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Owing to its religious, cultural and regional variations, India has a large number of festivals and fairs. In one region or the other, festivals happen almost every day, each with a specialty of its own. Most of the festivals are particular events connected with the seasonal changes and garnished with some popular legend. Some festivals welcome the seasons of the year, the harvest, the rains or the full moon. The celebrations are splashed with color, dances and songs.

Birthdays of divine beings, saints and gurus are also celebrated as festivals. Certain festivals are associated with a particular state of town and others like Diwali, Shivrathri etc are common to most parts of India. Some of the festivals are called by different names and is celebrated in a different fashion in various parts of the country. Only a few of the festivals take place on a particular date. Most of them follow the lunar or solar calendar and hence the exact date of the festivals varies from year to year. 

There are Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian festivals but the Hindu festivals are the most. There are celebrations connected with temples, churches and mosques. Besides the religious and seasonal festivals, there are Music and dance festivals which attract the country's best performers of classical and folk dance, music and theater.

Desert Festival / Jaisalmer
Once a year during winter months, January-February, the desert city of Jaisalmer, in Rajasthan comes alive for three days during the Desert Festival.  A few days before the festival, people in colorful and ethnic dresses from .........
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Pushkar Fair/ Pushkar
The Pushkar fair held at the town of pushkar, 11 kms. From Ajmer is one of the largest Camel fair in India and probably the only one of its kind in the world.  Thousands of people from rural India come to attend this 12 days .........
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Nagaur Fair/ Nagaur
Nagaur fair is celebrated each year in the months of January – February.  Popularly known as Cattle Fair, this eight day festival is celebrated in the Rajput town of Nagaur, 123 Kms from Jodhpur.  This is the.........
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Khajuraho Dance Festival/Khajuraho
This week long festival of classical dances from different regions of India is held every year in February – March.  The dances are performed in an open air auditorium in the western group of temples, mainly at the .........
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Mysore Dussehra/ Mysore
An important Hindu festival celebrated in many parts of the country.  As per hindu mythology, it marks the defeat of great demon king of Lanka, Ravana by Lord Rama (eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu).  It also symbolizes .........
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Hemis Festival/ Hemis.Monastery
This is one of the most famous monastic festivals in June to commemorate birth of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. The sacred dance drama of the life and .........
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Phyang Festival/ Phyang Monatsery
Phyang Tsedup takes place in July / August. Like other monasteries, monks wearing colorful brocade robes and Mask in the form of different god and goddesses perform mask dances. Like Hemis, at the Phyang .........
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Lamayuru Festival/ Lamayuru Monastery
The 2-day festival takes place in July in Lamayuru monastery around 125 kms. from Leh. Monks like other monastic festival perform mask dances. During the festival monks perform prayer and rituals to get rid of disaster.........
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Adoor Gajamela
Adoor Gajamela or the elephant pageant is the highlight of the ten day annual festival at the Sree Parthasarathy temple, which is not too far from the serene backwaters of Alleppey organized each year in January/Febuaryinformation will be coming soon .........
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Uthralikavu Pooram
Uthralikavu Pooram is the main festival celebrated in Sree Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple in Wadakanchery, Thrissur District, dedicated to Goddess Kali. The eight-day celebration is highlighted by day-and-night elephant .........
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