The month of November in India retains a special interest for residents and tourists, as it fills the air with festive jubilee. Though millions from across the world visit India, in admiration of its natural wonders and stunning bio-diversity, however, Indian festivals have always intrigued foreign tourists and offer an opportunity to harmoniously unify with the cultural diversity and explore the vibrant side of the country.
We bring you a comprehensive list of all the major Indian Festivals that are celebrated in November 2019, that holds people of India together.
1. Hampi Festival, Karnataka
The Hampi Festival is one of the most famous festivals in Karnataka. It is also known as Vijaya Utsav. The Hampi Festival is an age-old festival which is commemorated in remembrance and tribute for Vijayanagara empire. The week-long festivities include puppet show, dance, drama and traditional music.
Date: 2 November - 7 November
2. Wangala Festival, Meghalaya
Wangala Festival is a well known North-Eastern festival celebrated in Garo Hills by Garo Vamsasajar tribe of Meghalaya. Wangala celebration is similar to the other harvesting festivals celebrated in other parts of India. Since, it is celebrated in much pomp with drums, trumpets and traditional dances, Wangala festival is also called the 100 Drum Festival.
Date: 8 November
3. Rann Utsav, Gujarat
Rann Utsav is a month-long celebration that includes singing, music and traditional dances. It is a major desert festival held in Kutch, Gujarat. There is plenty of local food to indulge in and craft stalls to try new things. Another prime attraction of the place is the campsite in the middle of the desert. Visiting this place on full moon day is an exceptional experience.
Date: 28 October 2019 - 23 February 2020
4. International Yoga And Music Festival, Rishikesh
This International event is celebrated in the world capital of Yoga- Rishikesh, India. It is commemorated to create awareness among people regarding the benefits of yoga on the human mind, body and soul. And attending an event like the International Yoga and Music Festival will surely help you relax and unwind.
Date: 1 November - 7 November
5. Chhath Puja, Varanasi
The Chhath Puja is known to be one of the most important festivals in North India. In Varanasi, people flock for Chhath Puja on the banks of the River Ganga. With special pujas and prayers, tens of thousands of people pay tribute to Lord Surya. It is also celebrated in south India and in large parts of Mumbai on the beaches.
Date: 2 November
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6. Pushkar Camel Fair, Rajasthan
Pushkar Mela is a major festival that attracts people from all over the world and is one of the main attractions in Rajasthan in November. The Pushkar Mela is celebrated for eight days near Kartika Purnima. In reality, the Pushkar Mela is a celebration of camels. There are about thirty thousand camels traded in the fair. Parade of camels, a show of camels, a camel race, and many more fun activities are held here.
Date: 30 October - 9 November
7. Guru Nanak Jayanthi, Amritsar
The birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, is celebrated as Guru Nanak Jayanti. Decorated with electric lamps and lightings, the Guru Nanak Jayanthi is celebrated at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, with much pomp and vigour, turning the venue into a beacon of hope. It is this time of the year that the holy book is brought out of the temple and showcased to fellow Sikhs and tourists.
Date: 12 November
8. Sonepur Mela, Bihar
Sonepur Fair is a famous festival celebrated in Sonepur, Bihar. This festival is held on the full moon day of November. Sonepur Mela is a tribute to 'holy cows' and this cattle fair is celebrated on the banks of the River Ganga. This Mela is being commemorated since 300 BC and is also the largest cattle fair in Asia.
Date: 20 November
9. Indian Art Festival
The Indian Art Festival is held in New Delhi in November. IAF creates and promotes Indian art fairs, as well as celebrate and encourage the artists. This art festival is apt for art lovers and traders alike. It has many attractions such as photography, installation, video art and crafts.
Date: 14 November - 17 November
10. Bundi Festival
Bundi Festival is a celebration of the history and culture of Bundi in Rajasthan. These are the days when traditional dance and music are celebrated together. The three-day-long festivals offer a variety of attractions.
Date: 15 November - 17 November