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.

January Festival List Like: Know about the famous fairs and festivals celebrated during January month in India like Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Vasant Panchami,26 January,army day, Lohri etc.

Bikaner Festival, Rajasthan

This festival is organized every year by Department of Tourism, Rajasthan Government. Here, several magnificently decorated camels are displayed. Many competitions such as the camel race, camel dance, camel beauty pageant, etc. are also held.

Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday

The birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of the Sikhs, is celebrated on the 5th of January every year. On this auspicious day, Gurudwaras are beautifully decorated and special prayers are organized.

Float Festival, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

This magnificent festival is celebrated by the devotees, in the night time during the full moon. On this day, idols of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Soundareshwar are taken out in the golden palanquins from the Meenakshi Temple to the beautiful Teppakolam Lake.

Kerala Village Fair, Kovalam, Kerala

This wonderful festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the verdant villages situated around Kovalam village. It is essentially a ten day festival where the houses are decorated and folk dance and musical events are held depicting the culture of Kerala.

Lohri is celebrated in most parts of northern India. The festival marks the end of the winter season in India. On this day, the friends and family members assemble together, sing Lohri songs and enjoy special food items like popcorn, peanuts and jaggery.

The Makar Sankranti festival marks the start of the harvest season in India. It is generally celebrated by preparing sweets and wearing new clothes. The festival also marks the onset of spring season in India.

Mamallapuram Dance Festival, Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu

On this day, various forms of classical dance such as the Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathakali, Kathak, etc are organized. People from various parts of India and the world assemble in Tamil Nadu to be a part of this 4-week dance festival.

Modhera Dance Festival, Sun Temple Modhera, Gujarat

This famous dance festival is organized every year in the month of January by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat. The main motive of organizing the festival is to conserve the traditional dance forms of the country.

Nagaur Cattle Fair, Rajasthan

The scenic town of Nagaur comes to life during the Nagaur Fair. Here, the trading of various animals such as camels, goats, bullocks, horses, sheeps, etc are undertaken.

National Kite Festival, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

The onset of the harvesting season in the state of Gujarat is celebrated by flying kites of various sizes and colors in the sky. Kite competitions are also held and lip-smacking Gujarati dishes are savored by the people.

Pattadakal Dance Festival, Karnataka

It is a magnificent dance festival that is organized every year at Pattadakkal, a world heritage site in Karnataka. The site was once the capital of the Chalukyan rulers.

In the various states of South India, the festival of Pongal is considered as very auspicious and celebrated with great pomp. This 4-day festival marks the end of the harvest season.

It is celebrated in entire India. On this day, a ceremony is organized in the Rajpath, New Delhi. The President of India unfurls the National Flag followed by the grand Republic Day parade.

Vasant Panchami/Saraswati Puja, North India and West Bengal

This festival is celebrated as the starting of the spring season in India. On this day, the idol of the Goddess Saraswati is worshipped. Wearing of bright yellow color clothes is considered to bring good luck.

Joydev Kenduli Mela

This festival is held during the period of Makar Sankranti. People throng in large numbers just to hear the songs of the Bauls (a group of spiritual singers) and get a great peace of mind.

Festivals In January In India(2020-2021): Timings And Speciality

FestivalsDateWhereWhat’s Special
Lohri13th January, 2020All of North IndiaPeople wear new clothes, and welcome the warmer days by lighting up the bonfire and taking rounds around it. Popcorn, gajak, and revdi are savoured with the loved ones over the Dhol beats.
Republic Day26th January every yearNew DelhiThe Republic Day parade, traditional dance troupes, and helicopters flying in the sky are the main attractions of the festival.
Vasant Panchami29th January, 2020PunjabOn the fifth day of spring, everyone in Punjab celebrates the day as the festival of kites, wears yellow, and cooks delicious meethe chawal and boondi laddoo at home.
Pongal15th to 18th January, 2020Tamil NaduFrom decorating houses and making colorful kolams in the streets to bull and bird fighting like Jallikattu in Madurai, everything about Pongal is unique and special.
Makara Sankranti15th January, 2020Andhra PradeshKite flying, fairs, feasts, puja
Rann Utsav28th October 2019 to 23rd February 2020Great Rann of Kutch salt desert, Dhordo, GujaratDuring the celebration, one gets to witness the beauty of the white Rann at its best and also savour the delectable local cuisines.
Jaipur Literature Festival23rd to 27th January, 2020Diggi Palace, Jaipur, RajasthanIt offers the perfect opportunity to meet the renowned national and international authors, and listen to them, and all for free.
International Kite Festival6th to 14th January, 2020Sabarmati River Front, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and in Jaipur, Rajasthan on 14th JanuaryKite flying, aerial acrobats, kite painting and making competitions that multiple the zeal and fun aura of the occasion.
Bikaner Camel Festival11th to 12th January, 2020Bikaner, RajasthanOf all the amazing competitions and performances, the camel dance is the major highlight of this festival.
Chennai Music Festival15 December 2019 – 2 January 2020Music halls all over Chennai, Tamil NaduThis festival offers a stage to innumerable artists and appreciate the traditional music and dance at its best.
The Nagaur Fair30th January to 2nd February 2020Nagaur, RajasthanApart from the animal trading and competitions, you can shop your heart out at the traditional handicrafts stalls.
Modhera Dance Festival19th to 21st January, 2020Modhera, GujaratThe whole temple is illuminated and acts a gorgeous backdrop for the performances that take place throughout the evening.
Kenduli Mela14th to 16th January, 2020Kenduli village, West BengalDressed in saffron robes, the Baul musicians playing the distinctive instrument like Ektara, and singing about life and philosophy is very heartwarming.
Bhogali Bihu16th January, 2020AssamOn this eve, the locals build Meji, a structure made of wood and leaves that is guarded for a night and then lit up by the fire with a belief that it will burn the winter out.


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