India is one country where every religion and community celebrates their culture. There are festivals of India state wise, religion-based and community-wise. So, every day is a new celebration in this country. You also enjoy lots of Gazetted holidays that give you an opportunity to plan a trip across the country.
To give you a fair idea about all the festivals of India in 2020 and their dates, before you begin, here is a piece of information that would prove essential for you! At Toshali International we are providing you a list of the festival with its dates so that you can plan for a short vacation to your nearby tourist destinations.
Enforcement of the Indian Constitution on January 26, 1950, marked the beginning of India as a republic country. Since then every year on 26th January Indians celebrate the national festival with pride. The celebrations take place at Rajpath in the form of ceremonial parades in front of the President of India and other international delegates. In every state also you will find ceremonial parades and different festivals. Thousands of people visit the ground to be a spectator of the spectacle representing the Unity and Cultural richness of the country.
Date: January 26, 2020, Sunday
Falling on almost the same date every year, i.e. January 15, Makar Sankranti has different festivities associated with it. These are named as Lohri by North Indian Hindus and Sikhs, Uttarayan by Gujaratis, and Pongal by South Indians. It is a festival celebrated in the whole India, mostly related to farming and land. During this time people prepare food items with new grains. This festival is celebrated on Monday or Tuesday as per local dates. So you can plan for three-four days a holiday with your family. So plan your nearest place for a short vacation and let Toshali Tours & Travels help you in suggesting the best destinations and hotel stay as per your budget.
Date: January 13-14, 2020, Monday
The grand festival is celebrated on the occasion of overcoming darkness and ignorance. People fast, wear new clothes and worship Lord Shiva. The main temples of God are visited in Varanasi and Somnath. The Mandi fair is organized in the town of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. It is also celebrated as the anniversary of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati in the Kashmiri and Himalayan regions. The Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain is flocked by numerous devotees. During this time you will find fest fairs in all cities, so you can visit to these fairs to experince the local enthusiasm. This is also a weekend celebration. As it falls on Friday you can add two more days of Saturday and Sunday to make it a short vacation. Toshali International offers you special packages in Shimla, Puri and Goa for Shiv ratri weekend celebration. You will find an affordable stay at Toshali's chain hotels like Toshali Sands 4 star Resort in Puri, Odisha, Toshali Goan Village 3 star Resort in Shimla and Goan Village and Hyde at Toshali Resorts in Goa.
Date: 21 February 2020, Friday
The carnival kicks for 3-4 days and brings in a lot of entertainment. Many cultural groups are a part of the huge parade that takes place in Goa. Float parades take place in important urban areas such as Panjim, Margao, Vasco da Gama and Mapusa. Goa soaks into festive love every year during the carnival time with mad music, color, food, drinks, drums and fun. To enjoy the festival at beach city book your rooms at Goan Village and Hyde by Toshali as early as possible to get the best online discounts.
Date: February 22, 2020 - February 25, 2020
The festival of colors is the most amiable festival in the country. Holika Dahan takes place a night before Holi where all negatives are burnt in a bonfire. On the main day, people play with organic colors as they groove on the tunes of music. Gujiya, Mathri and Thandai are the specialties of the festival. “Lath Maar Holi” is celebrated in the Bhaj region of Mathura. Women playfully beat their husbands' shields with sticks. In the South, offerings are made to Kamadeva, the Indian God of Love. Dwarka, a coastal city of Gujarat, celebrates the festival at Dwarkadheesh Temple. It is observed as the festival of forgiveness and new beginnings. This is again a long weekend celebration. So book your hotels and destination with Toshali from Friday to enjoy till Monday or Tuesday, exclusive Holi vacations.
Date: March 9-10, 2020, Monday-Tuesday
The holy festival of Ramadan consists of month long fasting. It is believed that fasting makes a man give up his vices which bring him closer to Allah. Muslims form an essential part of cultural strata in India hence Eid is celebrated with holy fasting and offering prayers. It ends with joyful feasting. This is again a weekend holiday planning based festival. So plan your holidays with Toshali International and visit any destination of India with family.
