Festivals of India 2015
Indian Festivals are celebrated by varied cultures and through their special rituals add to the colours of Indian Heritage. Some festivals welcome the seasons of the year, the harvest, the rains, or the full moon. Others celebrate religious occasions, the birthdays of saints and gurus (revered teachers), or the advent of the New Year. A number of these festivals are common to most parts of India. However, they may be called by different names in various parts of the country or may be celebrated in a different fashion... Read More
Festivals in January 2015
January (Pausha / Magh):
The month of January heralds a new beginning - the New Year which symbolises fun, frolic and masti. January is the month of harvest festivals and festivals of life and fertility. One of the most important festivals in January is Lohri which is celebrated in the month of Paush on the 13th day of January. Makar Sankranti which is a harvest festival is celebrated on the 14th of January and is one of the most auspicious occasions for the Hindus. Pongal which is celebrated in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and Magh Bihu which is celebrated in Assam are also important harvest festivals.
Basant Panchami will be celebrated on 24th January 2015 which also signifies the beginning of spring. Saraswati or Goddess of Learning is worshipped on this day.
Milad un Nabi or Mawlid which marks the birth of Prophet Muhammad is celebrated by the Muslim community in the third month of the Islamic calendar which also falls in the month of January.
January is the month of pride and honor for all Indians. 26th January is celebrated as Republic Day, the day when the Indian Constitution came into force. 23rd January is the birth anniversary of one of India's greatest leaders - Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose while 28th January is the birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai, another great freedom fighter of India. January is also the month when we remember the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi who was assassinated on January 30 which is known as Martyrs' Day.
Some regional fairs and festivals which have gained prominence over the years are Jaipur Literature Festival, International Kite Festival, Kerala Village Fair, and Mamallapuram Festival.
Explore and enjoy the panorama of Festivals / Fairs / Melas celebrated in India.