Just listen to one cliched line and then we will start our fun journey of attending the winter festivals in India, virtually.
So, that overused line is, “India is the land of festivals.” When you get to the end of this list of the festivals celebrated in the winter season in India, you will get the answer to why.
Let’s get it straight, India is scenic like every part of the world, but what adds extra beauty to this subcontinent is its festivals.
And if you are talking about the winter season festivals in India, then you are discussing the best of the best.
To make it great for you, we have come up with a huge list of winter festivals in India.
From the colors of Holi to the lights of Diwali, everything is covered here.
List of Winter Festivals in India
- Makar Sankranti
- Ellora Festival
- Chhath Puja
- Pushkar Camel Fair
- Jaisalmer Desert Festival
- Nagaur Festival
- Bikaner Camel Festival
- Republic Day
- Rajasthan International Folk Festival
- Elephant Festival
- Sunburn Festival
- Mount Abu Winter Festival
- Ganga Mahotsav
- Manali Winter Carnival
- Hornbill Festival
- Ziro Festival
- Magh Bihu
- Konark Dance Festival
- The Goa Carnival
- Tarpa Festival
- Kutch Rann Mahotsav
- Magnetic Fields Festival
- Tamladu Festival
- Matho Nagrang Festival
- Basant Panchami
- Festa De Diu
- International Sand Art Festival
Where in India: Tamil Nadu | When: 14 Jan – 17 Jan 2023
Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated on the first day of the Tamil month of “Thai” and that’s why it is also known as Thai Pongal.
Where in India: Punjab | When: 13 Jan 2023
The harvest festival of Punjab is Lohri, which is also known as “Gurmukhi” and “Sanmukhi.”
People gather around the bonfire and celebrate Lohri by singing, dancing, and enjoying the great food.
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Where in India: All over | When: 8 March 2023
The festival of Holi signifies the triumph of good over bad and at least for a day people forget their true color as everybody seems colorful.
Where in India: All over | When: 26 Sep – 5 Oct 2022
“Nava” means nine and “Ratri” means night. Navaratri is a festival that continues for nine nights where people play dandiya to pay tribute to the omnipotent goddess Durga.
Where in India: All over | When: 22 Oct – 26 Oct 2022
You will find Diwali getting celebrated only after 15-20 days of Navaratri.
The festival of lights, Diwali is the way to commemorate the coming back of Lord Rama from 14 years of exile to Ayodhya.
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6. Makar Sankranti
Where in India: All over | When: 14 Jan 2023
If Diwali is the festival of lights, Makar Sankranti is the festival of kites.
You will find it hard to guess the color of the sky on the 14th of January in India as Makar Sankranti is one of the winter season festivals in India which makes the environment colorful.
Where in India: All over | When: 25 Dec 2022
Christmas is celebrated especially in South India.
On this day, Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus.
8. Ellora Festival
Where in India: Aurangabad, Maharashtra | When: 13 Jan 2023 (estimated)
During this festival, you get to enjoy classical dances and folk music.
Some of these events take place near the Ajanta caves and some near the Ellora caves.
9. Chhath Puja
Where in India: In many states | When: 30 Oct 2022
People, especially ladies, offer prayers to the sun on this day as it is the sun that gives life to every cell on the planet Earth.
Chhath Puja is majorly celebrated in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and some of the regions of Madhya Pradesh.
10. Pushkar Camel Fair
Where in India: Pushkar, Rajasthan | When: 1 Nov – 9 Nov 2022
“Camel” is there in the name, but the Pushkar Camel Fair is also the largest horse and cattle fair.
Various races and other animal sports take place during the fair and people wash off their sins by taking a dip in Pushkar Lake.
11. Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Where in India: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan | When: 14 Feb – 16 Feb 2023
Jaisalmer Desert Festival was started as a way to attract foreigners and other tourists.
When you attend this fest, you get to know the royalty of Rajasthan as you come across the culture, diversification, and not-to-be-missed Rajasthani cuisine.
