January is a month of vibrant festivals and bountiful celebrations. Starting from Pongal, the festive mood lingers on till Rann of Kutch and Republic Day. A myriad number of festivals in January in India makes it a joyful month when spirits are high, lots of family and bonding time is on the cards, and food options are nothing short of a feast.
We bring you a list of major festivals commemorated in India in January 2021, so you can spend more quality time with your loved ones! Also, ensure you make note of the dates of these celebrations in 2021!
Note: As some of the following places and events will inevitably draw large crowds, please make sure that you remain safe by wearing your mask and maintaining proper social distancing practices. Also, make sure you check local restraints and guidelines ere travelling.
Bikaner Camel Festival
The Bikaner Camel Festival is where you will see camels in brightly coloured attires participating in camel races, beauty pageants and camel dancing. The festival celebrates the desert animal and how. Seeing camels dance is a sight you wouldn't want to miss. The festival ends with firework shows and entertaining performances by Rajasthani folk artists.
When: 12th January to 13th January
Where: Bikaner, Rajasthan
The joyous festival of Lohri is a celebration of the commencement of the harvest season. Mainly celebrated in Punjab and other parts of North India by Sikh and Hindu communities, the festival involves lighting a holy bonfire, feeding it, offering prayers, dance performances. The fire signifies passing of winters, the long nights and welcomes summer, the longer days.
When: 13th January
Where: Punjab and some other parts of Northern India
Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated in the South to thank nature. Cooking the Pongal dish, making rangolis, dancing, and getting together with families are some of the highlights of this festival. Celebrated mainly in Tamil Nadu, Pongal is all about love and happiness.
When: 15th January 2021 to 16th January 2021
Where: South India
Araku Balloon Festival
Organized by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism, the second edition of Araku Balloon festival brings you hot air balloon rides amidst nature, overnight camp stays in the wilderness, coffee plantation tours, and cultural excursions of Araku. The festival is your chance to soak in natural landscapes, aromatic coffee plantations, cultural ethnicity of the region, wonderful waterfalls, and all that the valley of Araku offers.
When: 18th January 2021 to 20th January 2021
Where: Araku, Andhra Pradesh
International Kite Flying Festival
It is an immense joy watching the sky turn vibrant and colourful with millions of vivid kites flying right from sunrise to sunset at this festival. Kite flyers from all over the world join the celebration as part of the Makar Sankranti festival. In addition to kite flying, there are other eye-catching events such as aerial acrobats, kite making workshops, kite painting competitions, and more. This family-friendly festival celebrates life and fertility.
When: 6th January to 14th January 2021
Where: Sabarmati River Front, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Madras Music Festival
A platform for all upcoming and renowned music artists, Madras Music Festival is the largest annual cultural music event in India. It showcases traditional dances, South Indian Carnatic music, and other arts as well. More than a 1000 performances take place all over Chennai during this month-long fest. In addition to this, there are several music-related seminars, demonstrations, and discussions.
When: Mid December to mid January
Where: All over Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Celebrated to honour The Constitution of India, Republic Day is a national festival involving a spectacular parade showcasing the three divisions of Indian Forces ? Army, Navy, and Airforce. This year would count as the 70th Republic Day and also the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Hence, the chief guest this year will be South Africa's president Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa because of Gandhi's close link to the country.
When: 26th January 2021
Where: New Delhi
Jaipur Literature Festival
Love literature? Make sure to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival to meet renowned authors and speakers and celebrate literature. The 12th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival will be more about science and future. Among the list of trailblazing writers are Jeffery Archer, Yann Martel (Life of Pi), Andre Aciaman (Call Me By Your Name), and Colson Whitehead (The Underground Railroad). The extensive (and impressive) lineup of artists and event schedule is listed on their website.
When: 26th January to 28th January 2021
Where: Diggi Palace Hotel, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Rann of Kutch
Rann of Kutch or Rann Utsav is a 3-month long celebration at the spectacular white salt desert in Kutch. With incredible folk dances, music, handicrafts stalls, adventure sports, and mouthwatering food, the festival showcases the beautiful heritage and culture of the region. Hundreds of luxury tents are spread out in the vast openness of the desert to accommodate tourists.
When: From 1st November 2020 to 28th February 2021
Where: Rann of Kutch, Dhordo, Gujarat.