Apartamentos La Morana Lanzarote
always a festival on somewhere. The harvest festivals of
the south, the immersion of Ganesh in Bombay, the car Festival
of Puri, snake-boat races in Kerala, Republic Day in Delhi...
every region, every religion has something to celebrate.
is a selection of the major ones.
/ Pongal:14 Jan,2011(Friday)
Mainly Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. 3 days
National: establishment of Republic 1950. 26th January.
Grand Military Parade and Procession of dancers etc. Delhi.
Panchami:08 Feb, 2011(Tuesday)
National (Mainly in the Eastern region): Hindu festival,
dedicated to Saraswati. the beautiful Goddess of Learning.
Women wear yellow saris.
- Shivaratri:03 Mar.,2011(Thursday)
National: Solemn worship of Hindu deity, Lord Shiva. Fasting
and chanting. Special celebrations at Chidambarum, Kalahasti,
Khajuraho, Varanasi and Bombay.
- Holi: 20mar., 2011(Sunday)
Mainly northern, popularly called the festival of colors.
Advent of Spring. Lively and much throwing of coloured
water and powders. Public Holiday.
Gras: 5 - 8 Mar., 2011
Goa: Mainly three days during lent. Unique celebrations
at this carnival.
- Ramnavami: 12 Apr., 2011(Tuesday)
National: Birth of Rama, incarnation of Vishnu. No processions.
Plays and folk theaters.
Jayanti:17 Apr. 2011(Sunday)
National: Jain festival; birth of Mahavira, the 24th and
- Easter:22 Apr. 2011(Friday)
Good Friday / Easter Sunday; National.
- Baisakhi:14 Apr. 2011(Thursday)
Northern India, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu; Hindu Solar
New Year. Bhangra dancing. Women wear yellow saris.
Yatra: 03 July,2011(Sunday)
Mainly Orissa. Greatest temple festival in honour of Lord
Jagannath (Lord of the Universe). Three colossal chariots
drawn from Puri temple by thousands of pilgrims. Similar
festivals, on a smaller scale, take place at Ramnagar
(near Varanasi), Serampore (near Calcutta) and Jagannathpur
- Teej:03 Aug., 2011(Wednesday)
Rajasthan- Particularly Jaipur: Procession of the Goddess
Parvati to welcome monsoon; elephants, camels, dancers
etc. Women wear green saris. Colourful.
Bandhan:13 Aug., 2011(Saturday)
Northern and Western India. Legendary reenactment, girls
tie rakhis or talismen to menís wrists. Colourful build
Panchami:04 Aug., 2011(Thursday)
Mainly Jodphur, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Dedicated to
the green thousand-headed mythical serpent called Sesha.
The day is also observed in many other parts of Western
and Eastern India.
(Ramzan Id):30 Aug., 2011(Tuesday)
Muslim, National: Celebration to mark the end of the month
Day :15th Aug., 2011(Monday)
National: Independence Day. Prime Minister delivers address
from Delhiís Red Fort.
- Janmashtami:22 Aug., 2011(Monday)
National, particularly Agra, Bombay and Mathura; Lord
- Onam: 01 Sept., 2011(Thursday)
Keralaís Harvest Festival; spectacular snake boat races
in many parts of Kerala.
Chaturthi: 01 Sept., 2011(Thursday)
Mainly Pune, Orissa, Bombay, Madras, dedicated to elephant-headed
God Ganesh. Giant models of the deity processed and immersed
in water. Colourful, and a particularly worth visiting
on the Day of immersion at Bombay.
- Dussehra:06 Oct. 2011(Thursday)
National: The most popular festival in the country, celebrated
in different ways in different parts of the country. In
the north and particularly in Delhi (where it is known
as Ram Lila), plays and music recall the life of Rama;
in Kulu, the festival is also very colourful celebrated.
In Bengal and many parts of Eastern India it is known
as Durga Puja, and in the South as Navaratri.
- Fair:27 Oct., 2011(Thursday)
Himachal Pradesh: Kulu Valley to coincide with Dussehra
Jayanti: 02 Oct., 2011(Sunday)
National: Mahatma Gandhiís birthday. No processions.
- Diwali:26 Oct.,2011(Wenesday)
National: One of the most lively and colourful festivals
in India. In some parts, it marks the start of the Hindu
New Year. In Eastern India, the goddess Kali is particularly
worshipped; elsewhere, it is Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity,
who is venerated. Everywhere there are magnificent illuminations
10 Nov. 2011(Thursday)
Mainly in northern India. Anniversaries of ten gurus,
spiritual teachers or preceptors of Sikhism. No procession.
(Bakrid):06 Nov., 2011(Sunday)
Muslim, National: The most celebrated Islamic festival
in India, commemorating the sacrifice of Abraham.
- Muharram:26 Nov. 2011(Saturday)
Muslim. Commemoration of Imam Hussainís martyrdom. Tiger
dancers lead processions of colourful replicas of martyrís
tomb. Colourful, particularly at Lucknow.
Mela:2 - 10 Nov. 2011
Pushkar, near Ajmer, Rajasthan. Important and colourful.
Camel and cattle fair, attended by Rajputs from miles
around. Camel races and acrobatics etc.
Day: 25 Dec. 2011(Sunday)
National: Most exuberantly celebrated in Goa, Bombay and