‘List of Festivals of India’ is an important topic under current affairs as well as ‘Art and Cultures‘. All the recent ‘festival in News’ falls under the current affairs section. This topic is important for almost all competitive exams specially UPSC, WBCS, SSC, Railway and other states PSCs’. In this article we provide the ” 2022 festival list” of India that are recently celebrated across different regions of India.
List of Indian Festival 2022 in January
➤ The traditional new year of Tibetan Buddhist.
• It is celebrated by the Buddhist Community in the Ladakh region.
• The Losar is a 15 days festival.
• Losar is a Tibetan word which means ‘New Year’.
➤ Losoong/Namsoong Festival ➥Sikkim
• Annually celebrated across the Indian State of Sikkim.
• Losoong festival is celebrated as Sonam Losoong, by the Sikkimese Bhutia and as Namsoong by the Lepchas.
• It marks the beginning of the harvest season.
• The Namsoong festival begins on the 1st day of the new moon phase Kurneet Lovo.
➤ North East Festival ➥Assam
• The 9th edition of the North East Festival was held in Guwahati, Assam.
• The Festival was inaugurated by Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam.
List of Indian Festival 2021 in November
➤ Cherry Blossom Festival 2021 ➥ Shillong, Meghalaya
• The Cherry Blossom Festival 2021 inaugurated by Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad K Sangma and Ambassador of Japan to India, Satoshi Suzuki.
• The festival is held in two venues, Ward’s Lake and Polo Grounds in Meghalaya.
➤ First ever Aharbal Festival ➥ Kulgam district, Jammu and Kashmir
• The Kulgam district administration and the Department of Tourism, Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) organised the first ever Aharbal Festival at Kulgam, J&K to promote tourism in Kashmir, particularly at the Aharbal waterfall.
• Aharbal falls, also known as “Niagara Falls” of Kashmir.
• It is a hill station in the south-western part of Kashmir Valley in the Jammu and Kashmir(J&K).
➤ Boita Bandana’ Festival ➥ Odisha
• Boita Bandana also known as Danga Bhasa , is a traditional Odia maritime and naval festival celebrated annually throughout Odisha, India.
• Boita Bandana takes place in the early morning of Kartik Purnima.
• A major commemoration of this festival called Bali Jatra is held at Gadagadia Ghata of Cuttack on the banks of Mahanadi river
➤ Wangala – “the festival of 100 Drums” ➥ Meghalaya
• Meghalaya state observed the ‘Wangala’, the festival of 100 Drums Festival
• It is an annual post-harvest festival of the Garos tribe of Meghalaya
• Main deity of this festival is ‘Saljong’, the Sun God of Garos.
➤ National Tribal Dance Festival 2021’ ➥ Chhattisgarh
• Chief Minister (CM) of Jharkhand Hemant Soren and CM of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel inaugurated 2nd National Tribal Dance Festival 2021
• It was held at Raipur’s Science College ground as a part of the tourism development plan of the stat.
List of Indian Festival 2021 in October
➤ Global FinTech Festival (GFF) 2021 ➥ India
• The Global FinTech Festival (GFF) 2021 is organized by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and Fintech Convergence Council (FCC) and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) along with Payments Council of India (PCI).
• Theme of Festival: ‘FinTech: Empowering a Global Digital Economy’
➤ Bathukamma ➥ Telangana
• The festival Bathukamma is a part of Dasara festivities.
• It is a traditional Hindu festival celebrated predominantly in the state of Telangana and in some parts of Andhra Pradesh.
• As per Shathavahana calendar the Bathukamma festival is annually celebrated for nine days starting on Bhadrapada Pournami also known as Mahalaya Amavasya and concludes on Durgashtami.
List of Indian Festival 2021 in September
➤ Nomadic Festival ➥ Ladakh
• First Ladakh Nomadic Festival in Ladakh inaugurated by the Lieutenant Governor (LG) Radha Krishna (RK) Mathur.
• It is mainly celebrated in the region of Changthang at Korzok Phu, Ladakh.
• This festival celebrated to showcase the unexposed lifestyle and culture of the nomads of the eastern most Changthang plateau of Ladakh.
➤ Solung Festival ➥ Arunachal Pradesh
• ‘Solung’ is a harvest festival performed after sowing of seeds and transplantation, to seek future bumper crops.
• It is a 5 day long popular festival of Adi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.
• The first day of ‘Solung’ is called, ‘Solung-Gidi Dogin’ or the day of preparations.
