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Festivals of November
 
Assam
Majuli Festival
The Majuli Festival of Assam offers you a lot of scopes to make you a part of this festival. Special events are being organised during the festivals days round the clock. Cultural programmes takes place with the participation of various traditional and classical cultural troupes of Assam and troupes from rest of the country, in addition to rich cultural heritage of Majuli.
 
Tea Festival
The Assam Tea festival organised by Assam Tourism take place in the month of November every year. It is a unique experience being at the festival. The Tea Festival of Assam offers holidays combining visits to Tea Gardens, Golf and River Cruises. While you are on a visit to Assam on the occasion of the Tea Festival, "Guwahati Tea Auction Center" (GTAC) in Guwahati, the largest in India is a worth a visit.
 
Majuli Festival
The Majuli Festival of Assam offers you a lot of scopes to make you a part of this festival. Special events are being organised during the festivals days round the clock. Cultural programmes takes place with the participation of various traditional and classical cultural troupes of Assam and troupes from rest of the country, in addition to rich cultural heritage of Majuli.
 
Bihar
Chatth Puja
Chhath (Hindi: also called Dala Chhath) is an ancient Hindu festival dedicated to Surya, the Hindu Sun God, and therefore is also known as Surya Shashti. The Chhath Puja is performed in order to thank Surya, the Sun God, for sustaining life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes. The Sun, considered the god of energy and of the life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath fesival to promote well-being, prosperity and progress. In Hindu mythology, Sun worship is believed to help cure a variety of diseases, including leprosy, and helps ensure the longevity and prosperity of family members, friends, and elders.
 
Deepawali
Deepavali or Diwali is the major Indian occasion which is celebrated whole heartedly in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. It is also called 'Festival of Lights' as people illuminate candles, diyas on this day and celebrate the victory of good over wicked powers. The day is celebrated in throughout the world, where in nepal it is called Tihar and Swanti. It falls in the months of October or November. In North India, the day marks the homecoming of Lord Ram to his kingdom Ayodhya after the 14 years of exile. People of his kingdom celebrated his home return by lightning thousands of diyas, therefore the day has been named as 'Deepavali', which is again shortened as 'Diwali'.
 
Sonepur Cattle Fair
A visual extravaganza awaits all at the Sonepur Fair, where multitudes congregate on Kartik Purnima to offer obeisance to Harihar Nath and participate inwhat is the biggest cattle fair in Asia. Festivities stretch over a fortnight, giving visitors a feel of the pulse of Bihar.
 
Bakrid
This festival is celebrated to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God. Eid al-Adha occurs at the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage of millions of Muslims from around the world to Mekkah in order to worship Allah. Muslims around the world attend morning prayers at their local mosques. Following, they visit with family and friends, and exchange greetings and gifts.
 
Goa
Diwali
Deepavali or Diwali is the major Indian occasion which is celebrated whole heartedly in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. It is also called 'Festival of Lights' as people illuminate candles, diyas on this day and celebrate the victory of good over wicked powers. The day is celebrated in throughout the world, where in nepal it is called Tihar and Swanti. It falls in the months of October or November. In North India, the day marks the homecoming of Lord Ram to his kingdom Ayodhya after the 14 years of exile. People of his kingdom celebrated his home return by lightning thousands of diyas, therefore the day has been named as 'Deepavali', which is again shortened as 'Diwali'.
 
Govardhan Puja
The term "Govardhana' has two meanings. The word "Go' means cows, and "vardhana' means nourishment. In the other meaning "Go' stands for senses and "vardhana' means to increase the diversion of the senses towards Sri Krishna. Both these jobs are done by Sri Giriraja. He kindly blesses the devotee by increasing his devotion. Thus by residing in the foothills of Sri Giriraja, all the senses and their respective duties of a soul attain divinity and are inclined to serve the Lotus Feet of Krishna.
 
Gujarat
Diwali
Deepavali or Diwali is the major Indian occasion which is celebrated whole heartedly in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. It is also called 'Festival of Lights' as people illuminate candles, diyas on this day and celebrate the victory of good over wicked powers. The day is celebrated in throughout the world, where in nepal it is called Tihar and Swanti. It falls in the months of October or November. In North India, the day marks the homecoming of Lord Ram to his kingdom Ayodhya after the 14 years of exile. People of his kingdom celebrated his home return by lightning thousands of diyas, therefore the day has been named as 'Deepavali', which is again shortened as 'Diwali'.
 
