Beautiful festivals to celebrate in India around the whole year:
India celebrates beautiful festivals through out the year during which you can plan your trip to explore India.
As the new year bring new hopes and new travel opportunities in everyone’s life so, if you are planning to explore India in year 2020 then for you exploring India during festivals are the best time to explore the culture of India because in year every month, you will witness beautiful festivals celebrated all over India which I will be sharing with you and the places to experience these festivals. Also these festivals will definitely force you to explore India.
India celebrates various festivals like Lorhi, Maha Shivratri, Holi, Navratras, Eid, Janmashtami, Diwali, Christmas in full enthusiasm which will definitely draw your attention to visit India.
Beautiful festivals to celebrate in India around the whole year
These are the festivals to celebrate in 2020 India around the whole year:
1. Lorhi / Makar sakranti / Pongal (The harvesting festival) : This festival is one of the most auspicious festivals in India according to the Gregorian calendar. It marks the entry of Sun in the astrological sign Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn . The only difference is lorhi is celebrated one day before of Makar Sakranti and Punjab is the must visit place in India during lorhi.
Makar Sakranti is celebrated in Maharashtra and Gujarat and during this festival international kite festival Uttarayan is also celebrated in Gujarat.
Pongal is celebrated in Tamil Nadu in South India.
Lorhi is on 13th January and Makar sakranti and pongal is on 15th January this year
2. Basant Panchmi: This festival is celebrated to the arrival of spring season and is celebrated by people in various ways depending on the region. Basant Panchami is the festival dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. Basant Panchmi was celebrated on 29 January 2020.
3. Maha Shivratri: Maha Shivratri is the famous Hindu festival celebrated with enthusiasm in India and outside India too. This festival is generally celebrated on the month Maagh (February or March) according to the Hindu Lunar Calendar. This year Maha Shivratri is on 21 February 2020.
4. Holi: After Maha Shivratri, another beautiful festival in India is Holi which is also known as festival of colors. Holi celebrations start on the night before with a Holika Dahan where people gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, was killed in the fire. On the next morning Holi is celebrated as Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all festival of colours. Holi is on 10 March.
Do visit Mathura and Vrindavan 10 days before the Holi festival. Celebrations of Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan 1 week before the festival.
5. Chaitra Navratras: Chaitra Navratras is celebrated in the month of March or April. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in different parts of the country, which lasts for 9 nights and 10 days. Each day is devoted to different forms of Goddess Durga.
On the end day of chaitra navratras Ram Navmi (birth of Lord Rama) . It is marked by the faithfuls with puja (devotional worship) such as bhajan and kirtan, by fasting and reading passages about Rama’s life.
Chaitra Navratras starting from 25 March and will end on 3 April 2020.
6. Baisakhi: Baisakhi ranks among the popular festivals in India. It is one of the famous festival in the state of Punjab and is celebrated with huge fanfare and excitement. The festival takes place along with the farming time when the Rabi crop is ready for harvesting.
Baisakhi is held every year in the month of April celebrated with immense fun. In 2020 Baisakhi will be celebrated on 13 April.
Places to visit in India is anywhere in Punjab state of India.
7. International Yoga Day: When you plan to visit India you will see lot of people, sadhus, sports person, do Yoga near hilly areas, beaches, in parks which reflects the Indian culture. Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices originated in ancient India. India welcome all over the world to witness our Indian culture. In the year 2015, The Government of India declare 21st June as the International Yoga Day. So on 21st June 2020 you should try to visit India.
Places to visit in India where you will find peaceful atmosphere is Haridwar and Rishikesh on the banks of Ganga River.
8. Janmashtami: Janmashtami is another beautiful Hindu festival in India to celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, and is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India. To celebrate this festival, all the Lord Krishna temples are decorated, processions, bhajans, kirtan and satsang meetings are organised at various places to celebrate his birth. On 2020 Janmashtami will be celebrated on 11 August.
Janmashtami festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm all over India, especially in Mathura which is the birth place of Lord Krishna Every person in town is dressed in their best attire to celebrate the birthday of Bal Gopala.
Along with Mathura, Vrindavan is 15 kms away from Mathura is the idle place for you to celebrate Janmashtami festival in India.
9. Ganesh Chaturthi: Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the beautiful Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Hindu God Ganesha with full joy and happiness . It falls in the months of August or September but in this year Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on 22 August.
The devotees install the Ganesha clay idols privately in homes or public. The festival celebrates Lord Ganesha as the God of New Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles as well as the god of wisdom and intelligence.
Mumbai or anywhere in the state of Maharashtra you can visit to enjoy the vibes of Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
10. Shradha Navratras: This is the another Navratra festival celebrated in India mostly by Hindus is Sharada Navratras which is celebrated in the month of September or October. During this navratras Durga puja is celebrated and also Dussehra is celebrated on the last day of Sharada Navratras.
This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in different parts of the country, which lasts for 9 nights and 10 days. Each day is devoted to different forms of Goddess Durga. Devotees prepare special food during this festival.
You can visit any place in North India to see Ramlila, but these are the places you must visit on Navratras in India, Sri Mata Vaishnodevi at Katra, Gujarat, kolkata etc.
11. Dussehra: Dussehra is one of the main festival celebrated to mark the victory of God Rama over Demon Ravana. According to the epic Ramayana, Lord Ram killed Ravana on the tenth day that is Dussehra. Dussehra is also called Vijayadashami and is celebrated as victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahisasura. The festival of Dussehra is celebrated at the end day of Sharada Navratras . This year Dussehra will be celebrated on 25 October.
North India is the idle places to visit in Dussehra festival.
12. Diwali: Diwali is also known as the the festival of the lights and is the most idle time to visit India to explore the diversity of India. Diwali festival symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil. Exactly after 20 days of Dussehra festival, Diwali festival will be celebrated on 14 November. During, Diwali festival whole India is beautifully light up during Diwali festival so anywhere in India is the idle place to experience Diwali festival .
13. Christmas: India celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ in different style with mixture of western and desi style. Christmas is the season of lights and colors, giving and receiving cakes and gifts from Santa claus makes your Christmas Eve amazing. Being last month of the year, India turns it’s mood into party mode and along with Christmas Eve is the treat for everyone to explore India.
Places to visit in India to celebrate Christmas is Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Manali, Shimla,
Beautiful festivals to celebrate in India around the whole year
In the end, I hope you like my blog. You will like to visit India during these festivals to experience Indian culture and authenticity.