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Camel Festival Bikaner- January
A Festival Where The Hardships Of The Desert Are Seen At Their Best. A Colorful Spectacle, The Beautifully Decorated Camels Fascinate The Onlookers With Their Languid Charm & Grace. A Celebration Of Joyous Music Lilting Rhythms And Gay Festivities.

26 January - Republic Day
A National day of great importance when India became a republic in 1950. It is celebrated traditionally with the hoisting of the national Flag. Followed by Parade by the Armed Forces and School children, traditional tableau of different parts of the country, which moves down, from the Rashtrapati Bhawan, past the India Gate and on to Connaught Place of the heart of the city on to Historical Red Fort.

Desert Festival- Jan / Feb
with the " golden " fort of jaisalmer in the back- ground the desert is brought to life as dancers in vibrant lahangas and dresses and the famous bards of the region echo the rhythm of the people . The festivities include a pageant, camel races and acrobatics, camel polo & dances there is also the thrill of the turban tying competition, the unique sound & light show on the desert sands. Holi "festival of colors" - March

The most colorful festival in india , celebrating the advent of spring . Men & women of all ages throw colored water on each other. Groups go around amorring one another with "gulal" colored powder.

Ganguar - March/April
A festival in Rajasthan where the women, in colorful dresses, worship lord shiva and pray for a good husband, singing and dancing mark the celebrations.

Baisakhi - April 13
An important day for the sikhs when guru gobind singh founded the khalsa. It also marks the hindu solar new year, ad there is a lot of feasting and dancing in punjab.

Rath Yatra- June
A magnificent temple festival at puri, orissa. Held in honor of lord jagannath whose image is placed in a decorated carriage, and brought out in an elaborate procession by thousand of pilgrims.

Teej - July / August

the onset of monsoon sends hundreds of rajasthani women, dressed in green, to the outdoor swing. It's also an occasion to celebrate goddess parvati's departure to her husband's home.Amarnath Yatra Up in the himalayas, the symbol of the lord shiva , an ice lingam is worshipped on the full moon day.

15 August - Independence Day
an annual celebration of india's independence achieved on august 15th 1947, is marked by procession and flag hoisting ceremonies in the historic red fort.Onam

A picturesque harvest festival of kerala is characterized by the pictureque snake boat race - " vallom kali " along with joyous singing and feasting by the local folk.

Ladakh Festival: September 1st to 15th September
Ladakh Monastic Festival Dates
Names of the Festivals
• Desmoche - Leh, Likir & Deskit (Nubra) Feb 10, 11 Feb 28 Feb 18,19
• Stok Guru Tse-Chu Feb 21, 22 Mar12,13 Feb 29 / Mar 01
• Matho Nagrang Feb 26, 27 Mar 17,18 Mar 5,6
• Budha Purnima June 26 June 14 June 3
• Hemis Tse-Chu June 20, 21 July 9,10 June 27,28
• Zanskar Karsha July 7, 8 July 26, 27 July 14, 15
• Yuru Kabgyat June 26, 27 July 15,16 July 4,5
• Phayang Tsedup July 12, 13 July 31/Aug 1 July 19,20
• Korzok Gustor July 13, 14 Aug 1, 2 July 20,21
• Taktok Tse-Chu July 19, 20 Aug 7, 8 July 27,28

Dussehra - Sep / Oct
A ten day festival, of which nine days are spent in worship, and the tenth day a celebration of triumph of good over evil. Huge effigies of ravana, the demon king are burnt on the last day of the ten day festival. The heroic deeds of lord rama, the destroyer ravana, are enacted in songs, dances & music which is known as ramlila.

Diwali - Oct / Nov
A festival of lights and firework , where people illuminated their houses with rows of earthen lamps to welcome goddess lakshmi, for wealth & prosperity. At night crackers are lit almost every house to celebrate the return of lord rama from exile. Also exchange of sweets and new clothes are worn.

Pushkar Fair- November
The most colourful fair of rajasthan, mainly a cattle fair where about 50,000 heads of cattle are traded. A mammoth 2,00,000 people take a dip in the holy water of pushkar lake on kartik poornima. The main attraction is the camel bazaars and camel races. NAGAUR FAIR - JAN / FEB
the sands of this desert out post stir with life annually as thousands of camels, horses and cattels assemble here for the ritual buying and selling. Colourful stalls sell items used in every day life of the rajasthani people, and there is entertainment in the form of the local circus and nautanki.

Elephant Festival - January
January is another festive time in thrissur when the great elephant march takes place. With colourful events that are successively staged in thrissur, alappuzha & thiruvanthapuram. They include thrissur splendid elephant pageant, performances of masked dances, displays of kerala's martial arts & boat races on the back water.

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