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Festivals and Events in Delhi

There are officially only three national holidays, but various festivals and events are celebrated in Delhi because of its eclectic mix of people.

Lohri is celebrated widely by the Punjabis/Sikhs of Delhi in the month of January. This festival signals the end of winter and heralds the coming of spring. Big bonfires are lit in the evening and family and friends dance around it throwing in.

Holi, the festival of colour is celebrated with great gusto at the onset of spring somewhere in February or early March. There is great merriment on this day and people especially youngsters spray people with brightly coloured powder and water.

Other special events in Delhi include festivals like the Mango Festival that is held at the Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi in the month of July. The festival features a wide variety of mangoes and mango eating competitions.

Dussehra symbolises the triumph of good over evil and is celebrated with Ramlilas and the burning of the effigy of Ravana the demon king in the month of September or October.

Diwali the famous festival of lights is also widely celebrated with almost all homes being lit up with diyas and the night sky being illuminated with fireworks.

India International Trade Fair is widely attended by the people of Delhi, which is held in November every year. Held at Pragati Maidan this fair is a showcase of wonderful handicrafts and textiles with all the states of India participating.


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