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Latest Festival Current Affairs 2024 [January to December]

April 2024

Sl. NoFestival NameState/Union Territory
1Shigmo FestivalGoa
2Ponkaliamman festivalTamil Nadu
3‘Sajibu Nongma Pānba lunar new year festivalMnaipur
4Shakti – a festival of music and dance Organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi
5Bohag Bihu’ festivalAssam
6Longte festivalArunachal Pradesh
734th Seng Khihlang festivalMeghalaya
8Chithirai festivalTamil Nadu

March 2024

Sl. NoFestival NameState/Union Territory
1Tawi FestivalJammu and Kashmir
2Chapchar Kut festivalMizoram
3National Youth Parliament FestivalNew Delhi
4Creek FestivalDubai
5Sahityotsav 2024New Delhi
6Gorsam Kora festivalArunachal Pradesh
7Phool Dei festivalUttarakhand
8Hola Mohalla festivalPunjab
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February 2024

Sl. NoFestival NameState
1National Chilika Birds Festival 2024Odisha
2Defence Literature Festival 2024, “Kalam and Kavach”Pune
3Dosmoche FestivalLadakh
411th International Puppet Festival 2024Chandigarh
5French Film Festival 2024Kolkata
6Naked-man “Somin-sai” FestivalJapan
7Nagi Bird Festival 2024Jamui (Bihar)
850th edition of the 2024 Khajuraho Dance FestivalMadhya Pradesh
9Sammakka-Sarakka Medaram JatharaTelangana
10Banana Festival 2024Madhya Pradesh
117th North East Youth Festival 2024Tripura
12Paruveta Utsavam (mock hunting festival)Andhra Pradesh
13Attukal Pongal FestivalKerala
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January 2024

Sl. No.Festival NameState
113th National Street Food Festival 2023New Delhi
2Gole Mela FestivalUdhampur, Jammu and Kashmir
327th National Youth Festival 2024Nashik, Maharashtra
4Chandubi FestivalAssam
5International Purple Fest – 2024Goa
6India International Science Festival (IISF) 2023Faridabad, Haryana
7International Camel Festival 2024Bikaner, Rajasthan
89th Pakke Paga Hornbill FestivalArunachal Pradesh
9Kokborok DayTripura
10Mamani Ethnic Food FestivalLadakh
11Ramayan FestivalDelhi, Purana Qila
12Desert Festival 2024Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
13Thaipusam (Thaipoosam) FestivalTamil Nadu
14Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2024Maharashtra
15Rüsoma Orange Festival 2024Nagaland

Festivals list that have a theme 2024

India International Science Festival (IISF) 2023

  • City: Faridabad
  • Theme: Science and Technology Public Outreach in Amrit Kaal

27th National Youth Festival 2024

  • City: Nashik, Maharashtra
  • Theme: MYBharat – ViksitBharat@2047- By the Youth, For the Youth (Yuva ke liye, yuva ke dwara)

International Camel Festival 2024

  • District: Bikaner
  • Theme: Icons of Bikaner (The theme specifically aims to promote the craftsmanship of locals)

9th Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival

  • State: Arunachal Pradesh
  • Theme: Let Our Hornbills Remain Domutoh Domutoh, Paga hum Domutoh

Desert Festival 2024 (Maru Mahotsav)

  • City: Jaisalmer
  • Theme: “Back to the Desert”

Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2024 (International Theatre Festival of India)

  • Commences from: Mumbai’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA)
  • Organized by: National School of Drama
  • Theme: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, Vande Bharangam

These festivals have specific themes associated with them, adding depth and meaning to the celebrations.

Festival Current Affairs 2023

December 2023

Sl. NoFestivalState/Country
15th Global Ayurveda Festival 2023Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
27th edition of the Military Literature FestivalChandigarh
32nd SARAS Food Festival 2023New Delhi
4Shar Amartala Torgya FestivalArunachal Pradesh
5Karbi Youth Festival 2024Assam

November 2023

Sl. NoFestivalState/CountryDescription
1ASEAN-India Millet Festival 2023Kota Kasablanka Mall, South Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Millet Festival is part of the United Nations’ International Year of Millets 2023 (IYM 2023) celebrations.
  • The festival encompasses an exhibition, panel discussions, and cooking workshops.
  • The exhibition is designed to promote collaboration among ASEAN countries.
  • It aims to celebrate cultural and culinary diversity.
  • The festival also seeks to endorse sustainable millet practices.
2Mera Hou Chongba’ FestivalManipur

About the Festival:

  • What: Annual cultural festival called “Mera Hou Chongba” in Manipur
  • Where: Kangla Palace Compound in Imphal, Manipur
  • Why: Celebrates the unity and growth of nationalism in Manipur, emphasizing brotherhood, love, and unity
  • Aim: Strengthening connections between hill tribes and valley people in Manipur

Key Features:

  • Exchange of gifts between different communities
  • Involves traditional rituals, dances, and cultural performances

Significance:

  • Highlights the historical bond and continuity since the time of Nongda Lairen Pakhangba, the god king of Manipur (1st century AD).

