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Famous Festivals Of India

Upcoming Famous Festivals Of India 2024 You Must Experience

Often referred to as the 'Land of Festivals, India is a symphony of celebrations where every day tells a new story of joy, unity, and profound spirituality. With its kaleidoscope of diverse cultures, religions, and traditions, this incredible nation serves as a captivating stage for festivals that pique the curiosity of travellers across the globe. Whether you're a resident or a visitor, experiencing these celebrations firsthand is a journey of a lifetime. Each festival is a mesmerising spectacle, a burst of colours, flavours and a testament to the enduring spirit of humanity. So, with bated breath and eager anticipation, let's dive into the Indian  festivals of India  and Holidays Calendar for 2024.

Your ticket to India's cultural extravaganza awaits, and it's time to make 2024 a year of extraordinary travel and boundless wonder!

List of Indian Famous Festivals and Holidays 2024

  • January 2024: New Year, Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Republic Day
  • February 2024: Basant Panchami, Saraswati Pooja
  • March 2024: Maha Shivratri, Holi, Good Friday
  • April 2024: Ugadi, Chaitra Navratri, Ram Navami
  • May 2024: Akshaya Tritiya
  • June 2024: Summer Vacation
  • July 2024: Jagannath Rath Yatra, Guru Poornima
  • August 2024: Hariyali Teej, Independence Day, Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami
  • September 2024: Hartalika Teej, Ganesh Chaturthi, Onam
  • October 2024: Gandhi Jayanti, Navratri, Durga Puja, Dussehra, Karwa Chauth, Dhanteras
  • November 2024: Diwali, Govardhan Pooja, Bhai Dooj, Chhath Pooja, Children's Day
  • December 2024: Christmas

Festivals in January 2024

A Jubilant Start

The year kicks off with New Year's Day, a worldwide celebration of new beginnings. But India adds its own unique touch to it with the warmth of family gatherings and delicious sweets. Soon after, Lohri and Pongal, celebrated predominantly in North and South India, respectively, mark the harvest season with bonfires and feasts.

DateDayFestivalRegionSignificance
1st JanuaryMondayNew YearNationwideBeginning of the Gregorian calendar year.
14th JanuarySundayLohriNorthern IndiaCelebrates winter solstice and harvest.
15th JanuaryMondayPongal/Makar SankrantiSouth IndiaHarvest festival marking the sun's transition.
23rd JanuaryTuesdaySubhash Chandra Bose JayantiNationwideBirth anniversary of freedom fighter.
26th JanuaryFridayIndian Republic DayNationwideCommemorates the adoption of the constitution.

Festivals in February 2024

A Spiritual Pause

February brings a moment of spiritual reflection with Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja. It's a day to honour Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and art, with prayers and offerings of yellow flowers. The atmosphere is filled with the mellowness of spring, and schools often organise special ceremonies.

DateDayFestivalRegionSignificance
14th FebruaryWednesdayBasant Panchami/Saraswati PoojaNationwideWorship of the goddess of knowledge.

Festivals in March 2024

The Colours of Devotion

In March, the nation lights up with devotion. Mahashivratri, celebrated with fervour, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It's a night of prayer and fasting, followed by joyous celebrations. Holi, the Festival of Colors, transforms the country into a vibrant canvas of love and unity. People play with coloured powders and water, signifying the victory of good over evil.

DateDayFestivalRegionSignificance
8th MarchFridayMahashivratriNationwideCelebrates Lord Shiva's divine marriage.
24th MarchSundayHolika DehanNationwideBonfires to symbolize the victory of good over evil.
25th MarchMondayHoliNationwideFestival of colours and spring.
29th MarchFridayGood FridayNationwideObservance of Jesus Christ's crucifixion.

Festivals in April 2024

Time for Renewal

April welcomes the New Year in many parts of India, with Ugadi, Gudi Padwa and Chaitra Navratri. These festivals symbolise the spirit of renewal and people wear new clothes and decorate their homes. Baisakhi, celebrated with enthusiasm in Punjab, is a harvest festival marked by traditional dance and feasting.

DateDayFestivalRegionSignificance
1st AprilMondayBank HolidayNationwideBank holiday.
9th AprilTuesdayUgadi/Gudi Padwa/Chaitra NavratriSouth and West IndiaHindu New Year.
10th AprilWednesdayCheti ChandSindhi CommunitySindhi New Year.
13th AprilSaturdayBaisakhiNorthern IndiaSikh and Hindu harvest festival.
14th AprilSundayAmbedkar JayantiNationwideBirth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.
17th AprilWednesdayRam NavmiNationwideLord Rama's birthday celebration.
23rd AprilTuesdayHanuman JayantiNationwideBirth anniversary of Lord Hanuman.

Festivals in May 2024

The Prosperity of Akshaya Tritiya

May bring Akshaya Tritiya, a day believed to bring prosperity and success. People invest in gold, start new ventures, and seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu. It's a time when positivity and abundance fill the air.

DateDayFestivalRegionSignificance
10th MayFridayAkshaya TritiyaNationwideAuspicious day for new beginnings.

Festivals in July 2024