the Streets on the Chariot for the procession.
Significance:- Celebrated to esteem Lord Jagganath.
It is celebrated on the streets of Puri, Idols of God – Lords Jagganath, Goddess Subhadra, and Lord Bala Bhadra has taken out in the Chariot.
Historic Origin:- Celebrated on the Second Day of Shukla paksha (waxing cycle of the moon) of Ashadha Maasa (3rd month in Lunar Calendar).
Where:- Puri, Orissa
Upcoming Dates:- 12 July 2021, Monday
1 July 2022, Friday
25. Hemis – 30th June 2020
Hemis is one of the most famous two day religious festival in India, celebrated in Ladakh. During this Festival lots of visiting this place. It’s one of the unique times of Festival in India where priests do Cham dance on the traditional music of drums, cymbals, trumpets played by the monks, dressing up in elaborate brocade outfits and masks.
Significance:- Celebrated as the birth anniversary spiritual leader Padmasambhava.
How it is Celebrated:- Priests do Cham dance on the traditional music of cymbals, drums, trumpets played by the monks, dressing up in an elaborate brocade outfits and masks
Historic Origin:- Celebrated on the 10th day of the Tibetan lunar month, which corresponds to June or July of the Gregorian Calendar
Where:- Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir
Upcoming Dates:- 30 June (Wednesday) and 1 July (Thursday) in 2021
26. Rakshabandhan – 3rd August 2020
One of the most popular Hindu festival in India which signifies the bond of brother and sister. On this day, the sister ties the rakhi (a sacred thread) to her brother’s wrist and wishes for his well being, and in return, brother promises to protect the sister. Another festival has a substantial similarity is Bhaidooj, which comes just after Diwali.
Significance:- Celebrated to symbolizes the bond of Brother and Sister.
How it is celebrated:- On this Day, the whole market decked up with colorful rakhis, a sister ties the rakhi to their brother, and lots of mouth-watering dishes have been prepared at home.
Historic Origin: It is celebrated in the Shravana month on the full moon day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar, which is also known as August in the Gregorian Calendar.
Where:- All parts of the Country, primarily in North, Central and West India
Upcoming Dates:- 22 August 2021, Sunday
11 August 2022, Thursday
27. Independence Day – 15th August 2020
Independence Day is one of the crucial and national festivals in India, which marks the freedom of India attained from the Britishers on 15 August 1947. Prime minister does the flag hosting in Red fort, and 21 Gunshots are fires to give the salutation.
Significance:- Celebrated to mark the freedom attained from the British rule on 15 August 1947.
How it is celebrated:- The Prime minister of India hosts the flag and salutation given through 21 gunshots in Delhi. There are many places to visit in Delhi that you can explore while your trip to the capital of India.
When:- 15 August 2020
Where:- In all part of the Country
Upcoming Dates:-Celebrated every year on 15 August.
28. Onam – 22nd August to 2nd September 2020
Onam is another one of the most famous festivals in India. During this day, people wear new traditional clothes, decorate houses with floral design ( Locally known as Pookalam ), and cook onasadya, an elaborate meal of 13 Dishes. Lots of events happened during this festival such as Vallamkali (snake boat race), Pulikali procession (artists dresses and painted like tigers and hunters), Kaikottikali (clap dance), and Kathakali Dance are held.
Significance:- Celebrated to market the harvest festival and the homecoming of King Mahabali.
How it is celebrated:- Kaikottikali dance has been performed, Snake Boat Race has been done, Tug of war has been played, and the elephant procession.
Historic Origin:- According to the Malayalam calendar celebrated in the month of Chingam, which is also known as August or September in the Gregorian Calendar.
Where:- Celebrated in Kerala
Upcoming Dates:- 21 August 2021, Saturday
8 September, Tuesday
29. Durga Puja – 22nd October to 26th October 2020
One of India’s most important Hindu festivals, Durga Puja, is celebrated during the Navratri and a day after Navratri. Bengalis celebrate this festival in India with so much energy by performing, fast, worshiping goddess Durga and performing cultural dances, songs, and dramas.
Significance:- Celebrate to mark lord Rama’s summoning of Goddess Durga before going to war with the Ravana.
