For further information, contact the Government of India Tourist Office
Below is a selection from the hundreds of Indian festivals celebrated throughout 2002. All the festivals are nationwide unless otherwise stated:
Jan Calcutta Festival.Jan 3-5 Mattu Pongal (harvest festival), Tamil Nadu.Jan 4-7 Pondicherry Yoga Festival, Pondicherry. Jan 8 Floating Festival, Tamil Nadu.Jan 12-13 Classical Music Festival, Mumbai. Jan 27-28 Bikaner Camel Festival. Feb Goa Festival.Feb 18-28 Taj Mahotsav (ten day event celebrating India's arts, crafts, music and cuisine), Agra.Feb 25-27 Desert Festival, Jaisalmer.Mar Khajuraho Dance Festival, Madhya Pradesh.Mar 9 Jaipur Festival of Colours. Mar 11 Shivatri (religious festival), nationwide. May 26 Buddha Purnima (celebration of the birthy of Lord Buddha). Mar 28 Elephant Festival, Jaipur.Apr 7-8 Mahavir Jayanti Festival, Bombay. Apr 15 Gangaur,Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur Bikaner. Apr 21 Ramnavami (anniversary of Lord Rama's birth).May 1 Maharashtra-Tag, Mumbai. Jun 1-3 Summer Festival, Mount-Abu. Jun 3-10 Badri-Kedar Festival (cultural festival), Badrnath and Kedarnath. Jul International Mango Festival, Delhi.Aug 4 Raksha Bandhan, Mumbai. Aug 12 Krishna Janmashtami (celebration of Krishna's Birthday). Aug 15 Indian Independence Day Celebrations. Aug 21-27 Onam Festival, Kerala. Sep 1 Ganesh Chaturthi (festival of the elephant God Ganesh). Oct 7-25 Navrati (Hindu festival), Bombay. Oct 8-9 Dussehra, nationwide. Nov 4 Deepvali, nationwide celebrations. Nov 16-19 Pushkar Fair, Ajmer (Pushkar). Note
Besides the above festivals there are hundreds of festivals and fairs which are of regional significance, celebrated with equal pomp and colour. The most authentic of these are the following: The Temple Festivals in southern India, a list of which is often available at Government of India Tourist Offices. Festivals at Ladakh in Kashmir. Festivals in Rajasthan; a visitor will be unlucky to visit Rajasthan at a time when a festival of some kind is not either in progress or about to take place. The visitor may also be lucky enough to witness dancing at a village festival or a private wedding.