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World over various occasions and events are celebrated or observed. These events and occasions can be Festivals, Fairs, Important Days, Carnivals, Fetes, Ceremonies, National Holidays, Observations etc. These all have different names but in general they are all same names of different social gatherings. These can be annual, weekly, monthly or otherwise depending upon the country where it is being observed. A Festival is a special occasion of feasting or celebration, that is usually religious. There can be many different types of festival, like Halloween and Christmas. The word 'Fest' derives from the Middle English, from Middle French word 'Festivus', from the Latin word 'Festivus'. Festival was first recorded as a noun in 1589. Before it had been used as an adjective from the fourteenth century, meaning to celebrate a church holiday. There are numerous types of festivals in the world. Though many have religious origins, others involve seasonal change or have some cultural significance. Certain institutions celebrate their own festival (often called "fests") to mark some significant occasions in their history. These occasions could be the day these institutions were founded or any other event which they decide to commemorate periodically.

Important Days and Festivals - Important Days are either celebrated or observed for a noble cause, as a remembrance or as tribute to some important event / personality. But in modern times various Days have cropped up which are not really important or have a significant importance. Such days have been popularised by various commercial establishments all over the world. Today there is no Day of the year which has been named or is not observed or associated with one thing or the other. And the numbers are still rising and that day is not far when a Single Day will have Multiple observations. Important Days are generally associated with Organisations of repute and serve a bigger purpose of benefiting people world over by supporting and promoting causes which are for the welfare of the society as a whole. United Nations is one such Organisation which has established and sponsored such noble causes. On the other hand Festivals are tradition based and have far more acceptability than Important Days. Therefore the are observed with much more enthusiasm and participation. They also have their roots in Ancient Customs and traditions because of which they are more popular. Though these too have not escaped commercialisation. But as a whole they are more grounded than animated. Happy New Year and Christmas are two most popular social events in the world.

Types of Festivals

  • Arts Festival
  • Beer Festival
  • Comedy Festival
  • Country Specific Festival
  • Film Festivals
  • Fire Festival
  • Folk Festival
  • Food Festival
  • Literary Festival
  • Mela Festival
  • Music Festival
  • Religious Festival
  • Renaissance Festival
  • Rock Festival
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Science Festival
  • Storytelling Festivals
  • Theatre Festivals
  • Wine Festivals
  • Electronic Festival
  • Celebration Festival


Some Important Days

  • Anti Drug Day
  • Child Rights Day
  • Girl Child Day
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • International Labour Day
  • May Day
  • National Labour Day
  • Ozone Day
  • Prevention of Blindness Week
  • Road Safety Week
  • Teacher's Day
  • World AIDS Day


Festivals in India - Festivals have been celebrated since the Vedic age. In those times the Aryans ruled over the Sapta Sindhu region and the oldest Indian texts, the Vedas, were composed. They were born out of the ritualistic worship that was performed to appease the Gods, the masters of nature. However, they evolved into special occasions, days which broke the monotony of the daily struggle of life, days of enjoyment and entertainment. Women looked forward to these days, as they were relieved of their duties from the house. Apart from religious ceremonies, festivals were also days for chariot races, religious dramas, dances, musical performances and gambling. Arenas were set up where young men participated in wrestling competitions. The atmosphere was one of freedom, joy and celebration. In India Diwali is the most Popular and Common Festivals which is celebrated by all communities in India. Diwali is also observed in various countries like U.S.A, Canada, many European and Asian Countries as well. In these countries, Diwali is even observed as a Public Holiday. Other Popular Festivals are - Holi, Gurpurab, Id, , 

Some Important Ancient Festivals

  • Grishmaparva - It was held on a full-moon day during the month of Phagun (February / March)
  • Ashtanika - An important Jain festival that lasted eight days. Jain deities were worshipped after a holy bath.
  • Sun Festivals - In these Sun god Surya was worshipped, especially by the Hindus of Multan.
  • The Bow Festival - It was celebrated by kings and noblemen for the worship of Shiva. Bows and arrows were decorated and worshipped. An especially famous occasion on which this festival was celebrated was during the Dhanur Yajna, where Ram won over Sita, as recorded in the Ramayana.
  • Dohada Purana - It took place in the spring, when women mated with trees, which once "married", were said to have blossomed. An unusual, romantic ritual. With time, the old religions diversified to form new sects and forms of belief. A number of these rituals and ceremonies faded away, to be replaced by varied methods of worship.


