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The five-day Festival of Lights is the most important and pan-Indian of Hindu festivals, also marked by Jainists and Sikhs, and is celebrated by offering gifts, lighting fireworks, and burning butter and oil lamps. It's a spectacular and colourful time in the Kolkata calendar, and well worth being around to witness.

Date: 19 October 2017 - 19 October 2017
Venue: Throughout the country


Durga Puja

The biggest festival in Kolkata. There's festive food, music, fireworks and the making (and later, immersion) of idols of the Hindu goddess Durga. The festival primarily involves the worship of the Hindu Goddess Durga, and her husband Shiva, but it has grown into a spectacular festival of art and Hindu culture in addition to its religious significance.

Date: 10 November 2017 - 17 November 2017
Venue: Throughout the city.

Kolkata Film Festival

India's second longest-established film festival (it has been running for 17 years), the Kolkata event has grown into a truly international occasion, showcasing film from all over the world. All genres are featured, from childrens' films to the best of Indian cinema and major overseas productions of all types.

Date: 10 November 2017 - 17 November 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various cinemas.

Dover Lane Music Conference

An Indian classical music festival held every January at Nazrul Mancha, a large open air auditorium in the south of the city. It takes place every year, and draws large crowds. It takes its name from its original location in the city centre.

Date: 22 January 2018 - 26 January 2018
Venue: Nazrul Mancha (Rabindra Sarovar Park).


Celebrated on the 13th night of the month of Maagha, which is the night before the new moon, according to the Hindu calendar, Maha Shivrarti (the Great Night of Shiva) involves fasting, a number of ritualised celebrations and penances. The spectacle can be observed at and around any of the many Hindu temples in the city.

Date: 13 February 2018 - 14 February 2018
Venue: Throughout the



Celebrates the onset of spring with general merrymaking including face painting and throwing coloured water on others. For Bengalis, the day has even greater significance, because it also marks the birthday of a local saint, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The parades focus on a large decorated statue of Krishna.

Date: 01 March 2018 - 02 March 2018
Venue: Throughout the country.


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