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Holi

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: 20 March 2019 - 21 March 2019
Venue: Throughout the country.
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, 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: 27 October 2019 - 27 October 2019
Venue: Throughout the country
Cost:

 Free


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