Participants:

  • People from both hill tribes and valley areas
  • Active involvement of the Manipur Chief Minister in the event
3Parumala Perunnal festivalKerala
  • Parumala Perunnal is an annual feast dedicated to commemorating the death anniversary of Bishop Mar Gregorios Metropolitan, the first canonized saint of the Malankara Orthodox Church in Kerala.
  • The feast is held at a church where the mortal remains of Bishop Mar Gregorios Metropolitan are interred, adding a sacred significance to the event.
  • Devotees from all parts of the state gather at the church grounds to celebrate this significant day in the religious calendar.
  • The occasion serves as a major pilgrimage for followers, drawing a large crowd eager to participate in the festivities and religious ceremonies.
  • The atmosphere during Parumala Perunnal is characterized by a sense of devotion, unity, and reverence for the saintly figure, creating a spiritually enriching experience for the attendees.
4Kalinga Literary Festival 2024Bhubaneswar, Odisha
  • Name: Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF)
  • Location: Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
  • Founder Director: Rashmi Ranjan Parida
  • Nature: International literary festival
  • Awards Conferred:
    • KLF Book Awards
    • Kalinga Literary Award
    • Kalinga International Literary Award
    • Kalinga Karubaki Award
  • Recipients: Noted Indian writers
  • Cultural Hub: Promotes literary and cultural exchange
  • Frequency: Annual event
5Beypore International Water Festival 2023Kerala
  • The Beypore International Water Festival is a five-day event held at Beypore Marina in Kerala, India.
  • The festival features water sports demonstrations, cultural programs, food festivals, and a flea market.
  • Some of the highlights of the festival include surfing demos, sea rafting, rowing, boat races, paramotoring, kayaking, flying board, and treasure hunts.
  • Visitors can also tour a Coast Guard ship and view exhibits from the Navy, Army, Coast Guard, Police, and Maritime Board.
  • The festival is a popular tourist destination, and the Tourism Minister of Kerala has announced plans to hold similar events in all districts of the state.
6Sadar festival (Dunnapothula Panduga)Hyderabad, Telangana
  • Celebrated by: Yadav community in Hyderabad, Telangana, India
  • Occasion: Annual celebration as part of Diwali
  • Alternative Name: Dunnapothula Panduga (దున్నపోతుల పండుగ) – ‘Festival of the Buffalo Cattle’ in Telugu
  • Date: Occurs on the second day after Diwali
  • Name: Founded by Salandri Nyayam Chowdhary Mallaiah Yadav
  • Initiation: Started the carnival in 1946 at Naryanguda YMCA, Hyderabad
724th Hornbill Festival 2023Kisama Village, Nagaland, India
  • Celebration Venue: Naga Heritage Village Kisama in Nagaland
  • Also Known As: Festival of Festivals
  • Duration: 10-day festival
  • Highlights: A unique opportunity to experience all Naga tribes, their culture, and distinctiveness in one place
8Boita Bandana festivalOdisha

About the Festival:

  • Name: Traditional Odia Maritime and Naval Festival
  • Celebration: Annual celebration throughout Odisha, India

Significance:

  • Celebrates the voyages of ancient Odia sailors and traders to Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka
  • Also known as Dangā Bhasā

October 2023

Sl. NoFestivalState/CountryDescription
1Aadi Mahotsav – the National Tribal FestivalJamshedpur, Jharkhand• Inaugurated by the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Shri Arjun Munda.

• The event organized by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED)
2Ladakh Zanskar Festival 2023Zanskar, Ladakh • The festival featured traditional ethnic cultural troupes from Zanskar, Kargil, Drass, Aryan Valley, and Himachal Pradesh’s Lahul, Spiti, Kannur.

• The festival aimed to support traditional folk artists, cultural performers, handloom and handicraft artisans, traditional nomadic life (Doksa), and traditional archery sports.
3BathukammaTelangana• Occurs for nine days during Durga Navratri, starting from Mahalaya Amavasya.

