16 April 2019
Bihu is the main festival of Assam. It is celebrated three times a year.
♦ Rongali or Bohag Bihu is observed in April.
♦ Kongali or Kati Bihu observed in October.
♦ Bhogali or Magh Bihu observed in January.
About Rongali Bihu:
Rongali or Bohag Bihu is the Assamese new year and spring festival, which is celebrated from April 15 to April 21.
The Rongali Bihu coincides with Punjabi New Year Baisakhi.
The seven-day festival is celebrated in seven phases - Chot, Kutum, Mela, Raati, Goru, Manuh and Chera. It begins with goru bihu or cow bihu on April 15, where the cows are washed and worshipped. This is followed by manuh (human) bihu on 16 April, the New Year Day when people are seen in new dresses.
♦ Capital: Dispur
♦ Chief minister: Sarbananda Sonowal
♦ Governor: Jagdish Mukhi
♦ Famous Dance: Bihu, Bagurumba, Bhortal and Ojapali
♦ National Parks: Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Orang National Park, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
♦ Rivers: Brahmaputra, Manas, Subansiri, Sonai
5 March 2019
The Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 has made into Guinness World Records in the following three sectors:
(i) Largest traffic and crowd management plan
(ii) Biggest painting exercise of public sites under paint my city scheme
(iii) Biggest sanitation and waste disposal mechanism
♦ Kumbh Mela, the festival of the sacred pitcher is the largest public gathering and collective act of faith, anywhere in the world. It is celebrated four times over a course of 12 years over four locations in India
♦ The four sacred rivers where Kumbh Mela is celebrated are:
(i) Haridwar on the Ganges in Uttarakhand
(ii) Ujjain on the Shipra in Madhya Pradesh
(iii) Nashik on the Godavari in Maharashtra
(iv) Prayagraj at the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the mythical Sarasvati in Uttar Pradesh
♦ The Kumbh Mela has been inscribed on the list of "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO in 2017
8 February 2019
The 7th edition of the film festival began on February 7 th of 2019 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
It is an eight-day festival, in which Veteran actress Rohini Hattangadi is the chief guest at the inaugural function.
Veteran filmmaker Govind Nihalani was honoured with the Kalamaharshi Baburao Painter Award for his contribution to the film industry.
Focus country of the festival is the Hungarian cinema.
6 February 2019
Kala Ghoda festival, India’s largest multi-cultural street festival begins in Mumbai to celebrate its 20 years of art and culture through cinema, theatre, dance, literature, and sculpture.
Maneck Davar is Chairman of Kala Ghoda Association.
The festival hosted the exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and some rich history of Mumbai.
23 January 2019
A visual treat for birdwatchers began.
The Flamingo Festival, kicked-off at Pulicat Lake and Nellapattu in Sullurpet mandal, Andhra Pradesh
Flamingo Festival is a 12-year-long tradition of the region.
The main highlight of this fest is the sight of colorful migratory birds from Siberia that visit the region for nesting and breeding.
7 January 2019
A 10-day long Indian Panorama Film Festival began at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi.
Inaugurating the Festival, Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare films rise above all constraints of languages.
The films to be shown in the Festival reflect the economic progress the country has made and the changes that society has undergone.
One minute silence was observed in honor of Bengali filmmaker Mrinal Sen who passed away recently. Sen was a crucial figure of India’s parallel cinema along with Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak.
A total of 26 Feature Films and 21 Non-Feature Films will be screened during the festival.
30 December 2018
The 26th International Camel Festival will be held in Bikaner, Rajasthan on January 12 and 13, 2019.
On the second day of the festival, heritage walk will be organized from the Rampuriya Haveli to Bikaji's Tekri, in which the tourists will be welcomed by the city's architecture, art, culture, customs and recipes.
28 December 2018
In Assam, the third Dwijing Festival begun on the bank of Aye river at Chirang district.
Around 15 lakh tourists will participate in the festival.
Assam PHE minister Rihon Daimary inaugurated the festival in presence of several dignitaries.
Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal will attend the event. Adventure sports, food mart, cultural events, traditional games are being organized in the 12-day long event.
21 December 2018
The Karavali Utsav to be inaugurated on 21st December in Mangaluru. A host of cultural activities are set to enthral people during the festival. The district in-charge Minister U.T. Khader will inaugurate the exhibition at a formal function at 6 p.m., music director Gurukiran will inaugurate the festival at 6.30 p.m. at Karavali Grounds.
Utsav cultural committee president Narendra L. Nayak a variety of cultural programmes are slated for nine days from Saturday at the Karavali Exhibition Grounds and Kadri Park between 6 p.m. and 9.15 p.m. Cultural programmes, the main attraction of the festival, will be organized at Karavali Grounds as well as Kadri Park.
