Celebrations never end in India. And January is the month when the everlasting zeal is seen in cultural festivals and events. Bringing the folk music, dance, and traditions in the spotlight, these create an alluring opportunity for witnessing the vibrant beauty of the country at its best. Here are the best festivals and events that the first month of the year has to offer.
1. International Kite Festival
Specialty: Kite flying, aerial acrobats, kite painting and making competitions that multiple the zeal and fun aura of the occasion.
2. Bikaner Camel Festival
Specialty: Of all the amazing competitions and performances, the camel dance is the major highlight of this festival.
Specialty: People wear new clothes and welcome the warmer days by lighting up the bonfire and taking rounds around it. Popcorn, gajak, and revdi are savoured with the loved ones over the Dhol beats.
4. Kenduli Mela
Specialty: Dressed in saffron robes, the Baul musicians playing the distinctive instrument – Ektara, and singing about life’s philosophy is very heartwarming.
Specialty: From decorating houses and making colorful kolams in the streets to bull and bird fighting like Jallikattu in Madurai, everything about Pongal is unique and special.
6. Bhogali Bihu
Specialty: On this eve, the locals build Meji, a structure made of wood and leaves that are guarded for a night and then lit up by the fire with a belief that it’ll burn the winter out.
7. Modhera Dance Festival
Specialty: The whole temple is illuminated and acts as a gorgeous backdrop for the performances that take place throughout the evening.
8. Jaipur Literature Festival
Specialty: It offers the perfect opportunity to meet the renowned national and international authors, and listen to them, and all for free.
9. Republic Day
Specialty: The Republic Day parade, traditional dance troupes, and helicopters flying in the sky are the main attractions of the festival.
10. Vasant Panchami
Specialty: On the fifth day of spring, everyone in Punjab celebrates the day as the festival of kites, wears yellow, and cooks delicious meethe chawal and boondi laddoo at home.