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Important Delhi Festivals & Fairs -

Republic Day (26th January)
A splendid parade along the city's main avenue, Rajpath, celebrates Republic Day, the day India became a republic country gaining true sovereignty. Marching soldiers, brass bands, tanks and armoury, the multi-hued camel corps, folk dancers, school children, colourful floats and an Air Force fly-past together make it the most extravagant event of the year. The President of India along with invited foreign dignitaries attend the celebration while the President gives away the bravery medals to the people from armed forces and civilians. Each and every part of the country is represented on this occasion celebrating the true harmony of this diverse country, India.

Beating the Retreat (29th January)
Three days after the Republic Day parade, a colorful ceremony 'Beating Retreat' is held at the Vijay Chowk in New Delhi reviving the ancient war custom according to which troops stop fighting at the sunset. The sound of bugles sharp at 6 pm and the lowering of the National Flag marks the formal end to the Republic Day celebration. The imposing backdrop of the Rashtrapati Bhawan while the sun in its way to set creates a awe-inspiring ambience in the heart of the city.

Garden Tourism Festival (February)
The ancient Talkatora Gardens, built by Mughal Emperor Babar celebrates extravagant Garden festival every year in the month of February with a colourful display of hundreds of flowers and exotic plants causing a colour riot to the atmosphere. A visual retreat itself, the Talkatora garden spreads a fresh air in the capital during February.

Another annual Garden Festival, held at Delhi's Said-ul-Ajaib or Garden of the Five Senses in February, presents a plenty of floral displays, themed gardens, horticultural demonstrations and activities.
Kite-flying Festival
This festival is held in the month of January basically on the Makar Sankranti day on the green lawns above Palika Bazaar, Connaught Place. This colourful extravaganza attracts national as well as international participants

Thyagaraja Festival
An enthusiastic display of South Indian music and dance, is held opposite Jawaharlal Nehru University at Vaikunthnath temple and is held in the month of February.

Amir Khusrau's anniversary
His anniversary is held in April with a fair in Nizamuddin dargah and prayers and qawwali singing. The event also sees the National Drama Festival which is mostly staged at the Rabindra Bhawan.

International Mango Festival
A very interesting event, with over five hundred varieties of mango available. This show is hosted in Talkatora Stadium in the month of July. All the 500 varieties of mangoes are available for the tourists to try.

In early October, a festival specific to Mehrauli, in Delhi, takes place. This is the Phulwalon-ki-Sair or the Flower Sellers Procession, which originated in the 16th century. The highlight is a procession of people carrying decorated floral fans, which are blessed at the shrine of the 13th century Sufi saint, Khwaja Utb-ud-din Bakhtyar Kaki and at the Hindu temple of Jogmaya, both in Mehrauli. The procession ends with a formal ceremony at the Jahaz Mahal, a 16th century pleasure resort by the side of a lake.

Qutub Festival
Delhi Tourism organises the popular Qutub Festival in October. Musicians and dancers perform at night by the city's 12th century landmark, the Qutub Minar. This festival gives tourists a glimpse of the cultural grandeur of India.

Delhi Book Fair (September)
If you are a book-worm, September is the right time for you to visit Delhi as the city comes alive with the extravagant book fair held at Pragati Maidan promoting all the high profile works and new editions published recently in India. From trade magazines and literature books to the computer software, you name it and you will get it here. The impressive collection of classics and rare books make it a must visit destination for the book lovers.

International Trade Fair (14 th November)
Held at Pragati Maidan, International Trade Fair starts on 14th November every year and is a big event for the business community of India. Corporates coming from all over the world participate in this mega fair and finalize their deals. The fair runs for thirteen days and is a major tourist attraction in the city.


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