Shamlaji Fair
A large number of devotees arrive to the Shamlaji fair on foot or on camel carts, singing devotional songs, some even dancing and carrying banners bearing sacred symbols. They go to worship the deity and bathe in the sacred waters of the Meshwo river. Among the Adivasis, the Bhil community has incredible faith in the powers of Shamlaji who they lovingly refer to as Kaliyo Dev (Dark Divinity). The fair is an important trade destination for people to buy silver ornaments, metalware, cloth and garments, along with many other annual household items.
 
Vautha Fair
Vautha Fair is the largest animal fair held in Gujarat, which involves wholesome trading of Camels, Donkeys and other animals. Held on the grounds of Sangam Tirtha, it is considered very auspicious and important by many communities.
 
Haryana
Diwali
Deepavali or Diwali is the major Indian occasion which is celebrated whole heartedly in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. It is also called 'Festival of Lights' as people illuminate candles, diyas on this day and celebrate the victory of good over wicked powers. The day is celebrated in throughout the world, where in nepal it is called Tihar and Swanti. It falls in the months of October or November. In North India, the day marks the homecoming of Lord Ram to his kingdom Ayodhya after the 14 years of exile. People of his kingdom celebrated his home return by lightning thousands of diyas, therefore the day has been named as 'Deepavali', which is again shortened as 'Diwali'.
 
Geeta Jayanti Samaroh
The Geeta Jayanti Samaroh which takes place in the holy land of Kurukshetra in Haryana is a special festival dedicated to the birth of Srimad Bhagwad Gita, the holy book of the Hindus. This festival is celebrated amid huge fanfare and respect.This festival is very sacred to Hindus and is thus celebrated with immense devotion.
 
Himachal Pradesh
Diwali
Deepavali or Diwali is the major Indian occasion which is celebrated whole heartedly in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. It is also called 'Festival of Lights' as people illuminate candles, diyas on this day and celebrate the victory of good over wicked powers. The day is celebrated in throughout the world, where in nepal it is called Tihar and Swanti. It falls in the months of October or November. In North India, the day marks the homecoming of Lord Ram to his kingdom Ayodhya after the 14 years of exile. People of his kingdom celebrated his home return by lightning thousands of diyas, therefore the day has been named as 'Deepavali', which is again shortened as 'Diwali'.
 
Hamir Utsav
Himachal Pradesh is a northern state of India with Shimla, the beautiful hill station as the capital city. There are a number of Fairs and Festivals celebrated in Himachal Pradesh. Hamir Utsav is a popular festival among the local people of the state. The people of the district of Hamirpur celebrate Hamir Utsav to commemorate its existence as a state of Himachal Pradesh.
 
Lavi Fair
A trade festival, cultural programmes organized during evenings. Every year the Lavi fair is organised between 11th to 14th November. This is an International festival of trade of dry Fruits, Handicrafts and Handlooms etc.
 
Jammu and Kashmir
Diwali
Deepavali or Diwali is the major Indian occasion which is celebrated whole heartedly in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. It is also called 'Festival of Lights' as people illuminate candles, diyas on this day and celebrate the victory of good over wicked powers. The day is celebrated in throughout the world, where in nepal it is called Tihar and Swanti. It falls in the months of October or November. In North India, the day marks the homecoming of Lord Ram to his kingdom Ayodhya after the 14 years of exile. People of his kingdom celebrated his home return by lightning thousands of diyas, therefore the day has been named as 'Deepavali', which is again shortened as 'Diwali'.
 
Eid-Ul-Adha
This festival is celebrated to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God. Eid al-Adha occurs at the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage of millions of Muslims from around the world to Mekkah in order to worship Allah. Muslims around the world attend morning prayers at their local mosques. Following, they visit with family and friends, and exchange greetings and gifts.
 