• Culminates in “Saddula Bathukamma” or “Pedda Bathukamma” festival on Ashwayuja Navami.

• Followed by a 7-day Boddemma festival marking the end of Varsha Ruthu.

• Worship of Goddess Maha Gauri, the life-giver, in the form of Bathukamma.

• Originally meant as a “festival of life” to thank Goddess Parvati for blessings on crop harvest and income.
4Kati Bihu also known as Kongali bihuAssam• Kati or Kangali Bihu is associated with agriculture in Assam.

• Celebrated on the first day of the ‘Kati’ month in the Assamese calendar.

• Also known as Kangali, signifying “Poor” due to the scarcity of food during this time.

• Celebrations involve lighting lamps or candles, called Saaki, in the evening.

• People, especially ladies, worship and welcome Goddess Lakshmi by lighting earthen mustard oil lamps in fields, near the sacred Tulasi plant, and in the store (bharal ghar).

• This ritual extends throughout the month.

• Tulsi plant holds great significance in Hinduism.

• In paddy fields, a special lamp called ‘Akaxh Banti’ (Sky candle) is lit atop tall bamboo poles.

• These lamps, scientifically, attract insects in the paddy fields, helping to keep the crops healthy and free from pests.
5First edition of Indian Military Heritage FestivalNew Delhi• Two-day festival celebrating India’s military culture and heritage.

• Focus on diverse aspects through conversations, art, dance, drama, story-telling, and exhibitions.

• Aims to bring forward different perspectives via panel discussions.

• Involvement of eminent scholars, practitioners, and serving as well as retired officers.

• Dedicated to honoring the evolution of India’s military history over centuries.
6Anthurium FestivalMizoram• Anthurium Festival in Mizoram spans two days at Reiek in Mamit District.
• Organized by the Department of Tourism of Mizoram.

• Dr. Lalrozama, Tourism Secretary, emphasizes the significance of tourism for income generation and overall state development.

• Highlights the employment opportunities tourism offers to the youth.

• Stresses the preference of tourists for exploring villages to experience unique culture, traditions, and religion.

• Advocates for responsible and sustainable tourism practices.

• Views the Anthurium Festival as a joyous occasion to showcase the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Mizo people.

September 2023

Sl. NoFestivalState/CountryDescription
1Gai Jatra festivalNepal• Gai Jatra is a significant festival in Nepal’s Kathmandu valley, held to honor those who passed away during the year.

• The festival falls in the month of Bhadra (August-September), following Janai Purnima, a thread-changing ceremony.

• The Newar community in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur districts celebrates Gai Jatra with great enthusiasm over eight days.

• Gai Jatra is a public holiday in Nepal.
2Bangus Valley FestivalJammu & Kashmir• The Bangus Valley Festival was inaugurated by J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.

• The festival aims to showcase the rural and adventure tourism potential of Bangus Valley.

• The event will promote the tribal culture of the region and provide a platform for local artisans to showcase their traditional arts and crafts.

• The festival highlights Jammu and Kashmir’s diverse tourism offerings, including adventure activities, exquisite cuisine, pilgrimage sites, traditional handicrafts, and serene mountain landscapes.

• The region is developing around 300 new destinations to provide a variety of gateway options for domestic and foreign tourists, featuring activities, festivals, natural scenery, shopping, and B&B homestays in picturesque villages.
3Kathmandu-Kalinga Literature FestivalLalitpur, Nepal• The Kathmandu-Kalinga Literary Festival concluded in Lalitpur, Nepal, after a successful three-day run.

• The festival served as a platform for cultural exchange and promotion of literary and artistic endeavors in South Asia.

• The event brought together literary figures and artists from India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, highlighting the region’s diverse cultural heritage.

The festival showcased a variety of creative expressions, including literature, music, dance, poetry, and other art forms.
4North East India Festival (17th Edition)Milan, Italy• The event was organized by the North East Institute of Fashion Technology (NEIFT) and the Consulate General of India, Milan.

• The festival showcased the rich cultural heritage of Northeast India through fashion shows, folk dances, and tourism promotions.

• Eight designers from Northeast India presented their collections, featuring top international models.

• The festival aimed to promote Northeast India’s tourism potential and cultural richness to the European community.
5Festival of DemocracyNalanda University in Bihar• The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is organizing a ‘Festival of Democracy’ at Nalanda University in Bihar, India.

• The festival, titled ‘Vaishali Festival of Democracy,’ coincides with International Day of Democracy on September 15.

• Nalanda University was chosen as the venue due to its historical significance, democratic values, and international presence.

