Music, Sun, sea, colorful clothes, folk dance, and happy faces—summer doesn’t only bring scorching heat in India, but a lot of lively festivals that make the whole country rejoice. Summer festivals in India paint the country with a million vibrant colors which attract thousands of tourists from all over the world.
The following list of summer festivals in India tells you about some popular ones celebrated during the summer season in India. While some festivals celebrate the culture of different regions, others let you get immersed in religious colors.
10 Best Summer Festivals In India
Before you read ahead, here is a list of summer festivals in India with dates in the year 2020 for each festival featured in this blog! So, get ready for a smooth and thrilling vacay like never before!
- Gangaur – 10th March to 27th March
- Baisakhi – 13th April
- Chithirai Festival – 25th April to 10th May
- Moatsu Festival – 1st -7th May
- Mount Abu Summer Festival – 6th to 7th May
- Ooty Flower Festival – NA
- Yercaud Summer Festival – NA
- Shimla Summer Festival – NA
- Sikkim Summer Festival – NA
- Hemis Festival – 30th June to 1st July
Gangaur is one of the most iconic summer festivals in India, celebrated in various parts of Rajasthan, particularly in Jaipur. Amongst all the festivals of Rajasthan, Gangaur is considered the most important one. It commences on the day following Holi and witnesses devotees worshipping Goddess Gauri with magnificent passion and spectacular grandeur for 16-18 days.
If you happen to be in Rajasthan during Gangaur, experience the splendid processions, Rajasthani folk music, dance, puppet shows, sumptuous food stalls, and astounding fireworks.
Key attractions of Gangaur: Puppet show and folk dances like Kalbelia Dance
Dates for Gangaur 2020: 10th March to 27th March
Baisakhi or Vaisakhi is one the most colorful festivals celebrated in summer season in India. The Punjabi community celebrates this festival to mark the new year by harvesting rabi crops. The farmers wear new colorful dresses, cook delicious food, and honor this new beginning with traditional dance and music, enacting farming stages, wrestling and fairs.
Sikhs celebrate Baisakhi as a collective birthday of the “Khalsa Brotherhood” created by the 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh in the year 1699. The people of Sikh community celebrate this auspicious occasion with holy prayer, cooking Kara prasad or sweetened semolina and langar (community lunch).
Where: Punjab and Haryana
Key attractions of Baisakhi: Bhangra and Gidda dance
Dates for Baisakhi in 2020: 13th April
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3. Chithirai Festival
Chithirai is one of the most amazing religious festivals of south India, held in Meenakshi Temple of Madurai. Pulling of golden chariot with idols, drum beats, offering of sweets, and flowers incense sticks are the major highlights of this festival. A grand fair is also organised for 10 days to celebrate Chithirai. This surely makes it one of the most interesting festivals in India during summer.
Where: Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Key attractions of Chithirai: Re-enacting of the wedding of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar
Dates for Chithirai 2020: 25th April to 10th May
4. Moatsu Festival
The Moatsu festival is celebrated for 3 days in the first week of May. The main purpose of this festival is to bring joy, fun, and excitement in the tribe community after stressful activities like clearing fields, burning the jungles, sowing seeds, clearing the wells, and repairing houses.
The Ao Naga tribal communities celebrate Moatsu festival with renewed enthusiasm and happiness. In fact, it is one of the most fun festivals in summer season in India, celebrated with folk music, tribal dance, eating and drinking.
Key attractions of Moatsu festival: Sangpangtu, which is a significant part of Moatsu where a huge fire is lit and women serve meat and wine to the men and kids sitting around the fire.
Dates for Moatsu festival in 2020: 1st -7th May
5. Mount Abu Summer Festival
Against the backdrop of rugged mountains and sparkling Nakki lake, the summer festival of Mount Abu is a heaven for music lovers. Organised by Rajasthan Tourism Department, it is one of the most talked about cultural festivals in summer season in India.
It is a 2 day fiesta that features a traditional rally around Nakki Lake, performances of folk dances, music, puppet show, magic shows, tug of war, boat race, matka race, and exquisite fireworks.
Where: Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Key attractions of Mount Abu Summer Festival: Gair and Ghoomar dance performances and Sham-e-Qawwali
Dates for Mount Abu Summer Festival 2020: 6th to 7th May
6. Ooty Flower Festival
Also known as Ooty Flower Festival, this is one of the popular seasonal festivals of India, particularly in the Nilgiris. Summer is the peak season in Ooty and the fiesta enhances the charm of the place.
