Indian Festivals

“Festivals are the oxygen in the Society”

December is the last and final month of the year having a length of 31 days. Whether it’s the festive lights and snow of Christmas or the New Year eve prep, every moment of this month brings merriment, cheerfulness and delight. It infuses the spark of festivity and it’s the month of holiday season when festivals are celebrated together with family and friends. It’s the precious time to exchange gifts, taste delicacies, make travel plans (national and international locations) and welcome the upcoming coming New Year 2020. It’s the month when overworked brains need a break by working less and inhale the pure oxygen of celebrations, ecstasy and freedom from sedentary lifestyle.

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Festivals in December 2019:
India is one of the diversified countries having thousands of cultural festivals throughout the year. When it comes to the festivals celebrated in the month of December, the first festival which strikes our mind is the Christmas with carols, Santa, cakes and gifts. No doubt, December is a home to some of the fascinating, fun-loving festivals which will drive you crazy and tenders you an experience that will stay in the memory forever. Apart from these there is plethora of festivals in December to celebrate and enjoy having a memorable time. It’s the time when India gets live and will give you the fusion of electrical, classical, modern and culture events. To experience these festivals of India celebrated in various cities, get your tickets confirm and check train schedule online through RailRestro App for an easy planned journey. So, here are some of the thought- provoking festivals which will give you insane experience and Goosebumps like never before.

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Dastkar Winter Mela 2019
Date: December 12th – 23rd December 2019
Where it is celebrated: Kisan Haat, Andheria Modh, Anuvrat Marg, Chattarpur, and South Delhi.
Price: Free Entry
Service: Craft and tradition work promotion

India is a country which is well-known for its aesthetic crafts and ethnic aesthetic work piece. New Delhi, the Capital of India, welcomes art and craft work across globe. In the month of December, the city celebrates the Dastkar Winter Mela and promotes a high level of craft work in association with Delhi tourism. It is one of the festivals dedicated to the large group of craftspeople. It is the way to improving the economic status and promoting traditional craft. Its thirteen days of festival with chilly winter ambience, handmade craft, winter material and many more. The festival offers some of the vibrant products of India from where you can buy: Kullu and Kinnauri fleece shawls from Himachal Pradesh, Kutch shawls, stole and wraps by a few master weavers from the Vankar people group.

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You can also add these attires in your collection such as Bandhani and shibori silk, ultra soft pashmina, chanderi saree and related to some of the cozy apparel like coats, scarves, mittens, socks, sweater, top, gloves and many more. In 2019, the festivals attraction will be on the Kashmiri items like: Pashmina Shawls, beaten Namda floor covers, conventional gems, pieces of clothing, stoles and saris in Ari and Sozni weaving and energetic weaved packs and adornments. One can also buy the popular kashmiri Saffron, nuts and dry organic products. The festival also work as platform for the large number of craft group peoples and has supported more than 300 Lambani tribal families. So, get ready for this festival make your wardrobe collection more vibrant.

Chennai Music Festival (Madras Music Season)
Date: Mid December (14th) to mid-January (17th)
Where: The Music Academy Madras hosts the most notable events.
Price: Rates for season tickets are INR.15600, INR 13300, INR 5200 and INR 1800. Individual tickets are available on the day of concert.

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If you are a soul that loves music and dance, then it is the best time to feel the beats and steps of South Indian music on which the entire Chennai and Tamil Nadu hauls. Chennai Music Festival is a festival truly dedicated to the South Indian classical music and dance. Every year, the festival commences on 14th December and continues till January, celebrated with great enthusiasm. It is organized at numbers of venue and celebrated throughout the city. The festival was found in 1927 to spotlight the soul of the Carnatic classical music and classical dance. It is one of the largest cultural events where more than 2000 famous participants and over 300 concerts are arranged.

Hot Air Balloon Festival (Karnataka)
When: Entire December
Where: Hampi, Mysore, and Bidar

If you love adventure and passionate enough to fly high in the sky, then hot air balloon festival is waiting for you. This year end; celebrate your traveling spree with an amazing experience in mid of the blue clouds along with an ariel view of the city. The hot air balloon ride will take you higher and make you feel close to the sunset view. It is the best way to experience the alluring skies with the picturesque views of sun in the sky. It gives a relaxed and peaceful moment that appeals to everyone. The best preferred time for the hot air balloon ride is during sunset and sunrise. It is a visual treat for the eyes to gaze at bright and colorful hot air balloon moving swiftly in the sky.


Every year, it is organized by Karnataka Tourism on same time to promote aero sport. This year, the Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place across some of the alluring location of Karnataka which are Hampi, Mysore, and Bidar. There’re certified operators and agencies that conduct the trip with strict safety protocols and ensure the number of the passengers doesn’t exceed the prescribed weight limit.

Sunburn Festival: Goa
When:Expected date 27th December to 29th December
Where:Vagator, Goa
Ticket Price:
Early Entry fee –INR 2000
1 day general access passes for INR 3000
VIP passes for INR 5000
NRI Passes for INR 2750 onwards

If your soul is deeply connected to music, dance and concerts; then the Sunburn festival is all set to welcome you with immense zeal. You can’t stop your body moving from single beat as Sunburn is the Asia’s biggest EDM (Electronic Dance Music) held every year in December. It defines the music tourism in India which started in 2007 and became a part of lifestyle of Goans. However, today it is celebrated as a grand festival welcoming the New Year eve. Sunburn music festival is a world class line up of DJs who perform at the festival are Afrojack, DJ Snake Andrew Rayel, Tiesto, Mark Knight, Quintino, Pete Tong, James Zabiela Josh Wink, Shermanology, Chuckie and Goldfish.


Apart from dance beats and lights, there are food, shopping, drinks and many more reasons to come to this festival. The festival also holds some interesting workshop during the pre- event hours. The festival also give chance to attain different types of workshop such as Puppet Workshop, Kite Workshop, Dream Catcher Workshop, Drum workshop and workshop for teaching musical instrument.

Ranthambore Music Festival
When: 27th December to 29th December
Where: Naharghar, Ranthambore
Ticket Price: INR 2000 onwards

Events to be held during Ranthambore Festival:

  • Folk music performance
  • Wildlife film screenings
  • Food festival
  • Yoga workshops
  • Traditional craft market


Over 2 nights and 3 days, the Ranthambore music festival is celebrated every year. The festival is arranged with a vision to:

  • Promote Artistic Tradition: Arts and crafts have different forms. Some of them get extinct from passage of time.The Ranthambore festival gives a platform for the artisans to promote the dying artistic forms and make it prevalent in the society.
  • Extraordinary Music: As we know that music heals our soul, this festival arranges a music folk which are extraordinary. Apart from traditional music, this beautiful place provides a music mix of every genre.
  • Majestic wildlife of India: Ramthambore national park is famous for its wildlife. It’s the best venue in India to explore wildlife along with flora and fauna.

As India is a colorful and culture country which offers wide range of festivals every month and December is one of them. So, get ready to experience some of the great festivals this winter and welcome the New Year with utmost zeal and fervor.

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Author: Anita Raj

Anita is a passionate writer and loves to travel. Currently, she is a part of RailRestro working as a content writer.