Festivals of India, January - 2018

Fairs / Festivals January 2018
Month Festival Place
January 7 to 15, 2018 International Kite Festival Ahmedabad, Gujarat
January 13, 2018 Lohri All India
January 13 to 14, 2018 Bikaner Camel Fair Bikaner, Rajasthan
January 14, 2018 Makar Sankranti All India
January 14, 2018 Pongal Tamil Nadu
January 26, 2018 Republic Day All India

 

Republic Day:

When: 26th January, 2018

January 26, 1950- the day on which India became a republic- is a day of great pride in the lives of all Indians. The Republic Day parade at Janpath, New Delhi is representative of all the 29 states, and 7 Union Territories of India. The constitutional head of the nation- the President lays a wreath of flowers at Amar Jawan Jyoti, followed by the 21 gun salute, unfurling of the national flag, and singing of the national anthem. The hearts of hundreds of Indians swell with pride as they hear their President deliver a speech on the eve of Republic Day.

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Bikaner Camel Fair, Rajasthan:

When: 14th to 15th January, 2018

The festival is celebrated in January-a perfect time to take a ride on the ‘ships of the desert’- camels. Majestic cavalcades of bedecked camels, are the star attraction of the show. Camels rule the day. Camel decoration, camel fur-cutting, camel milking, camel dance, best camel breed- these are some of the most prestigious competitions held. The food, you ask? Sweets made of camel milk!

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Kerala Village Fair, Kovalam, Kerala:

When: mid week of January, 2018

Mid This village fair called 'gramam', held in mid- January, celebrates the rustic way of life in Kerala. It is an elaborate ten-day festival celebrated by recreating the rural village of Kerala. All around, you will see quaint little teashops, traditional Nalukettu houses designed with tiles and wood. Evenings are witness to much singing and dancing, in open-house auditoriums.

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Lohri, Punjab:

When: 13th January, 2018

Lohri is celebrated on 13 January in Punjab. It is a sign that the harvesting is done, and months of toil have finally borne fruit. In fact, a day later, on 14 January the festival is celebrated by different names across India- since it is harvesting season everywhere in India. Happy people light bonfires and eat cakes made from the harvested rice or wheat.

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Makar Sankranti:

When: 14th January, 2018

Makar Sankranti falls in the Indian month of Magh and on the English date of 14 January. It is said to fall on the day of the winter equinox. Food, bonfires, an earnest prayer in a hopeful heart- these are the hallmarks of Makar Sankranti. In Gujarat kites are flown, in Bengal devotees take dips in the cold waters of the Ganges to wash off their sins, and in Karnataka-cows and bulls- animals that pull the plough are decorated.

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Pongal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh:

When: 14th January, 2018

Another name for Makar Sankranti in Tamil Nadu-Pongal is celebrated from 14 January to 17 January. In this thanksgiving to the earth for delivering a nice harvest, people pay homage to different Hindu gods. Here too, cows are accorded special treatment on this day.

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