Summer brings not only India with scorching heat but also many vibrant festivals that make the country enjoy.
Summer festivals in India paint the country with millions of vibrant colors attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world.
The following list of summer festivals in India tells you about some of the popular festivals celebrated during summer in India.
While some festivals celebrate the cultures of different regions, others allow you to immerse yourself in religious colors.
Here is a list of summer festivals in India with dates in 2022 for each of the festivals featured in this blog.
- Chithirai Festival
- Moatsu Festival
- Mount Abu Summer Festival
- Ooty Flower Festival
- Yercaud Summer Festival
- Shimla Festival
- Sikkim Summer Festival
- Hemis Summer Festival
1. Gangaur : Summer Festivals in India
It begins the day after Holi and sees the devotees of Goddess Gauri with magnificence and breathtaking majesty for 16-18 days.
If you find yourself in Rajasthan during Gangaur, experience splendid processions, Rajasthani folk music, dancing, puppet shows, sumptuous eateries and amazing fireworks.
Gangaur Key Attractions: Puppet show and folk dances like Kalbelia Dance
Gangaur festival date: 18th March – 4th April
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2. Baisakhi : Summer Festivals in India
Baisakhi or Vaisakhi is one of the colorful festivals celebrated in summer in India. The farmers dress up in colorful new dresses, cook delicious food, and celebrate this new beginning with traditional dance and music, featuring scenes of farming, wrestling, and fairs.
Sikhs celebrate Baisakhi as a collective celebration of the “Khalsa Brothers” founded by the 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. Members of the Sikh community celebrate this auspicious occasion with prayers.
Holy prayer, cook kara prasad or sweet semolina and langar.
State: Punjab and Haryana
Baisakhi Key Attractions: Bhangra and Gidda dance
Baisakhi Date 2022: 14th April
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3. Chithirai Festival : Summer Festivals in India
Chithirai is one of the most wonderful religious festivals in South India, held at Meenakshi Temple in Madurai.
The pulling of the golden chariot with idols, the beat of drums, offerings and the incense of flowers are the main highlights of this festival. A large fair is also held for 10 days to celebrate Chithirai.
This certainly makes it one of the most exciting festivals in India during the summer.
State: Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Chithirai Key Attractions: Re-enacting of the wedding of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar
Chithirai festival date: 3rd – 19th May
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4. Moatsu Festival : Summer Festivals in India
The Moatsu Festival is held for 3 days in the first week of May. The main purpose of this festival is to bring joy, fun and excitement to the tribal community after stressful activities such as clearing fields, burning forests, sowing seeds, cleaning wells, repairing houses.
The Ao Naga tribal communities celebrate the Moatsu festival with renewed enthusiasm and happiness. In fact, it is one of the funniest summer festivals in India, celebrated with folk music, tribal dancing, food and drink.
Moatsu Key Attractions: Sangpangtu, which is a significant part of Moatsu where a huge fire is lit and women serve meat and wine to the men and kids sitting around the fire.
Dates For Moatsu Festival In 2022: May
5. Mount Abu Festival : Summer Festivals in India
It is one of the most talked about summer cultural festivals in India. This is a 2-day festival that includes a traditional rally around Lake Nakki, folk dance performances, music, puppet shows, magic shows, tug of war, horse racing, boats, Matka races and firecrackers delicate flowers.
State: Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Mount Abu Summer Festival key attraction: Sham-e-Qawwali and Gair and Ghoomar dance performances
Mount Abu Summer Festival date: 17th and 18th May
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6. Ooty Flower Festival : Summer Festivals in India
In addition to the splendid flower display, the celebration includes a series of spectacular events such as fairs, fruit, art exhibitions, and adventurous activities such as trekking.
State: Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Ooty Summer Festival Key Attractions: Ooty Flower show at Botanical Garden with more than 150 varieties of flowers from different countries, flower rangolis, floral arrangements and vegetable carvings.
Dates For Ooty Flower Festival 2022: TBA
7. Yercaud Summer Festival : Summer Festivals in India
The Summer Festival is the most talked about event in Yercaud lasting 3 days. Flower shows, dog shows, horseback riding, folk dance performances, cooking and rangoli competitions are the main highlights of the festival.
So while you are looking for a fun festival to experience the best emotions of summer, be sure to visit this festival for a tour of the best carnival emotions!
State: Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
Yercaud Summer Festival Key Attractions: lakh flowers Floral arrangements by Horticulture Department
Dates For Yercaud Summer Festival 2022: May
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8. Shimla Summer Festival : Summer Festivals in India
Shimla organizes this festival to mark the arrival of a calm summer in this spectacular hill station and to attract tourists.
If you have chosen Shimla for your summer vacation, join this festival and enjoy local handicraft exhibitions, family games, skating performances, food exhibitions, flower shows, contests photography, poster contest and live stage.
Live performances by amateur and famous artists from different countries are definitely the highlight of this summer festival in India.
When you’re in Shimla, make sure you don’t miss out on one of the best summer festivals in India!
State: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Shimla Summer Festival Key Attractions: Himachali Film festival
Shimla Summer Festival date: 1st – 9th June
9. Sikkim Summer Festival : Summer Festivals in India
Unlike other festivals celebrated in the summer in India, the Sikkim summer festival is a month-long celebration.
It features cultural and entertainment performances, local food festivals, Teesta rafting, Sikkim folk dances, Sikkim tourist film screenings, local handicraft displays and performances.
Beautiful flower show with orchids, rhododendrons and primates.
State: Gangtok, Sikkim
Sikkim Summer Festival Key Attractions: In the outskirts of Gangtok getting a thrilling yak safari
Dates For Sikkim Summer Festival 2022: NA
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10. Hemis Festival : Summer Festivals in India
Included in the list of summer festivals of India, Hemis is a popular festival celebrated at Hemis Monastery in Ladakh.
This cultural delight is celebrated with great grandeur and lamas wear fine silk clothing and masks and perform dances to represent the miraculous achievements of Padmasambhava, an Indian Buddhist master.
India in the 8th century. The festival is held for 2 days and ends with the sacrifice ceremony on the second day.
State: Hemis Monastery, Ladakh
Hemis Festival Key Attractions: Lamas of Hemis Monastery performing Mask dances
Hemis Festival date: 4th July to 16th July
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We hope this complete list of summer festivals held in different states of India will help you decide where you want to travel this summer.
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