Indian Festivals 2023– India is a diverse country therefore a wide variety of festivals are celebrated all across the country. Though popular festivals of India are muted due to the pandemic but to keep the festive zest alive in us, Chimes presents to you the list of Popular Indian festivals 2023. Read about important Indian festivals in 2023 and know what is today’s festival!
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January Indian Festivals 2023
List of Indian Festivals 2023 for January. Read about the Indian festival today! What are your favorite festival in India?
1. Lohri: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Lohri, one of the popular festivals of India dates on 13th January, Friday in 2023. Lohri falls on the last day of the month of Paush, also known as Makar Sankranti in most places.
Where: Lohri marks the harvesting season in Punjab and the end of the winter season.
Significance: Lohri, one of the popular Punjabi festivals of India, is celebrated by lighting a huge bonfire in the yard after the rabi crops are chopped. Small idols of the Lohri goddess are made and placed beneath the fire.
Things to do: People wear traditional clothes and throw sesame seeds, jaggery, and rewaries in the fire. They sit around the fire and sing and dance till the fire dies out. People also pray to God of fire, to bless their land with abundance and prosperity. They also exchange greetings and gifts with their friends and family members.
Listen to the entire story of Lohri festival and how people celebrate this popular Indian festival- Lohri
2. Pongal: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Pongal, one of the popular festivals of South India (celebrated as Makar Sankranti in North India) dates from January 13-16. The main festivities occur on January 14, Saturday.
Where: Tamil Nadu
Significance: Pongal is a popular harvest festival is dedicated to the Sun God, Surya.
Things to do: The three days of the Pongal festival are called Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal, and Maattu Pongal. On the main Pongal day, people gather to cook Pongal dishes facing east towards the rising sun and then offered to God.
Listen to the entire story of Sankranti and how people celebrate this popular Indian festival- Makar Sankranti
3. Republic Day: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Republic Day has been celebrated every year in India on January 26.
Where: January 26 is celebrated as Republic Day all across India with a lot of enthusiasm.
Significance: It is celebrated to honor the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect or being.
Things to do: In Delhi, at Rajpath magnificent parades are held by the regiments of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, police, and paramilitary forces.
Republic day Facts: Even after India became independent in 1947, it still didn’t have a permanent constitution, and Indian laws were based on a modified version of the British established, Government of India Act 1935. Later, Dr. B R Ambedkar was appointed to draft the Indian Constitution. After a lot of hard work, the Constitution was finally drafted, and January 26 was chosen as the day to declare India as the Sovereign Republic. India’s constitution happened on Republic Day, 26th January 1950.
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4. Vasant Panchami: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Basant Panchami, one of the popular festivals of India dates on 26th January, Thursday, in 2023.
Where: Pan India
Significance: Basant Panchami is a famous festival that marks the end of the winter season and the beginning of Spring. Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of Basant Panchami.
Things to do: This popular Indian festival is the time when people start giving the first lessons on education to their children. It is also referred to as “Kite festival” in Punjab. This custom is referred to as Vidyarambam or Aksharabhyasam. Young girls wear bright yellow dresses and participate in the festivities.
February Indian Festivals 2023
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March Indian Festivals 2023
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5. Holi: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Holi, one of the popular festivals of India dates on 8th March, Wednesday, in 2023.
Where: Pan India
Significance: Holi, “Festival of Colors” centers around the burning and destruction of the demoness Holika. Holi is a significant Indian festival it denotes the celebration of good harvests and land fertility.
Things to do: The fun part of this festival involves people throwing colored powder on each other and using water guns.
Holi Facts: This festival also celebrates the eternal love of Radha and Krishna. Holi, the colorful festival of India is celebrated in a grand style in the city of Mathura and Vrindavan. But do you know why is the festival of colour celebrated? Or the real mythological significance behind the Holi festival
6. Gudi Padwa: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Gudi Padwa, one of the popular festivals of India dates on 22nd March, Wednesday in 2023. Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month as per the Hindu calendar.
Where: Maharashtra & adjoining regions
Significance: According to the Hindu mythology, it is said that Lord Brahma created the universe on this day and Lord Brahma introduced days, weeks, months, and years.
Things to do: On Gudi Padwa, people have customary oil bath, wear new clothes and decorate their homes.
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7. Ram Navami: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Ram Navami is one of the popular festivals of India which dates on 30th March, Thursday in 2023.
Where: Ram Navami is celebrated grandly in places associated with Sri Rama, such as Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu that attract thousands of devotees.
