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Festivals of January
 
Andhra Pradesh
Pongal
Pongal Date is the winter solstice in the Hindu solar calendar. It is marked by the passing of the sun into the sign Capricorn. Pongal is celebrated on this date itself and also to celebrate the coming of spring. There are several ways of calculating the Hindu solar calendar, so Pongal date may vary by up to one day in various parts of India depending whether local custom dictates the use of the old or new Hindu calendar or astronomical tables.
 
Visaka
Visakha Utsav is very important for the people of Vishakhapatnam. The fair portrays the many potential present in the region. Huge number of people throngs at the destined venues to enjoy cultural programs, sports activities and cuisine competitions and preparations from far and near.
 
Assam
Visaka
Visakha Utsav is very important for the people of Vishakhapatnam. The fair portrays the many potential present in the region. Huge number of people throngs at the destined venues to enjoy cultural programs, sports activities and cuisine competitions and preparations from far and near.
 
Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu
Bohag Bihu, celebrated in the middle of April which marks the New Year (In Assamese calendar) at the advent of seeding time; Kati Bihu, celebrated in the middle of October which marks the completion of sowing and transplanting of paddies; Magh Bihu, celebrated in the middle of January which marks the end of the harvesting period.
 
Dehing Patkai Festival
Dehing Tea Patkai Festival held in eastern Assam named after the lofty Patkai range and the playful Dehing river. It is a exhilarating cocktail of ethnic fairs, golfing, tea heritage tours, adventures sports, wildlife excursion and down-memory-lane trips to World War II cemeteries and the Stilwell Road, once the passage to the golden land of Myanmar. It is organised in the month of January every year.
 
Bihar
Makar Sankranti
Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious occasions for the Hindus, and is celebrated in almost all parts of the country in myriad cultural forms, with great devotion, fervour & gaiety. It is a harvest festival. Makar Sankranti is perhaps the only Indian festival whose date always falls on the same day every year i.e. the 14th of January.
 
Basant Panchami
The Rayalaseema food and dance Festival is held in the state of Andhra Pradesh every year in the month of October. It is one of the biggest and most widely celebrated cultural festivals of Andhra Pradesh.As the name suggests the main aim of the festival is to honor and celebrate the flourishing and exquisite art and cuisine of Rayalaseema area of Tirupati in the Chitoor District of Andhra Pradesh.
 
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Pongal
Pongal Date is the winter solstice in the Hindu solar calendar. It is marked by the passing of the sun into the sign Capricorn. Pongal is celebrated on this date itself and also to celebrate the coming of spring. There are several ways of calculating the Hindu solar calendar, so Pongal date may vary by up to one day in various parts of India depending whether local custom dictates the use of the old or new Hindu calendar or astronomical tables.
 
Goa
Basant Panchami
Vasant Panchami, also spelt as Basant Panchami, or Saraswati Puja is a festival that represents the arrival of Vasant Ritu (Spring Season). On this day, Mata Saraswati is worshipped. It is celebrated on the fifth day of the month Magh (Magha masa Shukla Panchami). Vasanta Panchami is also called as ‘Shree Panchami’ or ‘Saraswati Panchami’.
 
Feast of Three Kings
On 6th January the three villages of Reis Magos, Cansaulim and Chandor celebrate this festival with reenactment by local boys of the three kings arriving with gifts for Christ
 
Jatra
The Jatra is the feast of the God to whom the temple is dedicated. Best at Shantadurga Temple at Fatropa in Quepem, at Bogdgeshwar Temple in Mapusa and Devki Krishna Ravalnath Temple at Marcela in Ponda. This festival is also celebrated in other temples of importance
 

Grape Festival

The Grape Escapade 2010 is the Wine and Haute Cusine Festival celebrated in Goa every year. This is the sixth Wine and Haute Festival. This is the festival that brands Goa as a "Life Style Destination". This festival is organised by Goa Tourism Development Corporation in association with Developement of Tourism.
 
Gujarat
International Kite Festival
In Gujarat, Makar Sankranti is kite-flying day. Traditionally celebrated on January 13 or 14, it is a holiday when every family can be meet outdoors 'cutting' each other's kites. This immensely popular kite flying festival is held in all the important cities of Gujarat. The festival lures expert kite-makers and fliers not only from major cities of India but also from around the world. A plethora of designer kites are also put on display.
 