Jhiri Mela
Jhiri Mela- A tribute to a legendary farmer is an annual fair held in Jammu every year in the months of October-November. The fair is celebrated to salute the courage of a farmer, his sacrifice for the liberation of the farming community. The Samadhi of Baba Jit Mal, popularly known as Baba Jitto at Shama Chak Jhiri, about 22 km from Jammu. He had laid down his life after he was cheated by the Kardar of the area.
 
Jharkhand
Diwali
Deepavali or Diwali is the major Indian occasion which is celebrated whole heartedly in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. It is also called 'Festival of Lights' as people illuminate candles, diyas on this day and celebrate the victory of good over wicked powers. The day is celebrated in throughout the world, where in nepal it is called Tihar and Swanti. It falls in the months of October or November. In North India, the day marks the homecoming of Lord Ram to his kingdom Ayodhya after the 14 years of exile. People of his kingdom celebrated his home return by lightning thousands of diyas, therefore the day has been named as 'Deepavali', which is again shortened as 'Diwali'.
 
Kolhaiya Mela
Kolhaiya Mela held in Jharkhand is one of the very popular cattle fairs in the state. As a state, fairs and festivals are not new to Jharkhand. There are numerous fairs and festivals celebrated in Jharkhand throughout the year in nearly every season.
 
Karnataka
Rajyotsava Day
The Rajyotsava Day is the state festival of Karnataka and is observed on November 1st every year. The day is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Karnataka or formation of the state. The Rajyotsava day is marked as a government holiday in the state of Karnataka.
 
Deepavali (Balindra Pooja)
This festival comes off in the month of October or November. On the thirteenth day of the dark half of Ashwija, Pooja is offered to water. Next morning at moon rise, a pooja offering oil to Krishna is performed. On the New Moon day, Pooja is offered to the image of Bali, which is artistically drawn on the ground in front of the gopuram. A large number of wick lamps are lighted on this occasion.
 
Hampi Festival
Hampi exists as one of the International tourist spots in world Heritage. The hampi Utsav or Hampi Festival or Vijaya Utsav is a cultural extravaganza that has been celebrated since he times of the Vijayanagar reign. Hampi, Karnataka once the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire (One of the greatest empires in the history of India), comes alive during the lively festival of dance and music, held in the first week of November.
 
Kerala
Thrikarthiaka
Thrikarthiaka festival is celebrated in the month of Vrischikam (Nov-Dec). Display of light in the evening is an integral and unique part of the festival.
 
Kalpathi Ratholsavam
Kalpathi, a village in Palakkad district, is one of the early Brahmin settlements in Kerala. The place is also known as ‘Dakshin Kasi’ or ‘Varanasi of the South’. Sree Visalakshi Sametha Viswanatha Swamy Temple of Kalpathi is believed to have built 700 years back, in 1425 AD. The Kalpathi Ratholsavam or chariot procession held annually here is one of the most remarkable festivals of Kerala.
 
Vaikathashtami Festival
The festival popularly known as the “Ashtami Festival” is dedicated towards worshipping Lord Shiva in the form of Shivlinga. The festival is celebrated at the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple in Kerala which is one of the oldest and extremely popular temples of Kerala both from religious and social perspectives.t is majorly a Hindu Festival. Lord Shiva, the main deity in the temple appears in three forms in a day namely- morning he is Dakshinamoorti, noon he is Kiratamurti and in the evening he is Sambhashivan along with Goddess Parvati.
 
Madhya Pradesh
Tansen Music Festival, Gwalior
If you want to catch hold of different and intriguing sounds, styles and instruments, the best place is the Tansen Music Festival in Madhya Pradesh. The music festival is held in November/December and is attended by India's best vocalists and musicians whether from the classical, folk or fusion genre. You can get a glimpse of the show at the performance delivered for free at the Tansen Tomb to commemorate his artistic achievements.
 
Chethiyagiri Vihara Festival, Sanchi
A Buddhist festival held at Sanchi at the end of November, Chethiyagiri Vihara Festival is attended by thousands of Buddhists monks and pilgrims. They attend the festival to view the relics of Buddha's two initial disciples whose remains were discovered in Stupa 3 (as listed at Sanchi) in 1853. The two disciples, whose relics are the center of this festival, were Sari Puttha and Maha Moggallana.
 