Significance: Ram Navami is a Hindu festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama. Rama was the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Things to do: On Ram Navami, people clean their houses and decorate small statues of Rama. Offerings of flowers and fruit are placed and prayers are recited after an early bath. Special foods are also prepared on this day.
Know the history and story behind the celebration of this Indian festival- Ram Navami
8. Good Friday
When: In 2023, Good Friday dates on 7th April, Friday. In many countries, Good Friday is observed as a national holiday on the Friday before Easter.
Significance: The day commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Things to do: Christians take part in Good Friday Fasting and show their appreciation for Christ’s sacrificial deed. This day is also known as Holy Friday.
When: In 2023, Easter dates on 9th April, Sunday.
Significance: The festival celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and is considered as a rebirth of Christianity.
Things to do: The traditional celebration of the festival involves special prayers sung in praise of Jesus Christ in churches, followed by an elaborate Sunday mass, with happy music.
Easter Facts: One more vital feature of Easter is an egg. The egg is a symbol of resurrection for the Christian community People decorate eggs and perform egg hunting on this day.
10. Baisakhi: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Baisakhi, one of the popular festivals of India dates on 14th April, Friday in 2023.
Where: It is celebrated mainly in Punjab and some other parts of North India.
Significance: Baisakhi is the Sikh New Year and is a spring harvest festival. In Punjab, Baisakhi marks the harvest of the rabi crops
Things to do: Farmers pray to God by for an abundant harvest, a symbol of prosperity. Devotees visit Gurudwaras to offer prayers and many fairs are organized along with Bhangra and Gidda performances, folk songs, amusement rides, and tasty food.
11. Eid-Ul-Fitr: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Ramazan Eid, one of the popular festivals of India dates on 22nd April, Saturday in 2023.
Where: World- wide
Significance: Ramazan Eid marks the end of, the fasting month by the Muslims; when they do not eat or drink anything during the day. They only eat after the evening prayers are done and after the sun sets and the moon reappears. The last day of the Ramadan month, Eid- ul –Fitar is celebrated by everyone which marks the end of the fasting season and the start of the Islamic month of ‘Shawwal’.
Things to do: Ramzan Eid or the Eid-Ul-Fitr is celebrated on the last day of the holy month when the Muslims break their fast and celebrate the festival with foods, gifts and wish each other ‘Eid Mubarak’.
May Indian Festivals 2023
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12. Buddha Purnima: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Buddha Purnima, one of the popular festivals of India dates on 5th May, Friday in 2023.
Where: It is observed by the Buddhist population throughout the country as well as in nations such as Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Significance: Buddha Purnima is a Buddhist holiday also known as Buddha Jayanti or Vesak. The festival commemorates Gautama Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death.
Things to do: On the festival day, Buddha idols are worshiped, and prayer meetings are organised. Devotees go to Buddhist sites, recite Buddhist scriptures, and participate in religious debates and group meditations.
The event is also very important among Indian festivals and is celebrated with great zeal.
Listen to the life story of Gautam Buddha and how people celebrate this popular Indian festival- Buddha Purnima
13. Ganga Dussehra: Indian Festivals 2023
When: One of the most popular Indian festivals, Ganga Dussehra, falls on the 30th May, a Tuesday in 2023.
Significance: One of the most important Indian festivals is Ganga Dussehra. It is held in honour of the Goddess Ganga. The day is observed to commemorate Ganga’s descent on Bhumi (Earth). Because of the sacred Ganges’ arrival on Earth, it was cleaned and elevated to divine status.
Things to do: People pray to Ganga devi on this day. Ganga Dussehra is a ten-day celebration that begins the day before Nirjala Ekadashi.
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June Indian Festivals 2023
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14. Rath Yatra: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Rath Yatra is one of the popular Indian festivals dates on 20th June, Tuesday in 2023.
Where: It is held at Puri, Odisha. Rath Yatra takes place in India and across the world.
Significance: Rath Yatra or the Chariot festival is one of the holiest and oldest festivals of India. It celebrates the return of Krishna with his brother and sister Balarama and Subhadra to Vrindavan.
Things to do: The idol of Lord Jagannath, Balarama, and Subhadra are taken out in a procession. It marks Lord Jagannath’s annual visits to the Gundicha Temple (Aunts Home) home near Balagundi Chhaka, Puri for nine days.
Listen to the history behind the Indian festival of Rath Yatra and how Odisha celebrates it
15. Eid al-Adha: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Eid al-Adha one of the popular Indian festivals amongst Muslims starts from 29th June, Tuesday in 2023. Commonly called Bakrid, this festival is observed during the month of ‘Dhu al-Hijjah,’ the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar.
