Festivals of India: Some Known, Some Unknown

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Item Code: NAC469
Publisher: Times Group Books
Edition: 2011
ISBN: 9789380942537
Pages: 247 (Illustrated Throughout In Color)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 6.9 Inch X 6.9 Inch
Weight 400 gm
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Back of the Book

India is the land of fairs and festivals. Post-globalization, however, malls have substituted melas (fairs). Parties and feasts have become so common that several festivals have lost their sheen for the middle-class Indian. No doubt, there are festivals that we have become more aware of, thanks to their being beamed on our TV screens. But these are few and far between.

This book is an attempt to make us aware of India’s rich cultural heritage of fairs and festivals. They are still being celebrated by a large number of people. Some of the festivals are better known, in which case the book focuses on the places where they have a special significance. Besides, it embraces a large number of lesser known festivals, thus becoming encyclopedic in character. Also, there are state-sponsored festivals that promote art and crafts. A reading of this book will leave you more enlightened of the Indian cultural canvas.

From the Editors

Our country was alien to the concept of weekends until foreigners introduced it to us. But season-ends were very much a part of our culture. Crop cycles were punctuated by festive celebrations. In fact, fairs and festivals have been an integral part of India since time immemorial.

Some of these festivals are well known. Holi, Dussehra, Diwali and Makar Sankranti are celebrated across the country. But they take different forms in a country so huge and diverse. In Punjab, Holi finds its extension in Hola Mohalla, in which the Sikhs display their skills in martial arts. In Tamil Nadu, Karthigai Deepam Festival is believed to be an extension of Diwali.

Besides, there are a number of festivals that are lesser known, sometimes even unknown to people belonging to another region of the country. The Phulaich festival is celebrated in Himachal Pradesh to commemorate the ancestors. Kharchi Puja is celebrated in the Chaturdash Devata Temple at Purana Agartala in Tripura. And so on. Also, there are certain festivals like the Taj Mahotsav that the state sponsors to promote art and craft.

This book tries to follow an eclectic approach. Starting with the festivals of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal, it traverses the plains of the North before embracing the East and the North-East. It then runs through the heart of Central India, drops down through the West and finally covers the Dravidian territory, ending its journey down South in the state of Kerala.

We have tried to introduce each festival to you first. Next, we go into the legends/beliefs associated with it. This is followed by the specific details of the venue, time and manner of celebrations. To make the book user-friendly, we have also given some practical information — how to reach and where to stay.

This book is a humble attempt to familiarize you with India, the land of festivals. Hope it serves its purpose.


Jammu & Kashmir 9
Eid ul-Fitr 10
Hemis Festival 14
Navratra 19
Himachal Pradesh 23
Kullu Dussehra 24
Phulaich Festival 28
Pori Festival 30
Punjab 33
Hola Mohalla 34
Baisakhi 37
Gurpurab 40
Lohri 43
Haryana 45
Kurukshetra Festival 46
Surajkund Crafts Mela 49
Gopal-Mochan Fair 51
Delhi 53
International Mango Festival 54
Qutub Festival 57
Urs of Nizamuddin Aulia 60
Uttarakhand 63
Kandali 64
Phool Dei 66
Jhanda Fair 70
Uttar Pradesh 73
Lathmaar Holi 74
Krishna Janmashtami 77
Taj Mohotsav 79
Bihar 81
Chhath Puja 82
Madhushravani 85
Pitripaksha Mela 87
Sonepur Mela 90
Jharkhand 93
Sarhul 94
Karma 96
Bhagta Parab 98
Odisha 99
Rath Yatra 100
Konark Festival 103
Raja Sankranti 106
West Bengal 109
Durga Puja 110
Charak Puja 113
Nobo Borsho 115
North-East 117
Bihu 118
Ali-ai-ligang 122
Majuli Festival 124
Sangken Festival 127
Yaoshang 129
Ningol Chakouba 131
Moatsu Festival 134
Hornbill Festival 136
Chapchar Kut 139
Kharchi Puja 143
Ka Pomblang Nongkrem 145
Losoong Festival 147
Chhattisgarh 149
Goncha Festival 150
Kajari Festtival152
Rajim Lochan Mahotsav 154
Madai Festival 156
Madhya Pradesh 159
Chethiyagiri Vihara Festival 160
Khajuraho Dance Festival 162
Bhagoria Festival 165
Rajasthan 169
Mewar Festival 170
Kaila Devi Festival 173
Teej 175
Gujarat 179
Dangs Darbar 180
Tarnetar Mela 182
International Kite Festival 185
Maharashtra 189
Ganesh Chaturthi 190
Gudi Padwa 193
Pola 195
Goa 197
Feast of the Three Kings 198
Sao Joao 200
Shigmotsav 203
Bonderam Festival 204
Karnataka 207
Vaikuntha Ekadashi 208
Gowri Hobba 211
Dasara 214
Andhra Pradesh 217
Brahmotsavam 218
Ugadi 221
Bathukamma 224
Tamil Nadu 227
Pngal 228
Karthigai Deepam Festival 232
Mahamaham 235
Kerala 239
Vishu 240
Feast of St Sebastian 242
Aranmula Uthrittathi 245
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