The main celebration of Holi is a giant country-wide color fight.
Holi is a Hindu festival that takes place in March every year and is the celebration of the victory of good over evil. Holi is often called the Festival of Colors due to the countrywide chaotic colored-power fight that takes place on this day of boisterous celebrations.
The legend behind Holi begins with the demon Holika who was defeated by the hero Prahlada under the guidance of Lord Vishnu. To celebrate the destruction of the demon, on the night of the full moon in March a statue of Holika is symbolically burned and the death of the demon is celebrated the following day with color fights, laughing, dancing, singing, and parades.
This is one of the favorite Indian festivals among travelers who are often drawn to Holi by the contagious joy of the participants and the chance to capture incredible photographs.
Upcoming Holi Dates:
- 2021: March 28
- 2022: March 18
- 2023: March 7
Over the six years of its existence, the Friendship Festival “India Day” in Sokolniki has become the brightest event of the summer, loved by people in Moscow and guests of the city. The festival program combines the best events that distant and mysterious India can show: from incredible dances and henna painting to a grand procession of chariots and watching Indian cinema. Colorful artists, speakers and bloggers will be waiting for you, there will be a chess tournament, yoga and meditation practices. Bright Indian fair, tons of delicious food. This year, the organizers announced that MANGO – a free guest of Food Cord. Dozens of entertainment venues for activities and relaxation. Bunch of colors and delicious smells, good mood, new friendships and impressions. There are picturesque photo zones for lovers of selfie and boomerang. The organizer of the India Day is the Indian National Cultural Centre “SITA” with partner support from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Government of Moscow.
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“Indian Summer Bazaar”, organizing by the Indian Women’s Association, Every year in June month. The main building Complex of the Indian Embassy at 6-8, Ulitsa Vorontsovo Polye will be the venue for the event.
This event is showcase the vibrant and rich Indian culture and will include sumptuous Indian cuisine, ethnic jewellery, unique handicrafts and colorful apparel. There are also opportunities to apply Mehndi (decorative form of ancient Indian body art) and have their palms become window to their souls in the Palmistry stalls. Every Year Indian Embassy are excited to present a special performance by the Indian Military Band!!!
The Bazaar is cater to the interests of all age groups and will include Game-Stalls with interesting games for children and young adults. The event is include an ensemble of cultural programmes including performances in Yoga, bollywood and classical music and dance. The Bazaar is also have a Tambola event. There is be a number of attractive raffle prizes, the lucky winners of which decided by draw of lottery towards the end of the event.
Onam is a 4-day harvest festival that takes place in Kerala. This holiday is a stunning display of Kerala’s culture and heritage and is celebrated to commemorate the return of the mythical King Mahabali.
Onam in Kerala is full of cultural events including traditional dances, sports competitions, boat races, and Kathakali performances. Every household also creates a pookalam which is a decoration made from flower petals and rice that is placed on the floor at the entrance of homes and buildings.
Visitors to Kerala during Onam can watch the joyous celebrations or participate in the Onam Sadhya, a large festival feast where dishes are served on banana leaves.
Upcoming Onam Dates:
The most important day of Onam is called Thiru Onam which directly translates to ‘sacred Onam day’. Thiru Onam is when the competitions, boat races, feasts, and temple events all take place.
- Thiru Onam 2020: August 31
- Thiru Onam 2021: August 21
- Thiru Onam 2022: September 8
- Thiru Onam 2023: August 29
Statue of Durga during the Durga Puja celebrations
Durga Puja is the largest festival to take place in Kolkata and West Bengal. This festival is a 5-day celebration that commemorates the victory of the goddess Durga over the buffalo demon Mahishasura.
During the festival, large statues of the goddess Durga with her ten arms are created and placed in temples or pandals throughout the city. Just like during Ganesh Chaturthi, each neighborhood in Kolkata competes to make the most beautiful pandal with the largest and most impressive statue of Durga.
The best thing to do during this holiday is to travel around the city visiting each of the pandals. Every pandal is built with a different theme from “Egypt” to “The Environment”.
Upcoming Durga Puja Dates:
Durga Puja normally takes place in late September or early October. The creation of the pandals and statues of the goddess begins months in advance.
During the last day of the festival, the statues of Durga are paraded through the city then submerged into the Hugli River.
- 2020: October 22-26
- 2021: October 11-15
- 2022: October 1-5
- 2023: October 20-24
The Hindu god Ganesh
Ganesh is an elephant-headed Hindu god who is worshipped for his ability to remove obstacles from the lives of his followers. Although Ganesh is a beloved deity all across India, the city of Mumbai holds a particular love for him and throws a huge festival in his honor every year.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day festival that celebrates the birth of Ganesh. During the festival, huge handcrafted statues of Ganesh are displayed in pandals or temples throughout Mumbai. Every neighborhood in the city competes to make the best and most beautiful statue of Ganesh.
Throughout the festival, each statue is given offerings and is celebrated with religious rituals until the final day when all the statues are carried to the ocean and submerged. Placing the statues in the sea symbolizes Lord Ganesh leaving the Earth and returning to the heavens.
Upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi Dates:
Ganesh Chaturthi occurs in August or September every year. The biggest celebrations take place when the statues of Ganesh are paraded through the city towards the sea on the final day.
- 2021: August 22-September 1
- 2022: September 10-19
- 2023: September 18-28
Lighting the Diwali lanterns or diyas
Diwali, or Deepavali, is also known as the Festival of Lights and is India’s most anticipated and biggest festival of the year. Diwali is a Hindu holiday that celebrates the triumph of light over darkness with fireworks, clay lanterns called diyas, and string lights.
Diwali typically takes place in late October or early November. During the 5 days of celebration, the whole country is covered in twinkling decorations and burning clay lanterns. This holiday is a time for family gatherings, large meals, and gift-giving.
Diwali is celebrated all over India, but some of the most beautiful cities to visit to experience the festival are Delhi, Jaipur, and Kolkata, Bihar, Uttar Prades, Madhya Pradesh
Upcoming Diwali Dates:
Like many Indian festivals, the dates of Diwali are based on the Hindu lunar calendar and change slightly every year.
- 2020: November 12�C16
- 2021: November 2�C6
- 2022: October 22�C26
- 2023: November 5�C9