Where: Eid ul Adha is celebrated by Muslims all over the world
Significance: It is celebrated to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) sacrifice, which he made after Allah’s command as a believer in Him.
Things to do: The pilgrimage to Mecca, also known as “haj” comes to an end with Eid al Adha.
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July Indian Festivals 2023
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16. Muharram: Indian Festivals 2023
When: In 2023, Muharram dates on 29th July, Saturday.
Significance: Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and is considered to be a religious occasion. Muharram also marks the anniversary of the battle of Karbala, where the Islamic prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Hussain Ibn Ali was killed.
Things to do: People remember the massacre on the 10th day, Ashura by fasting. Muslims celebrate the day by visiting the mosque, praying to Allah, and by spending time with their family. People also like to cook cuisines like sweet rice and many more. They eat it while breaking their fast.
August Indian Festivals 2023
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17. Independence Day: Indian Festivals 2023
When: In 2023, Independence Day, 15th August falls on a Tuesday.
Significance: Indian Independence Day is celebrated on August 15 every year to commemorate India’s freedom from the rule of the British Raj in 1947. it is an annual celebratory occasion and a national holiday.
Things to do: People hoist the national flag, wear colors signifying the tricolor, take part in many cultural programs and parades to celebrate the day.
Independence Day Facts: On 15 August 1947, the first Prime Minister of independent India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, hoisted the national flag at the Lahori Gate of Red Fort in New Delhi, and the Father of the Nation Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi fasted in Calcutta.
The day is recognized as the national pride and honor for our country, with subsequent Prime Ministers hoisting the flag and addressing the country from the Red Fort every year.
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18. Onam: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Onam, one of the popular Indian festivals (South) dates on 29th August, Tuesday, 2023. The festival begins on the day known as Atham and ends on the tenth day, known as Thiru Onam or Thiruvonam.
Where: The festival of Onam is celebrated throughout the state of Kerala.
Significance: Onam festival has its roots grounded in mythology. Once upon a time, there was a generous and virtuous ruler, Mahabali who ruled Kerala. Though he was an asura – enemies of devas. So, the devas sent Lord Vishnu in the disguise of Vamana (a dwarf). Vamana requested Mahabali for three feet of land as an offering.
And at the time of measuring the three feet of land, Vamana grew so huge that he measured all the worlds in two steps. Since he had nowhere else to place his third step, Mahabali asked Vamana to place it on him. Vamana was pleased by the generosity of the king and blessed Mahabali before he was sent to the nether world. He granted him permission to visit people once a year. And the visit of Mahabali is celebrated as Onam.
Things to do: People purchase and wearing of new clothing, known as the Onakkodi, lamps are beautifully decorated, people also indulge in various games and dances during and post-Thiruvonam.
19. Raksha Bandhan: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Raksha Bandhan dates on 30th August, Wednesday in 2023.
Where: Rakhsha Bandhan is one of the auspicious festivals of India.
Significance: The word Raksha means ‘safety’ and Bandhan means ‘bond’. Raksha Bandhan is a celebration of the lovable and bond that exists between siblings. Raksha Bandhan is rooted in mythology. It is said that during Mahabharat, when Lord Krishna accidentally nicked his finger on his ‘Sudarshan Chakra’, Draupadi tore a piece of her saree and tied it to his finger to stop the bleeding. Lord Krishna was so touched by her gesture and kindness that he promised to always protect her.
Things to do: On this day sisters tie Rakhi, a protective band on their brother’s hand that ensures the safety of the brother. In return, the brother promises her the same.
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20. Krishna Janmasthami: Indian Festivals 2023
When: This popular festival of Krishna Janmashthami falls on 7th September, Thursday in 2023.
Where: This festival is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm throughout India. But celebrations in Mathura and Vrindavan is somewhat special.
Significance: Lord Krishna is believed to have been born on this day.
Things to do: Celebrations start from midnight, people fast on this day and sing devotional songs. As a part of the ritual, statues of baby Krishna are washed and placed for worship. People then break their fast and share food and sweets. Dahi handi competitions are also organized on this day.
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21. Ganesh Chaturthi: Indian Festivals 2023
When: This popular Indian festivals dates on 19th September, Tuesday in 2023.
Where: Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm throughout India. But celebrations in Maharashtra is somewhat special.
Significance: Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Ganesha.
Things to do: This is a 10-day long festival that begins weeks before Ganesh Chaturthi, with people making clay idols of Lord Ganesha and painting them. On the tenth day, Lord Ganesha’s statue is immersed in water, known as Ganpati Visarjan. People chant Ganapati Bappa Morya, paying respect to him.
