List of Festivals of India

India is a land of diversification. Every state has its unique art, culture, and tradition. The one thing that is common for all states is the celebration of individual culture and tradition.

Indians celebrate their beliefs, culture, and tradition in the form of festivals. Every festival has its own specific characteristics. Festivals in India are celebrated season-wise and state-wise.

The main reason for the celebration of these festivals is to spread happiness and strengthen the bond between friends and family. Many festivals are local and held at different dates each year. Few are set according to the lunar calendar. The relevance of festivals in India is to honor a deity at a particular temple, celebrate the agriculture cycle or a religious story or event.

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This article gives detailed information about all the Indian festivals of different states.

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List of Indian Festivals

The list of the Indian festivals mentioned below are stated in the following order:

  1. State-specific
  2. Season-specific

State- Specific Festivals of India

The state-specific Indian festivals are listed below:

State List of Indian Festivals
Andhra Pradesh Bhishma Ekadasi, Deccan Festival, Pitr, Brahmotsavam
Arunachal Pradesh Pongtu, Losar
Assam Bhogali Bihu
Bihar Chhath Puja
Chhattisgarh Maghi Purnima, Bastar
Goa Carnival, Sunburn festival
Gujarat Navratri, Janmashtami, Kutch Utsav
Himachal Pradesh Rakhadumni, Gochi Festival
Haryana Baisakhi, Surajkund Mela
Jammu and Kashmir Har Navami, Chhari, Bahu Mela
Jharkhand Karam Utsav, Holi
Karnataka Mysore Dasara, Ugadi
Kerala Onam, Vishu
Madhya Pradesh Lokrang utsav, Diwali
Meghalaya Nongkrem festival, Khasis festival
Maharashtra Ganesh Utsav, Gudi Padva
Manipur Yaoshang
Mizoram Chapcharkut Festival
Nagaland Hornbill festival
Odisha Rath Yatra, Raja Parba
Punjab Lohri, Baisakhi
Rajasthan Gangaur, Teej
Sikkim Losar, Saga Dawa
Tamil Nadu Pongal
Telangana Bonalu, Bathukamma
Tripura Kharchi Puja
West Bengal Durga Puja
Uttaranchal Ganga Dussehra, Kumbh Mela
Uttar Pradesh Ram Navmi, Ganga Mahotsav, Navaratri

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

  • Tihar is one of the festivals of India that is dedicated to certain animals and things. They are classified as day of dog, day of crow, day of cows, etc.
  • Gotmar festival in Pandhurna is one of the festivals where two large villages perform an act of rivalry against one another by hurling rocks for 24 hours.
  • Gajan festival is one such festival where devotees offer sacrifices and perform acts of devotion such as running over hot coals, lying on beds of nails, stepping over children, offering human remains and piercing themselves to win blessings from Hindu gods such as Lord Shiva.
  • Snake Boat Races are held in Kerala and several dozens of men race on a boat in Kerala’s waterways and canals.

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