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    The celebrations of Galdan Namchot that is one of the must-attend festivals in India in December

    The last month of the year is a time of celebration and merriment. It is also a time to look back at the good times and forget about the bad ones as one moves on to a glorious new year. And then there are some really cool & fascinating festivals in December that are celebrated in different cities of India.

    While some are culturally enriching, others are truly lively & enthralling. So, let us gear up to know in detail about these December events.

    1. Rann Utsav

    A cultural performance on a full moon night of Rann Utsav

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    Where: Kutch, Gujarat

    Kutch, one of the largest salt deserts in the world, celebrates the Rann Mahotsav by showcasing & demonstrating the authentic Gujarati culture. The mesmerizing cultural extravaganza of India includes colorful & vibrant folk performances, enthralling adventure sports, and ethnic gigs. All of this, in addition to the traditional cuisine & the impeccable hospitality, makes Rann Mahotsav one of the most awe-inspiring festivals celebrated in India.

    Key attractions: Musical performances, dance shows, camel riding, horse riding, photography, archery, and paramotoring

    Dates: 1st November 2016 – 20th February 2017

    Must Read: 15 Mesmerizing Places To Visit In Kutch This Winter


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    2. Hornbill Festival

    A war dance performer in action during Hornbill Fest in Nagaland

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    Where: Kohima, Nagaland

    Hornbill Festival is one of the most mesmerizing festivals celebrated In India in December. The celebrations include folk dances, songs, and performances by the traditional warrior tribes of the state. Celebrated in the village of Kisama, 12 km from Kohima, this festival displays local heritage, food, culture, handicrafts, handlooms, and games.

    Key attractions: War dance, headhunting rituals, Hornbill National Rock Concert, rice beer, Night market and car and bike adventure sports.

    Dates: 1st – 10th December 2016

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    3. Hot Air Balloon Festival

    Hot air balloon ride in Coorg

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    Where: Karnataka

    Hot Air Balloon Festival is one of unique December festivals of India, organized by Karnataka Tourism in parts of Mysore, Hampi, and Bidar. People enjoy the sheer joy of flying high above the ground in the stunningly bright balloons.

    Key attractions: Vibrant looking balloons and bird’s eye view of heritage structures of Mysore & Hampi

    Dates: Entire month of December

    4. Perumthitta Tharavad

    A performer at the grand celebrations of Perumthitta Tharavad festival in Kerala

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    Where: Kottamkuzhy, Kerala

    Perumthitta Tharavad – one of the most popular December festivals of India – is celebrated with great glamor & grandeur. The dance depicts stories around mythological & historical characters are depicted on this occasion by way of Theyyam, a traditional dance form of Kerala.

    Key attractions: Traditional music & dance, mime, and ancient tribal performances

    Dates: 6th – 15th December 2016

    Suggested Read: Other Festivals In Kerala To Experience The Rich Traditions Of God’s Own Country

    5. Magnetic Fields Festival

    An ongoing performance during the Magnetic Fields Festival in Rajasthan

    Where: Rajasthan

    This is one of the most awe-inspiring events and festivals in December, where budding talents from India & abroad are given a stage to perform their talents in front of a large audience. This 3-day long camping festival showcases the Rajasthani heritage & hospitality through workshops, musical gigs, a buffet of Rajasthani delicacies, and enthralling adventure sports.

    Key attractions: Kite flying competition, morning yoga, treasure hunt, secret parties, cooking & music workshops, stargazing in the desert, and desert camping

    Dates: 9th – 11th December 2016


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    6. Chennai Music Festival

    The December Music Fest Chennai is a monthlong celebration of South Indian artforms

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    Where: Chennai

    The Chennai Music Festival is one of the most famous and talked about cultural festivals of India. The month-long cultural fiesta features classical & dance performances, lovely instrumental music, and awesome drama.

    Key attractions: Instrumental recitals of violin, flute, veena, & mridanga, dance performances like Bharatnatyam & Mohini Natyam, and classical vocals

    Dates: 9th December 2016 – 4th January 2017

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    7. Karthigai Deepam

    An array of diyas and a lamp lighted on the occasion of Karthigai Deepam

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    Where: Tamil Nadu

    Karthigai Deepam or the festival of lights is one of the most glamorous looking festivals of December. The cheerful & vibrant festival aims to welcome the positive things and eradicate the negativity & the evils. Temples and households are decorated with clay lamps and diyas. The ceremony starts by lighting a huge fire on the top of the hill. This is considered to be a sacred activity as many people gather to witness this.

