To make the most of the November Holidays, add some festivities to your travel plans. Here is a list of the most famous Fairs and Festivals in November in India: 2016.
1.Wangala Festival- The 100 Drum Wangala Festival
When: Second week of November
Wangala Festival of Meghalaya which is also known as the “100 Drum Wangala Festival” is practiced traditionally by Garos. It is the annual harvest festival of Meghalaya and is celebrated in the honor of Misi Saljong, The Great Giver. Wangala Festival signifies the beginning of winter and also marks the end of labor in fields ushering in a period of relaxation and merry making.
One of the grandest fiestas for the folks of Meghalaya, the main attraction of the festival is the music and orchestra of long oval-shaped drums, gongs and flutes, and an ancient traditional flute made of buffalo horn. During Wangala, people young and old dress in their colourful garments and feathered headgear and dance to music.
2. NH 7 Weekender
When: All along November
Where: Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Shillong
Website : http://nh7.in/weekender
A one of a kind music festival in the country, NH 7 Weekender has only got bigger and better since its inception.
First held in 2010 in the city of Pune, NH 7 Weekender now has expended to Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata as well. The festival is an amalgamation of some of the most popular Indian and international musicians. Apart from the music, over the years, the festival has also hosted a vibrant flea market, live graffiti setups, elaborate food court, and several interesting art installations.
This year it will debut in Shillong, Meghalaya.
3. Alpashi Utsavam
When: November 18
Where: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Alpashi Festival is held at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, one of the most renowned temples in Kerala. It is an annual ritual where the deities are bathed. The procession starts from the temple and proceeds to the Shanghumugham beach.
The head of the Travancore royal family will escort the procession, bearing a sword. The procession comprises magnificently decorated elephants, mounted police and columns of armed police.
4. Pushkar Fair
When: November 8-15th, 2016
Where: Pushkar, Rajasathan
Every year Pushkar plays host to one of the world’s largest camel fair, the Pushkar Fair. This five day camel and livestock fair is a wonderful eye candy for the travellers around the world. The real action takes place at the Pushkar Lake. There is a camel race, local music, exhibitions and cultural performances.
The Pushkar Mela also offers various rides, giant Ferris wheel, hot-air ballons, camel safari, food-stalls etc. Not to be missed is the “longest moustache” competition.
One can find all kinds of people at the Pushkar Fair, be it pilgrims, foreign tourists, local traders and tribes, folk musicians and dancers, astrologers, snake charmers, artists all adding an eclectix mix to the place.
To read more about the festival, check this out! Pushkar Fair 2015
5. International Film Festival of India -IFFI
When: End of November
Goa is the permanent venue for the International film festivals and it attracts a lot of national and international film fraternity. It is a festival to appreciate film art and understand films of different cultures across the world. The film festival hosts screenings of national and international art films.
Over the years IFFI has come to be known as one of the most significant film festivals in Asia.
6. Loku Festival
When: November 25
Where: Arunachal Pradesh
Loku or Chalo Loku is the greatest festival of the Nocte tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. A harvest festival, Loku is celebrated with remarkable pomp and grandeur. The famous Chalo dances of the Noctes add much colour and grace to the Loku festival.
It is a 3 days festival which starts with a day called Phamlamja; on this day animals like pigs and buffaloes are slaughtered for meat and the village people engage in preparations for the next day.
The second day of the festival is known as Chamkatja and on this day the Noctes enable the male members of the family to become full-fledged members of the Paang (decision-making committee.
The third and final day is called Thanlangja, and on this day villagers participate in folk dances.
7. Bundi Utsav
When: November 28-30
Where: Bundi, Rajasathan
The lesser known town of Bundi located in the Hadoti district of Rajasthan comes to life during the Bundi Utsav. The Buundi festival involves traditional music, folk dance,cultural exhibitions, camel ridess, fireworks and competitions such as turban-tying. The festival also displays the artisanship of the traditional households.
In the evenings the town is lit up with diyas and prayers are offered on the banks of river Chambal.
When: 14th November
Celebrated 15 days after the festival of Diwali, Dev Deepawali in Varanasi is a celebration of light. It is observed on Kartik Purnima (full moon night of kartik month according to Hindu calendar) and happens to be on 14th November, 2016. A culmination of the Ganga Mahotsav Festival that occurs every year, Dev Diwali finds the ghats (riverbanks) of Varanasi lit up with thousands of lit earthen lamps called diyas, with more of these floated into the river. It is sight to behold and is also accompanied by elaborate Ganga Aarti and various religious and cultural events.
To read more about this festival, Check out: Dev Deepawali in Varanasi
Are you travelling this month? Here is the list of Best places to visit in November in India.