December 2014 Festivals in India

December 2014 Festivals in India

The vibrant country of India becomes livelier in December with the combination of various events and festivals. Whether it is classical performances or modern day celebrations, exciting festivals or fascinating fairs, you get to experience everything in this month. The month of December thus offers you an interesting reason to travel around India. Below mentioned are some of the exciting events that bring India alive in December.

Hornbill Festival

Hornbill Festival

Hornbill Festival

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Named after a bird, the unusual Hornbill Festival is a perfect example to showcase the diversity of India. Celebrated in North East India in Kisama Heritage Village in Nagaland, the festival is one of the major revelries of the native warrior tribes of the area. Featuring folk dance, songs, games and traditional arts, the celebration is carried out amidst clean and tidy imitations of tribal hutments, completed with hollow log drum instruments and wood carvings. Besides enjoying classic performances, one can indulge in shopping and get a taste of local cuisines as the festival comprises of several food stalls.

Konark Festival

Konark Festival

Konark Festival

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Organized by Orissa tourism to promote rich Indian dance heritage and popularity of Konark Temple, Konark Festival showcases varied and beautiful classical dance forms including Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Manipuri, Chau and Odissi. While the trained and well known dancers perform for you, the musicians play cymbals, drums and other musical tools, adorning the figures in Odissi dance poses. The Konark Dance Festival allows you to witness the real and rich art form of India. Held in Open air auditorium, Natamandir, near Konark temple, the festival is being celebrated here since 1989 and many celebrated dancers from different parts of the country have performed here since then.

Feast of Francis Xavier

Feast of Francis Xavier

Feast of Francis Xavier

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Feat of Francis Xavier is organized to honor Saint Francis Xavier who was one of the greatest Christian disciples to visit India. The mummified relics of Francis Xavier are kept in a strongbox in Old Goa inside Bom Jesus Basilica. People in great numbers come here every year on the anniversary of his burial to pray. The celebration lasts for many days prior to and after the feast. A huge fair conducted during this occasion is one of the most significant Christian festivals in Old Goa. The morning gathering draws attention of travelers from different parts of the world.

Rann Utsav

Rann Utsav

Rann Utsav

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A plethora of varied colors, rich culture, cornucopia of design and profusion of dance and music together in the barren land of Kutch form a mixture of beauty which represents the spirit of the area. Celebrated in pleasing winter days, Rann Utsav is organized at different locales within Kutch and lasts for a month. Semi arid land of Banni hosts the festival, featuring vernacular architecture and diverse art forms of the region. The magnificent performances held in the moonlight offer a fascinating experience that is hard to find anywhere else. The colorful events organized close to the beach or on the bank of lake fill an individual with the spirit of festivity. Rann Utsav is a perfect occasion to explore the uniqueness of celebration of life.

Chennai Music Festival

Chennai Music Festival

Chennai Music Festival

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Chennai Music Festival, also known as the Madras Music Season, is an immensely famous and much anticipated festival, which is organized in Chennai every year with great enthusiasm and energy. Considered as one of the largest cultural events of the world, the festival features a variety of performances including dance, South Indian Carnatic music and other art forms. More than 1,000 performances occur during the fair in addition to discussions, demonstrations and seminars related to music. With a belief that art is an inspiring factor necessary for social, mental and physical well being, Chennai Music Festival is celebrated to commemorate celebration of life.

International Sand Art Festival

International Sand Art Festival

International Sand Art Festival

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Organized to combine with the Konark Festival, which usually lasts for five days, the International Sand Art Festival is celebrated at Chandrabhaga Beach in Konark, Orissa. A large number of national and international sand maestros from all over the world take part in the festival to compete and make the finest sand sculptures. The festival is organized every year to promote and represent sand art. When you are in Orissa in December, make sure to observe the unique International Sand Art Festival as it offers you an ideal opportunity to experience the unusual and rich heritage of Orissa.