The Fair of Nagaji
The Fair of Nagaji is a fair or ‘mela’ which is organized in order to remember and pay respect to Saint Nagaji who lived at the time of Mughal Emperor Akbar, about 400 years ago.
 
Nimar Utsav
Nimar Utsav is an annual event that is held at Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh. It is a three day event that is a comprehensive feast of music, dance, drama, boating and canoeing. It is organized by the state government of Madhya Pradesh and is celebrated on the banks of the holy river Narmada.Nimar Utsav The time of celebration for this three day cultural extravaganza is around the month of November. Specifically it is held on the eve of Kartik Purnima.
 
Ameer Khan Festival
Ameer Khan Festival, Indore, India is the perfect venue to savor Indian classical music performances by many stalwarts. This venue also offers an ideal stage for the debut of many musicians. Music enthusiasts from across the globe come to Indore enticed by this Ameer Khan Festival of Indore.
 
Maharashtra
Diwali
Diwali or the festival of lights is a primarily Hindu festival but it is celebrated with equal zest by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. This colorful festival is a celebration of Good over Evil and lights, the symbol of hope are used to decorate the house. Also known as Deepavali in South India, Diwali is celebrated over 5 days during the Hindu months of Ashwayuja.Deepavali is Sanskrit means an assortment of lights. Light signifies good and darkness, Evil. The devotees light lamps as a sign of the victory of good over evil.
 
The Kalidas Festival at Nagpur
Kalidas Festival is organized every year in Nagpur, in the month of November. It is basically a musical and dance extravaganza, which also has performances by theatre artists. The exact venue of the festival is the Ramtek town, which is situated in the Nagpur district and is known for its association with Lord Rama. Ramtek is also the place where Kalidas wrote his famous poetry Meghdoot, inspired by the beauty and serenity of the surroundings.
 
Kalidas Festival
Kalidas Festival is organized every year in Nagpur, in the month of November. It is basically a musical and dance extravaganza, which also has performances by theatre artists. The exact venue of the festival is the Ramtek town, which is situated in the Nagpur district and is known for its association with Lord Rama. Ramtek is also the place where Kalidas wrote his famous poetry Meghdoot, inspired by the beauty and serenity of the surroundings.
 
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
Kala Ghoda Festival and Fair is a unique celebration of art and craft held in Mumbai near the Jehangir Art Gallery. Kala Ghoda is a well district for art in the city. It was established in 1988 and today it is one of the most premier fairs that is held as a platform for well known artists as well as upcoming, amateur artists. This pan-Mumbai fair brings together different forms of art, craft and food. The pedestrian avenue is aesthetically decorated with kiosks displaying portrait of artists, the wonderful work of potters and other craftsmen. A variety of stalls and shops are available here which sell food, music albums, books and other items.
 
Manipur
Kut festival is a festival of the different tribe’s ok Kuki-Chin-Mizo groups of Manipur. The festival is celebrated on 1st November in the month of autumn and is a happy occasion for villagers whose food stock was plentiful. The festival is a thanks giving festival and is in the honour of the giver of an abundant harvest.
 
Ningol Chakouba
It is a remarkable social festival of the Meiteis. Married women of the family who were married to distant places come to the parental house along with her children and enjoy sumptuous feast. It is a form of family rejoinder to revive familial affection. The festival is also observed by the Pangals (Manipuri Muslims) to a certain extent now-a-days. It is observed on the second day of the new moon in the Manipuri month of Hiyangei(November).
 
Meghalaya
Wangala
Wangala Festival of Meghalaya is a very important festival among the Garos of Meghalaya, India. Wangala Festival is a harvest festival held in honour of Saljong, the Sun-god of fertility. The celebration of the Wangala Festival marks the end of a period of toil, which brings good output of the fields. It also signifies the onset of winter.
 
Seng Kut Snem
The Seng Kut Snem of Meghalaya is a famous festival which is celebrated by the Khasi community. The Khasi festivals are celebrated to uphold the tradition and culture of their community. Khasi Festival Seng Kut Snem is celebrated during the month of November every year. This occasion is mainly celebrated to greet the ancestors of this community and to preserve and protect the Khasi culture. It is to influence the people to preserve their religion and culture.
 
