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Festival Calendar, 2016
Jan-Apr May - Aug Sep - Dec
Jan 14th
Lohri


Jan 15th
MarkarSankranti


Jan. 21st - 25th
Jaipur Literature Festival


Jan 26th
Republic Day


Mar 07th
MahaShivratri


Mar 24th
Holi


Apr 13th
Baisakhi


Apr 15th
Ram Navami


Apr 22nd
Hanuman Jayanti

May 21st
Buddha Purnima


July 19th
Guru Purnima


Starts on July 07th
Ramdan


July 13th - 14th
Hemis Festival


Aug 18th
Raksha bandhan

Aug 25th
Krishna janamashtmi

Aug 15th
Independence Day
Sep 05th
Ganesh Chaturthi

Sep 13th
Onam


Oct 1st
Navratri



Oct 11th
Dussehra


Oct 23th-27th
RIFF

Oct 30th
Diwali


Nov 8th-15th
Pushkar Camel Fair

Festivals


January
Jan 14th, 2016
Lohri
A Punjabi harvest festival that marks the end of winter and celebrates the new year. It is believed that Lohri is the longest night of the year. On this night family and friends gather together and celebrate around a big bon fire, dancing and singing.
Jan 15th, 2016
Festivals Markar Sankranti
A harvest festival which marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring and is celebrated in many different ways throughout the country but in Rajasthan, kites are flown from rooftops.




Jan 21st -25th, 2016
Jaipur Literature Festival
A literature festival, where writers and speakers from around the world come together for discussions, debates, readings, workshops. Held in Jaipur over a 5 day period.- Jan. 21st-25th, 2016
Jan 26th, 2016
FestivalsRepublic Day
January 26th is the date India declared its independence with the Constitution of India. To celebrate the day a Parade takes place at the Rajpath in the Capital city, New Delhi.






February - March
Mar 07th, 2016
Festivals
MahaShivratri
The 13th night/14th day of the waning moon (moonless night) between the month of February and March. It is an auspicious day devoted to Lord Shiva (the destroyer).





January 14th, 2016 to February 22nd, 2016
FestivalsKumbh Mela
Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage in which Hindus gather at the Ganges and river Godavari, where bathing for purification from sin is considered especially efficacious.




March 24th, 2016
FestivalsHoli
Festival of Colors! The celebration is based on the story of a young Devotee of Lord Vishnu, Prahlad.

Hiranyakashayap, father of Prahlad and a king of a small Kingdom, believed he was higher than all other powers and ordered his entire kingdom to only worship him.
However, Prahald was a devout worshipper of Lord Vishnu and refused to follow his father’s orders. Hiranyakashayap felt something had to be done to stop his son. The King had a sister, Holika, who was granted a boon that she could never burn. He asked his sister to take Prahlad and sit with him in a fire, the boy would die and she would walk away unharmed. Holika agreed and took young Prahlad in her lap and sat in the fire, not knowing that the boon only worked if she was to sit alone. This whole time Prahlad did not stop praying to Lord Vishnu, seeing this Vishnu saved Prahlad and saw to it that Prahlad was the one who walked away unharmed. The ashes of Holika were thrown around in a miraculous celebration, and to this day colored powder, symbolizing Holika’s ashes, is thrown around by Indians all over.


April - May
April 15th, 2016
Ram Navami
A day celebrating the birth of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu.
Apr 22nd, 2016
Hanuman Jayanti
A day celebrating the birth of Lord Hanuman, the powerful and fast god who helped fight with Lord Rama. He is the symbol of power.
Apr 13th, 2016
Festivals Baisakhi
A harvest festival throughout India, but an important day for the Sikhs, it is the day the Khalsa (the pure one) took birth. Sikhs believe from this day forward it marked the end of the Gurus and they began worshipping the Guru Granth Sahib, their Holy Book.



May 21st, 2016
FestivalsBuddha Purnima
celebrates the birth of Gautam Buddha, the day of his enlightenment and death.







June - July
July 19th, 2016
Guru Purnima
Celebrated by Buddhists and Hindus all over, it is a day offered to Gurus. Buddhist offer the day to Buddha while Hindus believe this is the day the Great sage Veda Vyasa was born on and celebrate by worshipping Sage Vyasa. It occurs on the full moon night between the months of June and July.
July 13-14th, 2016
Festivals Hemis Festival
Celebrates the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. A mask dance is performed re-enacting the life of the Guru.





Starts on July 07th, 2016
Ramadan
The 9th month of the Islamic calendar which is 29 or 30 days long and is believed to have been the month the first verses of the Qu`ran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammad. Muslims are to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex during daylight for 30 days during Ramadan.


August - September
Aug 18th, 2016
Raksha Badhan
A festival which celebrates the bond and love between sister and brother.
Aug 25th, 2016
Indian FestivalKrishna Janamashtami
Celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Vishnu






Aug 15th, 2016
Independence Day
August 15, 1947 was the day India was freed from the hands of the British after 200 years.
Aug 13th, 2016
Indian FestivalOnam
A harvest festival and the biggest festival in the state of Kerala. The festival is based on the legend of a Kerala King, Mahabali, who was allowed to come visit its people once a year and this is believed to be Onam. This is the time to see the many festival and colourful events of Kerala, with Snake boat races, Kaikottikali dances, archery, elaborate 9 course meals and much more.

Sept 05th, 2016
Ganesh Chaturti
The day Lord Shiva declared that his son Ganesha was superior to all gods. To this day religious ceremonies always begin with paying respect to Ganesha first. -

October - November
Starts on Oct 1st, 2016
Navratri
Meaning 9 nights, is a festival worshipping the 9 forms of the Goddess Durga and the 10th night Vijayadashami.
Oct 11th, 2016
Festivals Dusshera
Is the festival that marks the death of the demon king Ravana by Lord Rama. This is also the same day as Vijayadashmi, the 10th night of Navratri.





Oct 23rd - Oct 27th, 2016
RIFF
Rajashtan International Folk Festival in Jodhpur is a Music festival which celebrates local and international music.
Oct 30th, 2016
Diwali
festival of lights is one of the most important festivals for Hindus all over. It celebrates the day Ram returned home after being in exile for 14 years. Diyas (oil lamps) were lit everywhere to welcome the lord back home.
Nov 8th - 15th, 2016
FestivalsPushkar Camel Fair
One of India's biggest traditional melas still around. It is a mela where villagers, farmers and herders gather together to trade animal, sell handicrafts and hold games and rides. Many tourists come for the beautiful traditional tribes who bring their color and customs. It is one of the best places for photographers to capture many photo opportunities.



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