January Festival list : January 2020 India Festivals and Events List - Holiday Season
Festivals in January
There are several festivals that are celebrated in the month of January.
- New Year (1st January 2020)- New Year is among the most popular festivals celebrated all across the globe. The origin of the New Year can be traced back to the reign of emperors. It was the emperors who thought of celebrating a particular day in a year that would commemorate the beginning of a brand new year and the end of the current year. The first celebrations of the New Year are believed to have taken place in about 2000 years in Mesopotamia. While the Persians, Phoenicians and the Egyptians celebrated the New Year in the middle of March that is during the time of Equinox, the Greeks celebrated it in winter. According to the ancient Roman calendar, the New Year was celebrated on 1st of March. In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar, the Roman Emperor, officially declared 1st of January as the New Year. During the medieval period, 25th March was declared as the New Year. In later times, the King of England announced 25th December that is Jesus' birth as the New Year. Almost after 500 years, the Gregorian calendar came up whereby the ancient Julian calendar was abolished by Pope Gregory XIII and the Gregorian calendar was introduced. In the year 1582, New Year began to be celebrated on the first of January every month, following the Gregorian.
- Lohri (13th January 2020)- Lohri signifies the celebration of a season that marks the end of the cold winter and arrival of warmer days. Bonfires are lit around which people celebrate with music and food. This is the name by which Makar Sankranti goes by in North India. Lohri will be observed on 13th January in the northern region of India.
- Makar Sankranti (15th January 2020)- This is the celebration of the onset of the harvest season in India. This festival is celebrated all over India and is known by different names. It is celebrated with sweet preparations and new clothes. Makar Sankranti will be observed on January 15 in 2020.
- Island Tourism Festival (06th January 2020 to 15th January 2020) - This is a ten-day long festival held at the Andaman and the Nicobar islands. Apart from an exhibition of art, craft, and dance, music too form a major part of the celebration.. It will take place in Port Blair from January 06, 2020 to January 15, 2020.
- Pongal (15th January 2020 to 18th January 2020) - This is the name of the harvest festival in South India. It is celebrated for three days during which the newly reaped Pongal or "Rice" is offered to the Sun god. As it is a three-day festival, it will be starting from January 15 in 2020 and will end on January 18.
- Float Festival (21st January 2020 to 02nd February 2020) - This beautiful festival is celebrated in Madurai during night time on a full moon in Tamil month of Thai. The bejeweled deities of Meenakshi temple are taken on a procession. Afterwards, they are floated on a decorated and lamp lit raft in a tank. This festival begins in mid of January.
- National Kite Festival (07th January 2020 to 14th January 2020) - The beginning of the harvest season is marked by the National Kite Festival in Gujarat. Thousands of colourful kites fill the horizons of the sky. There are competitions too that are held for flying kites; one such competition is National Kite Festival. This Kite festival attracts a lot of tourists every year and is monitored by the Gujarat Tourism. The official celebration of the Kite Festival or Uttarayan will begin on January 06, 2020 and will end on January 14, 2020.
- Kerala Village Fair (15th January 2020) -In the month of January, there are cultural festivals that are held in the villages of Kerala. The ten-day festival is marked by folk dance and music.
- Bikaner Camel Festival (11th January 2020 to 12th January 2020) - A chief attraction of this festival is a procession of richly decorated camels. Apart from several competitions that are held during the day, music and festivities also mark the festival. Camel festival in Bikaner will be celebrated for two days, January 11 and January 12, 2020.
- Republic Day (26th January 2020)- Republic Day is one of the 3 national holidays celebrated in India. It is celebrated on 26th of January every year. The day is celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm, especially in the capital city of New Delhi. Spectacular of all the celebrations is the Republic Day Parade that is held in New Delhi near Rajpath. It comprises March past by 3 armed forces, folk dances from different states in India, massive parades. The cultural unity of India is beautifully reflected in the republic day celebrations. It was on 26th January, 1950 that India's constitution came up and India thus became a Sovereign, Democratic and Republic state. The patriotic passion of the people in India on the Republic Day gathers the entire nation together even with the embedded diversity.
- Basant Panchami (29th January 2020)- Basant Panchami is a festival which marks the beginning of spring season. It is celebrated mainly in the eastern parts of India. In West Bengal, it is celebrated as Saraswati Puja This year, it will be celebrated on January 29, 2020.