Festivals of India List


Festivals of India List

India is a land of festivals, where people from different religions coexist harmoniously. The wide variety of festivals celebrated in India is a true manifestation of its rich culture and traditions. There are many Indian festivals and celebrations, the most exciting of which are mentioned below. While the celebrations happen all over the year, October till January is the time when the country can be seen at its vibrant best.

  1. Diwali: The Grand Festival Of Lights:-  This festival marks the return of Lord Rama, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, after a long exile of 14 years. In this festival homes are decorated with fancy lights, candles and clay lamps, and fireworks and crackers.
  2. Holi: The Vibrant Festival Of Colours :- It signifies the victory of Prince Prahlad over Holika (basically victory of good vrs evil) and also it shows the arrival of spring. Bonfire is carried out in villages, people play with different colors, and people dance and drink bhang/ thandai.
  3. Dussehra: Witness The Triumph Of Good Over Evil:- This festival celebrates the death of the demon king Ravana at the hands of Lord Rama. Markets are decorated in this festival. Ram-Leela acts are normally done in the societies. On the final day, the burning of effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, and Kumbhkaran is carried out in the open.
  4. Navratri: The Nine Days Of Fasting, Faith, & Devotion :- Navratri represents the celebration of the Goddess Amba (Power) in nine different forms. People do fasting for 9 days in this festival. The 9 days of dance festivities in Gujarat along with Gujarati cuisine i.e. Sabudana Khichdi, Mandvi Paak, Singoda ki Kheer and Potato Wafers.
  5. Durga Puja: Of Prosperity, Goodness, And Devotion – Durga Puja commemorates Lord Rama’s invocation of Goddess Durga before going to war with the demon king Ravana. Puja takes place in this festival.
  6. Janmashtami: The Birth Of The Mighty & Mischievous:- It is celebrated on the birthday of Lord Krishna. The Janmashtami puja takes place on this festival along with jhaankis of Lord Krishna.
  7. Ganesh Chaturthi: Eleven Days Of Pampering Lord Ganesha:- It’s the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God.A beautiful idol is crafted of Lord Ganesha and after that immersion ceremony of the Idol takes place.
  8. Gurupurab: Religious Processions & Peaceful Hymns:- It is the celebration of the anniversaries of the ten Sikh Gurus. Bhajan-Kirtan, Gurbani takes place on this festival at the Gurdwara and after that Langar and the Prasad takes place.
  9. Raksha Bandhan: Strengthening The Bond Of Kinship:- This festival symbolizes the strong bonding of a brother and sister. The ritual of Rakhi takes place in which sister ties up the rakhi on his brother’s arm.
  10. Eid-Ul-Fitr: Sumptuous Buffets & Sweet Festivities:- It celebrates the conclusion of the holy month of fasting called Ramadan. The beautifully decked up markets and mosques, the morning Eid namaz at the mosques, and the sweet dishes.
  11. Hemis: Soothing Chants And Colourful Costumes - -It’s the celebration of the birth anniversary of spiritual leader Padmasambhava, founder of Tibet Tantric Buddhism. The scenic Hemis monastery and the Cham dance.
  12. Onam: Welcoming The Mighty Mahabali:- Oman festival celebrates the homecoming of the legendary king Mahabali. The spectacular Snake Boat Race, the enigmatic Kaikottikali dance, and the Elephant procession takes place in this festival.
  13. Pongal: Rich Rangolis And Sweet Savories:-  It’s a festival of thanksgiving to nature representing the first harvest of the year. The variety of Kolam designs and cattle races takes place in this festival.
  14. Christmas: Celebrating The Birth Of Jesus Christ:- This festival is celebrated on Birthday of Lord Jesus i.e. 25th December of every year. Christmas tree decoration, prayers are done on this festial.
  15. Easter: Celebrating The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ:- The festival is celebrated for resurrection of Lord Jesus. Folk songs and dance, Easter eggs, cakes, chocolates, street decorations are done on this festial.
  16. Baisakhi: The Rich Traditions And Cultural Prosperity:- Baishakhi basically welcomes the harvest season. On this day, folk dance like Bhangra and Giddha, Punjabi feasts, decorations in houses and Gurudwaras takes place.
  17. Makar Sankranti: Hindu’s New Year – It marks the beginning of new agricultural cycle. Normally, kite flying is done by children as well as young people.
  18. Maha Shivratri: Devotion To Lord Shiva:- Maha Shivratri is celebrated for devotion to Lord Shiva. People do fasting and worhipping Lord Shiva on this day.
  19. Basant Panchami :- Its name is derived from Basant Ritu. It marks the beginning of spring.  On this day, people wear yellow colored clothes and make yellow dishes like sweet saffron rice and kadhi.
  20. Mahavir Jayanti:- It is the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir. On this day prayers are offered and fasting is observed. Rath Yatra is also carried out by people.

