Indian Fairs and Festivals


India is famous for its vibrant celebration and long procession of festivals.  During the festive celebrations anyone can feel the liveliness, shades, high sprit, devotions, happiness, harmony, and power, which reflects how rich is Indian culture. Each fair and festival is having some story, noble cause and meaning in behind, based upon different religions, rituals and traditions of diverse India. Being diverse, different region, religions are having different festivals, which continues throughout the year.
 
There are religious fair, historical fair, art and craft fairs, animal worship fair, cattle fairs, monsoon fair, changing season fair, and many others. The major Celebration includes Holi, Diwali, Id, Christmas, Pushkar Mela,  Ganapati, Navaratri, Kumbh Mela, Pongal, Onam, Surajkund Mela,  Goa Carnival, Snake Boat Race, Desert Festival many more, and these fair and  festivals exposes diverse regions, religions and communities. Most of the celebrations are based on rituals of prayers, exchanging goodwill, decorating houses, wearing new clothes, Jewelry, music, singing, dancing and dining.
 
You can feel the deep roots of the Indian culture as fair and festivals are the window to view the true color and witness glorious India.
 
Below are the Indian fair and festival month wise details: 

January
Bikaner Festival, Rajasthan
Joydev Kenduli Mela
Float Festival, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Kerala Village Fair, Kovalam, Kerala
Makar Sankranti, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Bihar, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh
Mamallapuram Dance Festival, Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu
Modhera Dance Festival, Sun Temple Modhera, Gujarat
Nagaur Cattle Fair, Rajasthan
National Kite Festival, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Pattadakkal Dance Festival, Karnataka
Pongal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh
Vasant Panchami /Saraswati Puja, North India and West Bengal
Rann Utsav, Gujarat
 
February
Khajuraho Dance Festival, Bundelkhand, Madhya Pradesh
Deccan Festival, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Elephanta Festival, Mumbai
Goa Carnival, Goa
International Yoga Week, Rishikesh, Uttaranchal
Nishagandhi Dance Festival, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Surajkund Crafts Mela, Haryana
Thai Pusam, Tamil Nadu
Losar Festival, Dharamshala
 
March
Chapchar Kut, Mizoram
Elephant Festival, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Gudi Padwa or Ugadi , Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka
Holi, All India
Hoysala Mahotsava, Belur-Halebid, Karnataka
International Flower Festival, Sikkim
Mewar Festival, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Natyanjali Festival, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu
Ellora Festival, Maharashtra
 
April
Vishu, Kerala
Bihu, Assam
Aoling, Nagaland
Pooram, Thrissur, Kerala
 
May
Ganga Dussehra, North India
 
June
Hemis Festival, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
Rath Yatra, Orissa
Sindhu Darshan Festival, Leh, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
Urs, Ajmer, Rajasthan
 
July
Ashadi Ekadashi , Pandharpur
International Mango Festival, Delhi
Champakkulam Boat Race, Kerala
Nag Panchami, West Bengal, Maharashtra and South India
Rath Yatra, Jagannath Puri
 
August
Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Kerala
Teej, Rajasthan and Chandigarh
 
September
Ganesh Chaturthi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala
Tarnetar Mela, Saurasthra, Gujarat
Pune Festival, Maharashtra
Ramleela, Varanasi
Ladakh Festival, September
 
October
Durga Puja, West Bengal
Marwar Festival, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Rajgir Dance Festival, Bihar
 
November
Hampi Festival Karn
Ka Pomblang Nongkrem, Shillong, Meghalaya
Lucknow Festival , Uttar Pradesh
Pushkar Fair, Rajasthan
Sonepur Mela, Bihar
 
December
Kartik Ekadashi
Konark Dance Festival, Orissa
Chennai Dance & Music Festival, Tamil Nadu
Kurushetra Festival, Haryana
Island Tourism Festival - Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Poush Mela in Shanti Niketan, Bengal
Horbill Festival, Nagaland
Ganga Gangasagar Mela, Bengal Sagar Mela, Bengal
Vishnupur Mela
 
Besides the above festivals there are hundreds of festivals and fairs, which are of regional significance, celebrated with equal pomp and color.