• The festival will feature panel discussions, cultural exchanges, and prominent guests, including former President Ram Nath Kovind, Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, and Minister of State for Culture Meenakshi Lekhi.

• The theme for this year’s International Day of Democracy is “Empowering the Next Generation,” emphasizing the crucial role of youth in shaping democracy.
6First edition of the Bharatiya Prakash Sthamb UtsavGoa• The inaugural edition of the ‘Bharatiya Prakash Sthamb Utsav’ or Indian Lighthouse Festival was launched at the historic Fort Aguada in Panjim, Goa on September 23, 2023.

• The festival aims to revitalize the rich maritime heritage associated with India’s 75 iconic lighthouses and showcase their captivating stories to the world.

August 2023

Sl. NoFestivalStateDescription
1Unmesha & Utkarsh FestivalMadhya Pradesh ‘Unmesha’– International Literature Festival

‘Utkarsh’– National Festival of Folk and Tribal Performing Arts to promote inclusivity and cultural diversity
2Namaste Vietnam FestivalVietnam• The festival is an intersection of culture and commerce, creating the basis for promoting bilateral relations to promote tourism, trade, art, culture, music and film.

• The theme of the 2nd Namaste Vietnam Festival was “People unite, warm friendship”
3Aadi Perukku cultural festivalTamil Nadu • Aadi Perukku, also known as the Aadi Monsoon Festival, is a Tamil cultural celebration.

• It occurs on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Adi.

• The festival is dedicated to honoring the importance of water and its life-sustaining properties.

• It involves nature worship, particularly of the Amman deities.

• The goal is to seek blessings for peace, prosperity, and happiness for mankind through nature’s grace.
4Festival of Libraries 2023New Delhi• The festival highlighted iconic libraries from across the world in order to initiate a conversation on the modernization and digitization of libraries in India.
5Malabar River Festival 2023Kerala• It is a International Kayaking competition held at Thusharagiri in Kozhikode.

• The festival is conducted in one of the most naturally beautiful rives of Kerala, the Chalippuzha River.
6India Startup Festival (ISF) 2023Bengaluru• The Theme of the festival: “Innovation at the Bottom of the Pyramid”
7Navroz FestivalIran and the Persian diaspora• New year festival of Iranian or Persian Communities.

The festival based on the Iranian Solar Hijri calendar, on the spring equinox.
8Chingam 1 FestivalKerala • Chingam 1, also known as Chingam Month is the first day of the traditional Malayalam calendar used in Kerala.

• Chingam 1 marks the beginning of the new Kolla Varsham, which is the Malayalam New Year.
9Anduri UtsavUttarakhand • Anduri Utsav, also known as the Butter Festival, takes place annually in Raithal, Uttarkashi district.

• It is a gesture of gratitude to Lord Krishna for safeguarding cattle from malevolent forces during their grazing in Dayara Bugyal’s open meadows.

• Participants engage in a joyful tradition of smearing one another with butter, milk, and buttermilk as part of the celebration.
10Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat Food Festival 2023New Delhi• The 3-day festival aims to highlight the diverse flavours and dishes that define each region of India.

• The event will showcase state-specific cuisines and promote awareness of the unique offerings within each region, while fostering a sense of togetherness.

July 2023

Sl. NoFestivalStateDescription
1Tanabata festivalJapan Tanabata, also referred to as the Star Festival, is a traditional Japanese celebration with its roots in the Chinese Qixi Festival. This joyous occasion commemorates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, symbolized by the stars Vega and Altair, respectively.
2Indian Mango Festival ‘AamrusMoscow, RussiaIn the festival, the “enthusiastic” Russian audience got to enjoy five samples of different varieties of Mangoes from Uttar Pradesh – Dasheri, Langra, Chausa, Amrapali and Mallika.
3Ker Puja festivalTripuraThe celebration takes place two weeks after the Kharchi Puja, dedicated to honoring Ker, the guardian deity of Vastu Devata. Originally initiated by the Tripura rajas, the puja is now an essential ritual for the Halam tribe.
4Bonalu festivalTelanganaBonalu is a traditional Hindu festival celebrated in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, as well as in other parts of Telangana. The festival is centered on the Goddess Mahakali, and is celebrated in the month of Ashada Masam, which is around July and/or August. The word “Bonalu” is a contraction of the word “Bhojanam,” which means “meal” or “feast” in Telugu.
5Festival of Libraries 2023New DelhiThe purpose of the festival is to showcase iconic libraries from around the world, initiate a dialogue on the modernization and digitization of libraries, and facilitate the formulation of action-oriented policies for the development of Model Libraries in India, right down to the village and community levels.
6Chachin grazing festivalArunachal PradeshThe Chachin Grazing Festival is a two-day festival that is celebrated in the Tawang region of Arunachal Pradesh. The festival is held in the month of July or August, and it is a celebration of the traditional nomadic herding lifestyle of the Monpa people. The festival is named after the Chachin grazing ground, which is a high-altitude meadow that is located near the Bumla Pass.
7Hemis Tsechu FestivalLadakhThe Hemis Tsechu Festival is a two-day celebration of the life and teachings of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. The festival is held at the Hemis Monastery in Ladakh, India, and features a variety of traditional Tibetan performances, including masked dances, music, and religious rituals. The highlight of the festival is the chaam dance, a masked dance performed by monks to commemorate the victory of good over evil.

