Festivals of Gujarat are as diverse as its physical features; they are vivid, colourful and beautiful. Various types of festivals are celebrated in Gujarat because it is an electric of people. For people of Gujarat, every day is a celebration, approximately 12,365 fairs and festivals are hosted everywhere which makes the state one of its kinds in the world.
Even the movement of the sun or oncoming of harvesting seasons is a matter of celebration for the people of Gujarat. Navaratri, the festival of feminine divinity in the forms of the goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati, is the major festival celebrated in Gujarat. In fact, Navaratri is the longest dance festival in the world. Similarly, International Kite Festival celebrated during Uttarayan, is yet another famous festival celebrated across Gujarat. Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami, Bhadra Purnima Fair, Urs, Diwali and Holi are the other festivals celebrated in the state.
Every month of the year keeps on buzzing with different fairs celebration. Agriculture, commercial, industrial, Religious, Trade and the list of exhibitions seems endless. Kite festival, Modhera dance festival, Rann Utsav, Bhavnath festival Mahashvratri, and Chitra- Vichitra Fair are some famous fests of Gujarat. In Industrial hubs like Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot keeps on buzzing with the many fashion, art, handicrafts, food and commercial fairs.
For those who are looking for adventurous ways to explore Gujarat, it's time to check out Paragliding Festival, Polo Cycle Race and Run The Rann. All these festivals happen to be the coolest and most amazing adventurous festivals celebrated in Gujarat.
Gujarat is home to diversified tribe population. Tribe festivals of Gujarat present an opportunity for the people belonging to different tribes to bond. Dang Darbar and Chitra Vichitra Fair are some of the tribe festivals celebrated in Gujarat that may be a spark of a traveller's interest to explore the tribal region of Gujarat. Scrumptious delicacies, beautiful ambience, cordial hospitality, excellent craft and friendly people reason enough to attend the tribe festivals of Gujarat.
With lively Television advertisements, Gujarat tourism has managed to attract the attention of travellers from around the world to their festivals. Pay a visit to Gujarat during the festivals and discover the lively side of the state in a different manner.
- Navratri Festival holds the tag of the longest dance festival in the world that is celebrated for nine long days.
- Gujarat is the only place in the world that hosts approximately 12,365 fairs and festivals in a year.
- Rann Utsav is probably the longest running festival in India
|Popular Fair & Festivals in Gujarat
|Rann Utsav Gujarat
||November - February
||Great Rann of Kutch in the Kutch district
|International Kite Festival
||All over Gujarat
|Modhera Dance Festival
||Third Weekend of January
||Sun Temple in Modhera
|Polo Cycle Race
|Run The Rann
||Great Rann of Kutch
||Bhavnath Mahadev Temple near Damodar Kund, at Girnar Taleti
||Ahwa District, Gujarat
||Third day after Holi
|Chitra Vichitra Fair
||fortnight after Holi, around the month of March-April
||Where: Gunbhakhari in Sabarkanta district
||August or September
||Tanetar Village, Surendranagar District
|Bhadrapad Ambaji Fair
||Around August-September (Hindu month of Bhadrapad)
||Danta Taluka of Banaskantha
||October or November
||All over Gujarat
||November(Kartika Purnima, the full moon night of the month of Kartik )