Most Important Holidays and Popular Festivals in December in India
Most Important Holidays and Popular Festivals in December in India. Photo: Blog Railyatri

Being a highly spiritual country, festivals are at the heart of people’s lives in India. The numerous and varied festivals that are held throughout the year offer a unique way of seeing Indian culture at its best. Don't miss these popular festivals in India in December for an unforgettable experience.

Full Calendar for Most Important Holidays in India in December

This page contains a national calendar of all 2021 public holidays for India. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national list or choose your state’s calendar, Publicholidays noted.

1 Dec Wed Indigenous Faith Day AR
3 Dec Fri Feast of St Francis Xavier GA
5 Dec Sun Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah Jayanti JK
8 Dec Wed Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji's Martyrdom Day PB
12 Dec Sun Pa Togan Nengminza Sangma ML
18 Dec Sat Death Anniversary of U SoSo Tham ML
18 Dec Sat Guru Ghasidas Jayanti CG
19 Dec Sun Liberation Day DD & GA
24 Dec Fri Christmas Holiday ML & MZ
25 Dec Sat Christmas Day National
26 Dec Sun Shaheed Udham Singh Jayanti HR
26 Dec Sun Christmas Holiday ML & TG
27 Dec Mon Christmas Holiday ML & MZ
30 Dec Thu U Kiang Nangbah ML
30 Dec Thu Tamu Losar SK
31 Dec Fri New Year's Eve MZ

READ MORE: Top Popular Festivals and Important Holidays in December around the World

List of most popular festivals in India in December

Most winter festivals of India are held in the month of December. The last month of the year is full of festivity in each state of the country. Pleasant weather, engaging festivity and joyous ambience make December an ideal time to fly to India. Knowinsiders has listed the most celebrated winter festivals of India below.

Hornbill Festival, Nagaland - 1 to 10 December

Most Important Holidays and Popular Festivals in December in India
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Nagaland celebrates Hornbill Festival, one of the winter festivals of India, in the month of December. Agriculture being the chief means of sustenance for over 60% of the tribal population in Nagaland, the festivals are devoted to agriculture in this Indian state. Held in the first week of December, Hornbill Festival celebration is a cultural statement made by the tribes of Nagaland. Observed through folk dance and music performances, the fest gives a fair understanding of the land’s traditional custom and culture, art and craft. The capital city Kohima is the venue of Hornbill Festival, Indianeagle listed.

Chumpha Festival, Manipur - 10 to 16 December

Most Important Holidays and Popular Festivals in December in India
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The state of Manipur celebrates Chumpha Festival to herald the season of harvest in winter. Scheduled to continue from December 10 to 16, the festival is a grand cultural celebration by the Tanghul Nagas of Manipur. They spring into dance and music on the last three days of the festivity which culminates in a spectacular procession. The tribal culture of Manipur manifests itself through the celebration highlighted through the active participation of the women of the state.

Galdan Namchot - 10 December

Most Important Holidays and Popular Festivals in December in India
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Galdan Namchot is a must-attend festival of the country that is known for the arrival of New Year in Leh Ladakh. This festival also celebrates the Buddhahood and the birthday of the Tsongkhapa, a Tibetan saint-scholar. All the heritage buildings and monasteries are nicely decorated as the locals enjoy this festival with music and dance. This festival is celebrated in Leh Ladakh in December month. Some of the major attractions of the festival are the preparation of different varieties of local food, gifting Khatak (a sort of ceremonial scarf) to relatives and friends.

Cochin Carnival - 25 December to 1 January

Most Important Holidays and Popular Festivals in December in India
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Cochin Carnival is a famous cultural feast that is celebrated with zeal and cheerfulness. Along with cultural gigs, and musical performances, this celebration comprises a grand parade of decorated elephants, folk music, and beautifully dressed people in colorful attire. Some of the most important attractions during the festival are the constant playing of five instrumental music in perfect rhythm, harmony, beach football, beach bike race, and beach volleyball, Tusktravel added.

Kumbhalgarh Festival - 3 December

Most Important Holidays and Popular Festivals in December in India
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Magnificent Kumbhalgarh Fort near Udaipur provides the setting for this annual three-day festival organized by Rajasthan Tourism. It features performances by folk artists, art camp, puppet show, and puppet-making exhibition, Tripsavvy noted.

Rann Utsav - 12 November to 28 January

Most Important Holidays and Popular Festivals in December in India
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Set against the surreal backdrop of Kutch's white salt desert, the Rann Utsav showcases the region's culture and heritage (although it has unfortunately become rather commercial and overcrowded). Activities include folk dances and music, food stalls, ATV rides, camel cart excursions, para-motoring, meditation, yoga, and trips to surrounding destinations. A luxury tent village is constructed on the fringe of the salt desert to accommodate visitors. Gujarat Tourism offers package tours. Read more about how to visit the Great Rann of Kutch.

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