Popular Festivals And Events To Be Held In January In India
With the start of a new year, it is also a beginning of several festivals in India which is famous as a nation for its colourful festivals and rituals. The festivals are the time to enjoy enchanting performances, good delicacies, rituals, unique shopping experience and many more.
Here we list the top common festivals and events to look forward to India in the month of January:
1. Mamallapuram Dance Festival
Date – 21st December to 21st January
Location – Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram
Famous for –Dance festival
Activities –classic dance and folk dance
This is an open-air performance festival which takes place in Mamallapuram at Arjuna’s Penance. You can find dance forms of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and other states as well. Top dance forms to watch are Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, and others. Dancers across the country perform in this festival for an audience across the world. The performances start at 6 in the morning and end at 8 in the evening. You may like to best dance TV shows.
2. Rann Utsav
Date – From December to February
Location – Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
Famous for – Desert Festival
Activities – adventure sports, folk dance, shopping, food stalls, luxury tent camping and others
This festival continues for three months but the best time to visit is on full moon nights. This festival takes place at various destinations at the same time in the desert. Many tour agents offer packages
3. National Street Food Festival
Date – 12th to 15th January
Location – Delhi
Famous for – Food Fiesta
Activities – to taste street foods of different states of India in one place
Every year the event is organized in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. There you can enjoy street food of all Indian destinations at one place. This event is appealing to the foodies.
Alongside you can explore some Tourist attractions as well like the Red Fort, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Connaught Place and a few more.
Date – 14th to 16th January
Location – Tamil Nadu
Famous for – Harvest festival
Activities – tasting delicacies, bullfight, picnic and others
This festival is performed for three days. On the first day, people worship the Sun God and makes Pongal (a sweet dish made with milk, jaggery, and rice). On the next day, people decorate their cows and enjoy many cow related activities. On the final day, people enjoy picnics near about their locality.
Each state enjoys its harvest festival in its unique way.
5. International Kite Festival
Date – 7th to 18th January
Location – Gujarat and Jaipur
Famous for –harvest festival
Activities –kite flying, kite painting, kite making workshop and aerial acrobats.
Makar Sankranti is celebrated to mark fertility and harvest. People across the world visit this festival for photography, sightseeing and kite flying.
6. Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Date – 29th to 31st January
Famous for – Cultural Festival
Things to do – Camel Safari, Dance, Luxury Camping, Moustache Competition, Turban Competition, Desert Moonlit Dinner, Rajasthani food and others.
This event takes place three days earlier to full moon. Celebrated in the sand dunes of the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer, this is an interesting festival in India. The people sit on camel’s back to remain in the middle of the desert for three consecutive days to enjoy cultural events. Best things to watch are fire dance, folk music, folk concert, cricket match, parachuting, and others. There are also several stalls selling various souvenirs.
These are only a few festivals and events which we mentioned. Other honourable mentions are Modhera dance festival of Modhera, Mukteshwar dance festival of Orissa, Nagaur fair of Jodhpur, Jaipur literature festival, Republic day parade in Delhi and many others.
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