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Buddha Jayanti Festival

Buddha Jayanti celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautam Buddha in different years. Buddhist sites in Delhi, most notably the Buddha Jayanti Park, celebrate with prayer meetings and colourful events. Gautam Buddha, also known as the enlightened one, is believed to be the creator and first practitioner of Buddhism. Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Purnima is a major festival for the Buddhist community across South East Asia. On this day, mortal remains of Buddha are also brought out for public viewing by the National Museum in Delhi.

Date: 19 March 2019 - 19 March 2019
Venue: Buddha Jayanti Park.
Cost:

Free.


Holi

Hindu festival of harvest and fertility when the streets of Delhi are overrun with people bombarding each other (and stray tourists) with brightly coloured powder and water. The event begins the previous night, when bonfires (holikas) are lit all over the city to symbolise the victory of good over evil – and on these effigies of the demon Holika are burned. The day itself is marked with general feasting and celebration.

Date: 21 March 2019 - 21 March 2019
Venue: Throughout the country.
Website: http://www.holifestival.org
Cost:

Free.


Ramanavami

This hindu festival celebrates the birth of Lord Rama with processions, music, readings, and re-enactments of scenes from the Ramayana. Less exuberant than Holi, it's nevertheless a significant event in the Hindu year, and there is plenty for the observer to see, including the parades with effigies of Rama, who is supposedly the seventh incarnation of Visnhu.

Date: 14 April 2019 - 14 April 2019
Venue: Throughout the country.
Cost:

Free.


Mango Festival

Two-day festival celebrating the ubiquitous Indian mango fruit with quizzes, competitions, mango tasting and over 400 varieties of the fruit on display. India is one of the world's biggest producers of mangoes, and during this event in Delhi, the Dilli Haat, which is constructed in the form of a traditional market place with a host of people selling arts, crafts and speciality foodstuffs, is turned over almost exclusively to the humble fruit, in its many shapes and forms.

Date: 09 July 2019 - 10 July 2019
Venue: Dilli Haat Market.
Cost:

Nominal admission charge.


Raksha Bandhan

Festival dedicated to brothers and sisters. Sisters tie bracelets, known as rakhi (holy threads), around their brothers’ wrists and brothers reciprocate with gifts of sweets. The event is mostly associated with northern India, and involves considerable movement of people throughout Delhi – extra public transport is laid on to cope with the rush. It coincides with the full moon of the Hindu month of Shravan.

Date: 15 August 2019 - 15 August 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Website: http://www.raksha-bandhan.com/
Cost:

Free.


Independence Day

This national holiday commemorates India's independence from British rule on 15 August 1947. In the capital, it focuses on Delhi's spectacular Red Fort and features ceremonial speeches and flag-hoisting by the India Prime Minister, following which a major procession takes place from the fort. Elsewhere in the city, numerous cultural and public events also mark the day.

Date: 15 August 2019 - 15 August 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.


Janmashtami

Another important Hindu festival, Krishna Janmashtami, to give it its full name, marks the birth of Krishna, avatar of the deity Vishnu. At the beginning of the day, the people of Delhi take ritual baths at dawn, then make their way to the brightly decorated temples dotted around the city. Mass visits to the major temples, particularly the ISKCON temple on Hare Krishna Hill and Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, are the focal point of the festival.

Date: 24 August 2019 - 24 August 2019
Venue: Throughout the country, but most ostentatiously at Lakshmi Narayan Mandir.
Website: http://www.krishnatemple.com/janmashtami
Cost:

Free.


Navratri

The nine-day Hindu Festival of Nine Lights celebrates the goddess Durga with dances, song and worship. It's one of the holiest of Hindu festivals, the belief being that Durga purifies the minds of her devotees, banishing evil thoughts and granting true knowledge. Towards the end of the nine days, obeisance is paid to young girls, who are believed to be manifestations of the goddess – and in Delhi the event culminates in a festival of dance known as 'Dandiya'.

Date: 29 September 2019 - 08 October 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.


Diwali

The five-day Festival of Lights is the most important and pan-Indian of Hindu festivals, also marked by Jainists and Sikhs. It is celebrated by giving gifts, lighting fireworks and burning butter and oil lamps to lead Lord Rama home after his 14-year exile. It's a spectacular and colourful time in the Delhi calendar and well worth being around to witness, as the city dons a particularly festive appearance.

Date: 27 October 2019 - 27 October 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Website: http://www.diwalifestival.org
Cost:

Free.


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