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Music Group India is a country of FESTIVALS and celebrations. Food is an important part of any celebratory occasion or commemorative event. Every festival has some special dish which is cooked in the homes.The flavour of each is accentuated by the dishes that are closely associated with it.
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Esthetically Festivals are a poetry of arts and crafts, and encourage the latent talents of people.
Emotionally Festivals lend joy and zest to the monotony of life, providing entertainment and enrichment through discourses and seminars, music and melodies, dances and rhythms of a meaningful life.
Socially Festivals bring man closer to man in peaceful understanding. Social harmony is nourished as people of different nationalities, races, religions and backgrounds come together to share their joys and delights.
Morally Festivals promote better life. Guiding masses away from drugs & addictions, hatred & violence, they nourish the values of service, sacrifice, discipline, unity & cooperation - restoring man's moral dignity
Culturally Festivals retrace old traditions and strengthen our cultural roots by providing deeper insights.
Spiritually Festivals inspire and consolidate faith in God. An atmosphere of purity and prayers elevate the soul and helps generate a feeling of universal brotherhood, inter-religious harmony and personal piety

Indian Festivals Date for the Year 2017

Festival Date-Day Importance Food Restaurant

04 Jan
Sun
ID-E-Milad

The prophet was born on the twelfth day of the third month of the Muslim year and his death anniversary also falls on the same date. During the twelve days of sickness of the Prophet which ended in his death, sermons are delivered in mosques. Also a ceremony "Sandal Rite" is performed over the symbolic foot-prints of the Prophet in stone

Badam Firni
Nawabi Biryani
Seviyan
Sufi Malpua
Mutton Korma
Salam Bombay Vancouver Mumbai
Vancouver
Canada

gurugobind 05 Jan
THU
Guru
Gobind
Singh
Jayanti

Celebrated by the Sikhs, the birthday of their tenth and last guru. It witnesses? large processions and special prayer gatherings at all Gurudwaras. Guru Gobind Singh gained great stature as both Saint and soldier a leader of firm spiritual principles and intense devotion to God. His fearless dedication to protecting all people from oppression and injustice through the practice of Kshatradharma

Kheer
Dry Fruit Halwa
Gobinda Hamburg germany
Hamburg
Germany

Lohri 13 Jan
FRI
Lohri

Lohri celebrates fertility and the spark of life. puja, involving parikrama (rotating) around the fire, symbolizes a prayer to Agni, the spark of life, for abundant crops and prosperity. Lohri is a joyous celebration, prasad of til, gazak, gur, moongphali, phuliya and popcorn, singing songs and share the warmth with family

Ganee Ki Kheer
Coconut
Dry Fruit Chikki
Gajak
Dhaba Edinburgh UK
Edinburgh
UK

Patang 14 Jan
SAT
Makar
Sankranti

On Jan 14 the sun enters the rashi Capricorn. This is known as Makar Sankranti. Sankranti means the entry of the sun from one zodiac to another. Adults, children, even aged men and women, spiritedly fly kites all day. Kites dot sky

Til Ladoo
Murmure Chikki
Sankranti India Singapore Oman
Singapore
Oman

Pongal 14 Jan
SAT
Pongal

A three-day harvest festival, one of the most joyful events in the South. Newly harvested rice is ceremonially cooked and cows and bullocks are gaily decorated and fed and are led out in procession to the beat of drums and music.

Pongal
Aval Payasam
Bisibele Bhath
Pongal Billerica USA
Billerica
USA

Bihu Dance Assam
14-15 Jan
FRI-SAT
Magh Bihu
Bhogali Bihu
Assam

Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu (derived from the word 'Bhoga' meaning eating or enjoyment) is celebrated when harvesting is over. On the eve of Bihu day, called "Uruka", women prepare rice cakes. The significant part of this day is the building of 'Meji' and feasting at night. Whole night is spent in feasting, merry - making dancing and singing

Rice Cake
(Pitha)
Laru
assam Hollywood USA
Hollywood
USA

India Republic 26 Jan
THU
Republic
Day

January 26 marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution in 1950 and is India's National Day. Celebrations in the State capitals are colourful. The celebrations in New Delhi, a magnificent parade of the armed forces and civilians, is followed by an impressive cultural pageant and a colourful folk-dance festival.