Wangala Festival
Wangala or Dance of Hundred Drum festival is an important event of the Garos. This festival marks the end of a period of toil, heralding a yield of good harvest. It is performed in honour of 'Satyong', the God of fertility. People, young and old dressed in their in their colourful costumes and feathered head dress, dance to the beat of long cylindrical drums. Held annually in November, the festival may last for a week.
 
Mizoram
Thalfavang Kut
The festival of Thalfavang Kut is an extremely popular and widely celebrated festival in Maizoram. It is an annual festival, held in the month of November. Unlike other harvest festivals that are celebrated after the successful completion of harvest, the festival of Thalfavang Kut is celebrated before harvest.
 
Nagaland
Tokhu Emong
Tokhu Emong is a post harvest festival of Lotha Tribe in Nagaland. The festival is celebrated for nine days with lots of enthusiasm and fun as this festival brings the time to rejoice the fruit of hard work with the end of labor period of harvesting.
 
Orissa
Bali Yatra
Exactly on the dates of Karam Festival, the tribal people of Koraput observe the festival of Bali Jatra. Beginning from the eleventh day of the bright half of the month of Bhadrab it continues upto the full-moon. The beginning of the festival begins with Nuakhai (first eating) feast on which new rice is eaten. The festival takes the name for planting of various grains in the wet sand (Bali) brought from a nearby stream and is placed on a structure called Balijatra or sand house. This is an occasion for a number of other celebrations too. Men and women put on fancy dresses and rejoice with drinking, feasting, dancing and singing. In some areas a swing is set up with its seat studded with sharp nails and on this a Bejju (witch doctor) is made to swing. Goats, fowls and pigeons are sacrificed. The Bejju then walks on the bed of live charcoal. He dances in trance for all the three days with intermittent rest during which he prophesies both good and evil portends to grant boons to the people.
 
Puri Beach Festival
Puri Beach Festival, with Tourism of Orissa tour packages, presents a vivid view of Orissa's artistic heritage and contemporary way of life. Puri Beach Festival is modeled on the Goa fair, the Festival has its own vigor, and affirmative feelings that will make you drop your stresses and take pleasure in every solitary moment of your stay in Puri, Orissa.Puri Beach Festival is held over 5 days, in the month of November, on the Puri beach that is a well-liked sightseer and pilgrimage target on its own. Visit during festival season and watch how the admired Puri Beach is changed into the brightly lit multicolored place for the Puri Beach Festival. The carnival gives you a possibility to discover the tinges of the population of Puri, Orissa, who put on show a deep-seated attitude towards shifting ambience and are yet profoundly spiritual and conventional at heart.
 
Diwali
There's not much different about Diwali Festival Celebrations in Orissa. Rows of oil lamps, candles and lanterns adorn the thresholds of all houses. Crackers are burst, sweetmeals are relished and distributed. It could be akin to Diwali Festival anywhere else in India, save for one small ritual. It is a ritual that calls upon the spirits of the family's forefathers. Jute stems are burnt to light up the dark path that the spirits of the ancestors take back to heaven.All the members of the household gather together just after dusk. A rangoli of a sailboat is made on the ground. The boat has seven chambers. Over the drawing of each different chamber several items are kept - cotton, mustard, salt, asparagus root, turmeric and a wild creeper. Over the central chamber are the offerings meant for prasad. Perched over the prasad is a jute stem with a cloth wick tied around the edge.
 
Bali Yatra
Bali Yatra Festival in Orissa marks the culmination of all the religious festivities held in the month of Karthik, which is considered the most auspicious month of the 12 months in a calendar year. Held on the full moon day in November - December that is celebrated all over Orissa as Karthik Purnima, Bali Yatra commemorates Orissa's ancient maritime legacy.Karthik Purnima was considered the most auspicious day by the traders (sadhabas) of Orissa to venture on a journey to distant lands namely the islands of Bali, Java, Sumatra, Borneo and Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Tourism of Orissa offers tours to Orissa during the Bali Yatra fair and festival so that you can get a glimpse of Orissa's rich cultural history and colorfully vibrant present on your tour of Festivals in Orissa.
 
