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    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 tells you about some popular festivals celebrated during the summer season in India. While some festivals celebrate the culture of different regions, others let you get immersed in religious colors.

    Before you read ahead, here is a list with 2018 dates for each festival featured in this blog!

    • Gangaur – 20th March onwards
    • Baisakhi – 14th April
    • Chithirai Festival – 18th April- 3rd May
    • Moatsu Festival – 1st -6th May
    • Mount Abu Summer Festival – 29th-30th April
    • Ooty Flower Festival – May
    • Yercaud Summer Festival – May
    • Shimla Summer Festival – 2nd- 7th June
    • Sikkim Summer Festival – 1st -31st May
    • Hemis Festival – 23rd-24th July

    1. Gangaur – The colourful extravaganza

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    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.

    Where: Rajasthan

    Key attractions of Gangaur: Puppet show and folk dances like Kalbelia Dance

    Dates for Gangaur 2018: 20th March onwards


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    2. Baisakhi – Beginning of a happy new year

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    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 2018: 14th April

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    3. Chithirai Festival – A striking religious affair

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    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.

    Where: Madurai, Tamil Nadu

    Key attractions of Chithirai: Re-enacting of the wedding of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar

    Dates for Chithirai 2018: 18th- 3rd May

    4. Moatsu Festival – A festival of delicious food, fun, folk dance

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    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.

    Where: Nagaland

    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 2018: 1st -6th May

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    5. Mount Abu Summer Festival – A kaleidoscope of ethnicities of Rajasthan

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    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 2018: 29th-30th April

    6. Ooty Flower Festival – A perfect summer showcase

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    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 2018: May (dates awaited)

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    7. Yercaud Summer Festival – Carnivals and competitions

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    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.

    Where: Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

    Key attractions of Yercaud Summer Festival: Floral arrangements using one lakh flowers by Horticulture Department

    Dates for Yercaud Summer Festival 2018: May (Dates awaited)

    8. Shimla Summer Festival – A fiesta in the summer capital

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    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.

    Where: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

    Key attractions of Shimla Summer Festival: Himachali Film festival

    Dates for Shimla Summer Festival 2018: 2nd – 7th June

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    9. Sikkim Summer Festival – The exhilarating summer bonanza

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    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.

    Where: Gangtok, Sikkim

    Key attractions of Sikkim Summer Festival: Thrilling yak safari in the outskirts of Gangtok

    Dates for Sikkim Summer Festival 2018: 1st -31st May

    10. Hemis Festival – The most vibrant festival of the cold desert

    men wearing mask during Hemis festival in Ladakh

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    In the list of summer festivals in 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 2018: 23rd-24th 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. You can also find out some great tour packages that’ll help you plan your trip better.

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