12. Nagaur Festival
Where in India: Nagaur, Rajasthan | When: 27 Jan – 30 Jan 2023
Ramdeoji Fair is another name for the Nagaur festival which is the second largest cattle festival in India after the very famous Pushkar Camel Fair.
Other than cattle trading, you will get to see the folk dances and music of Rajasthan.
13. Bikaner Camel Festival
Where in India: Bikaner, Rajasthan | When: 11 Jan – 12 Jan 2023
Rajasthan Tourism organizes the Bikaner Camel Festival where camel-owners come with their adorned camels and take part in the various games.
You will easily get wooed by the beauty of the surrounding during the festival.
14. Republic Day
Where in India: All over | When: 26 Jan 2023
Republic Day is a national festival. On this day in 1950, the Constitution of India came into effect.
It is an honor for every Indian to witness the grand Republic Day Parade on Rajpath in Delhi.
15. Rajasthan International Folk Festival
Where in India: Jodhpur, Rajasthan | When: 6 Oct – 10 Oct 2022
Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) is a music and art festival dedicated to the promotion of traditional dance and art restored at Meharangarh fort.
16. Elephant Festival
Where in India: Jaipur, Rajasthan | When: 8 Mar 2023
Elephant festival is THE festival of Elephants. If elephants could speak, they would say, “I’m loving it.”
On this day, you see elephants beautifully adorned with trinkets and designed clothing. And the most decorated one gets awarded.
You will be glad to see the happiness of elephants.
17. Sunburn Festival
Where in India: Goa | When: 28 Dec – 30 Dec 2022
If you are a fan of music or dance, then you should know about Sunburn Festival, the biggest electronic music dance festival in Asia.
Enjoy the artistry of musicians and dancers and burn all your extra calories by attending the sun-like-warmth-giving Sunburn festival.
18. Mount Abu Winter Festival
Where in India: Mount Abu, Rajasthan | When: 29 Dec – 31 Dec 2022
If you are fond of unique things then how’s the idea of attending the winter festival at the only hill station in Rajasthan?
Get to know the Rajasthani culture deeply by celebrating the festival at the height of 1,722 meters above sea level.
19. Ganga Mahotsav
Where in India: Varanasi, U.P. | When: 8 Nov 2022
Ganga Mahotsav is dedicated to Goddess Ganga as she provides life to the whole nation by offering its water.
And every year shortly after Diwali, you witness the ghats of Varanasi occupied by thousands, if not millions, of devotees paying homage to the pious river Ganga.
20. Manali Winter Carnival
Where in India: Manali, Himachal Pradesh | When: 2 Jan – 6 Jan 2023
Manali Winter Carnival started in 1977 and it’s been a success to date.
It was a move to introduce Himachali culture to the tourists and the ones who are unaware of the beauty of Himachal.
You can’t count the ways you get entertained here. Participate in winter sports like skating and skiing, taste the mouth-watering Himachali cuisine, and do whatever you feel like,
21. Hornbill Festival
Where in India: Nagaland | When: 1 Dec – 10 Dec 2022
Hornbill Festival is organized every year in the first 10 days of December by the Department of Cultural Tourism of India.
Nagaland has always been a spot to witness the cultural and traditional activities and the same you get to experience in this beautiful and full-of-richness festival.
22. Ziro Festival
Where in India: Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh | When: 29 Sep – 2 Oct 2022
The full name of the festival is ” Ziro Festival of Music.”
Now, you know what you are going to enjoy in the luscious Ziro Valley of Arunachal Pradesh.
Witnessing the melody of the musical environment with the backdrop of lush valleys is a one-of-its-kind experience.
23. Magh Bihu
Where in India: Assam | When: 15 Jan 2023
Magh Bihu, which is also known as ‘Bhogali Bihu’ is the harvest festival of the Indian state of Assam.
If you take a close look at this list of winter festivals in India, you will find many of the harvest festivals lie around the 14th of January and that’s why Magh Bihu is Assam’s celebration of Makar Sankranti.
