Important festivals in India: Check state-wise and season-wise list here

Safalta Expert Published by: Saloni Bhatia Updated Mon, 11 Oct 2021 11:36 PM IST


Find the list of important festivals in India: Festivals are a way for Indians to express their beliefs, culture, and tradition. Every festival has its own distinct personality. Seasonal and state-based festivals are observed throughout India.

India is a multifaceted country. Every state has its own culture, tradition, and art. The celebration of individual culture and tradition is something that all states have in common.

Festivals are a way for Indians to express their beliefs, culture, and tradition. Every festival has its own distinct personality. Seasonal and state-based festivals are observed throughout India.
The primary goal of these events is to promote joy and strengthen bonds between friends and family.

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Many local festivals take place on different dates each year. Only a few are based on the lunar calendar.

In India, festivals are held to honor a god at a specific temple, to commemorate the agricultural cycle, or to commemorate a religious story or event.

This article provides thorough information on all of India's various festivals.

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List of Indian Festivals

The list of the Indian festivals mentioned below are stated in the following order:
  • State-specific
  • Season-specific

State- Specific Festivals of India

The state-specific Indian festivals are listed below:
State List of Indian Festivals
Andhra Pradesh Dasara, Ugadi, Deccan Festival, Brahmotsavam
Arunachal Pradesh Reh, Boori Boot, Myoko, Dree, Pongtu, Losar, Murung, Solang, Mopin, Monpa festival
Assam Ambubachi, Bhogali Bihu, Baishagu, Dehing Patkai
Bihar Chhath Puja, Bihula
Chhattisgarh Maghi Purnima, Bastar Dussehra
Goa Sunburn festival, Ladain, Mando
Gujarat Navratri, Janmashtami, Kutch Utsav, Uttarayana
Himachal Pradesh Rakhadumni, Gochi Festival
Haryana Baisakhi
Jammu and Kashmir Har Navami, Chhari, Bahu Mela, Dosmoche,
Jharkhand Karam Utsav, Holi, Rohini, Tusu
Karnataka Mysore Dasara, Ugadi
Kerala Onam, Vishu
Madhya Pradesh Lok-rang Utsav, Tejaji, Khujaraho festival
Meghalaya Nongkrem festival, Khasis festival, Wangla, Sajibu Cheiraoba
Maharashtra Ganesh Utsav, Gudi Padva
Manipur Yaoshang, Porag, Chavang Kut
Mizoram Chapcharkut Festival
Nagaland Hornbill festival, Moatsu Festival
Odisha Rath Yatra, Raja Parba, Nukahai
Punjab Lohri, Baisakhi
Rajasthan Gangaur, Teej, Bundi
Sikkim Losar, Saga Dawa
Tamil Nadu Pongal, Thaipusam, Natyanjali Festival
Telangana Bonalu, Bathukamma
Tripura Kharchi Puja
West Bengal Durga Puja
Uttaranchal Ganga Dussehra
Uttar Pradesh Ram Navmi, Ganga Mahotsav, Navaratri, Khichdi

List of (Season-specific) Harvest Festivals in India

North India

Festival Month
Makar Sankranti January
Baisakhi April
Ladakh harvest festival September
Lohri January
Basant Panchami January

South India

Festival Month
Onam August
Pongal January
Ugadi March
Vishu April

East & West India

Festival Month
Bhogali Bihu January
Wangala November
Ka Pomblang Nongkrem November
Nuakhai August
Gudi Padwa March
Nabanna November-December

Interesting Facts about Festivals in India

  • Diwali, one of India's most important Hindu festivals, is marked by a lot of pomp and circumstance. Houses are decorated with clay lamps, candles, and Ashok leaves during this festival of lights. People dress up, perform family pujas, shatter crackers, and share sweets with their friends, relatives, and neighbors. It is India's most popular event.
  • Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is a well-known Indian event that is widely observed across the country. People build massive Holika bonfires and sing and dance around them on the eve of Holi. People congregate in open places on Holi Day, a popular Indian celebration, to apply dry and wet paints of various hues to one another, with some carrying water pistols and colored water-filled balloons. It is at the top of the list of India's ten most famous festivals since it is joyfully observed all over the world.
  • One of India's most important festivals is Navratri. This holiday is observed in various ways by people all over India. It is a nine-day festival in Gujarat that includes revitalizing Garba nights and very exciting Dandiya Raas dances. People are dressed in lovely, colorful traditional clothing, and the atmosphere is vibrant and youthful. Fasting is a well-known Hindu religious ritual that is linked to scientific truth. When the seasons change, people should fast to give their digestive systems a break and boost their immunity for the coming season.
  • Durga Puja, one of India's most important Hindu holidays, is celebrated with majesty by Bengalis around the country and is listed among the country's most important religious festivals. The Goddess Durga's ten-day fast, feast, and adoration are accompanied by cultural songs, dances, and dramas. Huge and gorgeous Durga idols are carved and set in Pandals designed just for the occasion (canopies). People dress up in traditional garb and visit the pandal, praying and feasting.
  • Ganesh Chaturthi, another of India's major Hindu religious festivals, is a ten-day extravaganza of colorful celebrations. Huge handcrafted Ganesh idols are displayed in public pandals and in houses. Pujas are held twice a day, in the morning and evening. The final day is Visarjan, which involves immersing an idol in a body of water. Singing, dancing, and theatre performances are held, as well as free medical and blood donation camps.
  • Special assemblies on the lives and teachings of the gurus, as well as langars (community meals), are held in the gurudwaras during one of India's most important Sikh festivals. All are given Karah Prasad, and hymn singing processions are held across the city. To commemorate Gurpurab, people decorate their homes with lamps, candles, and crackers.

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