Below is a list of the annual highlights in India's festival calendar. In addition, individual towns, villages and temples celebrate their own deities.
- Id-ul-Fitur: End of month-long Ramadan fast.
- Muharram: Commemorates martyrdom of Muhammad's grandson.
- New Year: January 1. All of India.
- Republic Day: January 26. All of India public holiday. Spectacular parade in New Delhi.
- Sivaratri: All of India. Celebrates Siva's dance of creation and marriage to Parvati.
- Holi: Northern India. Colored powder and water are thrown in this boisterous spring celebration (see photos at bottom of page).
- Festival of Parvati: Women dress in a blaze of color (photo).
- Ugadi: Hindu solar New Year.
- Vaisakhi: North India. Foundation of Sikh brotherhood.
- Puram: Elephant procession with fireworks.
- Buddha Purnima: Marks the birth, enlightenment and the death of the Buddha.
- Rath Yatra: Honours Lord Jagannath. Parade of huge temple chariots.
- Nag Panchami: West India. Fair and festival honoring a cobra deity.
- Raksha Bandhan: Northern India. Girls tie threads around boys' wrists to pledge (platonic) friendship.
- Janmashtami: All of India. Birthday of Lord Krishna. Dance dramas.
- Ganesh Chaturthi: All of India. Festival of Lord Ganesh. Fairs and cultural events. Mumbai parades immerse images of the god into the sea.
- Onam: Harvest festival. Four days of feasting, dancing, and snake-boat races.
- Gandhi Jayanti: October 2. Public holiday. Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.
- Divali (Dipavali): All of India. Festival of lights and fireworks. Considered New Year for many people (photo).
- Pushkar Fair: Spectacular crowds of pilgrims at Pushkar's lake. Camel fair.
- Guru Purab: The birthday of the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak.
- Christmas Day: December 25. A Western tradition celebrated in Indian fashion.