June 2023

Sl. NoFestivalStateDescription
1Lavender FestivalJammu and KashmirJitendra Singh, Union Minister of state for Science & Technology inaugurated the two-day “Lavender Festival” in Bhaderwah Valley (Lavender capital of India) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K
2Vitasta MahotsavJammu and Kashmirhe festival focuses on the folk beliefs associated with the Vitasta (Jhelum) river.
3Kharchi PujaTripuraThe word “Kharchi” is derived from the Tripuri word “Khya”, which means “Earth”. The festival is therefore seen as a way of cleansing the Earth and washing away sin. The festival is dedicated to the fourteen deities (Chaturdasha Devata) who are believed to be the guardians of Tripura.
4Palkhi FestivalMaharashtraWarkari community has celebrated the Palkhi festival in Pandharpur, Maharashtra to honor the Hindu God Vithoba.
5Raja festivalOdishaThe first day of the festival is called ‘Pahili Raja’, the second day is called ‘Majhi Raja’ ‘Raja Sankranti’ or ‘Mithuna Sankranti’, the third day is ‘Bhudaha’ or ‘Basi Raja’ or ‘Sesha Raja’.

May 2023

Sl. NoFestivalStateDescription
1Ganga Pushkaralu festival 2023Celebrated at shrines along the banks of 12 major sacred rivers in IndiaGanga pushkaralu celebrations are held every 12 years in the Ganga River in Pushkaralu, where thousands of pilgrims travel to dip in the holy river.
2Ubhauli festivalNepalUbhauli is an annual festival celebrated by the Kirat communities of Sunuwar, Rai, Limbu, and Yakkha in Nepal, India, and various parts of the world. This vibrant festival symbolizes the migration towards the hilly regions as the arrival of the summer season approaches.
3Great Prayer Festival, Monlam ChenmoLadakhThe annual five-day-long Great Prayer Festival, “Ladakh Monlam Chenmo,” a mass prayer camp by Buddhist monks and nuns for world peace and happiness is starting today in Leh, Ladakh.

April 2023

Sl. NoFestivalStateDescription
1Yangli FestivalAssam ▪ The Yangli Festival, also known as ‘Lakshmi Puja’, held at Guva, Jagiroad in Morigaon district.

▪ The festival is celebrated by the Tiwa people, and is related to agriculture, the mainstay of their economy.

▪ They pray for a bountiful harvest and protection for their crops from pests and other natural calamities.

▪ The festival is celebrated once every five years, and the sowing of paddy starts immediately after its celebration.
2Ganga Pushkaralu festivalIndia▪ Pushkaram is a festival in India that honors rivers.

▪ It takes place every 12 years at shrines along the banks of 12 sacred rivers in India.

▪ During the festival, people worship their ancestors and attend spiritual talks, listen to devotional music, and enjoy cultural events.

▪ Each river is linked to a zodiac sign, and the festival is held on the river associated with the zodiac sign Jupiter is in at that time.

▪ Sometimes, one zodiac sign may be associated with multiple rivers due to regional differences.
3SCO Millets Food Festival 2023Mumbai▪ Ministry of Tourism, India to organize SCO Millets Food Festival from April 13-19, 2023.

▪ Festival to take place at Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai.

▪ Chefs from SCO member countries will showcase their cuisines.

▪ Organic meals made with millets to be available at the Shamiana Restaurant

▪ Festival is to commemorate the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023)
4HUN- a Thadou Cultural Festival 2023Manipur▪ HUN festival is an annual cultural festival and a civilising act of the Thadous community of Manipur and it is celebrated at the arrival of the new year according to the community.
5Thawe Festival 2023Bihar▪ On April 15th and 16th, the Thawe Festival was held in Gopalganj, Bihar, which was jointly organized by the Department of Tourism and the Department of Art and Culture. The festival was intended to increase tourism in Gopalganj and encourage visitors to the Thawe Durga Temple.
6Jitgadhi FestivalNepal▪ Jitgadhi festival celebrated in Butwal of Rupandehi district, Nepal.

