Festivals in India
India is a colourful country full of cultures, festivals, and diversity. All cultures and religions change our way. Thanks to the diversity, we come across all the festivals! How can we miss the festivals in 2023? While the world celebrates its indigenous festive season, India celebrates all cultures. From Holi, Diwali, and Gurupurab to Christmas and Eid- we get to rejoice in them all.
The festivals of 2023 will be with the same enthusiasm and zeal! Despite being Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, etc., we get the chance to dance in each culture and eat their delicacies yearly. The best part about the diverse festivals of 2023 is the holidays! You may take an off, get for a weekend getaway or chill at home with the family. In this read, we will go through some of the major festivals of 2023, holidays, and where you can best celebrate.
These dates may vary depending on the Government announcements. Before we dig into the calendar of 2023, let’s discuss the origin of the Indian calendar.
List of Festivals in 2023 (Updated)
A Glimpse of Festivals in 2023
DATE AND DAY
|1st Jan, Sunday||New Year|
|12th Jan, Thursday||Swami Vivekananda Jayanti|
|14th Jan, Saturday||Lohri|
|15th Jan, Sunday||Pongal and Makar Sankranti|
|23rd Jan, Monday||Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti|
|26th Jan, Thursday||Republic Day|
|5th Feb, Sunday||Guru Ravidas Jayanti|
|14th Feb, Tuesday||Janki Jayanti|
|18th Feb, Saturday||Mahashivratri|
|21st Feb, Tuesday||Phulera Dooj|
|7th March, Tuesday||Holika Dahan|
|8th March, Wednesday||Holi|
|12th March, Sunday||Ranga Panchami|
|22nd March, Wednesday||Gudi Padwa|
|24th March, Friday||Gauri Puja|
|1st April, Saturday||Bank holiday|
|6th April, Thursday||Hanuman Jayanti|
|14th April, Friday||Biasakhi|
|22nd April, Saturday||Eid-Ul Fitar|
|5th May, Friday||Buddha Purnima|
|20th June, Tuesday||Jagannath Rath Yatra|
|29th June, Thursday||Eid-Ul Adha and Dussehra|
|3rd July, Monday||Guru Purnima|
|15th August, Tuesday||Independence Day|
|19th August, Saturday||Hariyali Teej|
|21st August, Monday||Nag Panchami|
|29th August, Tuesday||Onam|
|30th August, Wednesday||Raksha Bandhan|
|2nd Sept, Saturday||Kajari Teej|
|5th Sept, Tuesday||Teacher’s Day|
|7th Sept, Thursday||Janmashtami|
|18th Sept, Monday||Hartalika Teej|
|19th Sept, Tuesday||Ganesh Chaturthi|
|28th Sept, Thursday||Eid Milad|
|2nd Oct, Monday||Gandhi Jayanti|
|15th Oct, Sunday||Sharad Navratri|
|22nd Oct, Sunday||Durga Ashtmi|
|23rd Oct, Monday||Durga Mahanavmi|
|24th Oct, Tuesday||Dussehra|
|1st Nov, Wednesday||Karwa Chauth|
|5th Nov, Sunday||Ahoi Ashtami|
|10th Nov, Friday||Dhanteras|
|12th Nov, Sunday||Diwali|
|14th Nov, Tuesday||Govardhan puja, Bhai dooj|
|19th Nov, Sunday||Chhath Puja|
|23rd Nov, Thursday||Devuthhana Ekadashi|
|24th Nov, Friday||Tulsi Vivah|
|26th Nov, Sunday||Dev Diwali|
|17th Dec, Sunday||Vivah Panchami|
|25th Dec, Monday||Christmas day|
Dates may vary until the Government officially announces.
Detailed Description of Festivals in 2023 in the Indian Calendar
Indian calendar, or the Shalivahana Shaka Calendar, is used to broadcast news and events in India. It is ideally consistent with the Gregorian calendar.
Did you know?
Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist festivals using thirty different calendars.
All the calendars were based on the same principles- concerning ancient customs and astronomical practices. Muslim calendar was set apart by the Indian Government (concerning the Gregorian Calendar). The National calendar of India was made in 1957 under the calendar Reform 1957 CE. The draft was finalized and structured concerning the diverse Indian cultures and practices.
Leap years also corresponded with the Indian calendar according to the Gregorian calendar. You may see variations due to the diversity of India, but some officials remain the same statewide or nationwide. For administrative purposes, use the Gregorian calendar. You may find various regional, religious and ethnic holidays in this calendar. These are different beliefs and traditions.
For example, the festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated exclusively in North India, while the rest of the country doesn’t recognize it. You may also find a state festival native to the state. The locals also celebrate various other tribal traditions restricted to the particular tribe.
Festivals in 2023 return with the same joy and harmony as before covid. Are you planning a trip this year? Make sure to consider these holidays and target long weekends. With such diversity in India, you can ensure year-long celebrations in the country. India does not need a few months to light up! We have festivals all year, which makes the country special.
Stay protected post the covid, and it may reflect this year. Wear masks whenever you are out to travel. Stay safe, and have a great festive season this year!