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42 Famous and Popular Festivals In India

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India is the country of festivals. Thousands of festivals are celebrated across India. Lets take a look at the most popular Indian Festivals.


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Christmas

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Christmas (or Feast of the Nativity) is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of...Read More

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Deepawali

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Diwali  is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The festival usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November). One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes...Read More

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Ganesh Chaturthi

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गणेश चतुर्थी 4

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Ganesh to earth from Kailash Parvat with his mother Goddess Parvati/Gauri. The festival is marked with the installation of Ganesh clay idols privately in homes, or publicly on elaborate pandals (temporary...Read More

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Navaratri

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नवरात्रि 5

Navaratri is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights (and ten days) and is celebrated every year in the autumn. It is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian cultural sphere. Theoretically, there are four seasonal Navaratri. However, in practice, it...Read More

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Holi

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Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, also known as the Indian “festival of spring”, the “festival of colours”, or the “festival of love”. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil. It originated and is predominantly celebrated in India, but has also...Read More

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Vijayadashami

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Vijayadashami (Vijayadasami) also known as Dussehra, Dasara or Dashain, is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navaratri every year. It is observed on the tenth day in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin, the seventh month of the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar, which typically falls in the Gregorian...Read More

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Krishna Janmashtami

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जन्माष्टमी 8

Krishna Janmashtami, also known simply as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. It is observed according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in Shraavana...Read More

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Raksha Bandhan

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Raksha Bandhan, also Rakshabandhan, or Rakhi, is a popular, traditionally Hindu, annual rite, or ceremony, which is central to a festival of the same name, celebrated in India, Nepal and other parts of the Indian subcontinent, and among people around the world influenced by Hindu culture. On this...Read More

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Chhath Puja

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छठ पूजा | Chhath Pooja

Chhath is an ancient Hindu Vedic festival historically native to the Indian subcontinent, more specifically, the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh and the Madhesh region of Nepal. The Chhath Puja is dedicated to the solar deity Surya and Shashthi devi (Chhathi Maiya) in order to...Read More

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Eid al-Fitr

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Eid al-Fitr, (sometimes known as Eid ul-Fitr), also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. This religious Eid is the only day in the month of Shawwal during...Read More

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Lohri

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लोहड़ी 11

Lohri is a popular Punjabi winter folk festival celebrated primarily in the Punjab region. The significance and legends about the Lohri festival are many and these link the festival to the Punjab region. It is believed by many that the festival commemorates the passing of the winter solstice. Lohri...Read More

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Pongal

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पोंगल Pongal

Pongal, is also referred to as Thai Pongal ( also spelled Tai Pongal), is a multi-day Harvest festival of South India, particularly in the Tamil community. It is observed at the start of the month Tai according to Tamil solar calendar, and this is typically about January 14. It is dedicated to the...Read More

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Buddha's Birthday

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बुद्ध पूर्णिमा Buddha's Birthday

Buddha’s Birthday is a Buddhist festival that is celebrated in most of East Asia commemorating the birth of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Gautama Buddha, who was the founder of Buddhism. According to Buddhist tradition and modern academic consensus, Gautama Buddha was born c. 563–483...Read More

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Onam

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ओणम Onam

Onam is an annual holiday and festival celebrated in southern Indian state of Kerala. It is a harvest festival celebrated by Malayalis whose date is based on the Panchangam and falls on the 22nd nakshatra Thiruvonam in the month Chingam of Malayalam calendar, which in Gregorian calendar overlaps with...Read More

Independence Day (India)

Independence Day is celebrated annually on 15 August as a national holiday in India commemorating the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947, the day when the provisions of the 1947 Indian Independence Act, which transferred legislative sovereignty to the Indian Constituent...Read More

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Vaisakhi

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बैसाखी Vaisakhi

Vaisakhi, also pronounced as Baisakhi is a historical and religious festival in Sikhism. It is usually celebrated on 13 or 14 April every year, and celebrates the start of the month of Vaisakha. For Sikhs, the day commemorates the formation of Khalsa panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699....Read More

