Lohri (Punjab, North India) - 13th January, 2010
Celebrated in the month of Paush/Magh, Lohri is popular festival in India. People arranges bonfires and offer sweets, puffed rice and take rounds of the flames. Singing and dancing are added attractions on the auspicious occasion. The festival is greatly observed by North Indians.
International Kite Festival (Ahmedabad, Gujarat ) - 14th January, 2010
On the very day, enthusiasts enjoy waving colorful kites. The internationally acclaimed festival welcomes the religious Makar Sankranti, specially observed by Bengalis in West Bengal and Assam. People irrespective of caste, sex, age and religion take part to fly kites, high in the air. The Kite festival is greatly enjoyed in Ahmedabad.
Kumbh Mela (Haridwar, Uttarakhand) - 14th January to 28th April, 2010
The Maha Kumbh Mela is one of the religious events, observed by devout Hindus. According to Hindu mythology, this Ardh Mela is celebrated once in 6 years and this time, the event id taking place in Haridwar, the divine pilgrimage center in North India. Timing for 'Maha Snan' (holy bath) are declared following Hindu calendar. Devotees believe to take holy bath, at least once in their life time and get rid of all sins
Jaipur Literature Festival (Jaipur, Rajasthan) - 21st to 25th January, 2010
It is the celebrated literature festival all over Asia. Film, music, theater and literary debate programmes are organized by the Jaipur Virasat Foundation. The four-day long event attracts internationally acclaimed writers, novelists, artists and literature lovers from every corner of the world.
Nagaur Fair (Nagaur, Rajasthan ) - 22nd to 25th January, 2010
It is the 2nd largest cattle fair in Rajasthan. The fair is held every year in the beautiful Rajput town, Nagaur and attracts tourist from different pockets of the India. About 70, 000 bullocks, camels and horses are exhibited and sold in the Mela. Rajasthanis also call the fair as Ramdeoji Cattle Fair.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival (Jaisalmer, Rajasthan ) - 28th to 30th January, 2010
The festival is one of its kind in the cultural diary of Rajasthan. This three-day event is organized in the Golden City of the State- Jaisalmer and pulls countless crowd from different walks of life. Bejewelled camels and elephants are exhibited and a number of competitions are held. Camel race, polo matches, tug-of-war, puppet shows, acrobats, turban tying competitions and men with long moustache are a few attractive programmes, organized by local troupes during the festival.
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