Boondi Ladoo
Milk Burfi
Rasagulla
Gulab Jamun
Mother India Oslo Norway
Oslo
Norway

Vasant Panchmi 01 Feb
WED
Vasant
Panchami

Vasant Panchami is a festival that worships Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music and art. It signifie s the beginning of Vasant Ritu (spring season). It is a festival of colour, marking the change from the sombre, dark and cold winter to the pleasant and warm spring. Spring stands for regeneration.

Milk Sweets
Boondi Ladoo
Sweet Rice
Kheer Malpua
vasanta bhavan dubai doha london
London
Dubai
Doha

Maha Shivratri
24 Feb
FRI
Shivaratri

Colours vie with each other in the fairs on shores and riverbeds, to which thousands of pilgrims flock. For the Smartas, the time has come for the making of holy ash, but for the rest, it is an expression of their desire to join with Shiva

Sabudana Wada
Sweet Potato
Rajgira
Shiva Houston USA
Houston
USA


12 Mar
SUN
Holi
13 Mar
MON
Dhuleti

Holi The most boisterous of all Hindu festivals, observed all over the North. It heralds the end of winter. Men, women and children revel in throwing coloured powder and squirting coloured water on each other. Greetings and sweets are exchanged.

Bhang, Thndai
Jalebi
Gujiya, Paprichat
Dahi Vada
Rang Mahal Singapore
Singapore

Shivaji
15 Mar
WED
Shivaji
Jayanti

Birthday of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is celebrated in Maharasthra as Shivaji Jayanti. He laid the foundation of a Hindu empire. Shivaji has been a source of inspiration and pride for generations for his courage and military acumen

Potato Wada
Til Ladoo
ITC Maratha Mumbai India
Mumbai
India

Parsee Cap 20 Mar
MON
Khardad
Sal

The birth anniversary of the Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroaster), who was born at the beginning of the first millennium BC. It is one of the most important Parsee festivals

Dhan Shak
Brown Rice
Chapat
Popatji
Parsi Recipes
Yugadi
28 mar
TUE
(Ugadi)

The end of winter and beginning of spring is an eternal symbol of new life. Ugadi, while representing this, also has the sanction of both religion and science.

Burfi
Payasam
mango Rice
Bisi Bela
Ugadi Recipes
Recipes

Gudi Padwa
28 Mar
TUE
Gudi
Padwa

The Hindu Year begins on first day of the month of Chaitra, Shuddha Pratipada". New Year is celebrated in different states of India, Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Gudi Padava in Maharashtra. The Sindhis celebrate it as Cheti chand. The Prasad of neem leaves and jaggery is common to all the three.

Gol Papdi
Soonth Pank
Chana Usal
Gudi Padwa Recipes
Recipes

Cheti Chand
29 Mar
WED
Cheti Chand

Cheti Chand is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month known as Chet in Sindhi. Celebrates the festival of Cheti Chand in honour of the birth of Ishtadeva Uderolal, popularly known as Jhulelal, the Patron Saint of the Sindhis

Tahedi SweetRice
Juwar JoDodho
Aloo Tuk
Sindhi Recipes
Recipes

Ram Sita Laxman
05 Apr
WED
Ram
Navmi

Lord Ramachandra incarnated on Chaitra sud 9 at 12 noon and established Dharma and the ideals of character, worth emulating by mankind. "Wherever four Hindus live, Rama and Sita will be there" so said Swami Vivekananda

Gol Keri Sai ram Appleton USA
Appleton USA

Mahavir 09 Apr
SUN
Mahavir
Jayanti

Mahavir Jayanti is special in Gujarat and Rajasthan. The ancient Jain shrines at Girnar and Palitana, attract a large number of Jains. The festival is also celebrated at Parasnath temple in Calcutta, the place where Mahavira got enlightenment, and Pawapuri in Bihar. In Shravanabelagola, Karnataka, attracts pilgrims

Raab
Shrikhand
Moong
Mahaveer Ooty India
Munnar India
Hanuman 11 Apr
TUE
Hanuman
Jayanti

In order to destroy Ravan Vishnu took birth as Rama. At the same time Brahmadev commanded all the gods, gandharvas and rishis to take birth (avatar) to help Rama. So all the gods and goddesses and rishimunis took avatar in the form of "vanaras" (monkeys). The avatar of Vayu (wind) was Hanuman, cleverest and the most powerful. He had the ability of flying with the speed of the eagle.