▪ Commemorates Nepal Army’s victory over the British, formerly the East India Company.

▪ Colonel Ujir Singh Thapa led the Nepal Army in conquering the Jitgadhi fort on 7th Baisakh in 1872 BS.

▪ The victory marked the defeat of the British Army
7Sinthan Snow Festival-2023Jammu and Kashmir▪A diverse range of activities, including a bike rally, paragliding, snow kayaking, fun snow activities, and local cultural performances, will be featured at the 2-day Sinthan Snow Festival-2023.

March 2023

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1Siang Unying FestivalArunachal PradeshThe festival of Unying is celebrated to mark the onset of the cultivation season, the start of the Adi community’s New Year, and the arrival of the spring season. The festival holds great significance for the community as it serves as a way to strengthen the bonds among its members.
2National Youth Parliament Festival 2023New DelhiIt was organized by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
Theme: Ideas for a Better tomorrow: India for the World
3Yaoshang festivalManipurYaoshang is a significant festival celebrated in Manipur and is regarded as one of its major festivals. The celebrations witness participation from people belonging to various communities, coming together to revel in the festive spirit. The festival is celebrated for five days and is observed on the full moon day of the month of Lamta, which typically falls in February-March. The festivities of Yaoshang usually coincide with the popular festival of Holi.
4Bhumchu FestivalSikkimThe Bumchu festival is an annual celebration that takes place on the 15th day of the first lunar month, which usually falls in February or March, at the Tashiding Monastery located in West Sikkim, India. The highlight of the festival is the opening of a vessel that contains holy water, and the water level in this vessel is considered a prophetic sign of the fortunes for the upcoming year. This festival holds immense cultural and spiritual significance for the local community.
5Kodava hockey festival 2023KarnatakaThe Kodava hockey festival, an annual inter-family field hockey tournament held in the Kodagu district of Karnataka.
6Gorsam Kora festivalArunachal PradeshFestival of friendship between India and Bhutan, was celebrated at the Gorsam Chorten Stupa
7Ghode JatraNepalGhode Jatra is a traditional horse festival that originated in Kathmandu, Nepal. The festival takes place annually, typically falling in mid-March or early-April. The main highlight of the festival is a horse parade held at Tundikhel, accompanied by various competitions that are organized in the presence of important dignitaries including heads of state. The parade and competitions are organized by the Nepal Army. The local Newar community of Kathmandu celebrates the occasion by organizing a feast. The day of Ghode Jatra is considered a public holiday in Kathmandu.
8Sajibu Nongma Panba FestivalManipurSajibu Nongma Pānba, which means ‘First day of Sajibu month’ in Meitei language, is a lunar new year festival celebrated by the Meitei people in the Indian state of Manipur. The festival is also known as Meitei Cheiraoba or Sajibu Cheiraoba, and it holds great significance for the Meitei community who follow Sanamahism, their traditional religion.
91st Urban Climate Film Festival 2023New DelhiThe festival was held at the M.L. Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi. The inaugural session will be chaired by Shri Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa.

February 2023

Gandhisagar Floating Festival 2023

  • The Gandhisagar Floating Festival 2023 is Asia’s first floating festival.
  • The festival is being held in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh.
  • It will feature land, air, and water-based adventure activities.
  • The festival is a 5-day event.
  • The Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board is organizing the festival to promote Gandhisagar as a tourist destination.

Me-Dam-Me-Phi’ Festival 2023

  • Sarbananda Sonowal hosted the “Me-Dam-Me-Phi” festival of Assam’s Tai Ahom community in New Delhi.
  • The festival is annually observed across Assam on January 31.
  • ‘Me’ means offerings, ‘Dam’ means ancestors, and ‘Phi’ means God.
  • Worship is offered in the name of three gods namely Grihadam, Dam Changphi, and Me Dam Me Phi.
  • The ceremony was attended by members of the Assamese community living in Delhi-NCR, Union Ministers, MPs, and ambassadors from Thailand and Laos.

