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10 Famous Festivals Of Gujarat | You Must Experience In 2024

Famously deemed as the land of celebrations, Gujarat is a vibrant state. Colourful attire, stunning handicrafts, amazing architecture, rich wildlife, and loads of festivals prove that Gujaratis know how to live their lives to the fullest. Though every day is a festival for them, some festivals of Gujarat showcase the beauty of the state's rich culture and traditions flawlessly through the all-year-round celebrations. The streets come alive with men clad in colourful turbans and women in bedazzled lehengas grooving in joy to the hippest beats.  

List Of 10 Popular Festivals In Gujarat 2024

Foot-tapping music, cheerful ambience, mouth-watering food, and infectious laughter mark the Gujarat festivals. If you wish to know more about a place, attend its fairs and festivals, as it is the best way to know about locals' cultural richness, eventful history, and lifestyle. Here’s a list of the famous festivals of Gujarat that you shouldn’t miss when you are there.

  • Navratri - 9-Day Long Celebrations of Goddess Ambe
  • Rann Utsav - A Cultural Extravaganza
  • Uttarayan - Marks the Onset of the Harvest Season
  • Shamlaji Melo - A Popular Festival of Gujarat
  • Vautha Mela - Animal Trading Festival
  • Rath Yatra - The Chariot Festival of Gujarat
  • Modhera Dance Festival - Displays India’s Rich Culture
  • Bhadra Purnima - A Prominent Fair in Gujarat
  • Bhavnath Mahadev Fair - A Festival Dedicated to Lord Shiva
  • Janmashtami - Celebrating Lord Krishna’s Birth 

1. Navratri 

Though Navratri is celebrated gleefully in other states of India, the Gujarati version of this festival is the most happening in the country. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Navratri is the main festival of Gujarat. There are three major highlights of this festival; Dandiya, Garba, and loads of fun. It is a festival of nine nights and ten days. Goddess Durga is worshipped throughout the nine days and is immersed in holy water after a pooja ritual on the tenth day. Visitors can witness loud music, flea markets, exciting competitions, and exhibitions during Navratri.

  • Time. October - November
  • Location. All over Gujarat
  • Highlights. Dandiya, Garba, lip-smacking food, and loads of fun

2. Rann Utsav

Celebrated at the Rann of Kutch, a salty stretch located in the Thar Desert which covers over 7,500 square kilometres of land, Kutch Rann Utsav boasts enthralling music, authentic handicrafts, traditional ornaments, and Bandini sarees that visitors can experience on the dazzling white sand. The Rann Utsav is the epitome of the Gujarati folk culture. Stay in the tents and treat yourself to the lip-smacking local delicacies. It is the most famous festival in Gujarat, attracting visitors from all over the world.    

  • When Rann Utsav is celebrated - November - February
  • Location. Rann of Kutch
  • Highlights. Scintillating music, colourful handicrafts, mouth-watering food, adventure activities, star gazing, folk dances and music.

3. Uttarayan

Often known as the kite festival, Uttrayan was first celebrated in Gujarat; and then in the country. During Uttarayan in Gujarat, the sky fills up with colourful kites of all shapes and sizes. People indulge themselves in the fun-packed competition wherein the goal is to cut other people’s kites while keeping their kites in the sky for the longest time possible. Uttarayan is a sign for the farmers that harvest season is about to come. Get your kites ready! Kai Po Che!

  • When Uttarayan is celebrated - January
  • Location. Ahmedabad
  • Highlights. Flying kits, competing with each other in kite flying, gorging on delicious Gujarati food.

4. Shamlaji Melo

Many devotees arrive on foot or camels to attend Shalaji Melo in Gujarat while singing devotional songs. Shamlaji Melo is one of the most celebrated festivals of Gujarat people dancing and carrying banners depicting symbols is a common sight that sets a cheerful mood. People worship the deity and bathe in the holy water of the Meshwo River. The Shamlaji Melo is a marketplace of cloth, ornaments, and silverware.

  • When Shamlaji Melo is celebrated - Karthik Purnima
  • Location. Aravalli District, Gujarat
  • Highlights. Worshipping the deity, bathing in the Meshwo River, and buying ornaments, cloth, and silverware.

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5. Vautha Mela

It is an animal trading festival that may sound strange, but the festival is no less than a Diwali celebration for locals. Donkeys and camels are dressed in fancy clothes and presented to attract buyers. This is one of the most off-beat festivals of Gujarat as the fair becomes full of life with animals decked. Visitors can enjoy scrumptious food and shop for handicraft goods from the stalls. When you are there, wait till the sun goes down and Diyas light up the place.

  • When Vautha Mela is celebrated - Karthik Purnima
  • Location. Dholka Taluka, Ahmedabad
  • Highlights. Trading camels and donkeys, delicious food, and buying authentic handicraft items.

6. Rath Yatra