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22. Gandhi Jayanti: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Gandhi ji was born on 2nd October .
Where: Gandhi Jayanti is observed throughout the India.
Significance: Mahatma Gandhi was born on the 2nd of October in Gujarat, Porbandar.
About Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi : Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also well-known as Mahatma Gandhi heavily contributed to India’s Independence movement. Not only did Gandhi just contributed to India’s freedom struggle but also stood up to bring changes in society. He believed in the path of “Ahimsa” and thus his birthday is celebrated to remember his principle of non-violence and to secure peace, tolerance in the nation. Mahatma Gandhi is the greatest and famous Indian personality and for his contributions to the Indian independence struggle, he earned the title of “Father of the nation”.
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23. Navratri: Indian Festivals 2023
When: This series of holy and popular festivals of India falls on the month of October, with Dussehra on 24th October.
Where: Throughout the India
Significance: It is held in honor of the divine feminine.
Things to do: The festival is of nine days and nine nights is accompanied by dance, music, sweets, and worship of the most powerful goddess. The festival ends with Dussehra (also called Vijayadashami) on the 10th day.
One popular ritual of this festival is Kanya Puja, which takes place on the eighth or ninth day. In this ritual, nine young girls are dressed as the nine goddesses portraying feminine power. They are worshiped with foot washing and are given offerings such as food and clothing.
Dussehra is a time to celebrate the triumphs of good over evil. It is associated with the victory of Rama over the Ravana, from Ramayana. In North India, the Ram Lila is the highlight of the festival.
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24. Diwali: Indian Festivals 2023
When: This popular festivals of India, falls on 12th November, Sunday in 2023.
Where: Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is celebrated across India with great enthusiasm.
Significance: The Diwali celebration marks the return of Lord Ram to Ayodha after 14 years of exile.
Things to do: Traditionally it used to go on for five long days. The darkest night centers the Diwali night, the new moon night- the end of the month of Ashvin and the start of the month of Kartika.
- Day 1 – Dhanteras
- Day 2 – Naraka Chaturdashi, Chhoti Diwali
- Day 3 – Lakshmi Puja/Kali Puja
- Day 4 – Govardhan Puja
- Day 5 – Bhai Dooj/Vishwakarma Puja
People clean their houses and decorate them beautifully with lights and diyas. They wear new clothes, make sweets, and pray for better days.
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25. Bhai Dooj: Indian Festivals 2023
When: Bhai Dooj falls on 14th November, Tuesday in 2023.
Where: Throughout the India
Significance: It celebrates the loving relationship between brothers and sisters.
Things to do: Siblings pray for the well-being and long-life of each other on this special day. Carrying forward the ceremony in traditional style, sisters perform arti for their brother and apply a red tika on the brother’s forehead.
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26. Guru Nanak Jayanti: Indian Festivals 2023
When: In 2023, Guru Nanak Jayanti falls on 27th November, Monday.
Where: Throughout the India; most popular in Punjab.
Significance: It is commended to celebrate the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev.
Things to do: Festivities start in Gurudwaras two days before the day of Guru Nanak Jayanti. A 48-hour constant recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib, called Akhand Path, is held. A day prior to Guru Nanak’s birthday, a parade called Nagarkirtan is coordinated. The parade is driven by five men, alluded to as the Panj Pyare, holding the Sikh three-sided flag, Nishan Sahib.
About Guru Nanak Jayanti: Guru Nanak Jayanti otherwise called Gurpurab, is the main celebration for the devotees of the religion of Sikhism. The celebration is celebrated on arrival of Kartik Poornima, which is the fifteenth lunar day in the long stretch of Kartik as depicted by the Hindu schedule, and typically falls in the period of November by the Gregorian schedule.
December Indian Festivals 2023
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27. Christmas: Popular Festival of India
When: Christmas is an annual observed primarily on December 25 every year.
Where: Throughout the World.
Significance: Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God.
Things to do: It’s when loved ones meet up and recall the good things they have. Individuals, and particularly kids, additionally like Christmas as it’s the point at which you give and get presents!
About Christmas: The name ‘Christmas’ comes from the Mass of Christ. Mass assistance is a place where Christians remember that Jesus passed on for them and afterward returned to life. The ‘Christ-Mass’ service was the one that was permitted to occur after dusk (and before dawn the following day), so individuals had it at Midnight!
Christmas is currently celebrated by individuals around the planet, if they are Christians.
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Republic Day (26 January), Independence Day (15 August), and Gandhi Jayanti (2 October) are the three national festivals of India.
Diwali is considered as the most popular Indian festivals of all time.