Festivals in January 2019

Festivals in India

India is a land of festivals. Every month witnesses some sort of festival or celebration. There are different reasons behind these celebrations and occasions. Every festival is unique and is celebrated in different parts of the country in different names.

Festivals in January

There are several festivals that are celebrated in the month of January.

  • New Year - 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- 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- 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 14 January in 2019.

  • Pongal - 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 15th January in 2019 and will end on 18th January.

  • Float Festival - 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 - 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 6th January 2019 and will end on 14th January 2019.

  • Kerala Village Fair - 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 Festival - 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 from 13th January to 14th January.

  • Republic Day - 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.

Last Updated on : January 2, 2019



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