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Fairs / Festivals January 2015
Month Festival Place
January 4 & 5, 2015 Bikaner Camel Fair Bikaner, Rajasthan
January 5, 2015 Guru Gobind Singh Birthday All India
January 7 to 15, 2015 International Kite Festival Ahmedabad, Gujarat
January 9 to 11, 2015 India Yoga Festival Ashwem Beach, Goa
January 9 to 18, 2015 Goa Lokotsav Folk Festival Goa
January 13, 2015 Lohri All India
January 14, 2015 Makar Sankranti All India
January 14 to 16, 2015 Mukteshwar Dance Festival Bhubaneswar, Odisha
January 14 to 17, 2015 Pongal Tamil Nadu
January 14 to 17, 2015 Kenduli Mela West Bengal
January 21 to 25, 2015 Jaipur Literature Festival Jaipur, Rajasthan
Third week of January Modhera Dance Festival Gujarat
January 26, 2015 Republic Day New Delhi
January 30 to February 02, 2015 Nagaur Fair Rajasthan


A melting pot of culture- India, not surprisingly is also a land of festivals. Whether a celebration of onsetting spring, or the commemoration of the birth of a holy saint- Indian festivals act as the adhesive joining together so many Indian communities.

Here is a look at the festivals that take place in India in January every year- adding a little more color to the new year here.



  • Bikaner Festival, Rajasthan: The festival is celebrated in January-a perfect time to take a ride on the ‘ships of the desert’- camels. Majestic cavalcades of bedecked camels, are the star attraction of the show. Camels rule the day. Camel decoration, camel fur-cutting, camel milking, camel dance, best camel breed- these are some of the most prestigious competitions held. The food, you ask? Sweets made of camel milk!

  • Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday: Every‘Gurupurab’ or the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh- the tenth and last Guru of the Sikhs is celebrated on January 5. Sikhs gather in Sikh temples (Called Gurudwaras) and offer prayers to their Guru. Religious processions called Prabhat Feris start from the gurudwara and go from house to house singing devotional songs- a lot like Christmas caroling but with more gusto.

  • Kerala Village Fair, Kovalam, Kerala: Mid This village fair called 'gramam', held in mid- January, celebrates the rustic way of life in Kerala. It is an elaborate ten-day festival celebrated by recreating the rural village of Kerala. All around, you will see quaint little teashops, traditional Nalukettu houses designed with tiles and wood. Evenings are witness to much singing and dancing, in open-house auditoriums.

  • Lohri, Punjab: Lohri is celebrated on 13 January in Punjab. It is a sign that the harvesting is done, and months of toil have finally borne fruit. In fact, a day later, on 14 January the festival is celebrated by different names across India- since it is harvesting season everywhere in India. Happy people light bonfires and eat cakes made from the harvested rice or wheat.

  • Makar Sankranti: Makar Sankranti falls in the Indian month of Magh and on the English date of 14 January. It is said to fall on the day of the winter equinox. Food, bonfires, an earnest prayer in a hopeful heart- these are the hallmarks of Makar Sankranti. In Gujarat kites are flown, in Bengal devotees take dips in the cold waters of the Ganges to wash off their sins, and in Karnataka-cows and bulls- animals that pull the plough are decorated.

  • Modhera Dance Festival, Gujarat: A three-day festival held in the third week of January, the Modhera Dance Festival is a celebration of the Indian form of dance. The beautiful carvings of the Sun God on the temple walls form an apt backdrop to the evocative dance performances. The state dance of Gujarat- Garbha-with all its colorful trappings, remains the high point of the festivity.

  • Nagaur Fair, Rajasthan: The Jodhpur Nagaur Fair- popular as the Cattle Fair of Nagaur- is held annually from 30 January to 2 February. During this fair, Nagaur teems with life. Get to Nagaur for a dsiplay of fleet footed bulls, , and other decked up domestiv animals like cows, camels and goats. While sporting events like camel and horse races, tug-of-war keep tempo of the festival going, folk performers too lend a musical air to the evenings.

  • Pongal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh: Another name for Makar Sankranti in Tamil Nadu-Pongal is celebrated from 14 January to 17 January. In this thanksgiving to the earth for delivering a nice harvest, people pay homage to different Hindu gods. Here too, cows are accorded special treatment on this day.

  • Republic Day: January 26, 1950- the day on which India became a republic- is a day of great pride in the lives of all Indians. The Republic Day parade at Janpath, New Delhi is representative of all the 29 states, and 7 Union Territories of India. The constitutional head of the nation- the President lays a wreath of flowers at Amar Jawan Jyoti, followed by the 21 gun salute, unfurling of the national flag, and singing of the national anthem. The hearts of hundreds of Indians swell with pride as they hear their President deliver a speech on the eve of Republic Day.

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