Latest Festivals In India 2020 Across the globe, Hindus celebrate a diverse number of festivals and celebrations, typically marking events from ancient Indian and often coinciding with seasonal changes. These celebrations are a fixed annual date on the solar calendar or occur on a particular day of the lunisolar calendar. There is some variation associated with the observance of the festivals regionally. Many festivals are primarily celebrated by specific sects or in certain regions of the Indian subcontinent.
Latest Festivals In India 2020
🔷 Mandu Festival
💢 Madhya Pradesh
From 13th February till 15th February, You can hear, see, taste, feel Mandu in a manner like never before.
The Mandu Festival will showcase live concerts, adventure sports, cycling expeditions, and much more. We urge you to travel and discover Mandu in a new way.
Local art, craft, and cuisine will be there. Please bring your family and friends to the Mandu Festival for an experience like never before.
🔷 Belum Caves Festival
💢 Andhra Pradesh
The name ‘Kandanavolu Sambaralu’ has been proposed for the festival. Kandanavolu was the ancient name of the Kurnool district
- Location: Belum Caves, also known as Belum Guhalu in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh is the second-longest cave in the Indian subcontinent open to the public.
- The longest natural cave in the Indian subcontinent is the Krem Liat Prah caves in Meghalaya.
- Formation: The cave is more than a thousand years old, and was formed by the constant flow of underground water over some time.
- Geographical Features: These caves are renowned for their speleothem structures (Speleothems are secondary mineral deposits formed in a cave), such as stalactite and stalagmite formations.
- Historical Background: The caves were occupied by Jain and Buddhist monks many centuries ago. The presence of 4500 years old vessels from the pre-Buddhism era ensures the same.
🔷 Ritualistic Festival , Lai Haraoba
On January 2, 2020, the Lai Haraoba festival began in Tripura. The festival will be celebrated for 5 days. The festival is celebrated by the Meitei community. The community is spread across Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, Myanmar, and Bangladesh
🔷 Buxa Bird Festival
💢 West Bengal
It is a famous bird festival which is held at the National Park organized by the Forest Department of West Bengal. Several bird watchers and bird lovers across the country have registered to take part in the festival, which will be held for four days.
The 4th edition of ‘Buxa Bird Festival’ has started in Buxa National Park in West Bengal’s, district Alipurduar. More than 50 birdwatchers from pan India and abroad have registered for the festival. Over 300 rare species including the Sultan Tit, Greater Spotted Eagle, and Great Hornbill visit the national park during this festival.
🔷 Kite Festival
Every year, Gujarat celebrates more than 200 festivals. The International Kite Festival is regarded as one of the biggest festivals celebrated. Months before the festival, homes in Gujarat begin to manufacture kites for the festival
International Kite Festival 2021 date
The festival takes place on January 14 every year during Makar Sankranti and continues until January 15
🔷 Zo Kutpui Festival
The Mizoram government recently organized Zo Kutpui (festival) from 9 January 2020 in at least 10 states across India and countries such as the US, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. About the Festival: It attempts to unify and strengthen the brotherhood among various Mizo tribes living in different parts of the world
The first edition of the festival is to begin in the city of Vanghmun in Tripura. The festival will then move to other states having Mizo population. By conducting such festivals, the Mizoram Government is trying to unify the Mizo population in the country and also across the world. The event will host performances of several Mizo tribes.
The Mizos are tribal people that are spread between Myanmar in the east to Bangladesh in the west. After independence, the Mizo people were governed by the Assamese Government. In 1952, a subsidiary government was created under Assam called Lushai hills, the now Mizoram. However, the Mizo people continued to demand freedom of independence to join Myanmar. The Mizo National Front (MNF) was created in 1961 to achieve the independence of Mizoram. In 1966, the MNF created its armed wing and declared independence under Operation Jericho. The area was then declared disturbed and in 1967, GoI enforced AFSPA.
Mizo Peace Accord
After several negotiations of peace, in 1987, the Rajiv Gandhi Government signed the Mizoram Peace Accord establishing peace in the region.
In India, the Mizo population is found in Manipur, Tripura, and Mizoram. There are 12 Mizo clans identified. It includes Pawi-Lusei, Tau, Khiangte, Hualhnam, Lai, Phaite, Renthlei, Hmar, Chawngthu, Pang, Ralte, and Hualngo.
