5 Off-Beat Festivals in Winter Around India


Winter, a season with most pleasurable attire has knock into our door.   Winter is not only gratifying for her atmosphere but also it is recognized for her fairs and festivals.

There are plenty number of festivals which give us a projection of incredible India.

Here are some unconventional festivals and fairs in different parts of India which we all need to distinguish.

1.    Hornbill Festival:

Time: December 1-10

Place: Kohima, Nagaland

The Hornbill Festival is an annual celebration at NaHornbill-Festivalga Heritage Village, Kisama near Kohima. As the festival is called “Festival of Festivals”, it is a festival of amalgamation of many tribes of Nagaland and merriment of their rich culture.  This festival is portraying the local tradition of tribes with the form of art, food, sports and music. Nevertheless, this festival is undeniably a window of Nagaland.

2.    Galden Namchot:

Time: December 5

Place: LehGalden-Namchot

This festival is mainly celebrated to venerate the birthday of the Tibetan saint scholar, Tsongkhapa who was the founder of the Gelukpa School during 14th century. The main moto of this school was to preached Tibetan Buddhism. In the later years, this Gelukpa School emerged as a major and dominant monastic order in the central Tibet region. People of Ladakh have celebrated this festival with grandeur. All monasteries as well as the buildings are lightened which present a beautiful sight across Ladakh as well they are making all types of traditional dishes.

3.    Sunburn:

Time: December 27

Place: GoaSunburn

As the most happening place in India, Goa is also known for its Sunburn Festival. Sunburn is India’s as well as Asia’s most amazing EDM festival at the Vagator Beach. Spread over 3 days, the festival has multiple stages with artists playing simultaneously. This festival is a musical gathering rather than a cultural union. The absenteeism of recurrent rain showers during December is another added advantage of this festival.

4.    Perumthitta Tharavad Kottamkuzhy:

Time: December 7-16Perumthitta-Tharavad-Kottam

Place: Kerala

One of the oldest ritual art forms of Kerala, Perumthitta Tharavad Kottamkuzhy is an annual ten day Theyyam festival in Kasaragod district which is protuberant amid the Theyyam festivals originated in Kerala. This festival is a collection of about 400 dance forms which represents the mythological and historical characters in India.

5.    Rann Utsav:

Time: December 1,2015 – March 5, 2016

Place: Kutch, GujaratRann-Utsav

Featuring an array of attractions, Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is witnesses a three month long fair which is a colouful spectacle on the white desert highlighting the vibrancy of the Kutch region’s culture and heritage. The days are filled with folk dances and music, adventure sports, handicrafts, food stalls, and excursions to surrounding places.