Important Festivals of India

By Avinash Kumar|Updated : February 23rd, 2021

India is a country with great diversity, rich culture, colorful festivals, and a variety of dance and music. Festivals are the way to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of India, religious diversity, seasons, and femininity. India is an agricultural country thus; many of its festivals also celebrate harvests. The table given below incorporates a few of the important festivals of India.

Important Festivals of India




Andhra Pradesh


It is a nine days long festival celebrated at the Venkateshwara Temple, Tirupati.


Telugu New Year


It celebrated the victory of good on evil.

Makar Sankranti

It is celebrated when Sun transit from the Capricorn.

Arunachal Pradesh


It is the agriculture festival, celebrated by the Adi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.


Tibetan New Year


It is a festival of prosperity celebrated by the Apatanis of Arunachal Pradesh.


It is a festival of the Idu-Mishmi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. They worship goddess Nayani Inyitaya for the welfare of their family.


It is an agricultural festival of Arunachal Pradesh, celebrated by the Galo tribe.

Boori Boot

Celebrated by the Nyishi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh for the successful harvest of the year.


New Year of Monpa Tribe


People worship Sun and Moon during the festival.

Dhree Festival

It is an agricultural rite observed by Apatanis of Arunachal Pradesh. Fowls, eggs, and animals are presented to Sun and Moon Gods to avoid famine in the region.



It is a Hindu festival where a fair is held at Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati, Assam. It honours the femininity by celebrating the annual menstrual cycle of Devi Kamakhya.


It is set of three festivals, namely Rongali Bihu, Kati Bihu, and Bhogali Bihu. It marks the harvesting of Paddy crop.


Baishakhi of Assam celebrated by the Bodo tribe.

Dehing Patkai

Celebrates the rich culture and heritage of Assam.



People worship Devi Mansa for the welfare of their families.

Chhath Pooja

Sun God, along with his wife Usha is worshipped during this festival to thank them for bestowing life on Earth.


Mainly celebrated by the Maithil Brahmins of Bihar. It marks the arrival of Monsoon in the region.


Bastar Dussehra

It is the longest celebrated Dussehra in the world. It is celebrated for 75 days from August to October.



Thanksgiving festival of India

Mando festival

It is a dance festival where people perform Mando dance.


Monsoon mud festival of Goa.



It is a nine days long festival where people worship nine forms of Devi and perform Garba and Dandiya dances.


Celebrated to mark the transit of Sun northwards from tropic of Capricorn to tropic of Cancer. Kite festival is organized on this day.



It celebrates the harvest of Rabi crops in Haryana and Punjab.

Himachal Pradesh

Magha Saaji

Makar Sankranti of Himachal Pradesh.

Jammu & Kashmir

Dosmoche festival

It is celebrated on the last day of New Year celebrations in the Leh region.

Matho Nagrang

It is celebrated on the 15th day of the Tibetan Calendar in the Matho Monastery. 


Celebrated in the Ladakh region. It is the Tibetan New Year.

Galdan Namchot

It is celebrated in the Leh region. It marks the birthday of a great Buddhist saint Tsongkhapa.



It is a spring festival which marks the new flowers at the Saal trees.


It is a harvest festival dedicated to Karma dev for bestowing with power and youthfulness.

Hal Punhya

It celebrates wrinkling. It marks the beginning of the ploughing.


It is a harvest festival and marks the start of the sowing season.


It is a harvest festival celebrated in January every year.


Makar Sankranti

It is celebrated when Sun transit from the Capricorn.



It is the most important harvest festival of Kerala celebrated in the month of September.


New Year of Kerala.

Alpashi Utsavam

It is the celebration of the annual bathing ritual of deities in the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple.

Madhya Pradesh

Bhagoria Haat Festival

It is the festival of love where young girls and boys try to entice each other and if both like each other, then they put red powder on their partner’s face.


Gudi Padwa

Maharashtrian New Year



Holi of Manipur

Chavang Kut

It is the harvest festival celebrated by the Kuki-Chin-Mizo Tribes of Manipur on 1st November of every year.

Sajibu Cheiraoba

Manipuri New Year


Nongkrem Dance Festival

It is a dance festival that celebrates harvest and thanksgiving by the Khasi tribe.

Wangala festival

It is the post-harvest festival of Garo Tribe.


Chapchar Kut

It is the harvest festival and marks three different stages of the agricultural cycle.


Hornbill Festival

It is organized by the government every year to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Nagaland and to promote inter-tribal harmony.

Moatsu festival

It is the harvest festival of the Ao tribe.


Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra

It is a very famous festival in Odisha. It is also known as Gundicha Yatra, Chariot festival, Dasavatara or Navadina Yatra. The festival is dedicated to Lord Jagannath/Krishna, his sister Subhadra and his elder brother Balabhadra.

Nukahai Festival

Nukahai or Nabanna is the harvesting festival held in the months of August and September.

Raja Praba

It is a three days long harvest festival where the first day is called Pahili Raja, second day is called Raja Sankanthi and third day is called Basi Raja.



It is celebrated on 13th January every year. It marks the ending of winters, as Sun moves from Winter Soloists to Equinox. Sun God is worshipped during the festival.



It is a festival which is celebrated by females and dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati as the symbol of love and successful marriage.


It is celebrated to mark the onset of monsoon and prosperity in the region. Women dress in green attire and wish for the health and well-being of their husbands.

Braj Holi

It is celebrated in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan before Holi. Lord Krishna is worshiped during the festival.


Saga Dawa

It celebrates the rich culture of Sikkim.

Tendo Lho Rum Faat

People worship mountains, rivers, lakes, and caves during the festival.

Tamil Nadu


It marks the last day of a Tamil Year.


It is celebrated by the Tamil and Malayali Hindu community to mark the victory of good over evil.


It is Indian Bullfighting

Natyanjali Festival

It is an annual dance festival devoted to Lord Shiva.



It is a Hindu festival dedicated to Goddess Mahakali.


It is the nine days long floral festival which starts on the first day of Navratri and ends on Durgashtami.


Kharchi Pooja

It is a Hindu festival where 14 Hindu Gods are worshiped, including the Earth.

Uttar Pradesh

Kumbha Mela

It is a mass Hindu pilgrimage where Hindus bathe in the holy river of Ganges. It is celebrated every 12 years.


It is a harvest festival and involves ritual bathing.


Ganga Dusshera

It is celebrated for ten days in the month of May-June every year to mark the descent of holy river Ganga from heaven.

West Bengal

Durga Pooja

It is one of the oldest traditions of the Hindu community in Bengal. They worship Goddess Durga during the festival. Women put red powder on each other’s faces.

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