New Year: It is observed all over India, especially in metropolitan cities with great enthusiasm and there is a night-long festivities and merry-making.

Republic Day: It is one of the most important national events. January 26, 1950 was the day when the Indian republic and its constitution came into force.

"A spectacular parade is held and colourful tableaus are taken out all along the Rajpath in New Delhi. Republic Day celebrations across the country create a feeling of joy, oneness and mutual sharing among the masses."

It is celebrated at Jaisalmer in the state of Rajasthan. Colourful camel races, folk dances and songs mark the festivity. One can also go on a camel safari to explore the Great Indian Desert on this occasion.

Ganesh Chaturthi: The idols of elephant-headed God, Ganesha are worshiped and then immersed is sea, lake or other water bodies. In states like Maharashtra and Karnataka, this festival is celebrated with fervour and fanfare.

Dussehra/Dasara/Navaratri: This is another festival which is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety throughout the country.

The popular epic Ramayana is presented in dance-drama form on stage, as part of the celebrations, during the preceding nine days. In Mysore (Karnataka), palaces are illuminated, and colourful processions conjuring up images of a bygone era, is replete with caparisoned elephants and cultural troupes.


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