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Festivals of India

Festival Calendar

Festivals are a celebration of life itself. In India, festivals are celebrated with gusto, devotion, verve and passion.

Devi and her weapons Festivals in India are commemorated with great passion, seemingly as a celebration of life itself. Rich in its cultural inheritance, festivals are an intrinsic part of the Indian ethos. They reflect the diversity of celebrations in a multi-cultural nation which values sentiments, respects traditions and fosters community living. Every occasion from the harvesting of crops, to welcoming the seasons or marking the full moon is a reason to celebrate.

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Festivals are characterised by folk music and dances, feasts, prayers and rituals. Travellers are always amazed by the scale and multiplicity of festivities that add colour to the Indian calendar. Indian festivals are celebrated according to the solar and lunar calendars. Consequently, dates can vary from the Gregorian calendar.

Date (2015) Day Festival
4 Jan Sun Eid-i-milad-ul-Nabi
05 January Mon Guru Govind Singh Jayanti
14 January Tue Lohri
15 January Wed Makar Sankranti, Pongal
20 January Tues Mauni Amavasya
24 January Sat Basant Panchami
26 January Mon Republic Day
17 February Tues Mahashivaratri
06 March Fri Holi
21 March Sat Navroze
21 March Sat Gudi Padwa
28 March Sat Rama Navami
02 April Thurs Mahavir Jayanti
03 April Fri Good Friday
05 April Sun Easter Sunday
14 April Tues Baishakhi,Vikram Samvat
21 April Tues Akshaya Trithiya
04 May Mon Buddha Jayanti
18 Jun Thurs Ramadan Begins
17 July Fri Ramadan ends,Eid ul-Fitr,
18 July Sat Puri Rath Yatra
31 July Fri Guru Purnima
15 August Sat Independence Day
18 Aug Tues Jamshedi Noruz (Zoroastrian New Year)
19 Aug Wed Naga Panchami
27 August Thurs Onam
29 August Sat Raksha Bandhan
05 Sept Sat Sri Krishna Janamashthami
17 September Thurs Ganesh Chaturthi
21 September Mon Radhashthami
25 Sept Fri Id-ul-Adha
28 September Mon Pitr Paksha begins
02 October Fri Gandhi Jayanti
12 October Mon Sarva Pitr Amavasya
13 October Tues Navaratri begins
22 October Thurs Dussehra, Durga Puja
30 Oct Fri Karwa Chauth
09 November Mon Dhan Teras
11 November Wed Kali Puja, Diwali
12 November Thurs Govardhan Puja
13 November Fri Bhaiya Duj
17 November Tues Chhat Puja
25 November Wed Guru Nanak Jayanti
25 December Fri Christmas

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