Festivals and Event Calendar

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Festival Calendar

- Makar Sankranti/Pongal (Mid-January): Celebrated across India with kite flying and traditional harvest festivities.
- Jaipur Literature Festival (Late January): A literary extravaganza attracting renowned authors, thinkers, and literature enthusiasts.

- Goa Carnival: A vibrant pre-Lenten celebration featuring parades, music, and colorful floats in Goa.
- Khajuraho Dance Festival: Witness classical dance performances against the backdrop of the Khajuraho temples.

- Holi (March): The Festival of Colors celebrated with vibrant street parties and traditional color throwing across the country.
- Elephanta Festival, Mumbai: A cultural extravaganza showcasing music and dance against the backdrop of the Elephanta Caves.

- Baisakhi (April): Celebrated with fervor in Punjab, featuring lively bhangra dances and processions.
- Thrissur Pooram, Kerala: One of the most spectacular temple festivals with grand processions and traditional percussion ensembles.

- Buddha Purnima: Commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and death of Lord Buddha with prayers and processions.
- Ooty Summer Festival: A floral extravaganza in the Nilgiri Hills, featuring flower shows and cultural events.

- Ganga Dussehra (June): A festival celebrating the descent of the Ganges River on Earth, marked by rituals and ceremonies along the riverbanks.
- International Yoga Day (June 21): Join yoga enthusiasts across the country in celebrating the ancient practice.

- Rath Yatra, Puri: A grand chariot procession of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra, and sister Subhadra in Puri.
- Hemis Festival, Ladakh: Celebrating the birth of Guru Padmasambhava with colorful masked dances and rituals.

- Raksha Bandhan (August): A festival celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters, marked by the tying of rakhi (sacred thread).
- Onam, Kerala: A harvest festival with elaborate feasts, traditional dance (Onam Sadhya), and boat races.

- Ganesh Chaturthi: Celebrated with grand processions and the installation of Lord Ganesha idols in homes and public spaces.
- Durga Puja, West Bengal: A multi-day celebration with elaborately decorated pandals and cultural performances.

- Navratri and Durga Puja: Nine nights of dance, music, and worship, culminating in Dussehra celebrations.
- Diwali (October/November): The Festival of Lights celebrated with lamps, fireworks, and festive gatherings.

- Pushkar Camel Fair: An iconic Rajasthan event featuring camel trading, cultural performances, and a lively fair atmosphere.
- Kartik Purnima: Celebrated with bathing rituals in sacred rivers and the lighting of lamps.

- Christmas: Celebrated with joy and festive decorations across India, with notable festivities in Goa and Kerala.
- Rann Utsav, Gujarat: A cultural festival showcasing the vibrant culture of Kutch with traditional music, dance, and handicrafts.

This festival and event calendar provides a glimpse into India's diverse cultural celebrations throughout the year, allowing travelers to plan their visit to coincide with these vibrant and enchanting experiences.

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