However, the three major Mizo groups are the Lusei people, Lushai hills people, and Chin people. In
🔷 Dhanu Jatra Festival
Dhanu Jatra or Dhanu Yatra is an annual drama-based open-air theatrical performance celebrated in Bargarh, Odisha. Spread across an 8 km radius area around the Bargarh municipality, it is the world’s largest open air theater, one that finds a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. It is based on the mythological story of Krishna (locally known as Krushna), and his demon uncle Kansa. Originating in Bargarh, in the present-day play, the enactments of the play are being performed in many other places in Western Odisha. The major one of these is the original one at Bargarh. It is about the episode of Krishna and Balaram’s visit to Mathura to witness the Dhanu ceremony organized by their (maternal) uncle Kansa. The plays start with the dethroning of emperor Ugrasena by the angry prince Kansa, over the marriage of his sister Devaki with Basudeba, and ends with the death of Kansa, and Ugrasen restoring to become the king. There is no written script used in these enactments. During this festival, Kansa can punish people with the penalty for their mistakes. Biju Patnaik, the former Chief Minister of Odisha was fined once along with his ministers. The department of Culture of the Government of India has accorded National Festival status to Dhanu Yatra in November 2014
🔷 Madhavpur Mela
The eight states of the Northern Eastern Region will participate in a big way during the Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat due to be held in the first week of April this year. The annual fair is held at Madhavpur Ghed in Porbandar district and the Mela this year will commence on 2nd April, a day after the Ram Navami festival. The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh chaired a high-level meeting with senior officials of the Gujarat Government here today to review preparations for the mega festival. Secretary, North Eastern Council (NEC), Shri Moses Chalai, and senior officers of NEC, besides Resident Commissioners/representatives of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur also participated.
🔷 Chariot festival
💢 Tamil Nadu
Ratha Yatra Odia pronunciation: ‘Car Festival or Chariot Festival’) is a Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Shri Kshetra Puri Dham in the state of Odisha, India. It is the oldest Ratha Yatra, whose descriptions can be found in Brahma Purana, Padma Purana, and Skanda Purana, and Kapila Samhita. Rath Yatra or Jatra is the celebration of the Lord Jagannath, who is believed to be the Lord of the Universe’s journey towards his aunt’s house.
The festival commemorates Jagannath’s annual visit to Gundicha Temple via Mausi Maa Temple (maternal aunt’s home) near Saradha Bali, Puri.
This annual festival is celebrated on Ashadha Shukla Paksha Dwitiya (the second day in the bright fortnight of Ashadha month).
🔷 National Youth Festival
💢 Lucknow UP
The National Youth Festival in India is an annual gathering of youth with various activities including competitive ones. Celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of youth icon Swami Vivekananda, it is organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India in collaboration with one of the State Governments. Thus it is held in a different state each year during National Youth Week, 12 to 16 January every year.
Swami Vivekananda’s birthday on January 12 is always celebrated as National Youth Day and the week commencing from that day is known as the National Youth Week. As part of the National Youth Week celebrations, the Government of India holds the National Youth Festival every year. This is an event of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, and is celebrated annually in one of the States in a joint venture. The youth festival aims to propagate the concept of national integration, the spirit of communal harmony, brotherhood, courage, and adventure amongst the youth by exhibiting their cultural prowess on a common platform. This is done by organizing gatherings of youth across the country and encouraging them to take part in different activities.
Crucial components of the National Youth Festival are the competitive events. To compete at the national level, the young talents perform their level best to get themselves medals and awards. To conduct these competitions, eighteen in all disciplines, a team of officers was deployed who managed the competitions, helped in creating logistical arrangements for smooth conduct of competitions, collected and collated the results.
The activities held during the festival include competitive and non-competitive cultural events, martial arts, exhibitions, intellectual discourses, young artists camps, seminars, and adventure programs. The presentation of the National Youth Awards also takes place.
🔷 Karavali Utsav
💢 Mangaluru Karnataka
Karavali in Kannada means coastal area. Karwar being a coastal area has its own culture and traditions which are followed for many years. KaravaliUtsav/festival is a 3 decades-old festival of this coastal district of Karnataka. This festival is organized by District Administration every year in the district. This festival brings unity within people as this brings the people together during the festival season. Though it’s started in the coastal area, this has been spread to all talukas of this district in due course. Uttara Kannada is one of the biggest districts of Karnataka with 11 talukas. This district is gifted with great natural beauty including rivers, mountains, waterfalls, serene beaches, wildlife reserves, etc.
KaravaliUtsav will be held from 10th to 12th December 2016 at District Head Quarters & Talukas. The Schedule of events can be accessed over the link mentioned below. In addition to various cultural & entertainment programs, various activities are arranged this year also to attract not only Kannadigas but also people from the neighboring states. The tourists visiting the district can enjoy the scenic beauty of the places around in addition to participating in the cultural, entertainment activities of the Utsav.
🔷 Magh Bihu
Magh Bihu is a harvest festival celebrated in Assam, North-East India, which marks the end of harvesting season in the month of Magh.(January–February). A bonfire (Meji) is lit for the ceremonial conclusion and prayer to the God of Fire
Magh Bihu (also called Bhogali Bihu (of eating Bhog i.e. enjoyment) or Maghar Domahi is a harvest festival celebrated in Assam, North-East India, which marks the end of harvesting season in the month of Magh. (January–February). A bonfire (Meji) is lit for the ceremonial conclusion and prayer to the God of Fire. The festival is developed by the Tibeto-Burman, Austroasiatic, and Indo-Aryan cultures and festivals Magan of Kachari
🔷 Pongal Festival [ Jallikattu ]
💢 Madurai Tamil Nadu
Jallikattu, a popular bull-taming sport held during Pongal is approaching. … There have been many instances when the bullfighters have been badly injured. The bulls are trained through an intensive process called Mann Kushal, where the animals develop their skills by digging their horns in the wet earth.
