Festivities and carnivals never end in India. And the first month of the year is always auspicious! Moreover, January is the month when the enduring zeal is seen in artistic celebrations and displays. There is plenty of traditional festivals, dance and music carnivals, exhibitions, and many more you would definitely want to be a part of. Here are the best festivities and events that January, the first month of the year has to offer.
1. Rann of Kutch
Rann Utsav or Rann of Kutch is an 80 day-long celebration at the magnificent white salt desert in Kutch. With incredible folk dances, harmony, handiworks stalls, venture sports, and delicious food, the festival showcases the rich heritage and culture of the region. Hundreds of extravagant tents are scattered out in the vast openness of the desert to entertain tourists.
When: 1 November 2019 to 28 February 2020.
2. International Kite Flying Festival
It brings enormous joy to see the azure sky turn vibrant and picturesque with millions of glowing kites hovering right from daybreak to twilight at this celebration. Many from around the world join the party as part of the Makar Sankranti festival. In addition to the fun kite flying, there are other alluring events such as kite-making workshops, aerial acrobats, kite painting competitions, and more. This age-old festival celebrates vitality and fertility.
When: 7 January to 14 January 2020
3. Jaipur Literature Festival
Are you a bibliophile? Do you love literature? Then make sure you visit the Jaipur Literature Festival to strike a conversation with notable authors and revel literature. The 13th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival will be more about tradition. The comprehensive and impressive lineup of artists and event program is listed on the website - Jaipurliteraturefestival@org.com.
When: 23 January to 27 January 2020
4. Bikaner Camel Festival
It is where you will see camels in vividly illuminated attires engaging in races, elegance pageants and more! The carnival commemorates the desert animal and how! Observing camels dance is something you wouldn't want to miss. The fair ends with firework displays and impressive performances by Rajasthani folk artists.
When: 12 January to 13 January
The happy festival of Lohri is a remembrance of the initiation of the harvest season. Mainly revelled in Punjab and other parts of North India by Hindu and Sikh communities, the festival involves burning a holy bonfire, offering thanksgiving, dance and music performances. The fire signifies passing wintertimes and greets summer.
When: 13 January
6. Republic Day
Celebrated to honour the Constitution of India, Republic Day is a public celebration including a magnificent parade showcasing the three divisions of Indian Forces! Airforce, army and navy. This year would count as the 71st Republic Day and also the 151st birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.
When: 26 January 2020
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Pongal is a harvest carnival observed in the South to praise nature. Sketching rangolis, preparing Pongal dish, dancing, and getting together with folks are some of the highlights of this celebration. Observed mainly in Tamil Nadu, Pongal is all about passion and happiness.
When: 15 January to 18 January 2020
If you like swaying to slow rhythmic reggae music? You won't want to miss this carnival; which offers something different from the typical psychedelic trance in Goa. It's India's most significant reggae festival, and the action happens across three stages right by the seashore.
When: January 10-12 2020