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Folk Festivals

Folk festivals are markers of cultural assimilation uniting various components of the traditional expressions found in a community. The festivals reflect the diverse constituents of social folk customs revering nature, preserving social traditions, and commemorating ancestors and deities. They are the periodic celebrations where the communities interact ceremonially in the festivities.

Celebrating Nature

Folk festivals have their roots in nature worship and give expression to their connection to nature through various festivals commemorating different seasons, historical or mythological events, and more. Nature celebrations have deep roots in all regions, and it emphasises living in harmony with nature, history, and mythology. These are joyous and solemn occasions marked by lively social interactions, such as traditional community feasting, singing, and dancing.

Gudi Padwa

Gudhi Padwa is a spring-time festival that marks the traditional new year of the Marathi and the Konkani.


Onam is an annual Malayali harvest festival celebrated in the state of Kerala.


Navreh marks the new year for the Kashmiri Pandit community

Chatrali Festival

Chait is celebrated on the first day of the month of Chet to drive away evil and bring prosperity to life.