  Hanuman Darvin Aliceprings Cairns Aus
Cairns Darwin Alice Spings Aus

Cross 14 Apr
FRI
Good
Friday

After a period of rejoicing over the birth of Christ, His followers observe a time of penance and fasting. This period, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Good Friday, is known as Lent. Jesus taught the need of prayer and fasting to overcome the Evil One. A day of prayer and penance, the bells of the churches remain silent.

Baked Clams
Buns Fish
Potato Cakes
Cheese Pie
Good Friday Recipes
Recipes
Baisakhi
14 Apr
FRI
Baisakhi

The Hindu Solar New Year Day. People bathe in rivers and go to temples to offer puja (worship). Baisakhi is of special significance to the Sikhs. On this day in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh organised them into the 'Khalsa', brotherhood of man. farmers start harvesting on this day with great fanfare. Villagers perform the 'Bhangra' folk-dance

Makkeki Roti
Sarsokasag
Choley Bhature
Kheer
Bhangra London UKk
London UK

Tamil New Year
14 Apr
FRI
Tamil
New Year
Puthandu

This is an auspicious occasion for Tamilians. People exchange greetings by wishing “Puthandu Vazthukal??Happy New Year, with great passion. According to Hindu Mythology, this is the day on which Lord Brahma (the creator of the universe) started the creation of the world

Maanga Pachadi Dakshin Orlando USA
Orlando USA

Bihu Dance Assam
15-16 Apr
SAT-SUN
Bohag Bihu
Rangali Bihu
Assam

Dance Festival of Merriment marks the beginning of the New Year, the seeding time. Group of young boys and girls, dancing with drums beats and pipes. Womenfolk clean the clothes and prepare special Bihu delicacies. Menfolk collect necessary items like 'Tara Pogha' (ropes for the cattle)

Chira
Pitha
Assam Trowbridge UK
Trowbridge UK

Buddha 10 May
WED
Buddha
Purnima

Buddha Jayanti One of the greatest spiritual teachers of mankind which Bharat has produced is undoubtedly, Buddha. Marks the birth and enlightenment of Buddha.

Milk Sweets Buddha Warsaw poland
Warsaw

Ramzan
25 Jun
SUN
Id Ul
Fitter

Celebrates the end of Ramzan, the Muslim month of fasting. It is an occasion of feasting and rejoicing. The faithful gather in mosques to pray; friends and relatives meet to exchange greetings

Biryani
Haleem
Sheer Khurma
Badam Firni
Ramadan Burnsvile USA
Ramadan Sutton UK

Guru Puja
31 Jul
Fri
Guru
Purnima

A festival with a truly spiritual meaning and relevance, Guru Purnima celebrates the might of one's teacher or guru through respect and reverence

Bundi Ladoo Guru Copenhagen Denmark
Copenhagen Denmark

Rakhi
07 Aug
MON
Raksha
Bandhan

The Rakhi festival or Raksha Bandhan has a special significance in hearts of brothers and sisters. The silken thread of Rakhi symbolizes the love between siblings. The Rakhi Festival symbolizes all aspects of protection of the good from evil forces.

Burfi
Ladoo
Malpua<
Kaju Katli
Rakhi Newcastle upon tyne UK
Newcastle upon Tyne

Coconut 07 Aug
MON
Nariyeli
Purnima

On the full moon day of Sravan is celebrated the Narli Purnima to appease the fury of the Sea-god Varuna. It also marks the end of monsoon. Observed by fishermen. They offer coconut to the sea on this day

Coconut Ladoo
Coconut Barfi
Coconut Lagoon London UKk
London UK

Nag Panchami 12 Aug
SAT
Naga
Panchami

It is on the fifth day of the bright half of the Shravan that Naga Panchami, or the festival of snakes, is celebrated

Khichadi
Nagas Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur

Independance Day 15 Aug
TUE
Indepen-
dence Day

August 15 marks the anniversary of Independence in 1947 and is celebrated with due solemnity. The national flag is hoisted and the occasion marked as a day of dedication

Mawa Sweets Red Fort London UKk
London UK

Janmastami 15 Aug
MON
Krishna
Janmastami

The birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, the incarnation of Vishnu and the author of the Bhagavad Gita , is observed all over. It is celebrated at Mathura and Brindavan where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. Night-long prayers are offered and religious hymns are sung in temples. Scenes are enacted from Lord Krishna's early life

Shrikhand
Seedai
Curd Matho
Potato
Govindas Brisbane Aus
Brisbane Aus

Patrti 17 Aug
THU
Pateti
Parsee
New Year

Parsi New Year Day. It goes back to the time of ancient Persia and how the kings of Persia celebrated their own and nature's glory and springtime. They don their traditional kustis and caps made of gold and silver brocade and visit the fire temple(agiary), to perform a thanksgiving or Jashan.