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Vasant Panchami

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Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami, also called Sarasvati Puja in honor of the goddess Saraswati, is a festival that marks the preparation for the arrival of spring. The festival is celebrated by people in the Indian subcontinent in various ways depending on the region. Vasant Panchami also marks the start of preparation...Read More

Republic Day (India)

Republic Day is a national holiday in India. It honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India and thus, turning the nation into a newly formed republic.The Constitution was adopted...Read More

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Rama Navami

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Rama Navami

Rama Navami (Hindi: राम नवमी) is a Hindu spring festival that celebrates the birthday of Rama, the seventh avatar of the god Vishnu. Rama is particularly important in the Vaishnavite tradition of Hinduism. Indian Express, Friday, 31 March 2006.The festival celebrates the descent of Vishnu...Read More

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Gandhi Jayanti

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Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi Jayanti is an event celebrated in India to mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. It is celebrated annually on 2 October, and it is one of the three national holidays of India. The UN General Assembly announced on 15 June 2007 that it adopted a resolution which declared that 2 October will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.

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Good Friday

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Good Friday

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Great and Holy Friday (also Holy and Great Friday), and Black Friday.Members of many Christian...Read More

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Parashuram Jayanti

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Parashuram Jayanti

According to Hindu religion, Lord Parashurama was born to put an end to the atrocities on Brahmins and sages. It is said that worshiping on the day of Parshuram Jayanti gives auspicious results. There is a special significance of doing charity on this day. It is believed that those people who do not have children should observe this fast. On this day, along with Lord Parashuram, the blessings of Vishnu ji are also received.

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Bhai Dooj

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Bhai Dooj

Bhai Dooj, Bhaubeej, Bhai Tika, Bhai Phonta is a festival celebrated by Hindus on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar or of Shalivahan Shaka calendar month of Kartika. It is celebrated during the Diwali or Tihar festival and Holi festival....Read More

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Makar Sankranti

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Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan or Maghi or simply Sankranti, also known in Bangladesh as Poush Sankranti, is a festival day in the Hindu calendar, dedicated to the deity Surya (sun). It is observed each year the day Sun enters the Capricorn zodiac which corresponds with the month of January as per the...Read More

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New Year

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New Year

New Year is the time or day at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar’s year count increments by one. Many cultures celebrate the event in some manner. In the Gregorian calendar, the most widely used calendar system today, New Year occurs on January 1 (New Year’s Day). This...Read More

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Losar

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Losar

Losar (Tibetan: ལོ་གསར་, Wylie: lo-gsar; “new year”) also known as Tibetan New Year, is a festival in Tibetan Buddhism. The holiday is celebrated on various dates depending on location (Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, India) tradition. The holiday is a new year’s festival, celebrated...Read More

In India, there are six days declared as Martyrs’ Day (at national level also known as Sarvodaya day). They are named in honour of those who are recognised as martyrs for the nation.
30 January is the date observed in the national level. The date was chosen as it marks the assassination...Read More

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Muharram

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Muharram

Muḥarram (Arabic: ٱلْمُحَرَّم‎) is the first month of the Islamic calendar.It is one of the four sacred months of the year when warfare is forbidden. It is held to be the second holiest month, after Ramaḍān.
The Tenth day of Muharram is known as the Day of Ashura. Better known...Read More

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Dhanteras

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Dhanteras

Dhanteras (Hindi: धनतेरस), also known as Dhanatrayodashi (Sanskrit: धनत्रयोदशी), is the first day that marks the festival of Diwali in India.
It is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindi calendar month of Ashvin....Read More

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Maha Shivaratri

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Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri (IAST: Mahāśivarātri) is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. The name also refers to the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance. There is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month’s 13th night/14th day, but...Read More

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

Guru Gobind Singh ji was the 10th religious leader of the Sikhs. He was born to mother Gujri ji and father Shri Tegh Bahadur ji. When Guru Gobind was born, father Guru Tegh Bahadur ji was in Bengal at that time.

