Top Festivals in May in India 2019

Amidst the scorching heat, the Indian find numerous festive moments to make people forget about the harsh climate and get together for a cheerful time. If you are ready to tolerate the heat, you are in for a colorful time in India. Here are the Top Festivals in India in May 2019 :

1. Mount Abu Summer Festival

Location – Mount Abu of Rajasthan

Date – 17th to 18th May 2019 (exact date changes every year)

Mount Abu hill station is quite famous in the state of desert. This festival marks the end of the tourism season in the mountain. The summer festival starts with ballad singing and folk dances. Other common events in the celebration are boat race, roller skating, firework display and the iconic Sham-e-Qawwali music show.

Mount Abu Summer Festival in May

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2. Moatsu Festival

Location – Mokokchung District of Nagaland

Date – First Week of May

This festival is exclusively celebrated in Chuchuyimlang village of Nagaland by Ao tribe. This festival marks the end of planting season. It is time for the locals to rejoice the harvest and thus, the festival focuses on merry making and sharing. You can find many dance and music performances. The main event of the celebration is Sangpagtu. In this, the locals dress up in their best local attire, sit around a fire and enjoy wine and meat.

Moatsu Festival

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3. Ramadan

Location – Throughout India (Best Enjoyed In Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi And Lucknow)

Date – 6th May to 5th June 2019 (The Actual Date Varies With The Cycle Of Moon, Every Year)

If you were a foodie, you would find this festival, very interesting. Muslims around the world, fast throughout this month. They dine only before sunrise and after sunset. Thus, during their dining time, the streets will be filled with street food shops. Traditional Muslim community regions will be celebrating with food by throwing feast, creating food festivals and much more. These festivals focus more on meat. Muslims find it very religious to donate or share food with people. Thus, you can have a great time with food. The festival of Ramadan ends with Eid-ul-Fitr. This is the day of feasting, merry making and shopping.


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4. Thrissur Pooram

Location – Vadakkumnathan Temple of Thrissur In Kerala

Date – 13th May 2019 (changes every year)

This is the grandest of all Kerala festivals. This festival’s main attraction is the grand procession with 30 elephants, more than 250 musicians, locals and much more. You can also enjoy many cultural events like ornamental parasol display, drums concerts, dance and music celebrations. Fireworks mark the end of the festival. You can find many special viewing areas for enjoying the fireworks.

Thrissur Pooram, Kerala

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5. Dhungri Mela

Location – Hadimba Temple of Manali

Date – 14th to 16th May 2019 (changes every year)

This three-day local celebration is conducted to honor the birthday of Goddess Hadimba. This local deity is said to be the consort of Mighty Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers. This temple is the main religious site for numerous villages. Thus, several villages take part in this celebration. A large fair will be conducted with carnival rides, shopping stalls, singing, dancing and much more. The best of all is the local Kullu Natti dance performed by professionals.

Dhungri Mela, Manali

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6. Ooty Summer Festival

Location – Ooty of Tamil Nadu

Date – 17th to 21st May 2019 – Flower show; 25th to 26th May 2019 – Fruit show (exact date changes every year)

Ooty is an important summer destination in the state of Tamil Nadu. May marks the end of tourism season in the region. Thus, the locals create extravaganza in every element to attract tourists or as a way of saying good-bye. Top events includes vegetable show in Nehru Park of Kotagiri, Rose show in the Government rose garden of Ooty, Fruit show in Sim’s Park of Coonoor, Flower show at Ooty Botanical Garden and the Commercial Road will be filled with bazaars for shopping. The actual date of the summer festival varies within the month of May, every year.

Ooty Summer Festival

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7. Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanthi

Location – All Buddhist Locations, Especially Buddha Jayanti Park of Delhi And Bodhgaya

Date – 18th of May 2019 (changes every year)

This is the most sacred Buddhist festival of the land. This marks the birthday of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Some people celebrate it as the day of enlightenment of Lord Buddha. Top religious activities of the festival are prayer meet, religious seminar, Buddhist scripture recitation, meditation, rituals and much more. Some people prefer to visit all Buddhist pilgrimage throughout the country.

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8. International Flower Festival

Location – Governor’s Residence of Gangtok

Date – 1st to 31st May 2019 (exact date changes every year)

This festival is celebrated to create awareness about the flowers and plantation of the region. Many flower shows are conducted to display special species of gladioli, roses, orchids, alpine plant, trees, creepers, climbers and ferns. Many delicacies made from these plants are also for sale like jam, jelly and others. Seminars and lectures about local plant species are conducted by professionals at specific venues. This is also the right time to enjoy yak safari and river rafting in the region.

Flower Festival Sikkim

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As mentioned before, the exact date of the festivals varies from time to time. The locals use lunar calendar to mark the date of the festivals. Thus, talk to your tour agent to know the right time and place to be in India to enjoy as many festivals and celebrations as possible. While visiting India in May, remember that you are visiting in the peak of summer. Thus, you ought to be ready to keep yourself hydrated. Pack cotton clothing, hats, sunscreen lotions and scarfs.

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