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

January (Paush / Magh)

India is a spectacular land of festivities where every festival is celebrated with unmatched enthusiasm, plethora of carnivals and hundreds of legendary traditions. Beginning with the first month of the Gregorian calendar, January gives a great start to worldwide celebrations in every nook and corner of the earth.

People from all round the globe get together in their native countries to celebrate the New Year's (हिंदी) with carnivals & theme parties on the 1st of January. Soon after, the much awaited harvest festivals of various states and regions are celebrated with great fervour and delight in the country. Festivities like Lohri (हिंदी) in Punjab, Delhi and Haryana, Ganga Sagar Snan (हिंदी) in West Bengal, Makar Sankranti (हिंदी) in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and Pongal (हिंदी) in Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu, are considered highly auspicious for the crops and the farmers of the whole country.

January is a proud host to many significant national days as well. Some of them are Indian Army Day (हिंदी) , National Youth Day (हिंदी) , Desh Prem Diwas (हिंदी) but the most important of all is the Republic Day (हिंदी). The parades and the patriotic celebrations last for a span of three days and commemorates with trumpets and drums of the Beating Retreat.

Many popular literary and dance festivals also fall in the month of January. This includes International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad, Jaipur Literature Festival (हिंदी), Modhera Dance Festival (हिंदी) , Mumbai Kabir Festival (हिंदी) , Kenduli Mela (हिंदी), Bikaner Camel Fair (हिंदी) in Rajasthan and Island Tourism Festival (हिंदी) in Port Blair. People from North Goa will be all set to commemorate their annual Three King’s Feast which will last for 10 long days of music, dance and partying.

Significant Hindu Vrats like Putrada Ekadashi Vrat (हिंदी) , Putrada Ekadashi Vrat (हिंदी) , Sakat Chauth (हिंदी) will witness huge crowd near the Ghats of Prayag and Varanasi. For Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti (हिंदी) will be a great time to visit the prominent Gurudwaras of the country and offer prayers and indulge in charity.

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