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Cultural Festival in India You Should Know About

India is the best place in the world to see the different cultures from modern to ancient. There is amazing cultural diversity throughout the country. Every state has its unique art, culture, and tradition. People speak different languages, dress differently, follow different religions, and eat different food. The one thing that is common for all states is the people of the same temperament. If compared, there is hardly any culture in the world that is as varied and unique as India's.


Cultural Festivals in India

Cultural Festivals in India

Indian traditions today are not new ones. India was like that for more than 6000 years. There are so many proofs in history. Human beings want to migrate to India. India is a country that welcomes all religions. Most tourists who come to India are amazed by personally observing the Indian culture.


Cultural Festival in India

A festival not only means joy and happiness, but it also means an essential display of tradition, values, and culture. Almost every day India celebrates a unique festival. Some are religious, national, and cultural or harvest festivals. Know more about the vibrant celebration of Indian festivals, Culture, and Traditions in India.


Every state in India has their own major festival and people become culturally alive during this time. Here are a few top cultural festivals of India that embody the diversity in the respective states. Here is the list of cultural festivals widely celebrated in different corners of India.

Cultural Festival in North India

  • Kila Raipur Sports Festival – Punjab
  • Losar Festival, Ladakh
  • Ladakh Festival – Ladakh
  • Jaisalmer Desert Festival, Rajasthan
  • Pushkar Fair/Camel Festival – Rajasthan
  • Mewar Festival – Rajasthani

Kila Raipur Sports Festival – Cultural Festival of Punjab

Popularly also known as the ‘Rural Olympics’, this festival of sports take place in Punjab and covers a wide variety of sports.

Kila Raipur is situated in Ludhiana, Punjab, and the sports festival is celebrated every year in February and thousands of people including foreigners attend the event.

In addition to sporting events, animals like bulls, dogs, camels, donkeys, mules, and other animals are also used.

The purpose is to cultivate individual strength for working in the fields and garnering the specifics. The winner is awarded and respected.

Ladakh Festival – Cultural Festival of Ladakh

The Ladakh Festival is actually a mélange of festivals that are collectively referred to as a whole. Some of these festivals are named Hemis, Ladakh, Losar, and Sindhu Darshan festivals.

The Ladakh festival takes place in the month of September and is organized by the state tourism department.

The festival is as much of cultural importance as it is traditional. Almost all festivals are performed either inside a monastery or in the vicinity of one.

The summer transforms the valley into a combination of vibrant colors, which stays during the entire course of the festival.

The festival has dance, art, processions, yak and dragon dances, and whatnot.

Pushkar Mela – Cultural Festival of Rajasthan

The largest fair in the state of Rajasthan, the Pushkar Fair as the name suggests, is a camel and livestock fair held all across the town of Pushkar.

The fair is held during the months of October and November. On this day, camel and cattle traders get together to do business at the holy Kartik Purnima festival.

The fair attracts tourists from all over the country and the world. Initially, the festival was celebrated to attract the local camel and cattle traders to do business during the holy Kartik Purnima festival.

Apart from the regular transactions of livestock, several competitions are held such as ‘The longest mustache’, ‘The bridal competition’, ‘Breaking the pot (Matka Phod)’ and many more.

The men are busy with the goats, camels, sheep, and cows while the women pass their time in the stalls selling native jewelry, clothes, and textiles.

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Mewar Festival – Cultural Festival of Rajasthan

This festival happens in the city of Rajasthan, Udaipur. The festival is celebrated to mark the arrival of the spring season. If you want to be a witness to the cultural and traditional aspects of Rajasthan at large, you shouldn’t forget to attend this festival. This festival has a vast history and has been celebrated since when the Sisodia Dynasty was ruling India.


Cultural Festival in South India

  • Onam, Kerala
  • Pongal, Tamil Nadu
  • Thaipusam Festival, Tamil Nadu
  • Thrissur Pooram – Kerala


Onam - Cultural Festival of Kerala

Onam is a major festival of Kerala. In the month of Chingam of the Malayalam calendar, which corresponds to August or September of the Gregorian calendar it celebrates the homecoming of the legendary king Mahabali.

