Fairs & Festivals in India

  • In INDIA there is a festival for every reason and for every season. Many festivities celebrate the various harvests, or simply the bounty of the earth and the life-giving properties of sacred rivers. Others commemorate great historical figure and events, or even virtually unknown teachers and priests, while a vast number express devotion to the deities of myriad religions, including Hinduism, Jainism and Christianity. But whatever the content of the festival, or 'Ustav', it is certainly a very significant part of Indian life.


    January February  
    New Year's Day Ash Wednesday
    Bhogi (S.India) Basant Panchmi / Sri Panchmi
    Mahagi, Makara Sankranti,  Pongal (S.India) Shivaji Jayanti
    Mattu Pongal (S.India) Idu'z Zuha (Bakrid)
    Guru Govind Singh Birthday Guru Ravidas Birthday
    Netaji's Birthday  
    Republic Day  
    March April  
    Maha Shivratri Gudi Padwa
    Holi Chaitra Sukladi (Gudi, Padava, Ugadi, Cheti, Chand)
    Jamshedi Naoroj (Parsi) Vaisaki (Punjab, Haryana, HP, Delhi & Orissa)
    Muharram Tamil New Year's Day
    Holika Dahan Dr. B.R.Ambedkar's Birthday
    Dola Yatra (Observed in W. Bengal) Vishu(Kerala)
    Holi, Good Friday Vaisakhadi (W.Bengal) Bahag Bihu
      Gangaur (Gouri Trithiya)
      Ramnavami
      Mahavir Jayanti
    May June
    Meenakshi Kalyanam Vata Purnima
      Milad - Un - Nabi or Id - E - Milad
      Birthday of Rabindra Nath
      Budh Purnima
    July August
    Nag Panchmi Teej (Madusrava Trithiya)
      Independence Day
      Raksha Bandhan
      Shri Krishna Jayanti / Janmashtami
    Ganesh Chaturthi / Vinayak Chaturthi
    September October
    Rishi Panchami Mahatama Gandhi's Birthday
    Vaman Jayanti Dussera (Dasahara)
    Anant Chaturdashi Sharad Purnima
      Karva Chauth
      Diwali
    November December
    Pushkar Fair Christmas Eve
    Guru Nanak's Birthday Christmas Day
    Bhairav Jayanti  
    Idu'L-Fitr