December is almost here and is the perfect month to party and celebrate. It is the last month of the year, the weather is cool making it apt for celebrations and there is a general vibe of joy in the air. December is also the month when several events and festivals are lined up to end the year with a bang. We have a list of X such things you can witness this month.
1. Enchanted Valley Carnival
One of the best music festivals in India, EVC is held in Aamby Valley City, Lonavala. Earlier known for its EDM, this year also has other genres like house, techno, fusion, trance and Indie. This year’s line-up includes the likes of Flo Rida, Farhan Akhtar, Arijit Singh, Victor Ruiz, Candice Redding and several others. The accommodation ranges from tents to chalets depending on your budget. You need to buy the festival tickets and camping tickets separately. Visit BookMyShow to book your tickets.
When: December 17-18
2. Rann Utsav
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One of the most vibrant festivals is the three-month-long Rann Utsav that takes place on the Rann of Kutch, the white salt plains in Gujarat. Rann Utsav has a host of art, music and dance events that showcase India’s culture. There are also other sports activities that take place close by and the accommodation is in luxury tents. You can also see India’s handicrafts and rural talent as well as rare flora and fauna at the Wildass Sanctuary nearby.
When: Ongoing until February
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3. Hornbill Festival
Every year, the heritage village of Nagaland called Kisama, comes alive during the first ten days of December as it celebrates the annual Hornbill Festival. Celebrated by the tribal community of India, this festival showcases the heritage and culture of Nagaland and also a chance for tourists to see the beauty of the state which is still an offbeat destination for many. Nagaland is one of the most underrated destinations in the country and now is a good time to explore its treasures.
When: December 1-10
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4. NH7 Weekender
For music lovers, here’s another festival that takes place in December in Pune, the NH7 Weekender. Currently in its seventh edition, the music fest will have artists like Jose Gonzalez, Steven Wilson, Nucleya, Anoushka Shankar and more performing live. The venue is Life Republic and you can stay in hotels nearby. Tickets are available for online and offline at a few eateries in Mumbai and Pune. There are also pick-up and drop services available within Pune for the festival.
When: December 2-4
5. Feast of St Francis Xavier
The church of Bom Jesus in Goa sees a host of pilgrims flock here in December to mark the ceremony of the Feast of St Francis Xavier. The annual event is held to mark the day the saint was buried. He was a Christian missionary and was greatly regarded for his noble work in Asia. During the feast, there is a fair and stalls where people can eat and drink and make merry. There is a festive spirit in the air and people from all parts of Goa and the country come to the church to pay their respects.
When: December 3
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6. Losoong Festival
The traditional Sikkimese New Year is celebrated as Losoong in the state when the farmers rejoice and celebrate their harvest. It is celebrated in December every year and there are traditional festivities that take place in Rumtek and Phodong monasteries. From archery to folk dances, people dress up in traditional attire and attend the festivities. These usually are two days prior to the New Year. Experience Tibetan culture and explore the beauty of Sikkim on a trip this December.
When: December 14-17
7. Magnetic Fields Festival
A different kind of music, art and food festival, Magnetic Fields is held in a 17th century palace in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Experience the hospitality of this vibrant state as you enjoy live music by a great line-up of artists. This year, it includes the likes of Roman Flugel, Helena Hauff, Pinch, Baris K and many more. The festival will take place at Alsisar Mahal and apart from music you can also attend yoga sessions, go stargazing and even take part in treasure hunt. The tickets are available on the festival website.
When: December 9-11
One of the most popular music festivals in the country, Sunburn is now in its tenth year. However, the venue which was Goa all these years has now moved to Pune. Nevertheless, the festival promises to live up to its hype and has an interesting line-up of artists for this year like Afrojack, Axwell, KSHMR and many others. The four-day party is popular as it is one of the best ways to end the year for music lovers. The venue this year is Kensand.
When: December 28-31
One of the most awaited holidays for Christians, Christmas is celebrated in several parts of the country and you can catch a jolly vibe in the air. Since most schoolchildren have holidays during this time, families can plan a trip and visit a place where Christmas celebrations are high. From Goa to the northeast of India and Shimla to Mumbai, you can visit these places to see the festivities. There are usually events planned in metro cities for children as well parities and dinners for adults. Take a look at restaurants and pubs as they usually have something special during this time.
When: December 25
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10. New Year’s Eve
The last day of the year calls for a celebration to end it on a high note and welcome the new one with a bang. New Year’s Eve is celebrated across India with zest with parties and events planned in every corner. While some may bring in with a dinner or drinks with family, others may want to take a trip to a new place. If you belong to the latter, we have a list of places you can visit in the month of December.
When: December 31
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