The festival of lights has a special place in Sikhism. In India, not only the people...Read More

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Bhogi

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Bhogi

Bhogi is the first day of the four-day Makara Sankranti festival. According to the Gregorian calendar it is usually celebrated on 13 January. It is a festival celebrated widely in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
On Bhogi, people discard old and derelict things...Read More

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Eid al-Adha

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Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha (or Eid al-Azha and Eidul Azha; EED əl AH-də, -⁠ AHD-hah; Arabic: عيد الأضحى‎, romanized: ʿĪd al-ʾAḍḥā, lit. ’Feast of the Sacrifice’, IPA: [ʕiːd al ˈʔadˤħaː]) is the latter of the two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other...Read More

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Mannam Jayanthi

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Mannam Jayanthi

On January 2, 2019, Nair Service Society celebrated the 142nd Mannam Jayanthi at NSS headquarters, Perunna in Changanassery.

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Missionary Day

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Missionary Day

Missionary Day (French: Arrivée de l’Évangile) is an official holiday in French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France. It is celebrated annually on 5 March, to mark the arrival of the London Missionary Society (LMS) missionaries in 1797 when their ship Duff landed at Matavai Bay. It is a non-working holiday.

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Tusu festival

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Tusu festival is the most important festival of Kudmi and tribals of Jharkhand. It is celebrated in the month of Paush after the harvest in winters. The literal meaning of Tusu is virgin. There is no specific written source of the history of this festival, but there are many rituals in this festival and it is very colorful and full of life.

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Agrasen Jayanti

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Agrasen Jayanti

Agrasen Jayanti (literally “Agrasen’s birthday”) is the birth anniversary celebrations of a legendary Hindu king Agrasen Maharaj. He was king of Agroha, and it was from him that Agrawal originated. Agrasen Jayanti is observed on the fourth day of Ashwin month of Hindu calendar.The Government of India issued a postage stamp in honor of Maharaja Agresen in 1976 on occasion of his 5100th Jayanti.

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Valmiki Jayanti

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Valmiki Jayanti

Valmiki Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of the great author Maharishi Valmiki. It is celebrated every year on the full moon day during the month of Ashwin.

Maharishi Valmiki was the first poet of Sanskrit literature and is believed to have drafted the first ever Sanskrit shloka.

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Govardhan Puja

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Govardhan Puja

Govardhan Puja (IAST: Govardhana-pūjā), also known as Annakut or Annakoot (meaning a “mountain of food”), is a Hindu festival in which devotees worship Govardhan Hill and prepare and offer a large variety of vegetarian food to Krishna as a mark of gratitude. For Vaishnavas, this day commemorates...Read More

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Guru Nanak Jayanti

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Guru Nanak Jayanti

Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Gurpurab, is the most important festival for the followers of the religion of Sikhism. It is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev. The festival is celebrated on the day of Kartik Poornima, which is the fifteenth lunar day in the month of Kartik according to the Hindu calendar, and usually falls in the month of November by the Gregorian calendar.

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Tusu festival is the most important festival of Kudmi and tribals of Jharkhand. It is celebrated after harvest in winter in the month of Paush. The literal meaning of Tusu is virgin. There is no specific written source of the history of this festival, but there are many rituals in this festival and it is very colorful and full of life.

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Jumu'atul-Wida

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Jumu'atul-Wida

Jumu’atul-Widaa’ (Arabic: جمعة الوداع‎ meaning Friday of farewell, also called al-Jumu’ah al-Yateemah Arabic: الجمعة اليتيمة‎ or the orphaned Friday Urdu: الوداع جمعہ Al-Widaa Juma) is the last Friday in the month of Ramadhan before Eid-ul-Fitr.

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