Modhera Dance Festival
Traditional dancers from all over Gujurat gather at Modhera's incredible medieval Sun Temple for the Modhera Dance Festival. The event showcases the region's classical dance forms in the manner in which they were originally intended.The Sun Temple's outer walls, covered with sculptures of the sun god, Lord Surya, act as a dramatic backdrop during the event.
 
Saptak Music Festival
He Saptak Sangeet Samaroh (Music Festival) is an annual 13-day classical music event, held in Ahmedabad, India, from the 1st to 13th of January every year, and attended by hundreds of people.The festival features both emerging talents and established performers. Besides pure classical music, it also includes performances of folk music, classical dance forms, and semi-classical forms such as thumri.
 
Haryana
Lohri
Lohri, is celebrated every year on 13th of January. It is a festival to worship fire. Lohri Festival is celebrated with great pomp in North India. At this time Earth starts moving towards the sun marking the auspicious period of Uttarayan. First Lohri is very important for the newly wed and the new born babies as it marks fertility. At night, people gather around the bonfire and throw til, puffed rice & popcorns into the flames of the bonfire. Prayers are offered to the bonfire seeking abundance & prosperity. People make merry by dancing & singing traditional folk songs
 
Basant Panchami
Vasant Panchami, also spelt as Basant Panchami, or Saraswati Puja is a festival that represents the arrival of Vasant Ritu (Spring Season). On this day, Mata Saraswati is worshipped. Saraswati Puja or Vasant Panchami 2010 date is January 20. It is celebrated on the fifth day of the month Magh (Magha masa Shukla Panchami). Vasanta Panchami is also called as ‘Shree Panchami’ or ‘Saraswati Panchami’.
 
Himachal
Lohri
Lohri, is celebrated every year on 13th of January. It is a festival to worship fire. Lohri Festival is celebrated with great pomp in North India. At this time Earth starts moving towards the sun marking the auspicious period of Uttarayan. First Lohri is very important for the newly wed and the new born babies as it marks fertility. At night, people gather around the bonfire and throw til, puffed rice & popcorns into the flames of the bonfire. Prayers are offered to the bonfire seeking abundance & prosperity. People make merry by dancing & singing traditional folk songs
 
Khogal
Khogal festival is celebrated in Lahaul in the month of January. The Khogal night is lit up with clay lamps. Normally this festival falls on a full moon day. All the male members of the village collect at someone's house and get drunk on a local brew known as 'Chakti'. Then they visit house after house, drinking all the while. This goes on till midnight. At midnight the 'Chan' (the drummers) sit on someone's rooftop and begin to play their drums and flutes. This is a signal to begin the Khogal celebrations. As soon as the sound comes, people run with lighted torches towards their houses with screams. It is believed that the noise chases the evil spirit away
 
Jammu & Kashmir
Lohri
Lohri, is celebrated every year on 13th of January. It is a festival to worship fire. Lohri Festival is celebrated with great pomp in North India. At this time Earth starts moving towards the sun marking the auspicious period of Uttarayan. First Lohri is very important for the newly wed and the new born babies as it marks fertility. At night, people gather around the bonfire and throw til, puffed rice & popcorns into the flames of the bonfire. Prayers are offered to the bonfire seeking abundance & prosperity. People make merry by dancing & singing traditional folk songs
 
Jharkhand
Kolhua Mela Hunterganj
The probable year of origin is 1925. It is held on Magh Basant panchami and is principally a cattle fair.
 
Basant Panchami
Vasant Panchami, also spelt as Basant Panchami, or Saraswati Puja is a festival that represents the arrival of Vasant Ritu (Spring Season). On this day, Mata Saraswati is worshipped. Saraswati Puja or Vasant Panchami 2010 date is January 20. It is celebrated on the fifth day of the month Magh (Magha masa Shukla Panchami). Vasanta Panchami is also called as ‘Shree Panchami’ or ‘Saraswati Panchami’.
 