How it is celebrated:- People do Pooja in front of Goddess Durga.
Historic Origin:- According to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, celebrated on the 10th Day of Ashwin Shukla paksha, which corresponds to September or October of the Gregorian Calendar.
Where:- Kolkata is the Best Place to experience Durga Puja.
Upcoming Dates:- 11th to 15 October in 2021
1st to 5 October in 2022
30. Dussehra – 25th October 2020
Dussehra is also known as Vijayadashami, popular among the Hindus. This religious Festival of India is performed in different forms in the CountryCountry. Ramlila (Play on the life of Lord Ram) is held everywhere for 10 Days. In Kullu, it is celebrated for ten days welcoming their mountain deities in their valley, in Mussorie a colorful procession is taken out, it lits like a bride and atmosphere filled with Music and Drums.
Significance:- Celebrated to mark the good over evil, when the lord ram killed the demon king Ravana.
How it is celebrated:- In public pandals people perform Ram-Leela acts, the big event has happened in which the burning of effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, and Kumbhkaran.
Historic Origin:-According to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, celebrated on the 10th Day of Ashwin Shukla paksha, which corresponds to September or October of the Gregorian Calendar.
Where:- Pan India
Upcoming Dates:- 15 October 2021, Friday
5 October 2022, Wednesday
31. Gurpurab – 30th November 2020
Gurpurab is among the crucial Sikh Festivals in India. Assemblies on the teaching and lives of gurus are conducted, the Gurudwaras organize langars (Community meals). People decorate their homes with beautiful lightning lamps and candles and burst crackers to celebrate the Gurpurab.
Significance:- Celebrate to mark the anniversary of ten Sikh gurus.
How it is celebrated:- The Soulful Gurbani in the Gurudwaras, the Karah Prasad and
the Langar, people wear new clothes and visit the gurdwara to offer prayers.
Historic Origin:- Accord to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, the full moon day in the month of Kartik, which corresponds to November of the Gregorian Calendar
Where:- Celebrated in Punjab, especially by the Sikh Community.
Upcoming Dates:- 19 November 2021, Friday
8th November 2022, Tuesday
32. Hornbill Festival – 1st December to 10th December 2020
Hornbill Festival is celebrated in the Nagaland state of India every year from 1 to 10 December. It is also known as Festivals of festivals. During this festival, various activities have been done like painting, horse riding, Craft space, flower show, chili eating challenge, herbal medicine sales, sports, games, performances, and much more.
Significance:- Celebrated in Nagaland to promote the intercultural harmony between the different tribes.
How it is celebrated:- There are numerous activities during this event: painting, horse riding, Craft space, flower show, chili eating challenge, herbal medicine sales, sports, games, performances, and much more.
33. Christmas – 25th December 2020
This Festival of India is celebrated across India to mark the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ. Everyone waits for this day, especially the children for the special gift from Santa. All the churches and houses are lit up to celebrated this beautiful Festival in India.
Significance:- Celebrates to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.
How it is celebrated:- Decorated the Christmas tree, wear new clothes, make mouth-watering dishes, visit Church to offer prayers, visit the houses of relatives and neighbors to exchange the sweets.
Where:- The Christian Community celebrates the Festival in all parts of India. But the popular place to visit during this time is Goa, Pondicherry, and Kerala. During your kerala tour, you can also visit many places.
Upcoming Dates:- Celebrated on 25 December every year.
34. Ugadi – 25th March 2020
Ugadi is the famous festivals of India celebrated in the Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and the Telangana States. It celebrates by making rangolis on the floor and cooking the delicacies, decoration on the doors with flowers and leafs named Torana, exchanging gifts, and sharing the food.
Significance:- It’s harvest festival considered auspicious to start new work.
How it is celebrated:- Famous Ugadi delicacies made by women like Pulihora, bobbatlu, and Ugadi Pachadi, prepared with raw mango, neem, tamarind, and Jaggery.
Historic Origin:- On the First Day of Chaitra month, according to Hindu lunisolar calendar.
Where:- Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Upcoming Dates:- 13 April 2021, Tuesday
2 April 2022, Saturday
35. Chhath Puja – 25th November 2020
It’s a four-day-long festival dedicated to the sun and one of India’s most famous festivals. Many people take a bath in the holy Ganges and do fast during the Pooja. The devotees thank god for life and pray for the well being of their family.