International ‘Khajuraho Dance Festival-2023

  • The International Khajuraho Dance Festival-2023 (49th edition) has begun at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India.
  • The event was officially inaugurated by Vishnu Dutt Sharma, the BJP state president, and Khajuraho MP.
  • The festival began in 1975 and is organised by the Ustad Allauddin Khan Music and Arts Academy under the Department of Culture, Government of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Khajuraho is home to an outstanding collection of temples that are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Madhya Pradesh State ‘Rupankar Kala Puraskar 2023’ was presented to 10 artists from various fields on this occasion.
  • Khajuraho will host the first meeting of the G20 Cultural Working Group (CWG).

1st Sundarban Bird Festival

  • 145 different bird species were sighted during the first-ever Sundarban Bird Festival, organized by the Sundarban Tiger Reserve and South 24 Parganas division of the West Bengal Forest Department.
  • The birds were spotted by 6 teams that visited different parts of the Sunderban Biosphere Reserve during the 2-day festival.
  • The bird species sighted include 78 forest birds, 42 species of waders, 12 species of raptors, six species of waterfowl, and seven other bird species.
  • 86 species were spotted in the core zone, 128 species were spotted in the buffer zone and 71 were spotted outside the protected area.
  • During the festival, the birders spotted 7 out of the 9 species of kingfishers found in Sundarban.
  • Sundarban is home to 12 kingfisher species, and 9 of them were spotted during the festival.
  • The Sundarban Biosphere Reserve is home to 428 documented bird species, according to various studies by the Zoological Survey of India and a publication titled “Birds of Sundarban Biosphere Reserve”.

Ellora Ajanta International Festival 2023

  • The Ellora-Ajanta International Festival 2023 was held in Chatrapati Sambhajinagar (formerly known as Aurangabad), Maharashtra.
  • The festival took place at the historical site of Soneri Mahal, located on the campus of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University.
  • The festival was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State (MoS) for Finance Dr. Bhagwat Karad.
  • The festival aimed to celebrate the cultural heritage and diversity of the region.
  • The festival featured a range of events, including live music performances, dance shows, art exhibitions, and food festivals.

January 2023

Imoinu Iratpa Festival

  • Emoinu Iratpa, also known as Imoinu Iratpa or Waakching Taranithoini Paanba, is a sacred festival that pays homage to the Meitei Goddess Imoinu Ahongbi.
  • Observed by those who follow the Sanamahism religion, particularly in Manipur, the festival takes place on the 12th day of the Wakching month in the Meitei calendar.
  • The festival is celebrated by Meitei communities not only in Manipur, but also in Assam, Tripura, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.

VIRAASAT Festival

  • Virasat is a celebration of India’s rich cultural heritage and is considered the largest folk and heritage festival in the Afro-Asia region.
  • Hosted in Dehradun, India, the festival is organized by REACH (Rural Entrepreneurship for Art & Cultural Heritage) and spans over a week, showcasing Indian folk and classical arts, literature, crafts, theatre, cinema, and yoga through performances and workshops.
  • The festival aims to create a platform for interaction between students, artists, and craftsmen, with classical music and dance performances by renowned maestros and master craftsmen taking place during the first half of the academic year.
  • The name Virasat, which is derived from the Hindi language, translates to “heritage”.

Gaan Ngai festival

  • Gaan-Ngai, also referred to as “Chakaan Gaan-Ngai,” is a festival celebrated by the Zeliangrong people of the Indian states of Assam, Manipur, and Nagaland.
  • It is the largest of the many festivals celebrated in the indigenous calendar of the Rongmei Naga/Kabui tribe and is a post-harvest festival.
  • The main celebrants of this festival are the followers of the Zeliangrong indigenous religion, including those who practice Poupei Chapriak and Heraka, among other sects.

Tamu Lhosar

  • Tamu Lhosar is a New Year festival celebrated by the Gurung community in Nepal.
  • This festival is observed on the 15th day of the Nepali month of Poush, which falls in December or January.
  • The Gurung people follow a 12-year cycle, each year representing a different creature such as garuda, serpent, horse, sheep, monkey, bird, dog, deer, mouse, cow, tiger, or cat.
  • During the festival, Gurung men don traditional attire including Bhangra, a white apron, and Kachhad, a short cloth. Gurung women, both young and old, adorn themselves with Ghalek, a velvet blouse, and golden ornaments such as earrings and necklaces studded with semi-precious stones.
  • People gather in large and small groups to feast and perform traditional dances. Home-made Raksi is a staple drink served during the celebration. Tamu Losar is recognized as a public holiday in Nepal.