Karnataka
Seven Utsavas
Saptotsava or the seven Utsavas can be considered to be the annual festival in Sri Krishna Temple. It commences 5 days prior to Makara Sankramana and carries on daily. The sixth utsava takes place on the night of Makara Sankramana and on the next day, utsava takes place during daytime.
 
Pattadakkal Dance Festival
The Pattadakkal Dance Festival is celebrated every year in the month of January in Pattadakkal, Karnataka. Pattadakkal was the ancient capital of the Chalukyan Kings and a World Heritage Centre. Pattadakkal is known for the delicately carved temples that represent the North and South Indian architectural traditions. This dance festival is organised by the Karnataka government to celebrate the marvelous heritage of the temples in Pattadakkal. The 'Nrityotsava' or the dance festival draws various famous dancers from all over the world and is accompanied by a crafts fair.
Banashankari Devi Fair
The Banashankari Devi fair is held near Badami. It is an annual fair held in the month of January on the full moon day. This fair lasts for 10 to 12 days. At the fair, villagers buy agricultural items, utensils and other articles of domestic needs.
 
Kerala
Kerala Village Fair
Mid January is the time for cultural events in the lush villages around Kovalam every year. Traditional thatched houses are decorated during this ten-day long festival and are the venue for folk dances, music and festivities.A typical Kerala village -'gramam' is recreated replete with the traditional Nalukettu houses, 'chayakkada' local teashops etc.
Thai poosam
Thai Poosam is a festival celebrated in the Tamil month ‘Thai’.The Tamil month Thai usually falls in January – February. Thai pusam, a festival dedicated to worship Lord Murugan, is a popular and most celebrated festival for Tamilians. Thai Poosam is celebrated on the day of Poosam nakshatra (star) around the Purnima in the Tamil month Thai.
 
Maharastra
Makar Sankranti
Makar Sankranti is a festival celebrated in winter to mark the transition of the Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn. Makar Sankranti is celebrated by taking dips in the holy waters of River Ganga to cleanse and purify ones soul. For farmers and those associated with farming, this is an important festival and a special ritual is mandatory for them. A speciality of the festival is laddu, a sweet made with jaggery. Many fairs and festivals are organized during the festival. It is celebrated by flying kites and kites of different varieties are available.
 
Banganga Festival
Organized by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation near the Banganga Tank, the Banganga Festival is a two day music festival. This music festival is a meeting point of different artists and musicians. Reputed as well as new comers are provided an opportunity to perform in the presence of eminent personalities and the common people. Live classical music is performed at this music concert. It lasts over two days and musicians from all across the country visit this conference.
 
Manipur
Gang-Ngai
Gang –Ngai is the festival of Kabui Nagas. The festival is celebrated for a period of five days. The festival opens with the omen taking ceremony on the first day and the rest of days are celebrated by dances and feast.
 
Orissa
Parab Tribal Festival
Parab Tribal Festival, known as the 'festival of festivals', is not merely a showcase of the rich tribal culture of Koraput Orissa, but it also serves as a forum for the various tribes, with distinct cultures and life experiences, to interact and work towards preserving their indigenous cultural heritage - arts, handicrafts, traditions etc. You too can tour Koraput during the Parab Tribal Festival with Tourism of Orissa tour packages.
 
Pondicherry
Pongal
Pongal is the festival of New Year in the southern states of India. The state is a mixture various cultures and the local people observe this festival with great splendor. Pongal is the onset of a New Year and in this union territory welcomes this fresh New Year with various traditional customs. Pongal is celebrated from 13th to 16th January. The first day of the festival is known as Bhogi day. During this celebration the people of Pondicherry decorate their house with various patterns named as Kolum and welcome a new year with new clothes. The second day is named as Surya day. The day begins with the worship of the Sun god. The days are celebrated with various recipes and various other customs like visiting near and dear ones’ place.
 
Punjab
Lohri
The event is inextricably linked to the land and the harvesting seasons with the festival being seen as the last chance for rest and merriment before the crop harvesting begins later in the year in March or April. As the sun sets on the evening of Lohri, huge bonfires are lit across the state symbolising the sun and the move away from winter towards the warmth of the summer months. Whole communities often gather for religious services and to share meals and snacks cooked on the open fires.
 