Significance:- Chhath Puja Dedicated to the sun god.
How it is celebrated:- Devotees do fast and Pooja and perform Pooja.
Historic Origin:- According to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, celebrated on the sixth day of Kartika, which corresponds to in October or November on the Gregorian Calendar.
Upcoming Dates:- 10 November 2021, Wednesday
30 October 2022, Sunday
36. Govardhan Puja – 15th November 2020
Goverdhan Puja is the Popular Hindu festival in India, also known as Annakut Puja. Govardhan Puja celebrated to acknowledge the Day when Lord Krishna defeated Lord Indra, the god of thunder and rain. This Day is celebrated in different parts of India with various forms, like in Maharashtra. It is celebrated as Bali Pratipada, while in the Gujarat state, it is celebrated as Gujrati new year day.
Significance:- Goverdhan Puja Celebrated as the Day when Lord Krishna defeated the god of rain and thunder name Lord Indra.
How it is celebrated:- On this Day, food of rice, wheat, leafy vegetables are made and offered to Lord Krishna.
Historic Origin:- Falls next Day after Diwali in Kartik month according to Hindu lunisolar calendar.
Where:- All over India
Upcoming Dates:- 5 November in 2021, Friday
26 October in 2022, Wednesday
37. Gudi Padwa – 25th March 2020
Gudi Padwa is a grand harvest festival in India celebrated in Maharashtra, making the opening of an auspicious new year. People make rangoli designs on the gate and decorate it with flowers, peoples visit family and friends, and women make sweets like Sunth Paak, Shrikhand, and Puran Poli.
Significance:- On this day, people worship Lord Vishnu.
How it is Celebrated:- People of Maharashtra make Gudi (Bamboo doll), using mango and neem leaves, and hang on the entrance.
Upcoming Dates:- 13 April 2021, Tuesday
2nd April 2022, Saturday
38. Camel Festival – 22nd November to 30th October
Camel Festival is one of the most exciting festivals in India celebrated every year in Pushkar, Rajasthan. Camel Festival is the Festival when one should witness when someone is looking for traditional style Indian celebrations.
Significance:- Camel Festival Celebrated to mark the Day for camel and cattle traders to do business.
How it is Celebrated:- On this Day, many cattle and camel traders get together to do the business.
Where:- Pushkar, Rajasthan
Upcoming Dates:- 22 November to 30 November in 2021
31 October to 8 November in 2022
39. Teej Festival – 23rd July 2020
Teej Festival is a very famous festival in India in July month, especially in the Northern Part. During this Festival, Goddess Parvati has been worshipped, womenswear new dresses, and cook special delicacies. A grand Procession has been taken out of Goddess Parvati on the streets. Jaipur is the best place to witness the Teej festival. During your Jaipur festive tour you can also visit many places to visit in Jaipur.
Significance:- Teej Festival celebrated to welcome the monsoon season.
How it is celebrated:- Wearing new dresses, worship Goddess Parvati, even a grand procession taken out on the streets, and a delicacy by women has been prepared.
Historic Origin:- Haryali Teej: Third Day of the bright half of the lunar month of Shravana. Kajari Teej is celebrated in the month of Bhadrapada on the third day of the dark fortnight. Hartalika Teej is celebrated on the third day of the bright half of Bhadrapada.
Where:- Celebrated in the northern part of India, best places to see teej festival Jaipur during the Golden Triangle Tour India.
Upcoming Dates:- Kajari Teej – 25 August 2021, Wednesday
14 August 2022, Sunday
40. Hampi Festival – 10th January to 11th January 2020
Hampi Festival is among the famous festivals of India, also known as the Festival of Victory. Also known as the Vijaya festival, this is one of the largest celebrations for Hampi historic town in south India since the time of the ruler of Vijayanagara.
How it is celebrated:- Hampi Festival Celebrated by special performances like music, dance and puppet shows. There are fireworks as well as decorated pomp processions done during the Festival as well.
