INDIAN FAIRS AND FESTIVALS IN JANUARY
The Great Elephant March (Kerala): Gaily decorated elephants go out in procession in Thrissur, Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram.
Mamallapuram Dance Festival (Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu): All the main Indian Classical Dance forms- Bharata Natyam, kuchipudi, Kathak and Kathakali, are performed at Mamallaapuram (60 km south of Chennai), against the backdrop of the magnificent Pallava rock sculptures.
This is the harvest festival marked by worship and festival marked by worship and festivities which include lively cattle races.
International Kite Festival (Ahmedabad, Gujarat) Jan 14th : Thousands of kites fill the sky on Makar Sakranti. And at night, the lights of specially crafted kites with paper lanterns flicker like fireflies.
Modhera Dance Festival (Gujarat): Annual festival of Indian classical dances at the 11th century Sun Temple.
Republic Day (National Holiday-Delhi and State capitals): A splendid parade in Delhi on the 26th of January (open to the public), commemorates the day India because a Republic in 1950. The President of India takes the salute.
Float Festival (Madurai, Tamil Nadu): Celebrated in Madurai, on the night of the full moon, ornamented icons of Goddess Meenakshi and her consort are taken out in a vibrant procession to the Mariamman Teppakulam. The icons are placed on a raft bedecked with flowers and lamps, and then floated in the tank.
Bikaner Festival ( Bikaner, Rajasthan): It starts off with a magnificent procession of decorated camels. Competitions and displays are held against the unique cultural backdrop of colour, music and rhythm that make up Rajasthan.
Kolkata Festival (Kolkata, West Bengal): Held in the expanse of the central lawns of the city- the 'maidan', Bengali culture and cuisine is on lively display.
Pattadakkal Dance festival (Pattadakal, Karnataka): Classical Indian dances are performed against a backdrop of ancient Indian temples. Pattadakkal is 134kms from Bijapur.