3 December 2018
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 10-day-long Hornbill Festival of Nagaland at Naga Heritage Village Kisama on 1st December 2018. More than 60,000 people have visited the Hornbill Festival.
The assistant director of Tourism department (Statistics) T. Khakihe Sumi said that altogether 63,032 visitors with 780 foreigners have visited the picturesque venue. The inaugural day had 19,953 visitors. The count increased up to 43,079 on the second day of the festival.
The visitors were treated with cultural performances from across the country including Odisha, Assam, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir.
29 November 2018
The International Gita Festival, 2018, will be organised in Kurukshetra in Haryana from December 7-23, in which Mauritius will be the partner country and Gujarat the partner state.
About 200 famous painters from across the country would reach Kurukshetra to draw paintings on the walls of Kurukshetra on the theme of the Mahabharata under the 'paint-the-wall' competition.
The objective behind this event is to spread the message of Gita to the world.
27 November 2018
The 4th edition of annual “Aadi Mahotsav”, a National Tribal Festival organized by Ministry of Tribal Affairs in association with TRIFED and Ministry of Culture to celebrate and cherish the spirit of tribal culture, craft, cuisine and commerce held at Dilli Haat, Shri Aurobindo Marg, INA, Delhi.
This year, more than 600 tribal artisans from 23 states, 80 tribal chefs hailing from 20 States besides 14 cultural troupes comprising more than 200 artists are taking part in the Mahotsav.
22 November 2018
It provides a platform to filmmakers, actors, jury members, senior government officials, an organizers of film festivals from India and abroad to exchange their views in a free and frank manner.
The topic for today’s Open Forum is the role of film festivals in promoting film culture and the need for spreading film festivals across the country.
The Speakers include veteran filmmaker Rahul Rawail, IFFI Head Chaitanya Prasad, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) Vice Chairman Rajendra Talak, OSD to IFFI Senthil Rajan and Karnataka Chalchitra Academy Chairman N Chandrasekhar.
18 November 2018
Nongkrem dance festival, an annual event during which prayers are offered for good harvest, peace, and prosperity of the community was celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm by the inhabitants of the Khasi Hills in Shillong, Meghalaya.
The unique dance is performed by the members of Hima Khyrim, a sub-tribe of the indigenous Khasi tribe.
16 November 2018
The 15-day Aadi Mahotsav festival is beginning in the national capital Delhi. Briefing media, Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram more than 600 artisans from 23 states will participate in the event.
The theme of the festival is 'celebration of the spirit of tribal culture, craft, cuisine and commerce'.
It will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewelry and much more through one hundred stalls.
The highlights of the festival will be a fashion show for tribal textiles and tribal cuisines.
11 November 2018
The UN Postal System has issued two stamps with diyas in celebration of Diwali as "the quest for the triumph of good over evil".
The stamps are in the $1.15 denomination, which is the basic rate for international air mail letters.
10 November 2018
New York's iconic Empire State Building was lit in orange for the first time to celebrate Diwali.
It was organised by the Federation of Indian Associations in cooperation with the Empire State Realty Trust.
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and singer Jay Sean flipped the switch to turn on the lights on top of the building.
7 November 2018
A Guinness certificate was issued to UP government's tourism department and Dr Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Avadh University, Faizabad, for over 3,01,152 earthen lamps illuminated on the bank of River Sarayu on Chhoti Diwali as part of Deepotsava.
The feat was achieved in the presence of Adityanath and South Korean first lady Kim-Jung Sook.
3 November 2018
Shillong is set to host the second edition of the India International Cherry Blossom Festival between November 14 and 17.
This is the world’s only autumn cherry blossom festival.
This festival attracted more than one lakh visitors last year, boosting the local economy by 300 per cent.
Meghalaya Chief Minister - Conrad K Sangma
23 October 2018
Dance troupes from Bulgaria, Turkey and Sri Lanka, apart from 25 teams from India, participated in the event.
State: Madhya Pradesh
Founded by:Suraj Sen (according to a legend)
20 October 2018
Assam celebrated its 3rd Bihu festival known as the ‘Kati Bihu’ festival across the state.
The name of the other 2 Bihu festivals is: Rongali and Bohagi Bihu.
The festival derives its name from the Assamese month of Kati.
11 October 2018
It is organized by India Habitat Centre.
It is being recognized by UNESCO as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.
Also for the first time, a National Theatre Live Broadcast of “Julie” by British theatre director Carrie Cracknell will be seen.
It will showcase 15 plays on a pan-Indian constellation of original scripts from Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, and Kerala.
4 October 2018
The National Khadi Festival 2018 is being organised by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to promote Khadi products.