    Key attractions: Fairs, fireworks, and feasts

    Dates: 12th December 2016

    8. Galdan Namchot

    The celebrations of Galdan Namchot that is one of the must-attend festivals in India in December

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    Where: Leh, Ladakh

    Galdan Namchot is one of the most glamorous entries in the list of Indian festivals. It marks the advent of New Year in Ladakh and the birthday & Buddhahood of the Tibetan saint-scholar, Tsongkhapa. All the monasteries & heritage buildings are decorated as the locals get ready to enjoy the festival with dance & music.

    Key attractions: Preparation of all kinds of local food and gifting of Khatak – a ceremonial scarf – to friends and relatives

    Dates: 23rd December 2016

    Suggested Read: Other Festivals Of Ladakh That Celebrate The Life In The Valley

    9. Cochin Carnival

    Locals dressed in colorful clothes taking part in the Cochin Festival

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    Where: Cochin, Kerala

    Cochin Carnival, one of the most famous Indian festivals, is a cultural feast that is celebrated with absolute cheerfulness and enthusiasm. Along with musical performances & cultural gigs, the celebrations include a grand parade that features elephants in ornamental trappings, folk music, and people in their best colorful attire.

    Key attractions: Continuous playing of Panchavadyam (the blend of 5 instrumental music), beach volleyball, beach football, and beach bike race

    Dates: 23rd December 2016 – 1st January 2017

    10. Christmas

    A shot of a decorated Christmas tree by the side of a fireplace in a house

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    Where: Pan India

    Christmas, celebrated all over India with a galore of happiness and joy, is one of the most popular and prevalent festivals in December. People of all ages join in the celebrations. People dress up in their best festival dresses, decorate their houses with Christmas trees, exchange gifts, and relish yummy Christmas cake. The seniors of the family dress up as Santa Claus to present the young ones with gifts and goodies.

    Key attractions: Midnight mass followed by wine & cake, Christmas carols, decorations, and people dressed up as Santa Claus

    Dates: 25th December 2016

    11. Bishnupur Festival

    A promotional poster of the Bishnupur festival

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    Where: Bishnupur, West Bengal

    Bishnupur festival, one of the regionally celebrated Indian festivals, is held every year in the last week of December. A grand fair (Mela) is organized on the temple ground where stalls are put up to display & sell local handicrafts, handloom, and food. Different cultural events like folk music and dances are also organized during the festival.

    Key attractions: Stalls selling silk sarees, handlooms, printed silk scarfs, and stunning terracotta sculptures

    Dates: 27th – 31st December 2016

    12. Winter Festival

    Musicians and other performers performing at the Winter Festival in Mount Abu

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    Where: Mount Abu, Rajasthan

    Winter Festival is considered as one of the most mesmerizing festivals in December. A colorful festival of Rajasthan, it is celebrated with fun and frolic. Artisans from all over the country gather here to showcase their artwork and handicrafts. The festival celebrations also include music and dance performances like Daph, Ghoomar, and Gair.

    Key attractions: Boating and rowing competitions in Nakki Lake, kite flying, spectacular fireworks,

    Dates: 29th – 31st December 2016

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    13. New Year’s Eve

    People dancing to the tunes of a DJ at Kitty Su in the Lalit Hotel

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    Where: Pan India

    The New Year is greeted with joy and happiness everywhere in India as people express the cheer and glee of the upcoming new days through fabulous parties, amazing food, and enthralling performances & shows. Most of the top-listed clubs, pubs, hotels, restaurants, and resorts host grand parties on the New Year’s eve. Many even organize house parties and greet the New Year with a warm heart.

    Key attractions: Lavish buffet spread of World cuisine, live band & DJ, rock music, lively parties, and splendid gigs

    Dates: 31st December 2016

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    Aren’t the above-mentioned festivals truly amazing? So, what are you waiting for? Plan a holiday in India to celebrate these Indian festivals in December.

    Further Read: 15 Famous Festivals Of India


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