Date: May 24, 2020 - May 25, 2020, Sunday-Monday
The Rath Yatra is the grand festival celebrated in Puri. The temple deities, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra of the main Jagannath temple of Puri, are removed with the celestial wheel and taken to their respective chariots. The chariots are then taken to the grand avenue of the Gundicha Temple. Lakhs of devotees take part in this Yatra. Foreign channels also provide live telecasts of this Yatra. If you take a day holiday on Monday then you can plan a long weekend holiday at Puri. So book your holidays with Toshali Sands and enjoy an exclusive holiday in Puri.
Date: June 23, 2020, Tuesday
The festival commemorates the independence of India from the British Empire on 15 Aug 1947. Flag Hosting ceremonies, parades and other cultural events take place throughout the country. The Prime Minister of India officially hosts flag at the Red Fort followed by the tradition of 21 gunshots. Parades and pageants showcase the Indian struggle for independence. People all over the country celebrate freedom by flying kites. You can have the fun of 2 days during this time. So plan your 2 days vacation with Toshali and choose a short distance place with family or friends.
Date: August 15, 2020, Saturday
Though it is a whole India festival mostly celebrated on a grand scale in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh. Mandaps and Pandals are set up With the idols of Ganesha. The festival is known as Vinayaka Chaturthi in Tamil Nadu. Ganesha idols are made out of clay. In Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, procession marches involving great idols of Ganesha take place from Pazhavangadi Ganapathi Temple to Shankumugham Beach and the icons are immersed in the sea. Modak is the primary sweet dish of the festival. So enjoy your great vacation of 2 days at the nearby destination.
Date: August 22, 2020, Saturday
The festival is celebrated on October 2 to mark the birthday occasion of The Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is observed by commemorating his sacrifices by offering prayers at his memorial in the country, schools, colleges, offices and other institutions. It is a 3 days weekend special holiday. So you can plan for a vacation here also.
Date: October 2, 2020, Friday
Celebrating the reign of good over evil, the festival celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura. It is observed over the course of 10 days and is a grand social event in the eastern and north-eastern states of India. Though the rituals are long and complicated, they are enjoyed by the devotees. Colorful streets, Pandals, Bhajans and bright lights surround you during the festival time. Also, in the temples of West Bengal, Odisha and Assam(Silchar) actual animal sacrifices are performed to mark the victory of Maa Durga over the buffalo demon. It is celebrated as Mysore Dasara in Karnataka. The dates are subject to change. During this festival, Toshali International is offering heavy discounts on hotels and its tour packages. So plan as early as possible with Toshali to enjoy a lavish holiday but with minimum charges.
Dates: October 22, 2020 - October 26, 2020
The country celebrates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years in the form of lighting Diyas, drawing Rangolis, decorating houses, wearing new clothes, distributing gifts and burning crackers. People also worship Goddess Lakshmi(Goddess of wealth and prosperity) and Lord Ganesha(symbolizes ethical beginnings). It is known as Kali Puja in West Bengal and Odisha. In Sikhism, it is celebrated as Bandi Chor Diwas during which the people light the Golden Temple of Amritsar and indulge themselves in fireworks. Diwali Melas are organized all over the country. It is a five day festival in Karnataka. Diwali is dedicated to Lord Krishna in the Braj region, and therefore Govardhan Mountain is worshiped by the people. The Festival of Lights is enjoyed with great vigor and pomp. Plan your 2 days holiday special vacation to any part of India with Toshali and enjoy this warm festival with great enthusiasm.
Dates: November 14, 2020, Saturday
Every part of India celebrates Christmas with great enthusiasm. In South India, one widespread Christmas tradition is the put a burning earthen lamp on their roofs. You will come across some areas in south-west India where devotees go on a fast from the 1st December until the midnight mass service on 24th December.
Goa is one of the states in India that turns the Christmas celebration into an epic spectacle because of its sizeable Roman Catholic population. Due to the Portugal influence, this state acknowledges a plethora of western traditions. The locals add sparkle to the area by adorning the churches, market areas, and houses with dolled up Christmas trees, hanging star-shaped lanterns and going around the neighborhood singing classical carols. Here you can enjoy the weekend celebration at different hotels in India. Exclusive Christmas and New Year holiday packages are offered with sky-high value for all travelers at Toshali International. So plan your vacation with family or friends accordingly.
Dates: December 25, 2020, Friday