Octave 2023 Festival

  • Under the guidance of the South Zone Culture Centre in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, Octave 2023 was held to showcase the traditional art and culture of Northeast India.
  • The festival was officially opened by the Governor of Tamil Nadu, R N Ravi. The Governor stated that the country’s outlook towards the Northeast has evolved over time and the state is now playing an integral role in India’s growth story. He added that the Northeast region is experiencing progress and growth, with a wealth of capabilities and aspirations.

Purple Fest: Celebrating Diversity 2023

  • The first-ever festival of its kind, “Purple Fest: Celebrating Diversity” was launched with a grand ceremony on January 6, 2023 in Goa.
  • The festival’s goal is to unite people and promote inclusivity and a welcoming environment for everyone.
  • The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Dr. Virendra Kumar, was in attendance at the opening ceremony and visited an exhibition cum sale showcasing products made by Divyangjans (persons with disabilities).
  • Goa, previously recognized for its New Year celebrations, is now taking a step forward in empowering Divyangjans with the introduction of Purple Fest.

Cherchera festival

  • Recently, Chhattisgarh celebrated the Cherchera Festival at the Dudhadhari Math in Raipur.
  • The full moon night of the Paush Hindu calendar month marks this celebration of agriculture and the happiness brought by the harvesting of crops.
  • Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel offered his warm wishes to the citizens of Chhattisgarh on this special occasion and used the opportunity to call on the Governor to sign a reservation bill aimed at supporting the young generation of the state. This bill, if signed, would grant access to college education and government employment to the youth of Chhattisgarh.

International Kite Festival 2023

  • The Indian state of Gujarat is known for its many annual festivals, but the most spectacular of them all is the International Kite Festival, also known as Uttarayan.
  • This festival, which takes place during Makar Sankranti, attracts kite flyers from all over the world to participate in the celebration.

Adi Shaurya: Parv Parakram Ka

  • The Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the Ministry of Defence celebrated the first day of “Adi Shaurya – Parv Parakram Ka” by staging a vibrant display of tribal dances and performances by the armed forces, marking the 126th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose (Parakram Diwas).
  • The Indian Coast Guard served as the coordinating agency for the event, which took place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi and was attended by thousands of people.

Parshuram Kund Festival 2023

  • The Hindu pilgrimage site of Parasuram Kund is located on the Brahmaputra plateau, near the lower reaches of the Lohit River, 21 km north of Tezu in the Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh, India.
  • Every year on the occasion of Makar Sankranti in January, devotees and sadhus take a sacred dip in its waters. Known as the “Kumbh of the Northeast,” the site is dedicated to the mythological sage Parshuram and attracts pilgrims from Nepal, India, and nearby states such as Manipur and Assam.
  • The “Development of Parasuram Kund” project has been sanctioned under the “Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive” (PRASHAD) Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism.

Aiyanoor Ammanoor festival

  • The Kotas tribe of the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, celebrates the festival of Ayyanur Ammanur.
  • During the festival, they gather clay to craft pottery, which is performed once every two years.
  • The pot-making ceremony is followed by the opening of their temple, where food is cooked in the newly crafted earthen pot and shared with the entire village.
  • After completing the worship rituals at the temple, both men and women, dressed in traditional attire, engage in dancing throughout the day and night.

Vigyanika, a Science Literature Festival

  • Vigyanika, a Science Literature Festival is going to be organized at the Indian International Science Festival (IISF), MANIT, Bhopal.
  • The venue of this Vigyanika event is the Auditorium, Mechanical Engineering Department, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal.
  • “Science Literature Festival” is being organized as part of the 8th India International Science Festival (IISF).

Ethnic Mamani Festival

  • In Ladakh, the annual Ethnic Mamani Festival was organized at Historical Styangkung Village and Chiktan Shagaran by the Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation (HCHF) and Ladakh Tourism Department.
  • Steyangkung village, with a rich history spanning over 500 years, is being transformed into one of the finest heritage villages in Ladakh.
  • The tradition of celebrating the Mamani Festival, an ancient custom of offering food to deceased family members, is deeply rooted in the history of Ladakh.
  • During the festival, people share food with their relatives and neighbors and pay homage to various spirits (Lha).
  • This festival has played a crucial role in preserving and reviving more than 35 traditional cuisines of Kargil Ladakh.

Orange festival 2023

  • The Orange Festival, in its third edition, was held at Rusoma village in Nagaland to commemorate the harvest of organic oranges in the district.
  • With its abundant and fertile soil, Rusoma village is an ideal location for orange cultivation and generates a yearly revenue of more than 40 lakhs. One single orange tree is capable of producing between 4000 to 5000 fruits.

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