Celebrating tradition

Issue 05, 2019

Celebrating tradition

India Perspectives |author

Issue 05, 2019

The vast treasure-trove of Indian traditions is often showcased as cultural highlights during local festivals. We travel around the country to experience some of the most popular festivals this season that define our cultural and yet incredibly artistic lineage


Started as livestock fair, the Pushkar Mela has grown manifold to become one of the largest and most iconic celebrations of Rajasthani traditions in India and the world. The cultural extravaganza is started off with a camel race that officially opens the various exhibitions for art and crafts, textiles and several cultural events.


Started to introduce surfing to Indian youth, the Cavelong point festival has grown to become one of the largest events for surfing and beach enthusiasts in India. Over the years, the festival has absorbed some of the best alternative sporting and cultural events like slacklining, yoga and paddle boarding.


Counted amongst India’s most iconic festivals, the Rann Utsav is an annual celebration of traditions, customs and lifestyle of the Great Rann of Kutch. Carefully crafted for visitors of all ages to understand, the festival is organised from October to February every year.


A modern day cultural fest, the Rajasthan Kabir Yatra is a traveling folk music festival that recreates the artiste’s trail from Jaipur to Jaisalmer with multiple folk musicians and singers. The festivals aims to revive the rich artistic heritage of Rajasthan by dissolving boundaries of caste, class, religion and identity.

Wangala festival

Also known as the 100-drum festival, Wangala is a post-harvest celebration to thank Misi Saljong, the sun god  for blessing the people with a rich harvest. A highlight is the 100-drum performance featuring 10 drummers from each of the 10 tribes at the festival.

Ka Pomblang Nongkrem   

Commemorating the start of the winter season, the Khasi tribe from Meghalaya assemble to celebrate the ancient five-day festival. Located just 20kms from Shillong, the Khasi village hosts the Nongkrem festival to appease Goddess Ka Blei Synshar for a bountiful harvest and continued prosperity of the people.


One of the largest celebrations in the region, the Hampi festival offers a variety of adventure sports along with cultural events like puppet shows, pomp processions and vibrant displays of local traditions. There are special events that incorporate rural sports and indigenous crafts.

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