• The second and the main day of the festival is called Doreph-Long or the day of animal sacrifice.
• The third day is ‘Binnayat Binam’ or worshipping the goddess of plenty and prosperity.
• The fourth day is Yaktor of Ekoph when the villagers remain busy preparing bows and arrows and other weapons of war.
• On the fifth day, the Miri (religious leader or priest) is given a ceremonial send-off when the girls sing and dance.
➤ Bail Pola Festival 2021 ➥ Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
• The Bail Pola Festival is a thanksgiving ceremony in which the farmers of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh including Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka give thanks to the bulls and oxen for their contribution to agricultural and farming activities.
• This day falls on Kushopatini Amavasya, on the full moon day of the month of Shravana.
• On this day, the demon Polasur was killed by Lord Krishna when he was a child. And this day is dedicated to paying respect to animals and children.
➤ Nuakhai ➥ Odisha
• Nuakhai, the harvest festival celebrated in the Sambalpur region of Odisha.
• The festival is celebrated on Bhadraba Shuklapakhya Panchami tithi, the next day of Ganesh Chaturthi.
• The literal meaning of Nuakhai is ‘Nua’ means New and ‘khai’ means eating.
• In this festival the new harvest crops are worshipped.
• The people of Odisha particularly Sambalpur celebrate it by eating the first rice of the harvest together with their family.
➤ Nata-Sankirtana ➥ Imphal, Manipur
• It is a 3-day long dance and music festival of Imphal.
• The festival of organized by The Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy(JNMDA).
August festival list 2021
➤ Aadi Pooram festival ➥ Tamil Nadu
• Aadi Pooram festival is a prime festival of Tamil Nadu.
• It is also known as Aandal Jayanti.
• The festival marks the birth of Andal Ammal.
• Tamilians beliefs Andal Ammal as the incarnation of Goddess Shakti.
• The festival celebrated in the Adi month (July – August) as per the Tamil calendar.
➤ Onam ➥ Kerala
• Onam is a Hindu festival of Kerala.
• It marks the first month of the Malayalam calendar, known as Chingam.
• Onam festival dedicated to the Vamana avatar of Vishnu.
Festival lists of July
➤ Bonalu festival ➥ Telangana
◘ Annual Hindu festival of Telangana.
◘ Specially celebrated in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
◘ Bonalu festival devoted to the Goddess Mahakali.
◘ This festival celebrated in Ashada Masam that falls in July/August.
➤ Harela festival ➥ Uttarakhand
◘ The Harela festival celebrated in Kumaon region of Uttrakhand.
◘ Harela means “Day of Green”.
◘ This festival celebrated in the month of Shravan.
◘ It marks the onset of the rainy season (Monsoon).
Important Festivals current affairs of June 2021
➤ Raja Parba or Mithuna Sankranti ➥ Odisha
◘ Raja Praba festival dedicated to Mother Earth (Bhuma Devi).
◘ This is a three day long festival . Each day has its own significance.
• The first day of the festival is called Pahili Raja
• The second is Mithuna Sankranti
• and the third or last day known as Bhu daha or Basi Raja.
◘ The day before the day of Pahili Raja known as ‘Sajabaja’.
➤ Poson Poya ➥ Sri Lank
◘ It is an annual festival of Sri Lankan.
◘ The festival is celebrated by the Buddhists peoples of Srilanka.
◘ Poson Poya festival held on the full moon day of June. (Poya means Full moon).
List of Festival, May
➤ Lag B’Omer religious festival ➥ Israel
• Lag B’Omer is an annual Jewish festival.
• It is observed during the Hebrew month of Iyar.
➤ Oktoberfest ➥ Germany
• The Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest or beer festival.
• It is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
➤ Vesak day ➥ Buddhist people of Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Tibet
• It is an international holiday recognized by the United Nations Organisation.
• Vesak Day is celebrated worldwide by the followers of Buddhism.
• This festival is celebrated in different countries like Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Tibet.
➤ “The eclipse and after” festival ➥ India, by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
• It is a unique film festival in which a series of women-centric documentary films showcased.
• A total of 10 films will be screened at the festival.
• These 10 films are made by the women film maker coming from different region.
Festivals current affairs April 2021
➤ Purvanchal Festival “Maati (4th edition)
◘ Held at India International Centre, New Delhi.
◘ Purvanchal is “a geographical region of the eastern end part of Uttar Pradesh”.
