In Delhi, exciting events takes place
throughout the year. The festivals have their share of cultural,
religious and state extravaganza.
Lori: Lori is a winter
festival celebrated in January. The festival marks the peak of winter
and celebrated with burning bonfires, singing and dancing.
Republic Day Parade: A
national festival that no tourist should miss. Celebrated on the 26th of
January when India became a Republic. It is the most spectacular
pageant of Delhi. The march past includes military displays, elephant
pageantry, floats representing different states etc.
Garden Tourism Festival: Delhi Tourism holds the Garden Tourism Festival at the end of February
that is generally spread over three days and generates much enthusiasm
amongst the gardening fraternity. Delhi is ablaze with flowers at this
time. It is also a useful meeting ground for gardening enthusiasts, as
well as fun and frolic for children of all ages. Back...
Holi: This festival of
color is celebrated in March. Men and women stain each other by throwing
colors at. Singing and dancing accompany the joyous occasion.
means the festival of flower sellers. A Festival representative of
communal harmony where large fans decorated with flowers are taken out
in a procession. On this occasion the flower sellers present flowers to
the gods and pray for a better flower season next year.
Mango Festival: The mango
festival is held in Delhi during the month of July. Many verities of
mangos from the 1100 plus verities those India grow are displayed.
Independent Day Celebrations: Independent Day is celebrated on August 15. Processions and flag hoisting on the Red Fort mark the celebration.
Dussehra: It is a ten days
festival, celebrated in Sept./Oct., of which nine days are spent in
worship. The tenth day is a celebration of victory of good over evil.
Huge effigies of Ravana, the demon king, are burned on the last day of
festival. The heroic deeds of Lord Rama who destroyed Ravana are enacted
in songs and dance.
Qutab Festival of Classical Music and Dance: The
festival is staged around Sharad Pournima in the month of October at
the Qutab Minar complex. Evocative melodies and graceful dances are
presented by various prominent artistes of the country. Back...
Diwali: Diwali, the
festival of lights and fireworks is celebrated throughout the country
during Oct-Nov. People illuminate their houses with rows of earthen
lamps to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. At night
crackers are burst to celebrate the return of Lord Rama from exile.
Flower Shows: Delhi also
conducts various flower shows in the winter months. Rose Show,
Chrysanthemum Show and Delhi Flower Show are among them.
Urs Of Hazarat Nizamuddin Aulia: a Muslim saint of the 14th century, is celebrated in November or
December at his tomb at Nizamuddin. This is celebrated with a lot of
pomp along with the accompaniment of quawalis and a wide array of sweet
meat and kababs.
Christmas: like elsewhere
in the world is celebrated in Delhi with a lot of gaiety and festivity.
Special services are held at the churches.
International Trade Fair: Quiet apart from religious events that take up the Delhi calendar, there
are also other regular events that are hosted in Delhi like the
International Trade Fair that is held annually at the Pragati Maidan.
The Pragati Maidan also hosts a variety of events at regular intervals.
This is also one of the largest Trade Fair Complexes in Asia.
Delhi Horse Show: In winter
Delhi plays host to a number of events like the DELHI HORSE SHOW that
is held in November or in December outside the walls of the Red Fort.
The vintage car rally is also held in the same period and this is a show
one should not miss. It displays a good number of cars left from the
period of the British Raj.
Surajkund Crafts Mela: Then
there is also the SURAJKUND CRAFTS MELA where the villagers from the
adjoining villages bring out their handicrafts and also to display their
skills. A variety of rural entertainment’s add colour to the impressive