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  1. Krupa
    September 11, 2018 @ 10:53 am

    Been in India since birth but still some festival names are so new to me. Kudos to you to put this list together to show the vibrant culture of India. Keep up the great work. Thanks for sharing.

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    • dankiteski
      September 11, 2018 @ 1:07 pm

      That’s really interesting! I guess India is so diverse, it’s difficult to keep a track of these festivals even for locals. I spent a year in India and was always impressed by the rich and diverse culture and how many different traditions and customs are there in different parts of the country.

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  2. Sherrie Fabrizi Allbritten
    September 11, 2018 @ 11:48 am

    I am not sure which one I find more unusual! Although, I am more than frightened, saddened and shocked by the throwing of the infants. The rats- I can’t handle one in my sight so I’m sure I would not attend that festival!

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    • dankiteski
      September 11, 2018 @ 1:08 pm

      Well, definitely some of these might sound shocking to us, westerners. However, these local festivals seem to be very important for locals and are a big part of their culture 🙂

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  3. Michelle M
    September 11, 2018 @ 5:36 pm

    There are so many unique festivals in India, this is a super cool list. Have you seen all of these in person?

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    • dankiteski
      September 12, 2018 @ 9:51 am

      Indeed, there are and yes, I have witnessed most of them 🙂

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  4. Followingtherivera
    September 11, 2018 @ 7:47 pm

    Wow, all of these are really unusual! I’ve never been to India, but I don’t know which of these I’d like to see. Definitely not the one with skewers and hooks!

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    • dankiteski
      September 12, 2018 @ 9:51 am

      Agree, that one is probably the most difficult to watch 🙂

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  5. Sydney | AWorldInReach.com
    September 12, 2018 @ 1:39 am

    These are all so interesting, especially the one where they roll in their leftovers and the one where the women throw sticks at the men. I love learning about different religions and their customs, so I found this post to be very fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

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    • dankiteski
      September 12, 2018 @ 9:52 am

      I’m really glad you liked it, Sydney. Thank you for your comment 🙂

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  6. Tif
    September 12, 2018 @ 2:46 am

    I would love to see serpent worshiping!! I think it’s the most interesting things only seen in movies!! How neat are all these!

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    • dankiteski
      September 12, 2018 @ 9:52 am

      Some of them sure sound like they came out from a movie but they are all true! 😀

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  7. Kate werth
    September 12, 2018 @ 4:50 am

    Most of these rituals seem so violent! Rolling around in food seems fun, like a self-induced food fight. And I can’t believe that the serpent worshiping is real, as an American we see snakes coming out of pottery as kind of a stereotype but I almost didn’t expect it to still be a real thing! I’d love to see it one day from a safe distance. I also love to see the fire Festival but I don’t want to be on fire and I would like to see somebody competing to capture the tree but I don’t want to be the one throwing rocks!

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    • dankiteski
      September 12, 2018 @ 2:40 pm

      I understand it can come across as such but I suppose every ritual has its meaning and history behind it. However, I wouldn’t take part in them myself, like you mentioned 🙂

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  8. Soraya
    September 12, 2018 @ 5:12 am

    Such diversity is so incredible to see in India – and I loved how you have shared that despite the amount of ethnic groups that actually exists in India, there hasn’t been any major conflicts. It’s pretty incredible that you have been able to witness so much of this diversity of festivals that happen, must be such an interesting experience. I have personally seen Thaipusam, but in Malaysia which is truly so interesting. Number 5 (Tossing infants) is quite a frightening thing – I really hope no children have been harmed in this.

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    • dankiteski
      September 12, 2018 @ 2:42 pm

      Well, that is the truth. India is one of the rare countries that I can say this about. I was lucky to witness these festivals because I stayed in India for more than a year 🙂

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  9. Sreekar
    September 12, 2018 @ 8:30 am

    I have actually seen the festival in Mangalore and it was surreal, to say the least. Would love to check out the rest someday. Amazing compilation!

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    • dankiteski
      September 12, 2018 @ 9:54 am

      Thank you for your comment, Sreekar. The festival in Mangalore sure was amazing. If someone was trying to tell me about it I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t see it.

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  10. Sinjana
    September 12, 2018 @ 1:09 pm

    This is a fascinating compilation even for an Indian like me. I knew about some and came to know about a few more here but Im not interested to attend any of those. I am happy with our Durga puja, Diwali(without crackers), Saraswati Puja and many many more beautifully unique festivals. 🙂
    Doesn’t change the fact that your article and research is impressive

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    • dankiteski
      September 12, 2018 @ 2:43 pm

      I understand where you’re coming from, Sinjana and India sure has some other fascinating festivals as well but I wanted to introduce the internet with some of the most unusual ones 🙂

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  11. Erica
    September 12, 2018 @ 1:21 pm

    Interesting rituals yes and also to me, kind of bothersome. I hope they don’t get serious injuries esp from getting hit by rocks 🙁

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    • dankiteski
      September 12, 2018 @ 2:44 pm

      I understand your point, Erica, it’s a completely natural reaction. Unfortunately, there are a lot of injured people during that festival every year

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  12. Corina
    September 12, 2018 @ 1:36 pm

    omg some are great others are scary, but I guess for them it is all religious related. Great post thank you.

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  13. Chandni
    September 12, 2018 @ 3:58 pm

    Wow! I’m from India and I haven’t heard about a lot of these. Thank you for putting in the effort to curate this list.

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    • dankiteski
      September 12, 2018 @ 10:39 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Chandni, it really means a lot coming from a local 🙂

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  14. Andrew
    September 12, 2018 @ 8:02 pm

    My Friend went to Thimithi and he really loved. He inspired me to go visit India and see the local vibe. Which festivals do you recommend in March ?