Importance of Festivals and Alike

  • Festivals provide entertainment to the Audience as well as the participants
  • Such occasions keep the ancient Traditions and Customs alive which would cease to exist if they were not observed
  • Festivals which focus on Cultural or Ethnic topics seek to inform members of their traditions
  • They also act as a source of knowledge transfer from one (old ) to another (new) generation
  • They also acts as means for uniting a community, culture, families etc.
  • These celebrations also offer a sense of belonging for religious social, or geographical groups.
  • Festivals also offer economic opportunity for those involved in merchandising these occasions.
  • Festivals are also associated with Tourism and as such act as a source of income for the people, capital for the government and dissemination of information amongst foreigners about different cultures and people.
List of important Days in 2014
Important days in JanuaryImportant days in FebruaryImportant days in MarchImportant days in April
  • April Fools' Day
  • Attuvela Mahotsavam
  • Baisagn
  • Monyu
  • Orissa Day
  • Prevention of Blindness Week
  • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
  • Gangaur
  • International Children's Book Day
  • Mewar Festival
  • Pascua Florida Day
  • Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
  • World Autism Awareness Day
  • Aoleang Monyu
  • International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
  • World Rat Day
  • Indian National Maritime Day
  • International Pillow Fight Day
  • Mopin Festival
  • Ashok Ashtami
  • International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda
  • Winnipeg Comedy Festival
  • World Health Day
  • Ram Navami
  • Filipino Valour Day
  • Karni Mata Mela
  • Chaitra Parba
  • Chaitraul
  • Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
  • Kashmir Tulip Festival
  • Kundang Lem
  • World Aviation and Cosmonautics Day
  • Hingula Yatra
  • International Special Librarians Day
  • Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Day
  • Jammu Festival
  • Mahavir Jayanti
  • Palm Sunday
  • Shad Suk Mynsiem Festival
  • Songkran
  • Ambedkar Jayanti
  • Baisakhi
  • Chaitra Chaudas Mela
  • Indian Women's Savings Day
  • Last day of Passover
  • Sangken Festival
  • Sanken Festival
  • Tamil New Year (Varushapirapu)
  • Vishu
  • Vishuva Sankranti (Pana Sankranti)
  • Basoa Festival
  • Bengali New Year (Poila Baisakh)
  • Bihu
  • Father Damien Day
  • World Creativity and Innovation Week
  • Emancipation Day
  • Inferno Metal Festival - Norway
  • Yamuna Jayanti
  • Green Apple Festival
  • Holy Thursday
  • National Folk Festival, Australia
  • Tax Day - USA
  • World Haemophilia Day
  • Bahu Mela
  • Cambridge Science Festival
  • Good Friday
  • New York City's Tribeca Film Festival
  • World Heritage Day
  • Holy Saturday
  • Swaminarayan Jayanti
  • Easter Day
  • Mahaveer Ji Fair
  • Moh Mol Festival
  • Patriot's Day
  • San Jacinto Day
  • Chithirai Festival
  • Oklahoma Day
  • World Earth Day
  • Global Road Safety Week
  • International Dance Festival Birmingham
  • Parasuram Jayanti
  • St. George's Day
  • World Book and Copyright Day
  • Administrative Professionals Day
  • Halifax Comedy Festival
  • International Guide Dog Day
  • Sydney Comedy Festival
  • World Day for Animals in Laboratories
  • Baseli Puja
  • First day of Passover
  • Hanuman Jayanti
  • Harrogate Spring Flower Show
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
  • Karaga Festival
  • Mela Masani Mata
  • Ottawa International Writers Festival
  • World Malaria Day
  • Arbor Day
  • World Intellectual Property Day
  • Yom Ha'atzmaut
  • Save The Frogs Day
  • Chosker
  • International Day of Search & Rescue Dogs
  • Workers' Memorial Day
  • Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day
  • International Dance Day
  • International Day of the Dog
  • Umsan Nongkharai
Important days in MayImportant days in JuneImportant days in July
  • Canada Day
  • International Joke Day
  • National Doctor's Day - India
  • Van Mahotsav
