Indian Cultural Festivals in November 2018
The month of November in 2018 is all set to begin with the exuberant festive celebrations. The very first week of this month will observe the grand Hindu festival of Diwali followed by Gobar Dhan Puja and Bhai Dooj. After all these celebrations are over, an unexplained void gets created in our mind and souls. But don’t worry! A good number of cultural festivals are in store for you immediately after the religious festivals are over. You’ll find grand fairs and religious celebrations taking place all over the country in the auspicious month of Kartika. So, get yourself ready to experience Indian culture at its best.
Rann Utsav, Rann of Kutch
The Rann Utsav is a rich cultural festival celebrated on the sprawling white sands of Rann of Kutch in Gujarat in the months of November-February. Embellished with grace and grandeur, this legendary festival is an absolute bliss with cordial hospitality, adventure sports, folk dances, and ethnic manifestations.
Place of celebration: Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
Key attractions: Horse rides, food stalls, camel safaris, archery, and paramotoring
Dates of celebration: 22nd November – 23rd November 2018
Pushkar Camel Fair
The traditional Pushkar Camel Fair is a major attraction among the travelers across the world. This camel festival involves about 50,000 camels that are properly shaved and decked up to participate in the contests. Trading of horses, camels, cows also takes place in this grand event.
Place of celebration: Pushkar, Rajasthan
Key attractions: Camel races, camel safaris, horse shows, beauty contests of camels and cows, folk dances and songs, and acrobatics
Dates of celebration: 15th November – 23rd November 2018
Ganga Mahotsava & Dev Deepavali
As the name suggests, the festival of Ganga Mahotsava observes thousands of women worshipping the holy river, Ganges, along its banks. Thousands of lit clay lamps floating on the river is a pleasurable sight at dusk during this festival. Special rituals like chanting of Vedic hymns are also performed on the river banks as a part of Dev Deepavali.
Place of celebration: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Key attractions: Delightful performances by Birju Maharaj, Sujat Khan, Girija Devi, Bhimsen Joshi, Zila Khan, Amjad Ali Khan, and Zakir Hussein
Dates of celebration: 20th November – 23rd November 2018 (tentative)
India Surf Festival
The India Surf Festival is an absolute delight for the surfing lovers. This grand events begins with a morning yoga; the rest of the day observes surfing competitions. The event attracts good number of surfers from all over the world. Workshops and training sessions for the beginners are also organized at the event. Dance and music shows gets started at night to celebrate the event.
Place of celebration: Ramchandri beach near Puri, Odisha
Key attractions: Surfing competitions, music and dance shows
Dates of celebration: Dates yet to be announced
Wangala Festival is the celebration of the harvest season and the onset of winters in the northeastern region of India. This festival is popularly called festival of 100 drums. People dressed in bright attires offer their prayers to the Sun God, play orchestra and dance to the music beats.
Place of celebration: Garo Region of Assam and Meghalaya
Key attractions: Playing of musical instruments like large drums, gongs, and flutes along with cultural folk dance
Dates of celebration: 2nd week of November 2018
Bundi Utsav is a three day cultural festival celebrated in the ancient town of Bundi with vigor and joy. The festival observes a gala fair organized by the RTDC, ethnic sports events, folk dances, and other cultural events and contests. In the evening, an amazing fireworks also takes place which is captivating spectacle for children and adults alike.
Place of celebration: Bundi, Rajasthan
Key attractions: Contests of bridal makeup, turban tying, moustache, horse riding, kabaddi, and camel race
Dates of celebration: 26th November – 28th November 2018