Dhan Shak
Brown Rice
Pudding
Falooda
Jumjojii Mumbai India
Mumbai India

Ganesh Chaturthi 25 Aug
FRI
Ganesh
Chaturthi

Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati is widely worshipped as the munificent god of wisdom

Modak
Peda
Ladoo
Ganesh Stuttgart Germany
Stuttgart Germany

Bakri Idd
02 sep
SAT
Bakr-Id

The feast of Bakr-Id is an occasion to give and to sacrifice. It is a day to thank the Almighty for one's good fortune and to share it with the less fortunate brethren.

Biryani
Kabab
Ghost
Kheer
Bakra Eid Recipes
India

Onam 04 Sep
MON
Onam

Kerala's most popular festival, celebrated with great enthusiasm, it is primarily a harvest festival. The most exciting part of the festival is the snake-boat race held at several places in the palm-fringed lagoons.

Avial
Murukku
Appam
Payasam
Injithair
Onam London UKk
London UK

Sri Ganesh 05 Sep
TUE
Anant
Chaturdashi

The 14th day of the bright half of Bhadrapad is the day of the immersion of Ganpati. The installed Murti's of Lord Ganpati are taken to a lake, river or a sea in great processions to be immersed in the waters. Thus Lord Ganesha is departed, only to be welcomed the next year with equal excitement.

  Ganesha Cologne Germany
Cologne Germany

Navaratri
21 Sep
THU
29 Sep
FRI
Navaratri

Navratri festival commences on the 1st day of Aso till the 9th. Devotees celebrate the victory of Lord's Shakti - power, over evil. There are several names attached to this Shakti, such as Amba, Ambica, Bhavani, Chamunda and Durga. Festival of Dance, Dandia Raas and Garba around Goddess Amba

Sabudana Vada
Singh Burfi
Kela Kofta
Aloo Khichdi
Amba Hale UK
Hale UK
Durga 27 Sep
WED
Durga
Puja

Durga Puja , the festival of Bengalis is the worship of 'Shakti'or the divine power. Most of the religious celebrations in the world have legends surrounding them. Images of Goddess Durga are worshipped for four days and, on the last day, taken out in a procession and immersed in a river or the sea.

Aloo Posto
Chola Dal
Sondesh
Patishapt
Payesh
Fish Paturi
Durga Seoul South Korea
Seoul SouthKorea

Dusshera 30 Sep
SAT
Dusshera

It symbolises the triumph of good over evil. In the North, 'Ram Lila' recitations and music recall the life of the legendary hero, Rama. Large fire cracker--stuffed effigies of Ravana, symbolising evil, explode to the cheers of thousands of spectators. In Karnataka, Dussehra is celebrated with magnificent pomp and pageantry.

Malpua
Gulab Jamun
Rasgoola
Gol Papdi
Jalebi
Rams Harrow UK
Harrow UK

Muharram 01 Oct
SUN
Moharram

Moharram, or the sacred month, marks the beginning of the Muslim year.

Kheer
Chiken
Dry Fruit Halwa
Khans London UKk
London UK

Gandhiji 02 Oct
MON
Gandhi
Jayanti

The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. Special prayers are offered at the Gandhi Samadhi at Rajghat, Delhi and celebrations are held all over the countr

  Gandhi Vienna Aistria
Hamburgh Germany

Assam Festival
Mid Oct
Kati Bihu
Kangali Bihu
Assam

Celebrated at the time when paddy seedlings begin to grow. In the evenings, offerings are made to the 'Tulsi' plant. Little earthen lamps ('Diyas') are lighted at its feet and puja's are offered to God for improved yield of crops

Pitha assam Hollywood USA
Trowbridge UK

Sharad Purnima
05 Oct
THU
Sharad
Purnima

The Full Moon Night of the month of Aswin is known as the Sharad Purnima or Ras Purnima.T his is the night when Krishna would play the Ras Leela the entire night. The Bhagvad Gita, is recited throughout the night, and the devotees observing a fast keep awake through the night. Young women may undertake the fast considering Krishna as their consort.