Festivals of India religion-wise:-

Hindu Festivals

Lohri, Makar Sankranti,

Pongal, Vasant Panchami

Thaipusam, Maha Shivaratri

Holika Dahan, Holi

Chaitra Navratri

Ugadi/Telugu New Year

Gangaur Festival, Mewar Festival

Ram Navami, Vishu Festival

Mahavir Jayanti, Hanuman Jayanti

Rath Yatra, Guru Purnima, Onam

Raksha Bandhan, Kumbh Mela

Janmashtami, Ramlila, Ganesh Chaturthi, Brahmotsavam

Pitr Paksh, Rambarat, Sharad Navratra

Dussehra, Maharishi Valmiki jayanti

Karva Chauth, Dev Uthani Ekadashi

Dhanteras, Diwali, Govardhan Puja

Bhai Dooj, Chhath Puja

Muslim Festivals          


Giaravahin Sharif       

Hazarat Ali’s Birthday           

Shab E Miraj  



Id-ul-Fitr (Ramzan Eid)           

Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid or Eid Ul-Adha)


Sikh Festivals

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti           


Holla Mohalla

Sodal mela     

Guru Ramdass Ji Birthday           

Guru Nanak Jayanti   

Jain Festivals

Deep Diwali

Mahamastak Abhishek

Mahavir Jayanti


Christian Festivals           

Good Friday  



Festivals of India State-wise:-


Main Festivals 


Modhera Dance Festival, Saptak Music Festival, Kite Festival, Holi, Navratri.


Baisakhi festival, Surajkund Craft Mela


Majuli festival, Dehing Patkai Festival, Ambubasi festival, Bohag Bihu, Baishagu festival.


Sarhul, Dansi, Karma, Hal Punhya, Rohin, Bandna.


Ladainha, Fontainhas Festival of Art, sunburn festival, Mando Festival, Ghumot fest, Chikalkalo, Gokul Ashtami, a feast of St. Francis Xavier


Bihula, Chhath Puja, Rajgir Dance festival, Madhushravani, Sama Chakeva, Jivitputrika.

Madhya Pradesh

Tejaji Fair, Khajuraho festival.

Jammu and Kashmir

Dosmuchey festival, Matho Narang, Gemis Festival, Galdan Namchot.


Konark festival, International sand art festival.


Pattadakal Dance festival, Gudi Padwa.


Onam, Nishagandhi festival, vaikathashtami festival.


Bundi Utsav, Desert festival, Gangaur Festival, Matasya festival, Braj festival, Shekhawati festival.


Kalidas festival, Chikoo Utsav, Diwali.

Tamil Nadu

Pongal, Thaipoosam, Jallikattu festival, Natyanjali festival.


Bonalu, Ugadi, Bathukamma, Kothakonda Jatara


ChapcharKut Festival


Hornbill Festival, Moatsu festival.

Uttar Pradesh

Kumbh Mela, Ram Leela.




Yaoshang, Chavang Kut, Bihu, Porag.


Saga Dawa

West Bengal

Durga Puja, Nandikar National Theatre festival.


Qutub Festival, Bharat Rang mahotsav, Sabrang Utsav, Siffcy, Jahan-e-Khurau


Kharchi Puja

Arunachal Pradesh

Solung, Losar Festival, Murung, Reh, Mopin, Boori Boot, Monpa festval.


Ganga Dusshera


Wangala Festival, Ahaia festival, Nongkrem Dance Festival, Bob Dylan festival.

Andhra Pradesh

Brahmotsavam, Sri Rama Navami, Deccan festival, Ugadi or the Telugu New Year, Dasara, Durga festival.

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