Navratri Mahotsav :

The 'Manchester of the East' was once ruled by Sultan Ahmed Shah, who the city is named after. The city has some 15th century monuments displaying a fine blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles.


International Kite Festivalv :

International Kite Festival is one of the most colorful events in Gujarat. The sky around Gujarat is filled with the colorful kites all around. The International Kite Festival at Gujarat is celebrated on 14th January, the day when Makar Sakranti is also celebrated. Earlier it was a regional kite festival which turned into International Kite Festival in the year 1989 and since then it is held every year at Ahmedabad.


Rathyatra :

The Rathayatra festival in Gujarat is held during the Asadh month of the lunar calendar. Besides celebrating the journey of Lord Krishna, the Rathayatra also celebrates the day on which the Rig Veda, the oldest of the Vedas, was revealed. Early in July, Hindus celebrate the Rathayatra festival. Rathayatra is derived from two words 'ratha' meaning chariot and 'yatra' implying 'journey'; therefore, as the name suggests, Rathayatra is the journey or procession of Lord Krishna in his 'Ratha'.


Holi :

Holi in Gujarat is one of the festival that celebrates the vibrant spirit of the Gujarati people. Holi is a festival of color and happiness, and on this day it is a custom to resolve all differences with everybody, including your enemies. On the eve of Holi, a beautiful bonfire is decorated with flowers and fruits. Many people also offer home cooked food or other edibles such as raw mangoes, coconut, corn, toys made up of sugar or khoya (a milk product) to the bonfire as their offerings to the Goddess Holika. It is also a ritual to put a vermilion mark on each other's forehead and hug each other on this day.

Later in the evening, the bonfire is lit and people dance and sing around it. Virgins from each of the Gujarati family create idols of Goddess Gauri (another name for Durga) out of the ashes and perform Gauri Puja.


Deepawali :

Diwali is a major Indian festival, which comes in autumn. In Gujarat, Diwali celebrations take on a number of distinct characteristics. It occurs in the second (dark) lunar fortnight (Krishna Paksha) of the month of Ashvin (Gujarati "Aaso") and the first (bright) fortnight (Shukla Paksha) of Kartika (Guj. "Kartik"). Aaso is the last month of the Gujarati calendar, and Kartik the first.
From Aaso vad Agyaras (11th day from full/no moon) to Dev Deepawali people light diyas (or decorative lights) to decorate their house. It is believed it protects them from evil spirits.
Diwali in Gujarat is also special because Gujarat observes at least a five-day official holiday from the day of Diwali till Labh Pancham, which may get extended sometimes to seven and start early from the day of Bhai-beej.


Bhadra Purnima Fair :

Bhadra Purnima is one of the biggest festivals of Gujarat, popularly known as the Ambaji Bhadra Purnima. This is because the festival is celebrated at Ambaji, a village which derives its name from the shrine located here. The village is situated at the foothills of Mount Aravalli. Ambaji shrine is dedicated to Goddess Ambaji, held in great regard by the people of the region. It is the main shrine of the Goddess in Gujarat. The place finds reference in as early as 746 AD, but its actual origin is still unknown.


Mahadev Fair :

Trineteshwar Mahadev Fair of Gujarat is held every year in the month of September at the industrial town of Thangadh in the Saurashtra district. The fair is basically a marriage mart for the local tribes who come there in search of life partners for their children.


Shamlaji Melo :

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