Where:- Karnataka, India
Dates:- 10 January to 11 January in 2020
Some other Festivals in India are:-
|S. no.||Festivals||Significance||Where||Date (2020)|
|41.||Ram Navami||Celebrate as the birth anniversary of Lord Ram||Celebrated by the Hindu Community in all parts of India.||2nd April|
|42.||Hanuman Jayanti||Celebrate as the birth anniversary of Lord Hanuman||Celebrated by the Hindu Community in all parts of India.||8th April|
|43.||Akshaya Tritiya||On this day, people worship Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.||Celebrated by the Hindu Community in all parts of India.||26th April|
|44.||Ambedkar Jayanti||Celebrate to memorialize the father of Constitution of India Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar.||Celebrated in all parts of the Country||14th April|
|45.||Ashura||Celebrate to memorialize the martyred Husayn ibn Ali in the battle of Karbala.||Celebrated by the Muslim Community in all part of India.||29th August|
|46.||Puthandu||Celebrated as Tamil new year||Tamil Nadu, celebrated by Hindu community.||14th April|
|47.||Vishu||Celebrated as the Kerala new year.||In Kerala, celebrated by Hindu community.||14th April|
|48.||Mawlid||Celebrated as the birth anniversary of Islamic Prophet Muhammad.||Celebrated by Islam Community in all parts of the Country.||28th October- 29th October|
|49.||Karva Chauth||Celebrated by the married women for the safety of their Husband.||Celebrated in North India by Hindu womens.||4th November|
|50.||Muharram||Celebrated as the Islamic New year.||Celebrated by the Islamic Community in all parts of the Country.||20th August|
|51.||Guru Purnima||Celebrated to thank their teachers.||Celebrated by the Hindu Community in all parts of the Country.||5th July 2020|
|52.||Vat Purnima||To celebrate the women’s love for her husband.||Celebrated by the Hindu Community in the states of Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.||22nd May|
|53.||Dhanteras||Celebrate as the first day of Diwali when people buy metals.||Celebrated by the Hindu Community in all parts of India.||13th November|
|54.||Varalakshmi Vratam||Puja Performed by the Indian women to Goddess Lakshmi for the well being of their family especially the husband.||Except Kerala, Celebrated in all parts of South India||31st July|
|55.||Vishwakarma Puja||Celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Vishwakarma||Celebrated by Hindu Community in West Bengal, Karnataka, Tripura, Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam||16th September|
|56.||Karthikai Deepam||Celebrate to welcome the Goddess Shakti (Parvati) in Tamil nadu and Kerala.||In Tamil Nadu and Kerala by the Hindu Community.||29th November|
|57.||Sharad Purnima||Celebrated by unmarried women by doing fast to get the suitable husband and as the end of Monsoon season.||Celebrated by Hindu Community in all parts of India.||30th October|
|58.||Ayudha Puja||Celebrated to worship the instruments like machines, weapons, Books, etc.||Celebrated by Hindu Community in all parts of India.||25th October|
FAQs on Festival in India
Q.1 How many Festivals are there in India?
Ans – There are numerous festivals in India, commonly you may found approximately 50 to 60 festivals in India.
Q.2 Which religion has most festivals in India?
Ans – Hindus and Roman Catholics have the most festivals as compared to other religions.
Q.3 Which Country has most Festivals?
Ans – India has the most Festival as compared to other states.
Q.4 Which city is called as the City of Festivals in India?
Ans – Madurai is the city of festivals in India and also known as the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu.
Q.5 Which are the biggest and most famous festivals in India?
Ans – The Biggest and most famous Festival in India are:-
- Makar Sakranti/ Lohri/ Pongal
- Navaratri/Durga Pooja
Q.6 What are the famous festivals in North India?
Ans – The Famous Festival in North India are:-
- Baisakhi and Lohri in Punjab
- Hemis in Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir
- Bihu in Assam
- Makar Sakranti in North India
Some other famous North India festivals are – Teej, Janmasthmi, Kumbh Mela, Govardhan Pooja, Navratri, etc.
Q.7 What are the famous festivals in South India?
Ans – The Famous Festival in south India are:-
Onam and Pongal festival, Nehru trophy race in Kerala, Hampi Festival, Thrissur Pooram, Ratha Yatra Orissa, and Ugadi are some famous festivals in South India.
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