The joyous and spirited Indian festivities carry on throughout the year. However, May month in India marks the season of great enthusiasm. May, with shining sun and a wide variety of notable festivals and events, offers people the best of holidays and vacation ideas.
The celebration of the festivals and fairs in May is an excellent amalgamation of ritual with warmth. The multihued exhibition is enthralling during this time of the year. Have a look at the list of festivals and events lined up for you this May.
One of the most famous festivals in the world, Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims throughout the world and revere these auspicious days by fasting. They eat only before daybreak and after twilight. Popular neighbourhoods in cities will be commemorating Ramadan with food by organising food festivals. Moreover, these celebrations focus more on meat, offering a plethora of dishes to indulge in for the adherents and non-adherents, alike. Ending with Eid-ul-Fitr, Ramadan is the month of merrymaking, feasting, and shopping.
Date - 23 April - 23 May
Moatsu Festival, Nagaland
This celebration is exclusively commemorated in Chuchuyimlang hamlet of Nagaland by the Ao tribe. Moatsu Festival signifies the conclusion of the farming season. It is time for the adherents and locals to celebrate the harvest and thus, the festival centres on sharing and merrymaking. You can observe many choreography and music gigs. Sangpagtu, the foremost event of the festival showcases native people dress up in their best traditional attire, assemble around a fire, and appreciate wine and meat.
Date - First Week of May
Thrissur Pooram, Kerala
Thrissur Pooram is the most impressive celebrations of all festivals commemorated in Kerala. The main attraction of Thrissur Pooram is the grand parade of 25 elephants. Moreover, more than 200 artists and musicians arrive at the venue and you can enjoy many cultural events such as drums concerts, ornamental parasol display, and dance and music celebrations.
Date - 3 May
Madurai Meenakshi Kalyanam, Tamil Nadu
It is one of the iconic sacred sites of Southern India. This carnival marks the divine wedding of Meenakshi Amman and Lord Sundareswarar. Madurai Meenakshi Kalyanam takes place in two stages, the first stage is the union of the two celestial bodies and the second is the parade of Lord Alazhagar. Car celebrations, distinctive rituals, and other cultural liveliness take place during this festival.
Date - 4 May
Mount Abu Summer Festival, Rajasthan
Mount Abu, notable for being the only hill station in the Rajasthan, hosts a summer festival that marks the end of the tourism period in the hills. The Mount Abu Summer Festival commences with poetry chanting and folk dances. Other popular events during the celebration are roller skating, boat race, firework exhibition, and the iconic Sham-e-Qawwali music exhibit.
Date - 6 - 7 May
Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanthi
Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanthi is the most pious Buddhist festival in the country. This festival marks the anniversary of Lord Buddha. Top evangelistic activities of the celebration are religious seminars, prayer meetings, Buddhist scripture reading, meditation, ceremonies, and much more.
Date - 7 May
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanthi or Rabindra Jayanti,West Bengal
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanthi or Rabindra Jayanti marks is the birth anniversary of the poet, author and freedom fighter, Rabindranath Tagore. He has composed many poetries including the one that is recited in every school and events; the National Anthem of the country. This festival is observed with numerous entertainment and cultural events, which incorporate drama, dance, and poetry revolving around the practices and life of Rabindranath Tagore.
Date - 7 May
Yercaud Summer Festival,Tamil Nadu
Yercaud Summer Festival is a weeklong festival, which is administered to promote tourism in this hill station. This carnival includes boat races, cultural programs, flower shows, dog contests, village trips, dog contests, and others. The flower show at this festival has many magnificent displays made of flowers. The detailed plan of the 2020 summer festival is yet to be issued.
Date - Second week of May
Maharana Pratap Jayanti, Rajasthan
Maharana Pratap is a leader of Rajput and a freedom fighter. His anniversary is celebrated with valour in these Rajasthan. Many dance, drama and other cultural events will be conducted to explain the valour of the king. The king's commemorative statue in Udaipur will be decorated completely and it is worth a visit.
Date - 25 May