Central India Festivals

The Central India is rich in festivals. Every year numerous tourists come to Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh celebrate the famous festivals. The popular festivals of Chhattisgarh are Hareli Festival Madai Festival, Bhagoriya Festival, Dusshera Festival, Ganga Dashera Festival, Charta Festival, Navakhai Festival, Surhul Festival.

Lokrang Festival

Held In: January 26 to February 1

Lok Rang, organised by Adivasi Lok Kala Academy would be held from January 26 to February 1. Around 700 artists from across the country and Russia, Canada, France, Spain and China are likely to participate in the event. The main features of the Lokrang are folk and tibal dances, classical dances, performing art form, exhibition and presentation of art and craft and cultural presentations from abroad also are a big draw.

Khajuraho Dance Festival

Location: Khajuraho
Held In: March

Khajuraho Dance Festival is a weeklong dance festival which is held every year during the month of March in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh. This dance festival is organized by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department and is promoted as one of the major cultural event in Khajuraho. This dance festival is organized against the background of the famous Khajuraho temples built by the Chandela kings. During this dance festival various classical dances are performed which feature the best artistes of the country. This festival has earned a great deal of reputation among the local and foreign tourists.

Tansen Sangeet Samaroh

Location: Gwalior
Held In: November/December

This cultural festival is dedicated to the pillar of Indian classical music, the great Tansen. The place where this great musician lies buries, Tansen Tomb, in Gwalior is the venue of a music festival held annually in November - December. It is attended by India’s best vocalists and musicians whether from the classical, folk or fusion genre. The festival is spread over a period of five nights. Classical music legends perform for the huge audience that gathers here from around the world.

Hareli Festival

Location: Chhattisgarh
Held In: July/August

Hareli festival is celebrated in Chhattisgarh to pray for a good harvest. The farmers worship their farm equipment and cows. They place branches and leaves of Bhelwa tree in the fields and pray for a good crop and also hang Neem branches at the main entrance of their homes to prevent seasonal diseases.

Madai Festival

Location: Chhattisgarh
Held In: December to March

From the month of December to March, the festival of Madai tours from one place of the state to another. The local tribes of the state along with other communities worship the presiding deity during the festival. Festival is a means to meet relatives settled in different villages and purchase yearlong supplies of daily needs such as salt and cooking oil. Devotees sacrifice a goat beneath the sacred village tree to honor the tribal goddess; the night is marked with non-stop drinking and dancing. The best place to visit to attend the festival is Narayanpur in Bastar.

Navakhana Festival

Location: Chhattisgarh
Held In: September

This festival celebrated by all the communities to mark the rice harvest, Navakana festival begins with offerings of the harvested rice (new for the season) to the family deity on Navami. Some communities may even have dances and liquor during the night after the family consumes the first of the newly harvested rice.
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