Mukatsar Maghi Festival in Punjab
The name Mukatsar Maghi Fair has been derived from the Muktsar which the name of the 40 liberated Mukhtas who died a valiant death in the Battle of Khidrana. They showed tremendous loyalty to the religion and so, they are adored by the people still now.
 
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
Celebrated by the Sikhs, the birthday of their tenth and last guru, this day witnesses’ large processions and special prayer gatherings at all Gurudwaras.Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Nanak (Sikh Guru), was born at Patna Sahib on December 22, 1666, (Poh Sudi Saptmi). His birthday generally falls in December or January or sometimes twice within a year as it is calculated according to Hindu Bikrami Calendar, which is based on the lunar calendar, the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib falls annually on January 5.
 
Rajasthan
Bikaner Camel Festival
The Camel Festival is an event organized in Bikaner by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Government of Rajasthan, every year in the month of January. Desert region's Folk dances and Music, add on to what is otherwise an exclusive camel affair. A festival when the ships of the desert are seen at their best. Camels fascinate tourists from all over the world with their movements, charm and grace. A spectacle of unusual camel performances: camel races, camel dances, and the bumpy, neck shaking camel rides.
 
Jaipur Literature festival
Jaipur hosts a number of literary giants every year in January amid giving farewell to winter. The atmosphere fills with the air of creativity in the beautiful ambience of majestic Diggi Palace. Jaipur Literature Festival is organized by an NGO Jaipur Virasat Foundation that works towards preserving skills, promoting the economic livelihoods of Rajasthan’s musicians and craftspeople while protecting heritage.Literature buffs enjoys this opportunity to meet renowned national and international authors and listen as well as interact with them.
 
Desert Festival
Jaisalmer exercise immense charm, but with the staging of the annual Desert Festival (January - February), it has also become one of the more important events on the annual calendar. Essentially, it is a showcase of the performing arts of the region on the stretching sands around this desert citadel. A number of amusing turban tying competitions and camel races.
 
Sikkim
Saraswati Puja
This festival falls in the month of January and honours the Hindu Goddess of knowledge "Saraswati". School children place their study books in front of the statue and seek blessings for doing well in their studies.
 
Tamil Nadu
Pongal
Pongalfestival is the harvest festival of Tamilnadu-a state in South India. Pongal is like a thanksgiving Occasions on which the farmers' fraternity owe their respect and honour to the nature and the farm cattle for being helpful during the harvest. The Pongal festival also marks the onset of Tamil New Year with the first month called 'Thai' and is considered an important and auspicious Occasions for the farmers as they thank the nature for making the harvesting season so wonderful and pray for well-being and prosperity in future as well. Pongal festival has derived its name from a Tamil word that means 'boiling' or 'spill over', in this festival boiling of rice mixed in fresh milk with jaggery in earthen pots are considered auspicious a symbol of good luck.
 
Kavadi Festival
The Kavadi Festival in Chennai is celebrated at all places where the sacred God Muruga is worshipped. The devotees of Lord Muruga take the penance to fulfil their vows made to their beloved God after a hard time had been overcome by the devotee with the blessings of the God. The Kavadi Festival is one of the important festivals in Chennai revealing a slice of the Tamil rituals and culture.The main highlight of the kavadi Festival involves carrying of the 'kavadi' by the devotee to the temple of the Lord Muruga situated in the Palani Hills. The carrying of the kavadi had its origins in the Hindu Mythology according to which Idumban carried two sacred hillocks laced on his two shoulders, balanced on two ends of a pole. The journey to the Temple is filled with dances and song dedicated to the Lord Muruga. The dances are performed mainly by men devotees.
 
Saraswathi Pooja
Saraswati Puja is celebrated all over India by Hindus. Saraswati is the goddess for Education, Arts and Crafts. This festival is held in the month of Magh (January-February). It is a festival celebrated by the youth, particularly students who invoke the blessings of the goddess for success in learning, arts and crafts. More than any other state, Saraswati Puja is celebrated in West Bengal in a splendid manner. Next to West Bengal it is celebrated in southern states of India such as Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh etc. in schools, colleges and homes. Saraswati Pooja is celebrated as Basant Punjami OR Vasanat Punjami in many states of India.
 
