India Festival Calendar

It's been said often enough that Hindus celebrate everything. So they do. The birth of gods, death of asuras, victory of the gods, marriage of the gods, the new year, new months, full moons, new moons, harvests, birthdays, initiations, marriages, deaths, anniversaries - you name the event, and it is reason for music, dance, processions, and what have you.

And there is the religious bit lurking behind it all. The reasons for this lie deep, in the origin of Hinduism as an organic religion. Its followers have over time considered anything, animate or inanimate, to be sacred and aspects of divinity.

That is also why even secular events like harvests take on religious overtones, with the patron deity presiding over the festivities. As soon as something happens, there is a kind of thanksgiving to the divine that follows it.

India Festival Calendar

Fairs & Festivals Place 2012 2013 2014
Camel Festival Bikaner 8-9 Jan. 26-27 Jan. 15-16 Jan.
Nagaur Fair (Ramdeoji Cattle Fair) Nagaur 30Jan.-2 Feb 17-20 Feb 6-9 Feb.
Desert Festival Jaisalmer 5-7 Feb. 23-25 Feb. 12-14 Feb.
Beneshwar Fair Beneshwar (Dungarpur) 3-7 Feb. 21-25 Feb. 10-14 Feb.
Braj Festival Bharatpur 2-4 Feb. 2-4 Feb. 2-4 Feb.
Goa Carnival Goa 18-21 Feb.    
Elephant Festival Jaipur 7 Mar. 26 Mar. 16 Mar.
Holi Throughout India 8 Mar 27 Mar 17 Mar
Kailadevi Fair Karauli 19 Mar. 7 Apr. 28 Mar.
Gangaur Festival Jaipur 25-26 Mar. 13-14 Apr. 2-3 Apr.
Mewar Festival Udaipur 25-27 Mar. 13-15 Apr. 2-4 Apr.
Mahaveerji Fair Mahaveerji 1-6 Apr. 20-25 Apr. 8-15 Apr.
Summer Festival Mount Abu 4-6 May 23-25 May 12-14 May
Teej Festival Jaipur 22-23 July 9-10 Aug. 30-31 July
Rath Yatra Orissa- Puri --- --- ---
Kajli Teej Bundi 4 Aug. 22-23 Aug. 12-13 Aug.
Ganesh Chaturthi Maharastra 19 Sep. 9 Sep. 29 Aug.
Dussehra Festival Kota 22-24 Oct. 12-14 Oct. 1-3 Oct.
Matasya Festival Alwar 22-23 Oct. 12-13 Oct. 2-3 Oct.
Marwar Festival Jodhpur 28-29 Oct. 17-18 Oct. 7-8 Oct.
Pushkar Fair Pushkar (Ajmer) 20-28 Nov. 9-17 Nov. 30 Oct.- 6 Nov.
Chandrabhaga Fair Jhalawad 27-29 Nov. 16-18 Nov. 5-7 Nov.
Winter Festival Mount Abu 29-31 Dec. 29-31 Dec. 29-31 Dec.
Kailash Yatra 2013 Departure