Mondei Festival
The festival of Mondei is an extremely popular Festival celebrated in the Nabarangpur District Orissa. The celebration of the festival can well be understood from its nomenclature as the name Mondei is derived from the Hindi word “Mondi” that means a small market place.Mondei Festival witnesses a large congregation of devotees from all over India, who worship a common deity. This offering of prayers to deity is done amidst traditional rituals and customs. The festival celebrations are accompanied with a fair organized by the localites. Apart from the traditional rituals and customs there are Dance and Music performances that are held every year.
 
Punjab
Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Jayanti
Guru Nank Jayanti is marked by prabhat pheris or early morning processions that begins from the gurudwaras and then moves to different localities singing hymns or shabads. The celebration lasts for three days.Usually two days before the birthday of Guru Nanak, ‘Akhand Path’ or forty-eight hour non-stop reading of the holy book of the Sikhs, Guru Granth Sahib is carried on at the gurudwaras.A procession is carried out on the day before his birthday which is led by the Panj Pyaras (Five Beloved Ones).
 
Diwali
In Punjab, Diwali Festival is the time for everyone to rejoice, looking forward to a bright future. Enthusiastically enjoyed by people of every religion, it's magical and radiant touch creates an atmosphere of joy and festivity. Diwali, festival of lights, symbolizes the victory of righteousness and lifting of spiritual darkness. The preparations of Diwali begin well in advance. People start decorating their homes, preparing sweets, thousand of lamps are lit to create a world of fantasy. Each house entrance is made colorful with lovely traditional motifs of "Rangoli" designs to welcome Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
 
Rajasthan
Pushkar Fair
A few miles north of Aimer is the sacred town of Pushkar (Lotus), situ-ated on the shores of a jewel - like glacial lake. Dun – colored temple – topped hills and sandy fields surround the town. Normally quiet, Pushkar sees a small but steady stream of visitors to its temples and wide bathing steps leading down to the lake. But once a year, at the time of the full moon in November, the town explodes with colorful crowds of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. The great Pushkar Fair has become an internationally known attraction. And justifiably so, since it is one of the world’s most dazzling traditional gatherings. Mentioned in the two thousand year old Mahabharata as India’s foremost pilgrimage site, Pushkar was also described by the eleventh – century Islamic scholar Alberuni as a place of high veneration for Hindus.
 
Diwali
The origin of this festival can be traced back to the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana, when Lord Ram returned to his kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. The whole kingdom was light up with diyas(earthen lamps) to celebrate his return. To date, on Diwali day, house all over Rajasthan glow with twinkle of innumerable diyas, candles and electric lights. The night is illuminated with the flaming lights of fireworks, creating kaleidoscopic designs against the black canvas of the sky.Diwali festivals give people a chance to decorate their homes, buy new clothes, visit relatives and friends and take time off from their daily routine to gather together and enjoy the festivities. Special food, naturally, is very high on the agenda, keeping in mind the occasion; a wedding , a festival, a celebration to mark the birth of a male child or a good harvest , even good monsoons, are reason enough to celebrate. Women of the neighborhood gather and prepare sweets like Mawa Kachori, Til Ke Laddo, Gonth ke Laddu, Piste ke Launj, Moti Pak, Pheeni, Sohan Papdi, Besan Barfi, Jalebi, Shakarpara- to name just a few.
 
Navratri
There is a festive mood in the air when the festival of Navratri is celebrated. People not only clad themselves in new clothes, they also worship the different forms of the goddess. For each of these nine days, she is revered as Durga, Bhadrakali, Amba, Annapurna, Sarvamangala, Bhairavi, Chandika, Lalita and Bhavani, all of them being different forms of the Goddess Durga. Fasts are observed, prayers are told and the blessing of the Goddess is sought. Whatever is offered to the goddess is later eaten by the worshippers as Prasad. It is a time of celebration as well as a time when the followers pray and hope that they will be blesses with success, wealth and relieved from all sorts of evil.
 