India Art Festival

India Art Festival

India Art Festival

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India Art Fair, a modern and contemporary art fair, is conducted in the vibrant city of Mumbai. Providing a cultural connection between the art collectors, art galleries, Indian artists and connoisseurs, the art festival showcases the art works that are not represented by any of the art galleries. As the India Art Festival has successfully gained attention of thousands of visitors, it has become the first art fair to receive maximum number of visitors in West and South India. Apart from exploring numerous beautiful paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, videos, installations and digital art by various artists, one gets a chance to take part in workshops as well.

Delhi Street Food Festival

Delhi Street Food Festival

Delhi Street Food Festival

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The National Association of Street Vendors (NASVI) holds the Delhi Street Food Festival to honor the street food vendors that are a major source of distribution of food in all towns and cities across the country. The street food plays a major role in enhancing and spreading the tourism sector in all parts of the world. Many countries, other than India, too have realized that street food entrepreneurship is significant for the economic development of cities and towns. The Delhi Street Food Festival features diverse variety of street food from different parts of India. You surely cannot miss this event if you are a street food lover.

Cochin Carnival

Cochin Carnival

Cochin Carnival

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One of the significant and much anticipated festivals of Kerala, Cochin Carnival, also known as Kochi carnival, is a ten day long fair held in Cochin. Inspired from Portuguese New Year celebrations, Cochin Festival is being celebrated since colonial days. Rather than being a usual cultural event, the Cochin Festival is all about feasting and having fun. The fair offers a huge variety of interesting events like games, dirt bike races, dances, competitions, beach sports and fireworks that fascinate the people who participate in this amazingly remarkable carnival. The celebration wraps up with an enormous parade on New Year’s Day.

Zambhala Yoga, Music and Life Spirit Festival

Zambhala Yoga, Music and Life Spirit Festival

Zambhala Yoga, Music and Life Spirit Festival

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Zambhala is an exciting festival that is held in the lively city of Goa. Providing you an opportunity to interact with the well-known spiritual teachers, healers, practitioners, artists, musicians and yoga experts, the Zambhala Yoga, Music and Life Spirit Festival is an ideal way to seek a happier and healthier life. The festival comprises of different workshops on group channeling, Sufi whirling, crystal healing, various styles of Yoga, meditation techniques, shamanism, chanting, and astro gazing. The fair serves as an ideal means of experiencing a refreshing change. So, if you want to rejuvenate your mind and soul, make sure to take part in this festival.

Christmas

Christmas

Christmas

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The birthday of Lord Jesus, Christmas is celebrated in India each year on the 25th of December. Although, it is not a main religious event in India due to the fact that less than 5% of Indian population is Christian, one gets to witness traditional Christmas pleasure in various regions of the country. The festival of Christmas is all about eating and enjoying in India. While some international hotels offer Christmas buffets, other luxury restaurants serve special Christmas dinner to their guests. Other than Goa, which is considered to be one of the best places to celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus, Mumbai and Kerala also make a perfect option to savor this amazing festival.

Sunburn Festival Goa

Sunburn Festival Goa

Sunburn Festival Goa

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Sunburn Festival Goa is one of the leading outdoor events to offer an electrifying opportunity to indulge in dance parties on the beaches of Goa. Celebrated every year with immense pleasure and enthusiasm, the festival allows people to dance to the beats of well renowned artists and DJs from different parts of the world. The celebration lasts for three days and is spread across numerous stages and different genres of captivating music. As far as venue is concerned, the festival is conducted at different beach of Goa every year.

Mount Abu Winter Festival

Mount Abu Winter Festival

Mount Abu Winter Festival

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To your surprise, Rajasthan is not completely an arid land. Mount Abu, the hill station of Rajasthan showcasing lush green environment and pleasant weather, is a retreat. The tranquil town surrounded by pristine lakes, breathtaking waterfalls, gushing rivers and verdant forests becomes even more alluring and vibrant during the Mount Abu Winter Festival. One gets to explore the culture and tribal life of Rajasthan at the time of this celebration. Exciting events like folk performances, ceremonial parade, fireworks and competitions related to horse race, tug-of-war, boat race, skating race are the highlight of this electrifying festival.

The diversity offered by the country of India is reflected in its festivals and celebrations as well. Different states and areas have different festivals to enjoy and this is something you might not find in other countries of the world. So, travel to various parts of India in December to find out what each area has to offer its visitors.


Karthikeyan