24. Konark Dance Festival
Where in India: Konark, Odisha | When: 19 Feb – 23 Feb 2023
The biggest dance festival in India is Konark Dance Festival which organizes every year for five days.
If you want to experience enlightenment at dawn and enchantment at dusk, then you must attend this dance festival.
25. The Goa Carnival
Where in India: Goa | When: 18 Feb – 21 Feb 2023
Started by the Portuguese in the 18th century, Goa Carnival is still as entertaining as it was 300 years ago.
Goa Carnival holds the title of the biggest carnival festival in India.
You can guess the craze of this festival by the fact that it is the most popular festival in Goa and that’s why it is also known as the ‘festival of Goa.’
26. Tarpa Festival
Where in India: Dadra and Nagar Haveli | When: December 2022
Tarpa is the form of dance that the Kokna, Varli, and Koli tribes perform. And from that Tarpa dance, the ‘Tarpa festival’ gets its name.
Every year this festival is celebrated in Dadra and Nagar Haveli in the month of December.
27. Kutch Rann Mahotsav
Where in India: Kutch, Gujarat | When: 26 Oct 2022 – 20 Feb 2023
Organized by Gujarat Tourism, Kutch Rann Mahotsav takes place in one of the largest salt deserts in the world, Rann of Kutch.
The dance, music, cultural exhibitions, and dandiya performances are what make Kutch Rann Mahotsav one of the best winter festivals in India.
28. Magnetic Fields Festival
Where in India: Shekhawati, Rajasthan | When: 9 Dec – 11 Dec 2022
Music is everywhere, at Magnetic fields festival too but it’s a bit melodious.
This music festival is arranged in a 17th-century-palace, Alsisar Mahal in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan.
Where in India: Punjab | When: 14 April 2023
Baisakhi, which is also pronounced as Vaisakhi, is the harvest festival of Punjab.
But, Baisakhi is not just limited to the celebration of the harvest. On the same day in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh established the Khalsa.
30. Tamladu Festival
Where in India: Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh | When: 15 Feb 2023
Tamladu festival is celebrated by the Digaru Mishmis tribe where they offer prayers to mother nature.
Since their livelihood totally depends on agriculture and harvest, it is nature who is god for them.
31. Matho Nagrang Festival
Where in India: Ladakh | When: 15th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan calendar
Matho Nagrang Festival organizes in the Matho monastery of Ladakh.
It is quite an auspicious festival for the locals and the monks as the oracles come from their meditation at an isolated place and provide insights into the future happenings.
After the prophecy, people enjoy the mask dance.
32. Basant Panchami
Where in India: All over | When: 26 Jan 2023
Basant Panchami also pronounced as Vasant Panchami, is celebrated at the beginning of the spring season.
The festival is also known as Saraswati Puja as the festival is dedicated to the Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of learning and music.
Where in India: Kerala | When: 20 Aug – 31 Aug 2023
Kerala celebrates its annual cultural and official festival, Onam for a period of 10 days.
During these ten days, people celebrate Onam like everything; from adventurous sports to ritual gatherings to not-to-be-missed Onam Sadhya, you witness every bit of Keralite culture during this period.
Where in India: Odisha | When: 20 Sep 2023
Nuakhai is the harvest festival of Odisha which generally falls after a day of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Also known as Navakhai, Nuakhai is mainly celebrated in Western Odisha where locals welcome the new rice of the season.
35. Festa De Diu
Where in India: Diu | When: December to February
Festa De Diu is the longest beach festival in Asia and takes place at various beaches.
It runs from December to February and you can witness dance performances, other artistic works like stand-up comedy, and much more.
36. International Sand Art Festival
Where in India: Chandrabhaga Beach, Odisha | When: December
International Sand Art Festival is one of the most offbeat winter festivals in India which takes place in the month of December.
Sand and sculpture artists from all over the world participate in the competition and the winner gets a lakh rupee.
Experience one of the most unique winter festivals in India at Chandrabhaga Beach in Odisha.
So, this was our list of festivals celebrated in the winter season in India. Read our article on Agra Travel Guide to know about the festivals celebrated in Agra