Indian Festivals in May 2023 | May Festivals of India List

Indian Festivals in May

May is the month when the summer season starts and the end of the academic year for many schools and institutions. The month comes with a great opportunity to celebrate traditional festivals as well as have special summer holiday plans. What are the festivals celebrated in May? How to make our summer season more joyful and exciting? We will know here in detail.

May Festivals of India List

The upcoming Indian festivals in May are listed here.

S.N.May Festival NameDate
1Thrissur Pooram1 May
2World Laughter Day1 May
Buddha Purnima / Vesak Day5 May
4Mother’s Day8 May
5Dhungri Mela14 May – 16 May
6World No Tobacco Day31 May

Thrissur Pooram

Thrissur Pooram is one of the biggest and most colourful temple festivals celebrated in Kerala state in South India. The festival is celebrated in the Vadakkumnathan temple in the Thrissur district. 

The festival is famous for its unique decorated elephant procession (Kudamattom), which involves the participation of elephants from various temples across Kerala. 

Apart from this splendid procession, other attractions of the Thrissur Pooram festival include a spectacular display of colourful fireworks, parasol exchanges, an umbrella showing competition, and drum concerts. Lasting for 36 hours, the festival draws the largest crowds in Kerala, fascinating locals and tourists in the region. If you are passionate about seeing a glimpse of South Indian festivals and culture, this is the best time to visit Kerala

World Laughter Day

World Laughter Day is celebrated to highlight the importance of happiness in our lives and behaviour. Laughter is considered the best medicine in medical science. The main purpose of World Laughter Day is To bring a smile to every face.

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Buddha Purnima

Buddha Jayanti, also known as Buddha Purnima celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Lord Buddha. It’s the most sacred Buddhist festival. Activities include prayer meets, sermons, religious discourses, recitation of Buddhist scriptures, group meditation, processions, and worship of the statue of Buddha.

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May every year. Mothers play an immensely important role in our lives. Mothers are selfless, shower unconditional love on their children, and sacrifice all their needs for their families. To remember the contribution of our loving mother, we celebrate a day like Mother’s Day.

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Dhungri Mela

The three-day Dhungri Mela takes place in honour of Goddess Hadimba’s birthday in Manali. She was the wife of Bhima, one of the five Pandavas brothers from the great Hindu epic the Mahabharata. Her temple is one of the most important ones in the region, and gods and goddesses from surrounding villages are carried in procession to attend the celebrations. The festival involves much singing and dancing, including performances of the Kullu Natti folk dance. It provides an interesting glimpse of local culture. You can also check the other Indian fairs/Mela here:- Mela List in India.

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World No Tobacco Day

Cancer is a big problem nowadays. A large no of people are suffering from mouth cancer caused due to chewing tobacco. People know the adverse effects of tobacco on our health and body, but still, they don’t care about it. To bring the attention of the world, and highlight the tobacco-related disease, we celebrate World No Tobacco Day in May.