The festival was inaugurated by Union Minister for Micro Small & Medium Enterprises, Giriraj Singh in Mumbai on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti 2018.
The main aim of the festival is to promote the products of cottage industry and create awareness regarding the art of states.
27 September 2018
Indra Jatra festival is one of the most exciting and revered festivals of the Newari community of the Kathmandu Valley.
During the celebrations of this festival dedicated to Indra, the god of rain and king of heaven, Lakhe dances are performed on the streets of Kathmandu.
17 September 2018
The festival is the world’s largest free literary gathering, started with a soulful music performance by Indian Sufi singer Zila Khan.
The inaugural session also saw Congress leader and writer Shashi Tharoor discuss his book “Why i am a Hindu” with writer Namita Gokhale.
17 September 2018
External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj, along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the website for the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019, www.pbdindia.gov.in.
The online registration for participation has started for this biennial event.
16 September 2018
Nuakhai Bhetghat is the reap celebration of individuals of Western Odisha.
The festival bears significance among the farmer community as they perform puja on their farmland to thank ‘Mother Earth’ for being so bountiful.
14 September 2018
The sweetmeat was prepared by Suruchi Food at Tapeswaram in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.
The laddu costs about ₹3 lakh, with 220 kg sugar, 145 kg cow ghee, 175 kg Bengal gram flour, 25 kg cashew, going into its making besides other ingredients.
25 August 2018
Five-day long 'International water colour festival' is held in Ranchi at Audrey House, to promote the rich art and culture of Jharkhand.
This is the first time in the country that international artists will paint together.
In this program 24 countries of the world, 25 states of India and 24 districts of the state are participating.
On this occasion, the artist Victoria from Ukraine and artist Uttam Karmakar from Italy did the live painting and presented it to the Chief Minister Raghubar Das.
21 August 2018
The Kandy Esala Perahera also known as 'The Festival of the Tooth' is a grand festival celebrated in July or August in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.
16 August 2018
A 10-day pineapple festival showcasing different varieties of the fruit has been organised in Manipur's Thayong village, which produces 20-30 tonnes of pineapple in a year.
The Thayong village has a population of approximately 750 people with more than 90 percent of their major sources of income lying in farming of pineapple.
31 July 2018
The Third BRICS Film Festival took place in Durban, South Africa, along with the International Durban Film Festival (DIFF).
The last day of the festival (27th July) was celebrated as India Country Day, followed by Awards and Closing Ceremony.
The film festival is aimed at celebrating world-class film productions from the BRICS nations with the objective of inspiring more collaboration from these nations.
Awards won by Indian films in the 3rd BRICS Film Festival, Durban, South Africa:
1. Best Actress: Bhanita Das, Village Rockstars,
2. Best Film: Newton by Amit Masurkar,
3. Special Jury Award: Village Rockstars by Rima Das.
29 July 2018
International cricket's governing body, ICC, organised the 'Sano Cricket Curry Festival' in the Japanese city of Sano to promote cricket in the nation.
A cricket match between the Japanese cricket team and an Indian team was held at the event.
The festival also featured cultural events and food from cricket-playing nations like Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
17 July 2018
Popularly known as the ‘Festival of Chariots’, Rath Yatra festival in honour of Puri’s Lord Jagannath is one of the most awaited festivals of Orissa and is falling on July 14.
This yatra is conducted from Jagannath temple to Gundicha temple.
Apart from Indian, this festival attracts a large number of international tourists in Puri.
4 July 2018
The famous 4-day Meghalaya Annual Cultural Festival, "Behdienkhlam", held every year at the small peripheral town of Jowai, Meghalaya.
Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Dr. Jitendra Singh attended the Festival.
The festival witnessed a colourful display of 12 rots or ‘rath’ at the sacred pool, Aitnar.
26 June 2018
Sindhu Darshan Festival is celebrated on the bank of Indus River in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Festival is focused at national integration, communal harmony and national pride.
This year mark the 22nd Sindhu Darshan festival and it was started by the former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani in 1997.
29 May 2018
The main event of 4th International Yoga Day celebrations will be held at Dehradun in Uttrakhand on 21st of June.
Secretary AYUSH Ministry Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha announced that Dehradun has been selected as the venue for Mass Yoga Demonstration of International Yoga Day.
Mr. Kotecha is in Dehradun to initiate the preparations regarding this mega event.
19 April 2018
The Jatra begins in Nepal.
It is believed that the festival started during Malla dynasty. In Nepal, the famous Bisket Jatra is being celebrated in Bhaktapur and other parts of Kathmandu valley.
The nine-day annual festival marks beginning of Nepali new year.
The Jatra begins four days before the start of new year.
