There can never be a dearth of festivals in India. When one ends, there is always another one around the corner. In fact, there is no month in the calendar in which there is no festival. December festivals, however, are extra special, since this is the time of winter for the country, plus, this is the end of the year. So naturally, festivals in this month are celebrated with more fervour and enthusiasm.
Festivals in December
- Hornbill Festival (Dec. 1 to Dec. 12, 2018) - The Hornbill festival derives its name from a bird. It is celebrated in the Indian state of Nagaland, mainly in a village called Kisama, near the capital city, Kohima. One of the largest festivals of the state, it is celebrated with traditional music, dance, and games. There is also a sale of locally made handicrafts.
- Feast of Francis Xavier (December 3, 2018) - This annual festival, held at Panaji in Goa, is in honour of St. Francis Xavier. He was a Christian missionary who came to India. His body was mummified in a casket at the Bom Jesus Basilica in Old Goa. On this festival, that continues for several days, there is a morning mass to celebrate the anniversary of his burial. Along with the feast, a large fair is also held.
- Galdan Namchot (Dec. 2, 2018) - This festival is celebrated to observe the birthday of Tsongkhapa, a Tibetan saint-scholar. Tsongkhapa was the founder of Gelukpa School that helped preaching Tibetan Buddhism during the 14th century. This festival is celebrated in Ladakh. People in Ladakh prepare all kinds of traditional dishes during this time. They also welcome the New Year and bid farewell to the old one in this festival.
- Perumthitta Tharavad Kottamkuzhy (Dec. 7 to Dec. 16, 2018) - This annual ten-day Theyyam festival is one of the oldest among the various ritual art forms of Kerala. The dance performed is a collection of at least 400 dance forms, among which each represents a historical character.
- Christmas (December 25, 2018) - Christmas Day is celebrated among Christians all over the world as the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ. In India, this is celebrated with huge enthusiasm by people across all religions. Apart from the midnight mass, that is held on the 24th December across all churches in the country, the following day is marked by celebrations, fetes, parties, and exchange of gifts.
- Sunburn (Dec. 29- 31, 2018) - Goa's Sunburn is not only India's but also Asia's most amazing E-D-M festival. This time of the year, the Vagator Beach sees a huge crowd for three long days, where artists perform on multiple stages.
- The Winter Festival at Mount Abu (Dec. 29 - Dec. 31, 2018) - Organised by the Rajasthan Tourism and Municipal Board, Winter Festival at Mount Abu is held every year during the last week of December. With a procession to the Nakki Lake on the first day, traditional dancing, fairs, concerts, and a firework display are featured in this festival.
Last Updated on : November 14, 2018