India is a land of festivals. No matter what month of the year it is, some festival is always round the corner. January 2017 is no exception and will bring with it a number of festivities you can be a part of. No matter which part of India you are in, there is some festival for you to look forward to in January. From dance and music events to those with patriotic significance, there are all kinds of festivals and events in January 2017 that you can be excited about. It is one of the best months to get a slice of Indian culture and traditions through its festivals. (ALSO SEE List of long weekends in India in 2017) Here are all the important festivals and events in India for January 2017. Also Read - To Fight COVID-19, PM Modi Launches 'CARES Fund', Urges Citizens to Donate

Rann Utsav

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When: Having started in November 2016, the Rann Utsav goes on till February 20, 2017. Best time to attend the Rann Utsav is on full moon nights when the salt marsh looks spectacular. Dates for this year are November 14, December 14, January 12, and February 11). Also Read - Can Feed 4 Lakh People From Today Onwards: Kejriwal Ramps up Efforts to Rescue Migrant Workers Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Where: Great Rann of Kutch salt desert, Dhordo, Gujarat

One of India’s most prominent cultural festivals, the Rann Utsav is known for its music performances and the fantastic landscape of the Great rann of Kutch in Gujarat. A night under the full moon during this festival is a memory for life.

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Chennai Music Festival

Photograph Courtesy: Creative Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Creative Commons

When: Mid December to mid January each year.

Where: Music halls all over Chennai in Tamil Nadu.

One of the popular festivals in south India, the Madras music festival or Chennai music festival is known for its carnatic music performances and is a great way to experience the music and art of the region.

Mamallapuram Dance festival

When: December 21, 2016 to January 21, 2017 (Dates may change)

Where: Arjuna’s Penance, Mamallapuram, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Imagine how awesome it would be to witness Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak and Kathakali performers in all their glory against the magnificent backdrop of the Pallava Rock Sculpture. That’s Mamallapuram Dance festival for you!

Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam

When: December 28, 2016 to January 1, 2017

Where: Kanathoor village, Karasgod district, Kerala

One of the most prominent cultural festivals in Kerala, the Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam is known for its vibrancy and sheer grandeur of the Theyyam. Almost 400 theyyams perform together putting up a great artistic show for their audience.

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

When: Usually begins in December and goes on till March 29, 2017

Where: Various locations in and around Kochi, Kerala

A great artistic affair, Kochi-Muziris Biennale is India’s largest international contemporary art exhibition. It is held across nine different sites and includes stunning works of art like  installations, paintings, sculptures, and also several seminars, screenings, workshops and educational activities.

Swathi Sangeetholsavam 

When: January 4-13, 2017.

Where: Kuthiramalika Palace, East Fort, Trivandrum, Kerala.

A festival devoted to he compositions of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal who was the king of Travancore in the early 19th century, the Swathi Sangeetholsavam is a great place to witness some of the finest musicians from all over the country.

International Kite festival


When: January 8-14, 2017

Where: Sabarmati River Front, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Also at Jaipur (January 14)

One of India’s most popular and fun festivals, the IKF is held in Gujarat every year and attracts a great number of kite enthusiasts as well as locals.

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Mylapore festival

Kapaleeswarar Mylapore

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When: January 5-8, 2017 (just before Pongal)

Where: Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple and Nageswara Rao Park, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

4 days, 30 events and more than 300 artists make the Mylapore festival a grand extravaganze for art and culture enthusiasts.

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When: January 13-16, 2017

Where: Tamil Nadu

And then there is the faous south Indian festival of Pongal which marks the beginning of the Tamil month Thai and celebrates new beginnings as people thank nature and express their gratitude. It is celebrated on a large scale in south Indian states, especially Tamil Nadu.

Mukteshwar Dance festival

When: January 14-16, 2017

Where: Mukteshwar Temple Complex, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

A festival of east India, the Mukteshwar dance festival is your sneak peek into the culture of Odisha. You can witness Odissi dance and music performances performed by a number of reputed troupes from Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, and even the US. The Mukteshwar temple complex is one of Bhubaneswar’s most prominent and well-preserved temple complexes and is a great place to check out its heritage.

Bikaner Camel festival

When: January 14-15, 2017

Where: Bikaner, Rajasthan

A festival that focuses on camels, the Bikaner Camel festival is a grand affair with a procession of camels decorated in their best attire. It also consists of camel beauty pageants, camel races, and camel dancing and attracts tourists from all across the globe.

Kenduli Mela

When: January 14-16, 2017

Where: Kenduli village, around 30 kilometers from Shantiniketan in West Bengal

The Keduli Mela in West bengal is where yu can witness Baul musicians who get together to perform pieces on the ektara singing about life’s philosophy.

Rajarani Music Festival

When: January 18-20, 2017

Where: Rajarani Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

The Rajarani temple in Odisha is one of the most prominent temples in east India and this festival is a great time to witness performances by well-known Odissi and Hindustani vocal and music maestros. The elborate erotic sculptures in the temple are worth checking out.

Jaipur Literature festival

A music performance from one of the previous editions of Jaipur Literature Festival

A music performance from one of the previous editions of Jaipur Literature Festival

When: January 19-23, 2017

Where: Diggi Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan

An extremely popular literary festival in India, the Jaipur Literature festival attracts book lovers and art and culture enthusiasts from all across the globe.

Republic Day parade

Republic day parade

When: January 26, 2017

Where: New Delhi

The Republic Day parade which is telecast all over the country and is a great matter of pride for all Indians takes places in New Delhi on January 26. It is a spectacle that one must witness at least once.

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