Fairs and Festivals in December in India: The New Year is quickly approaching, and this is the time of year when you typically look back on the events of the previous year. You anticipate December all year long, much as you do for the Saturday of the month. What’s not to enjoy about the final month of the year—pleasant weather, a hot beverage on chilly mornings, end-of-year deals, cuddling in a blanket, and Christmas? There are celebrations throughout December, and there is something for everyone. Some festivals and events offer a chance for families to get together and have a good time while being culturally enhanced, colorful, and vibrant. Do you have a hankering to go outside and spend some time?
The following is a list of Indian celebrations and events that you shouldn’t miss in December:
Rann Utsav (Kutch)
In Kutch’s white sand deserts, there is a festival known as the Rann Utsav or Kutch Mahotsav. Tourists are provided with tents in the desert during the Rann Utsav, and the govt makes it possible for them to have a taste of the native way of life through food, hospitality, and culture.
One of the most beautiful landscapes you will ever see in your life can be found when you gaze over the Rann of Kutch, where saline white sand blends with a deep blue open sky. The Rann Utsav honors existence. The event is a vibrant display of the white desert that showcases the culture and heritage of the Kutch region. Folk music, folk dancing, shopping for locally made handicrafts, and more are available. At the festival, you will be surrounded by cultural influences in all directions. A comfortable tent to spend the night in the pristine desert completes the experience. During Rann Utsav, the area appears even more lovely on full moon nights.
When: From October 26 to February 20, 2022
Where: Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch
Magnetic Fields (Rajasthan)
Goa seems to be the place for music festivals, but Rajasthan has been skillfully adding to India’s festival scene, and Magnetic Fields is one of them. This extravagant music festival, which is held at a 17th-century fort in Alsisar (Rajasthan), features forward-looking music from India and around the world. For attendees of new-age concerts, the festival offers novel and innovative musical ideas and experiences. This three-day event features a fantastic lineup of international performers, including Daphni, Bicep, Midland, and Joy Orbison. Enjoy great music while gorging on food and beverages.
The Magnetic Fields Festival honors both modern culture and historic India. It features some incredible music as well as art installations, yoga classes, and treasure hunts. Additionally, you had the option of staying in luxurious rooms or tent cities under the stars. For a wonderful experience, be sure to reserve your tickets far in advance!
When: December 9 to December 11, 2022
Where: Rajasthan, Alsisar, Shekhawati
Festival of Hot Air Balloons (Karnataka)
The Hot Air Balloon festival, which is simultaneously held in portions of Hampi, Mysore, and Bidar, involves swinging with the breeze in a clear blue winter sky. In addition to providing a bird’s eye view of Karnataka’s historical sites, this pleasant hot air balloon journey also soars through the state’s jungles among an abundance of natural beauty against the backdrop of the sun’s crimson setting. It is a visual treat to observe hot air balloons in the sky traveling quickly while painted in vibrant colors from the ground. Karnataka tourism is hosting this 4-day event to advertise aerial sports in the region.
When: Throughout the entirety of December
Where: Mysore, Bidar, and Hampi
Serendipity Arts Festival (Goa)
The Serendipity Arts Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that distinguishes itself by fusing the creative fields and displaying gastronomic, performance, and visual art forms. The festival, which was established in 2016 to foster the growth of the nation’s underserved art communities, retains its rigor and depth by making the arts widely available, inclusive, and highly instructive. Over 90 concepts will be presented over the week beginning on December 15th, 2018.
When: December 15 until December 23, 2022
Where: Goa’s Panjim
Visit www.serendipityartsfestival.com for additional details.
The Tamara Festival (Coorg)
The Tamara Carnival is a unique 10-day celebration that celebrates life and culture in the quaint hill town of Coorg. The festival offers a unique experience for all art enthusiasts with a wonderful lineup of stunning events, including jazz music, Latin dance, folk music, magic acts, local delicacies, stargazing under a clear sky, and more. You will certainly ring in the new year with a bang thanks to the Tamara Carnival!
When: October 25, 2022, until November 3, 2022
Where: The Tamara Coorg in Karnataka’s Kodagu region
Go to www.thetamaracarnival.com for additional details.
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Poush Mela (Santiniketan)
The Poush Mela in Santiniketan is a lively and colorful celebration for the rural populace. Millions of tourists from around the world attend the Mela, which is celebrated with great fervor and happiness. The Bengali Mela, which is held on the seventh day of the Bengali month Poush, captures the entire spirit of Bengali culture. Here, people of many cultures from across the nation gather to celebrate. Together with skilled Baul musicians and tribal dancers, local village artists bring the carnival to life.
When: December 24 to 26
Where: Santiniketan, West Bengal’s Birbhum district
Madras Music Festival (Chennai)
The Madras Music Festival is a celebration of classical South India with approximately 2000 performances of dance, theatre, music, lectures, talks, and more. The festival features performances by well-known musicians from across the nation and gives aspiring, young, and fledgling artists the chance to showcase their talent. This cultural festival includes performances of Bharat Natyam, classical singing, and the violin.
Date: December 20, 2022
Where: Several locations in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The Hornbill Festival
The Hornbill Festival, also known as the “Festival of Festivals,” is a yearly event held in Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, close to Kohima. The festival is an amalgam of Nagaland’s several tribes and a celebration of their vibrant culture. The festival is a spectacular of regional customs, as well as music, art, food, and sports. To keep up with the dances, performances, parades, sports, and rituals that continue into the evenings, photo-obsessed tourists must move quickly. The Hornbill Festival offers a glimpse inside Nagaland.
When: December 1–10.
Where: Nagaland’s Kohima
The Tibetan saint-scholar Tsongkhapa’s birthday and Buddhahood are the main reasons for the celebration. The Gelukpa School, which began teaching Tibetan Buddhism in the 14th century, was founded by Tsongkhapa. Later, the Gelukpa School became a significant and powerful monastic organization in the region of central Tibet. People in Ladakh celebrate the Galdan Namchat Festival with great fervor. The monasteries and other structures are all illuminated to create a stunning scene throughout Ladakh. The Ladakh New Year’s celebrations officially start with the Galdan Namchot. The creation of several traditional meals is a Galdan Namchot Festival tradition.
The flaming torches are whirled into an exciting display of fire and light before being extinguished as a sign of saying goodbye to the previous year and welcoming the next.
When: December 5
Perumthitta Tharavad Kottamkuzhy
The most well-known Theyyam festival in Kerala is the 10-day Perumthitta Tharavadu Kottamkuzhy festival in the Kasaragod district. The majority of the Theyyam forms are displayed at the Perumthitta Theyyam Festival, one of Kerala’s oldest ritual arts.
Theyyam dance is a collection of over 400 dance styles, each of which represents a mythological or historical figure. The event preserves Thayyams’ long-standing heritage and is a visual pleasure.
Mount Abu’s Winter Festival
Every year, the final week of December is when the Winter Festival is held. The celebration honors the friendliness and joy of the hill station’s residents. The Rajasthan Tourism and Municipal Board, Mount Abu, is in charge of organizing this three-day, multicolored event.
Traditional dance, concerts, markets, and a fireworks show are all part of the Winter Festival. The procession to Nakki Lake heralds the start of the festivities. Three days of eye-catching fireworks displays brighten the festival’s grand finale. These celebrations will enliven your culture and put a smile on your face. Make the best of December before 2022 comes to an end by leaving that cozy blanket behind and donning your favorite winter jacket.
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