Bundi Utsav
Bundi is one of the most picturesque and astonishing spots sited in the Hadoti region in Rajasthan. The Bundi Utsav, held annually in the month of November here, has added to the glory of the place and has provided a worldwide exposure. The function is a spellbinding representation of the culture, folklore, traditions and craft of the region. Some of the most renowned artistes from across the country come to perform and create a gripping atmosphere at the venue. The Bundi Utsav allures visitors not only from India but also from overseas who come to witness the splendid heritage of the country.
 
Sikkim
Diwali
Diwali, which falls on the third day is considered to be the most important day when goddess Lakshmi comes visiting every home which is lit bright with candles and electric lights. The fifth day is also known as Bhai Tika in which brothers visit the homes of their sisters and they apply tikas vermilion to each other foreheads. It is also an occasion for exchanging gifts. During Tihar, traditional carols called Bailo or Deusi are sung.
 
Tamil Nadu
Karthigai Deepam
Kaarthigai Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the Tamil month of Kaarthigai. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Kaarthigai month which coincides with Krithikai star. It is also considered as the extension of the Deepavali festival. In some houses, they double the number of lamps every day from the day of Deepavali and this way, they end up with a number of lamps on the day of Kaarthigai Deepam.It is celebrated in a special manner in Thiruvannamalai. Lord Shiva asks Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to find out the exact location of his head and his feet. Since Lord Shiva takes a gigantic form, they are not able to find out anywhere. Then Lord Shiva takes the form of a jyothi (light of fire) on the hill of Thiruvannamali. Therefore, this festival is also known as Annamalai Deepam. Here, a special torch is lighted on the zenith of the hill and it is believed that Lord Shiva's jothi will be visible on this day.
 
Natyanjali Festival
It is a dance festival at the Nataraja temple at Chidambaram. It is a homage paid by all the dancers to the cosmic dancer, Lord Nataraja. It is celebrated near the thousand-pillared hall of the temple where 108 dancing poses of Lord Siva are depicted. The poses are from Tamil Nadu's classical dance Bharatha Natyam. Dancers all over India come to pay their tribute by performing dances like Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Odissi and Kathak are performed.
 
Uttar Pradesh
Diwali
Diwali (also known as Deepawali), or the festival of lights is perhaps the most popular of all Hindu festivals. Like most festivals, Diwali has its mythological and historical bedrock. Legend has it that Hanuman (the legendary monkey-god and prime devotee of Lord Rama, the god-hero of the great Hindu epic, the Ramayana) delivered the much awaited message of Ramas return to Ayodhya (Ramas kingdom) after 14 years in exile. The entire kingdom rejoiced upon hearing the news and Ayodhya was washed, cleansed and dressed up with lights and shimmering earthen lamps to welcome the Lord himself. Diwali is celebrated even today to commemorate this event.
 
Ganga Mahotsav
Ganges has always been the not only the lifeline of India but also the felicitator and nourishment of the Indian Civilization. The river Ganges, though, considered a thing of reverence by the Hindus has in the course of history defined the psyche of the Indian society as a whole, irrespective of religion. It not only nourishes the population that lives by its kingdom but also give them a sense of separate identity and belonging. To mark this contribution of River Ganges, an annual festival is organized that has been christened 'Ganga Mahotsava'
 
Lucknow Festival
The Lucknow Mahotsav or Lucknow festival celebrates the Lucknow's living culture, which provides an insight into the old, cultured, atmosphere of the city. Colorful processions, traditional dramas, Kathak dances in the style of the famous Lucknow Gharana, Sarangi and sitar recitals along with ghazals, qawalis and thumri create a festive atmosphere.Exciting events like ekka races, kite flying, cock fighting and other traditional village games recreate an atmosphere of bygone Nawabi days. There is display of crafts and one can also have a taste of the famous mouth watering Nawabi cuisine.
 
Uttarakhand
Bhai Dooj
Bhai Phota is a prominent Hindu festival celebrated in the state of West Bengal on the Dvitya or the second day after the Kali Puja. Bhai Phota is a festival that strengthens the beautiful bond of love and affection between a brother and his sister. It is celebrated with lot of gusto and euphoria all over West Bengal and sisters and brothers eagerly await the arrival of the joyful Bhai Fota.
 
 
 
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