Along with the stunning flower show, the celebration features variety of spectacular events like fairs, fruit, art exhibitions, and adventure activities like trekking.
Where: Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Key attractions of Ooty Summer Festival: Flower show at Ooty Botanical Garden with more than 150 varieties of flowers from different countries, flower rangolis, floral arrangements and vegetable carvings.
Dates for Ooty Flower Festival 2020: NA
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7. Yercaud Summer Festival
Summer Festival is the most talked about event in Yercaud which runs for 3 days. Flower shows, dog shows, horse riding, folk dance performances, cooking, and rangoli competitions are the prime highlights of the festival. So, while you’re looking for a fun festival to experience the best of summer vibes around, make sure you visit this one for a tour of the best carnival vibes!
Where: Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
Key attractions of Yercaud Summer Festival: Floral arrangements using one lakh flowers by Horticulture Department
Dates for Yercaud Summer Festival 2020: NA
8. Shimla Summer Festival
Shimla organises this festival to mark the advent of soothing summer in this spectacular hill station and to allure tourists. If you have chosen Shimla for summer holidays, be a part of this festival and enjoy the various exhibitions of local handicrafts, family games, ice skating shows, food exhibitions, flower shows, photography contests, poster making competitions and live theater. Live performances by amateur and renowned artists from different countries are definitely the showstopper of this summer season festival in India. While you’re out and about in Shimla, make sure you don’t miss out on one of the most beautiful festivals during summer season in India!
Where: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Key attractions of Shimla Summer Festival: Himachali Film festival
Dates for Shimla Summer Festival 2020: NA
9. Sikkim Summer Festival
Unlike other festivals celebrated in summer season in India, Sikkim Summer Festival is a month-long celebration. It features entertaining cultural shows, local food festivals, white water rafting in Teesta, Sikkimese folk dances, showcase of films on Sikkim tourism, local handicrafts exhibitions and stunning flower shows displaying orchids, rhododendrons and primulas. So, are you ready to enjoy one of the most glorious Indian summer festivals yet?
Where: Gangtok, Sikkim
Key attractions of Sikkim Summer Festival: Thrilling yak safari in the outskirts of Gangtok
Dates for Sikkim Summer Festival 2020: NA
10. Hemis Festival
In the list of summer festivals of India, Hemis is a popular festival celebrated in Hemis monastery in Ladakh. This cultural merriment is celebrated with huge grandeur and the lamas wear fine silk apparels and masks and perform dances to represent the marvelous achievements of Padmasambhava–Indian Buddhist master of 8th-century. The festival is celebrated for 2 days and ends with a sacrificial offering on the second day.
Where: Hemis Monastery, Ladakh
Key attractions of Hemis Festival: Mask dances by lamas of Hemis Monastery
Dates for Hemis Festival 2020: 30th June to 1st July
We hope this complete list of summer festivals celebrated in different states of India helps you decide where do you want to travel this summer. Plan a soothing trip to India that’ll help you plan your trip better. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and plan that trip you’ve been wanting to go from a very long time!
Frequently Asked Questions About Festivals
A. Diwali, Holi, Dussehra, Holi and Durga Puja are some of the different types of festivals.
A. Republic Day, Indpendence Day and Gandhi Jayanti are considered to be the national festivals of India.
A. A festival is an occasion celebrated by a community of group of people which focuses on some characteristic of those related people in the group, religion or culture. Traditional festivals symbolises a tradition followed by such community or group of people.
A. Every state in India celebrates about 20 to 30 grand festivals at different times of the year. Ganesh Chaturthi, Independence Day, Holi, Deepavali, Navratri, Gudi Padwa, Eid, and Pongal are some of the most important festivals of India. From some really popular festivals to unusual festivals in India celebrations go on throughout the year.
A. The Summer Festival is organized and celebrated in the only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu. It is held annually during May or June on Budh Poornima.
A. Holi, Navroze, Baisakhi, Easter and Magh Bihu are some of the festivals that are celebrated during springtime in India.
A. Pongal a popular festival in South India is celebrated during the inception of the winter season. The festival lasts for 4 days and each day prayer is offered to different deities like fire, sun, cattle, and birds.
A. Nagaland, one of the states in the north-eastern province of India is known as the “Land of Festivals”.
A. Festival is an auspicious day or period of religious celebration prevalent in all societies and religious communities. Festivals are an important part of our life as they are associated with religion and deities.
A. Madurai in Tamil Nadu is known as the ‘City of Festivals’ in India. Many festivals are celebrated here with a lot of pomp and show.