Dance Festival– Mamallapuram
This event witnesses performances on the Indian classical dances such as the Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Odissi and Kathakali.The prominent people from their respected fields gather for this cultural event that is also promoted by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Department as one of the major cultural attraction to these parts of India.
 
Thai poosam
This festival usually takes place in the temples dedicated to the Kartikeya or Mariamman. Trenches of burning coal are laid out for the devotees to walk over. People who volunteer to undertake this experience with faith, come away unharmed and unscathed.Thai Pusam celebrated in Tamil Nadu usually takes place in the temples dedicated to Kartikeya or Mariamman where trenches of burning coal are laid out for the devotees to walk over.
Mamallapuram
Mahabalipuram Dance Festival is an occasion for the dance lovers to enjoy the performances of the artists from all parts of the country. The festival is celebrated in the month of January/February every year. The Shore Temple forms the backdrop of this festival and the music from the musical instruments mixes with the natural music of wind and the sea. The Mahabalipuram Dance festival is an occasion when artists from all over the country come together to perform.
 
Uttar Pradesh
Makar Sankranti
Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious day for the Hindus, and is celebrated in almost all parts of the country in myriad cultural forms, with great devotion, fervor & gaiety. Lakhs of people take a dip in places like Ganga Sagar & Prayag and pray to Lord Sun. It is celebrated with pomp in southern parts of the country as Pongal, and in Punjab is celebrated as Lohri & Maghi. Gujarati's not only look reverentially up to the sun, but also offer thousands of their colorful oblations in the form of beautiful kites all over the skyline. They may be trying to reach upto their glorious God or bring about greater proximity with the one who represents the best. It is a day for which Bhishma Pitamah kept waiting to leave his mortal coil.
 
Uttrakhand
Makar Sankranti (Ghughutia)
According to the Hindu religious texts, on the day of Uttarayani, the sun enters the Zodiacal sign of 'Makar' (Capricon) from the Zodiacal sign of the Kark (Cancer), i.e. from this day onwards the sun becomes 'Uttarayan' or it starts moving to the north. It is said that from this day, which signals a change of season, the migratory birds start returning to the hills. On Makar Sankranti people give Khichadi (a mixture of pulses and rice) in charity, take ceremonial dips in holy rivers, participate in the Uttarayani fairs and celebrate the festival of Ghughutia or Kale Kauva.
 
Basant Panchami
The festival of Basant Panchami celebrates the coming of the spring season. This festival, which also signals the end of winter, is generally celebrated during Magh (January - February). During this festival people worship the Goddess Saraswati, use yellow handkerchiefs or even yellow cloths and in a few places people put a yellow tilak on their foreheads.
 
West Bengal
Birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
Subhas Chandra Bose, affectionately called as Netaji, was one of the most prominent leaders of Indian freedom struggle. Though Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru have garnered much of the credit for successful culmination of Indian freedom struggle, the contribution of Subash Chandra Bose is no less. He has been denied his rightful place in the annals of Indian history. He founded Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) to overthrow British Empire from India and came to acquire legendary status among Indian masses.
 
Basant Panchami
On this day Goddess Saraswati is worshipped in various names and fames - the Goddess of Learning, the deity of Gayatri, the fountain of fine arts and science, and the symbol of supreme vedantic knowledge.The image of Goddess Saraswati depicts her sitting on a vehicle that symbolizes her supreme power. The white swan of Saraswati symbolizes Satwa Guna (purity and discrimination), the lotus of Lakshmi the Rajas Guna and the tiger of Durga the Tamas Guna. Saraswati is shown possessing four hands and plays "Veena", an Indian string musical instrument.
 
Kolkata Festival
The festival of Calcutta is full of fun and frolic; the festival attracts the local crowd, as well as people from neighboring districts. It is held every year in the centrally located maidan area of the city of Calcutta. Ethnic food stalls displaying Bengali cuisine and cultural events make this a lively occasion.There is lot of amusement games and enchanting gadgets, which brings the much desire gaiety for one and all. Held every year in the centrally located maidan area of the city of Calcutta. Ethnic food stalls displaying Bengali cuisine and cultural events make this a lively occasion.
 
 
 
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