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    • dankiteski
      September 12, 2018 @ 10:46 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Andrew, I’m glad to hear you’re willing to explore India. Well, it depends on which part of India you’re going in. Other than the ones mentioned in this article, in March, you must witness Holi, the festival of colors which is celebrated across India. Another festival in March is Holika Dahan. If you’re visiting South India, then Shivaratri would be an amazing experience.

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  15. Sherrie
    September 13, 2018 @ 2:48 am

    Wow, I had no idea there were this many religious festivals! Some of them sound downright dangerous…but the meaning behind each one is interesting.

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    • dankiteski
      September 13, 2018 @ 10:37 am

      India is always full of surprises Sherrie. That’s one of the reasons why I love this country so much 🙂

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  16. Amar singh
    September 13, 2018 @ 9:06 am

    India has so much diversity and cultures and so much to offer. Great to read your post and find out about so many more unusual festivals. Holi and Jalikattu I was aware of and very famous but something like Garudan Thookkam is not heard of. Thanks for sharing these unique festivals

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    • dankiteski
      September 13, 2018 @ 10:37 am

      Thank you for your comment, Amar. I’m really glad you enjoyed the article

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  17. Navita Deshpande
    September 13, 2018 @ 10:10 am

    Interesting to read about these festivals and learnt about some of them for the first time! We are quite curious to experience Lath Mar Holi .. Sounds fun!. India is such a vibrant country and its amazing how every place has a unique flavor for one to explore! Just traveling to experience the festivals could be a trip in itself as they are spread out through the year in different states!

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    • dankiteski
      September 14, 2018 @ 11:56 am

      India definitely is such a vibrant country, Navita and these festivals are a living proof 🙂

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  18. Ha
    September 14, 2018 @ 6:18 am

    Such an informative post! I’ve never been to India so all these festivals are interesting to know. I was so shocked when reading about these festivals. The Karni Mata Temple worshiping rats may shock me most, along with throwing babies and hanging themselves.

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    • dankiteski
      September 14, 2018 @ 11:58 am

      Thank you for your comment, I’m really glad you liked the article

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  19. Alice
    September 14, 2018 @ 6:51 pm

    This is extremely interesting but I have to admit some of them are a little but too extreme for me. I don’t know if I could participate. I didn’t know religious festivals like this existed!

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    • dankiteski
      September 15, 2018 @ 7:47 pm

      I’m sure they might come across as such to a lot of people but they seem to be quite important for certain religious groups in India

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  20. Shaily
    September 14, 2018 @ 10:48 pm

    This is quite an interesting collection. Being an Indian, many of these sound familiar to me, like Nag panchami, Karni Mata Fair, Lath Mar Holi and Jallikattu. However, there are many others I got to know after reading this post. India is a land of festivals and we celebrate throughout the year. Thanks for sharing this unusual list and providing an insight into a different aspect of celebration and culture.

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    • dankiteski
      September 15, 2018 @ 7:49 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article, Shaily and I really appreciate your feedback. It means a lot coming from a local 🙂

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  21. Layla - Alial Travel Gal
    September 15, 2018 @ 3:26 am

    So much colourful diversity in India! I still haven’t been but I am curious to go. To be honest, India does seem a scary place to visit. Some of these festivals sound terrifying to the participants.
    Although the one where women get to hurl sticks at the men, sounds kinda cool – haha! 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      September 15, 2018 @ 7:51 pm

      Hey Layla, you’ll definitely find a lot of colorful diversity in India. Also, don’t be scared, this list wasn’t meant to scare people from visiting India. These are just the most unusual festivals but there are a lot of colorful and fun festivals you can experience like Holi, Diwali etc. Visiting India is a great experience

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  22. Alex Trembath
    September 15, 2018 @ 7:57 am

    We’re always looking for interesting cultural celebrations and festivals around the world, as we love to visit places when these kind of events are happening. Thanks you for compiling this, it’s very enlightening!

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    • dankiteski
      September 15, 2018 @ 7:52 pm

      Thank you Alex, I’m really glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

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  23. Jayashree Sengupta
    September 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Wow, simply wow. You collaged all of it. Pictures are so great. The number 2 especially is <3.

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    • dankiteski
      September 16, 2018 @ 7:03 pm

      Thank you for your comment, I’m really glad you liked it

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  24. Abhinav Singh
    September 15, 2018 @ 9:40 pm

    Those are some very exciting festivals. It’s a shame that I had not heard of some of the South Indian festivals listed here. Garudan Thookkam is really unique. Changed the meaning of ‘hanging out’ to me, haha. I have been to Karni Mata temple but had no idea that a festival is also celebrated here. And I need to visit Barsana next year for sure.

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    • dankiteski
      September 16, 2018 @ 7:12 pm

      I’m glad to hear you liked the article, Abhinav and that you could learn about some South Indian festival too. AH yes, Barsana is definitely a must 😀

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  25. Pinar
    September 16, 2018 @ 1:45 am

    Wow some of these are absolutely crazy! Thanks for showing us what they hope to achieve from these events as well as what they do, it really helps to bring some perspective on people’s faiths.

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    • dankiteski
      September 16, 2018 @ 6:57 pm

      Thank you for your comment Pinar. I’m really glad you enjoyed the article

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  26. Inna
    September 17, 2018 @ 11:49 am

    That’s extremely interesting and I have never heard about any of them. India is full of diversity indeed.

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  27. Sapna Bansal
    September 20, 2018 @ 7:25 am

    Awesome!! You nailed it really well. Few of them, was not aware of and it’s really good to know about them. India is a land of vivid colour. Great post..

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    • dankiteski
      September 23, 2018 @ 9:35 pm

      Thank you for your comment Sapna

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