◘ Attended by Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha.
➤ Manyamkonda Jatara
◘ It is an Idol shifting Tribal festival.
◘ Celebrated by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected villages in Odisha & Andhra Pradesh.
◘ In this festival 4 idols of deities moved from Malkangiri in Odisha to Polluru village of Andhra Pradesh.
◘ The 4 idols are –
➤ ‘Tika Utsav
◘ Vaccination Festival to Combat COVID-19.
◘ The vaccination drive started on 11th April 2021, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule.
◘ And continued till 14th April 2021 the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar.
List of Indian Festival celebrated on March 2021
➤ Kalanamak Rice Festival
◘ Celebrated by – Uttar Pradesh
◘ Launched by – Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
◘ Kalanamak Rice is a varieties of aromatic Rice.
◘ Kalanamak Rice also known as – Buddha Rice
◘ It is rich in antioxidants, Omega-3, and Omega-6, 12% Iron, 21.5% Zinc.
➤ Banana Festival
◘ Organized by – Uttar Pradesh
◘ This festival launched at Buddha Park in Kushinagar
➤ Hearth Festival
◘ Celebrated by – Jammu & Kashmir
◘ Maha Shivaratri festival in Jammu & Kashmir known as – “Hearth” Festival.
◘ The festival marks the wedding of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati.
➤ Nowruz Festival
◘ Persian New Year celebrated by some countries in Central Asia and West Asia.
◘ The countries are _
◘ The festival marks the first day of the spring.
◘ and it is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox.
◘ Vernal equinox usually occurs on 21 March.
List of Festival February 2021
➤ National Tribal Festival – Aadi Mahotsav 2021
◘ Inaugurated by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, at New Delhi
➤ Kanchoth Festival
◘ The ancient Kanchoth festival, a symbol of ancient Nag culture, was observed with religious fervour and gaiety across Chenab valley region of Jammu and Kashmir.
◘ The festival is celebrated by locals, mainly Nag followers who believe that on this day of Gouri Tritiya, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married and the latter insisted on a throne made of snow as her wedding gift.
➤ Mandu Festival
◘ The three-day long “Mandu Festival” began at the historic town of Mandu in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh.
◘ This festival showcase each and every aspect of the ancient Mandu city, ranging from food, music, history & heritage, art & craft etc.
➤ 47th Khajuraho Dance Festival
◘ The 47th Khajuraho Dance Festival began in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.
◘ The first-day event is dedicated to Bharatanatyam performance by Geeta Chandran and her troupe and Kathak performance by Deepak Maharaj.
➤ India International Silk Fair
◘ Virtually addressed by – Union Minister for Women & Child Development and Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani.
List of festivals January 2021
➤ 4th Global Ayurveda, Festival 2021 (GAF2021)
◘ Hosted by Kerala
◘ It is the world’s largest festival of Ayurveda community.
◘ Focal Theme
♦ International Ayurveda Seminar
• Focal Theme – Strengthening Host Defence System – Ayurveda A Potential Promise.
♦ International Delegate Assembly.
• Focal Theme – Globalizing Ayurveda – Scope, Challenges and Solutions.
♦ International Business Meet
• Focal Theme- Global Ayurveda Pharmacy – Practices, Possibilities and Policies.
➤ Annual Music Festival — Tansen Sangeet Samaroh 2020 ( 96th edition)
◘ This festival Celebrated in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
◘ Jointly organised by Ustad Alauddin Khan Kala Evam Sangeet Academy and Department of Culture, Government of Madhya Pradesh.
➤ National Youth Festival 2021 (NYF 2021)
◘ The theme of the National Youth Festival 2021 is ‘YUVAAH – Utsah Naye Bharat Ka’.
◘ It is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary (January 12) of Swami Vivekananda.
◘ The Closing ceremony of NYF 2021 addressed by Union Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani in New Delhi.
➤ National Folk Dance Festival
◘ The “National Folk Dance Festival” jointly organized by North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala (Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India) and J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.
◘ This 5 days long festival will be performed in Abinav Theatre, Union Territories of Jammu Kashmir
➤ Bihar’s 1st state level bird festival named –‘Kalrav’
◘ Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar has inaugurated the first-ever bird festival of the state, ‘Kalrav’, at Nagi-Nakti bird sanctuary, located in Jamui district.
◘ The festival was celebrated to create awareness among people about birds, especially the migratory birds.
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