Ghari
Milk Burfi
Sutarfeni
Chandni Newark USA
Newark USA

Karva Chauth
08 Oct
SUN
Karva
Chauth

Hindu married women observe a fast on Krishna Chaturthi of Kartik (October-November) for the welfare of the husband, his health and long life. The fast is a rigourousone as the wife does not ven drink water on this dya. In the evening, all married women, dressed in gorgeous wedding garments and jewellery, undertake worship. As the moon rises, they bow down at the feet of their husbands. The fast is broken only after seeing the moon.

Carrot Halwa
Vermicilli Kheer
Rice Kheer
Dum Aloo
Aloo Tikki
Badam Puri
Karva Chauth Recipes
India

Laxmi
17 Oct
TUE
Dhan
Teras

Worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and fireworks and festivities are an essential part of the occasion. The sentiment underlying Lakshmi pujan is that the Lakshmi-'wealth' we have acquired is ultimately the result of God's grace.

Lapsi
Kansar
Motichoor ladoo
Gujia
Malpua
Laxmi Lausanne Switzerland
Lausanne Switzerland

Puja 18 Oct
WED
Kali
Chaudas

This festival occurs on Aso vad 14, also known as 'Narak Chaturdashi' because Lord Krishna vanquished Narkaasur. Devotees pray and ofter pujan to Hanumanji to remove inauspiciousness and fear of evil spirits. Worship of Kali Mata

Kheer
BaSundi
Rabdi
Burfi
Kali Chaudas Recipe
India

Diwali 19 Oct
THU
Diwali

The festival of lights is one of the most beautiful of Indian festivals. It comes 21 days after Dussehra and celebrates the return of Rama to Ayodhya after his 14-year exile. Countless flickering oil lamps and lights are lit in houses all over the country making it a night of enchantment.

Karanj
ShakkarPare
Gujhia
Ras Malai
Dhal Vada
Diwali Dublin Ireland
Dublin Ireland

New year 20 Oct
FRI
Hindu
New Year

'Nutan Varsh' literally means 'dawn of the New Year', also called 'Bestu Varsh'. The Hindu New Year's day, of the Vikram era is Kartik sud 1. This auspicious day represents joy and happiness during the whole year.

Vermicilli Kheer
Carrot Halwa
Khandvi
Patra
Diya Amsterdam netherlands
Amsterdam Netherlands

Rangoli
21 Oct
SAT
Bhaibeej
Bhai Duj

The day is celebrated by all the sections of Hindu society as the day dedicated to love of sister for her brothers.

Basundi
Shrikhand
Ghughra
Dhokla
Rangoli Newyork USA
Newyork USA
Chatpuja
26 Oct
THU
Chhath Puja

Chhath is an ancient Hindu festival dedicated to the Hindu Sun God, Surya, The Sun, considered the god of energy and of the life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath fesival to promote well-being, prosperity and progress..

kaddu-bhat
channa dal
arwa chawal
Rasiao-kheer
Deea London UKk
London UK

Guru Nanak 04 Nov
SAT
Guru
Nanak
Jayanti

Also known as 'Gurupurab', it is the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak who founded the Sikh faith. For two days and nights preceding the festival, the 'Granth Sahib' (Holy Book) is read and on the day of the festival, taken out in a grand procession.

Jalebi
Sweet Khichadi
Gur Ka Langar Recipes

01 Dec
FRI
ID-E-Milad

The prophet was born on the twelfth day of the third month of the Muslim year and his death anniversary also falls on the same date. During the twelve days of sickness of the Prophet which ended in his death, sermons are delivered in mosques. Also a ceremony "Sandal Rite" is performed over the symbolic foot-prints of the Prophet in stone

Firni
Biryani
Seviyan
Malpua
Mutton Korma
Salam Bombay Vancouver Mumbai
Vancouver
Canada

Christmas 25 Dec
MON
Christmas

Celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike with special enthusiasm. The bigger cities like Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta wear a festive look as Christmas bazaars and festivities are organised

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Cake
Candy
Cookies
Chicken
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Recipes


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