First month of the year, January, not only commences with celebrations but also concludes with celebrations. January has a lot more to offer than just freshness and frostiness, and listed below are 5 awe-inspiring galas that take place in January-
1. Makar Sankranti & Kite Flying
Makar Sankranti is celebrated all over India, in distinct interesting ways and has numerous different names. It is one of the oldest solstice fiestas as it falls on the equinox and therefore, day and night is supposed to be equally long on this day. Makar Sankranti is well known for the International Kite flying festival- Uttarayan, which takes place in Gujarat and Rajasthan. This vibrant festival catches the fancy of thousands of people. On this day, the sky is sheathed with multiple colourful kites and the ambience is filled with limitless joy and enthusiasm. Start the day with enlightening rituals; sweeten the day with Sesame-Jaggery Laddoos, set out for kite flying, welcome the migratory birds, take a dip in the holy river or dance to the tune of Dhol, just enjoy every bit of this fun-filled fiesta.
Lohri, a pleasant bonfire festival is celebrated with fervour by Punjabis, all over the world. Fire is worshipped to mark the culmination of winters. People have a gala time at night when logs are lit, wishes are poured, tasty delicacies are relished and Bhangra is performed.
3. Republic Day
Though India gained freedom on August 15, 1947, it declared itself a Sovereign, Democratic and Republic state with the adoption of the Constitution on January 26, 1950. Undoubtedly, nothing can be more fascinating about 26th January than the zesty ‘Republic Day Parade’. Flag hoist ceremonies and parades by armed forces and school children are organized all over the country. The grandest of these parades is held at Rajpath in New Delhi. Republic Day celebration comprises of unfurling of the National Flag, august aircrafts, gallantry awards, parading children, interesting tableaus and several other patriotic activities. On this day, do not forget to remember the sombre sacrifice of the martyrs and to pray for their soul.
4. Ice Skating Carnival, Shimla
Shimla is one of the most popular travel destinations of India as it is blessed with alluring landscape, enticing snowfall and everlasting quaint charisma. The Ice Skating Club of Shimla has been organizing the ice skating carnival in Shimla since 60 years. Shimla abodes the one and only natural Ice Skating ring of India, which not only provides a wonderful opportunity to skate on the frosty terrain but also offers wondrous vistas of pleasant environs. Fancy dress contests, Ice-Hockey competitions, and cheerful dance performances are also organized during this carnival.
5. India Arts Festival
Indian Arts Festival, the grand four-day event is an eminent art fair that exerts a pull on numerous art aficionados from all over the country. During this carnival, artists not only get a chance to display their ingenious talent but also get an opportunity to build connection with the art dealers, art buyers, and art collectors. Indian Art Festival brings together a prominent set of participants from a mixture of sites, scenes and practices within the domain of contemporary art, including artists, gallerists, museum directors, critics, historians, institution-builders, cultural organizers, editors and publishers.
So, get rid of your monotonous daily routine, indulge in some frolic fiestas, and kick off the New Year with a blast