Homes are decorated with beautiful flower arrangements and the people dress in their finest traditional clothes. People wear traditional wear, adorn houses with Pookalam (floral designs), and prepare Onasadya (elaborate meal of about 13 dishes).

Events such as Vallamkali (snake boat race), Kaikottikali (clap dance), Kathakali dance, and Pulikali procession (artists dressed and painted like tigers and hunters) are held.

In Kerala, legendary boat races are held and a variety of dances are performed such as tiger dance, women’s dance, mask dance. Folk songs are sung and martial arts are displayed. The streets are full of festive colors and flowers.


Key attractions: The spectacular Snake Boat Race, the enigmatic Kaikottikali dance, and the Elephant procession

Thrissur Pooram – Cultural Festival of Kerala

This festival is held annually in Kerala and is held specifically at the Vadakkunnathan Temple situated at Thrissur

The festival is celebrated to commemorate the establishment of 10 temples around Vadakkunnathan Temple. It was mainly started by Raja Rama Verma and the surrounding temples participated in the festival.

The festival has events like Flag Hoisting (Kodiyettam), Firecrackers, display of ornamental caparisons, royal fans, peacock feathers, and sacred bells.



Cultural Festival in North-East India

  • Bihu Festival, Assam
  • Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
  • Durga Puja, West Bengal

Bihu Festival - Cultural Festival of Assam

A celebration of spring- in nature as well as of life, the Bihu dance is a joyous experience that sees men and women alike perform folk Bihu songs. Traditional Assamese wear and jewelry enhances further the spritely zest of the dance performances characterized by rapid hand movements and a rhythmic swaying of hips that is itself quite a delight to watch.


Hornbill Festival – Cultural Festival of Nagaland

The Hornbill Festival is celebrated in the Northeastern state of Nagaland and is generally called the ‘Festival of Festivals’. This week-long festival is celebrated between the dates of 1st to 7th December in Kohima to show respect to their culture and folklore.

Nagaland has a rich cultural and traditional heritage, which can be understood by this extravagant festival alone.

The name is derived from the Indian Hornbill, a bird that is an essential character of the folk tales of the state.

Hornbill is all about celebrating ancient tribal traditions, lifestyles, and heritage. Each and every tribe of the state take part in this beautiful festival of colors and traditions.

Several stalls are set up at the festival to display art and crafts, herbal medicine. There are various activities that take place throughout the week such as games, beauty contests, rock bands, traditional archery, Naga dance, and wrestling horse-riding, painting, flower show, chili eating challenge, and much more.

Durga Puja – Cultural Festival of West Bengal

Undoubtedly, the most revered festival of Bengal, this event happens during the time of ‘Shukla paksha’ (Hindu calendar), which stretches over several days that are named Maha Panchami, Maha Shasti, Maha Saptami, Maha Asthami, Maha Navami and Bijaya Dashami.


Mahalaya Amavasya marks the inception of the festival and on that auspicious day, people give tributes to their deceased relatives.


The festival ends with ‘Kojagori Lakhsmi Puja’, which is the worship of Goddess Lakshmi on a full moon night.


The festival marks the triumph of good over evil. The festival falls mostly in the English month of October.


Cultural Festival Allover India

  • Dussehra, All over India
  • Eid-ul-Fitr, All over India
  • Diwali, All Over India
  • Holi, All Over India


Cultural Festival in Mid India

  • Khajuraho Dance Festival, Madhya Pradesh
  • Kite Festival, Gujarat
  • Ganesh Chaturthi, Maharashtra
  • Goa Carnival, Goa
  • Puri Rath Yatra, Odisha
  • Konark Festival – Odisha

Konark Festival – Cultural Festival

This sand art festival is related to the Sun Temple in Konark, Odisha. It is organized to spread awareness about the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage monument.

Organized the first time in 1989, the festival has tremendous cultural and traditional values.

Konark is situated 35 kilometers to the northeast of Puri and the Sun Temple has millions of visitors all year-round and is declared a world heritage site.


The Indian culture is surviving with pride in the modern era. It timely imbibes the qualities of various other cultures and comes out as a contemporary and acceptable tradition.


On the world stage, either through international film festivals or through beauty pageants, India regularly displays its talent and culture. The flexibility and movement with time have made Indian Culture fashionable and acceptable too.

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