Delhi's live and colorful religious and cultural diversity, several
events are held in the city throughout the year. Being the capital of
India, several national events such as Republic Day, Independence Day
and Gandhi Jayanti are celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm in
Delhi. The Republic Day Parade, held on 26 January, the day India
became a republic, is a large cultural and military parade showcasing
India's cultural diversity and military might. Every year on 15
August, the day India achieved independence from Britain, the Prime
Minister of India addresses the nation on Delhi Fort.
popularity of these national events is rivaled by Hindu religious and
cultural festivals like Durga Puja, Diwali, Holi, Lohri, and
Shivratri and Muslim festivals like Eid and Bakrid. Diwali, also
known as Deepavali, is by far the most popular cultural and religous
festival in Delhi during which millions of Hindus and Sikhs lit
traditional lamps, known as diyas and make rangolis, a colorful
pattern drawn on floor. Fireworks is also an integral part of Diwali
festivities. Buddha Jayanti, a festival celebarating the birth of
Gautama Buddha is also a popular festival in Delhi.
other famous events such as Kite Flying Festival, International Mango
Festival and Basant Panchami or Spring Festival are held every year in
Delhi. The Qutub Festival is a cultural event organized by Delhi
Tourism Department every year in October during which performances of
musicians and dancers from all over India are showcased at night, with
the 12th-century Qutub Minar as the chosen backdrop of the event.
as multicultural society celebrates all Indian festivals with great
gusto including Diwali, Dussehra, Id or Christmas as aslo the
festivals typical to the different states. Local festivals include
Republic Day (26th January):
A splendid parade along the city's main avenue, Rajpath,
commemorates the day India became a republic. Marching soldiers, brass
bands, tanks and armoury, the colourful camel corps folk dancers,
shool children, colourful floats and an Air Force fly-past together
make in the most spectacular event of the year.
Beating the Retreat (29th January):
A marvellous spectacle of marching bands from the armed forces, is
set against the imposing backdrop of the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the
Secretariats and the setting sun.
Tourism Festival (February):
Held at the Talkatora Gardens, the festival is an annual
hourticultural extravaganza with a colourful display of flowers,
exotic plants, cultural events etc.
Kund Mela (February):
The popular Crafts Fair held at Suraj Kund (15 km) is set in a
rural ambience, with folk dance, music and food from the different
International Mango Festival (July):
The festival is didicated to the favourite Indian fruit, the
Phoolwalon ki Sair (Oct.):
A marvellous flower seller's festival that originated in the 16th
century. Beautiful floral fans, taken in procession at Mehrauli are
blessed at the shrine of the Sufi Saint Kwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki
and at the Hindu Temple of Jogmaya.
It is a cultural event held in the magical setting of the Qutab