23 March 2018
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have paid tributes to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia on his birth anniversary.
Dr. Lohia dedicated his life to quest for a just, fair and egalitarian society and he remains an inspiration for welfare-oriented governance.
He described Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia as one of the most remarkable personalities of the 20th century.
The socialist leader combined scholarly zeal with a penchant for grassroots level politics and his rich thoughts continue to shape socio-political discourse.
25 February 2018
The 44th edition of Khajuraho Dance Festival 2018 was held at Khajuraho temple, a UNESCO world heritage site in Madhya Pradesh. It was inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and was organized by culture department of state government.
Khajuraho Dance Festival is an annual cultural festival that highlights the richness of various Indian classical dance styles. The 6-day festival showcased classical dances including Kathak, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, and Mohiniattam.
9 January 2018
World’s largest Ice Festival 'International Ice and Snow Festival' was held in Harbin, China.
This is one of China’s coldest cities in the winter. It is the 34th annual Ice Festival in Harbin, north-east China.
It features sculptures of Moscow’s Red Square and Bangkok’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
5 January 2018
Goa will be hosting the third edition of the Science Film Festival of India in January 2018.
The festival, titled SCI-FFI Goa, is being organized by the state-based Vidnyan Parishad, Goa Department of Science and Technology.
The competition aims to boost the culture of science films, all the films submitted should be related to science and technology.
28 December 2017
President Ramnath Kovind inaugurated the 100th Annual Conference of the Indian Economic Association at Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur of Andhra Pradesh.
The event will be held for four days.
Indian Economic Association is a registered body of Indian economic professionals with an objective of providing a forum for debate and discussion of policy-oriented issues.
The Association currently has 5000 plus members, both individual and institutional.
11 December 2017
Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the three days ‘Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage’ in New Delhi.
India is hosting the “Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage” from 8 to 10 December as part of celebrations of 20th anniversary of BIMSTEC.
2 December 2017
Seventh edition Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival was held at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju.
The partners for this edition of three-day festival are IGNCA of Union Ministry of Culture in Delhi, Heritage Transport Museum, Gurugram and National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai.
It is special initiative, to promote the oral storytelling tradition which has existed across the world. It is only oral storytelling festival in India.
1 December 2017
Nagaland is all set to celebrate the 54th Statehood Day and the 18th Hornbill festival 2017 today at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama. President Ram Nath Kovind who is on a maiden visit to the state will grace the occasion and inaugurated the 10 day State Hornbill festival 2017.
The route leading to Kisama, which is 12Km away from the capital city has been all decked up with decoration to give a festive ride. Tight security arrangement has been made in view of the festival.
21 November 2017
Current Affairs President Ram Nath Kovind reached Imphal to inaugurate the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2017 this afternoon. He was accorded a warm welcome at the Imphal Airport by State Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh and his cabinet colleagues.
The 10-day state festival will be opened today at the Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre at Palace Compound in Imphal.
He will open a two-day North-East Development Summit at the City Convention Centre in Imphal.
Around 20 memorandums of understanding(MoU) will be signed with investor companies during the Summit to attract investment in the State to generate employment avenues for the unemployed educated youths of the State.
17 November 2017
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated Aadi Mahotsav, a fortnight-long Tribal Festival in New Delhi.
The theme of the festival is A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Cuisine and Commerce’.
The festival will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewelry and much more through about 200 stalls.
Over 750 tribal artisans and artists from over 25 States participated in the festival.
The Tribal India cuisine, recreated and presented in delectable for recreated and presented in delectable forms to suit urban tastes by special tribal chefs is a special feature of the festival. In line with the national aspiration to go cashless, all stalls will prefer and promote payments through cards.
16 November 2017
The Araku Valley of Andhra Pradesh is hosting the first edition of its Hot Air Balloon Festival.
The Hot Air Balloon Festival is organized by SkyWaltz and supported by Andhra Pradesh tourism.
The festival will feature unique balloons from 13 countries.
The participating countries are India, Australia, USA, Brazil and South Korea.
The Extraordinary shaped balloons like the Seahorse, the Kiwi, the Bee and much more are lined up in the festival.
This festival is being organized to promote tourism.
A large team of over 100 photographers, nature lovers and students from across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana arrived at Araku to capture the scenes of the festival. Araku is known for its coffee plantations, rich cultural heritage, and stunning waterfalls.
10 November 2017
The Nordic-Baltic embassies will host the first ever youth film festival of the European nations in Delhi showcasing movies from the region.
The 6-Day long festival will run in collaboration with the India Habitat Centre.
The Nordic-Baltic countries Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden or NB8 are tied together geographically and historically through trade, culture, and many common value systems.