Madurai, Tamil Nadu:
Jallikattu, a popular bull-taming sport held during Pongal is approaching. Bull trainers in Madurai have started gearing up for Jallikattu. The process of registration for the bullfighting event begins 10 days in advance, with a medical check-up for both the bulls and Jallikattu cattle players. The Tamil Nadu government granted permission to hold the traditional but controversial sport with certain restrictions last week. The event is set to be held in Madurai and the surrounding villages from January 15 to 17.
According to the government’s directive, the number of players cannot be more than 150 at an event and COVID-19 negative certificates are compulsory for the players. The number of spectators has also been restricted to 50 percent of the gathering.
Jallikattu requires the bullfighters to pounce on a running bull and move along with the animal without falling. Bullfighters need to be very alert, quick, and strong as the bulls try to get away and shake off the fighter. There have been many instances when the bullfighters have been badly injured.
The bulls are trained through an intensive process called Mann Kushal, where the animals develop their skills by digging their horns in the wet earth.
One of the most popular sites for Jallikattu is the Alanganallur village in Madurai, which receives tourists from all over the world. Bull trainer Nathan and his family have been raising five Jallikattu bulls, especially for the festival. “I take the bulls out to train twice a day, one in the morning, and one in the evening. The festival will be held next week,” Nathan told news agency ANI.
CommentsThe Supreme Court in 2014 had banned Jallikattu after a plea was filed by the Animal Welfare Board of India and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The state government had argued that Jallikattu was a crucial part of the state’s culture and identity. The ban was later lifted in January 2017. The law was amended after massive protests in Chennai.
🔷Chapchar Kut Festival
The Chapchar Kut is a festival of Mizoram, India. It is celebrated during March after completion of their most arduous task of jhum operation i.e., jungle clearing. It is a spring festival celebrated with great favor and gaiety.
Chapchar Kut is estimated to have started in 1450–1700 A.D. in a village called Suaipui. The festival originated when the hunters came back to the village empty-handed, to make up for the disappointment, the Village chief proposed an impromptu feast with rice beer and meat. Since then, everyone the festival had been repeated by the village of Suaipui and spread on to other villages. Chapchar Kut was first revived in 1962 on a grand scale in Aizawl, however, it was discouraged when it was felt that it did not adhere to Christian values and rekindling the pre-Christian cultural practices like drinking rice beer, however, it was continued in 1973 on a mass scale sans animistic practice and Cheraw dance. Even the Church which had remained critical of the festival no longer objected to the festival as it felt that traditional culture was disappearing. Chapchar Kut is now held annually in March. People dance, perform skits, play musical instruments to celebrate their beloved festival with the aims of bringing camaraderie among the people.
Chapchar Kut is one of three annual festivals of the Mizos celebrated to mark three different stages of the agricultural cycle. The other two are Mim Kut and Pawl Kut also revived in the last century.
🔷 Innovation Festival
💢 Arunachal Pradesh
The ‘Innovation Festival’ kicked off at the Science Centre in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. The festival is being organized by the Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology in collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation. The Innovation Festival, the 1st of its kind in the state. The festival aims to foster the culture of innovation among all people of the state, especially in all the educational institutions.
🔷 Nagoba jatra
Nagoba Jatara is a Hindu tribal festival held in Keslapur village, Inderavelly Mandal Adilabad district, Telangana, India. It is the second biggest tribal carnival and celebrated by Mesaram clan of Gond tribes for 10 days
Thousands of Tribal people from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Karnataka, Jharkhand, and Madhya Pradesh belonging to the Mesaram clan offer prayers at the festival Nagoba. It starts in Pushya Masam, a Hindu lunar month. A ceremony of ‘beating is its integral part where the new brides are introduced to the clan god during the first jatra after their marriage
🔷Surajkund Craft Mela
More than a million visitors attend this annual fair & crafts festival, where painters, weavers, sculptors & craftspeople from around the country display their wares.
🔷 Narmada Mahotsav
💢 Madhya Pradesh
🔷 Kala Ghoda Art Festival
💢 Mumbai MH
🔷 Hornbill Festival 2020
🔷Seed sowing festival ‘Lui-Ngai-Ni’
🔷 Losar Festival
💢 Himachal Pradesh
🔷 Nimad Chilli Festival
💢 Madhya Pradesh
💢 Barsana Mathura
🔷 National Organic Food Festival
💢 New Delhi
🔷 Kobita Utsav
💢 West Bengal
🔷Ganga Kayak Festival
🔷Namaste Orchha festival
💢 Madhya Pradesh
🔷 Global Ayurveda Festival
💢 Kochi Kerala
🔷 Fagli festival
💢 Himachal Pradesh
🔷 Hola Mohalla festival
🔷 Phool Dei festival