  • World Sports Journalists Day
  • Garden Festival - Croatia
  • Kalachakra Puja
  • American Independence Day
  • Metaltown Festival - Sweden
  • Bikini Day
  • Calgary Stampede
  • Dree Festival
  • Godiva Carnival Procession
  • Acton Carnival
  • Festival of San Fermin
  • International Day of Cooperatives
  • International Kissing Day
  • St. Pauls Carnival
  • World Zoonoses Day
  • Cowley Road Carnival
  • Global Forgiveness Day
  • Norwich Lord Mayor Carnival
  • Tuluni
  • Behdienkhlam
  • Pori Festival - Himachal Pradesh
  • Just for Laughs Comedy Festival - Montreal
  • Taste of Chicago
  • Electric Elephant Festival
  • Naadam Festival
  • World Population Day
  • Brentwood Cornfest
  • Drupka Teshi
  • Dukpa Tse Shi
  • Bhanu Jayanti
  • Fairchild's International Mango Festival
  • Naknyu Lem
  • Newham Carnival
  • Pori Jazz Festival
  • Brighton Carnival
  • Khuthonye
  • Pay Roll Savings Day - India
  • Harela Mela
  • Karsha Gustor Festival
  • Kharchi Puja
  • Aadi Pirappu
  • International Justice Day
  • Rock Fest - U.S.A
  • Guru Rimpoche's Trungkar Tshechu
  • International Nelson Mandela Day
  • Burmese Martyrs' Day
  • Cleethorpes Carnival Parade
  • Derby Caribbean Carnival
  • National Ice Cream Day - U.S.A.
  • Reggae Sumfest
  • Asalha Puja
  • Guru Purnima
  • Love Parade
  • Gilroy Garlic Festival
  • Jazz in Marciac Festival
  • Kargil Vijay Diwas
  • Coventry Caribbean Festival
  • Gloucester Carnival
  • Iglesia ni Cristo Day
  • Liverpool International Carnival
  • Sandown Main Carnival
  • World Hepatitis Day
  • Eid-ul-Fitr
  • Minjar Mela
  • World Tiger Day
Important days in August
  • Australian Science Festival
  • Tsüngrem Mong
  • World Breastfeeding Week
  • Aadi Perukku
  • Hastings Old Town Carnival
  • International Forgiveness Day
  • Leicester Caribbean Carnival
  • Birmingham International Carnival
  • Diocese of Cleveland Family Festival
  • Folklorama Festival
  • International Friendship Day
  • Metumniu
  • Hiroshima Day
  • Metemneo Festival
  • Tendong Lho Rum Faat
  • World Cat Day
  • Aadi Pooram
  • Edinburgh International Festival
  • Gäubodenvolksfest
  • International day of Solidarity with the struggle of Women in South Africa and Namibia
  • International Day of the World's Indigenous People
  • Kranti Diwas (Quit India Movement Day)
  • Midwest Reggae Festival
  • Nagasaki Peace Day
  • Balham and Tooting Carnival
  • Cardiff MAS Carnival
  • Caribbean Carnival of Manchester
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival
  • Raksha Bandhan
  • Esala Perahera
  • Nag Panchami (Gugga Naumi)
  • International Youth Day
  • Victory over Japan Day
  • Great British Beer Festival
  • International Lefthanders Day
  • Pakistan's Independence Day
  • Gwangbokjeol (Liberation Day of Korea)
  • Indian Independence Day
  • Pori Folk Festival
  • Ryde Carnival
  • Nottingham Caribbean Carnival
  • V Festival
  • Carnaval del Pueblo
  • Devizes Carnival
  • Parsi New Year
  • Rongchu Gala
  • World Photography Day
  • Balaram Jayanti
  • Gamha Purnima
  • Kandali Festival
  • Sadhbhavana Divas
  • Sanskrit Day
  • World Mosquito Day
  • Chinese Ghost Festival
  • Ninoy Aquino Day
  • Phang Lhabsol
  • Trung Nguyen Festival
  • Weymouth Carnival
  • Montreal World Film Festival
  • Kajli Teej Festival
  • Seoul International Youth Film Festival
  • Leeds West Indian Carnival
  • National GoTopless Protest day
  • Araw ng mga Bayani
  • Burning Man Festival
  • Women's Equality Day
  • Khudurukuni Osha
  • Janmashtami
  • La Tomatina
  • Venice Film Festival
  • Ganesh Chaturthi
  • National Sports Day of India
  • Telugu Language Day
  • North Carolina Apple Festival
  • MuslimFest - Toronto
Important days in September
  • Amongmong Festival
  • Installation anniversary of Guru Granth Sahibji
  • Ladakh Festival
  • Manarcad Perunnal
  • National Nutrition Week - India
  • Solung Festival
  • Hamir Utsav
  • World Coconut Day
  • Bhaderwah Mela
  • World Chocolate Day
  • Neelamperoor Pooram Padayani
  • Festival Western de Saint-Tite
  • Phulaich Fair
  • British Science Festival
  • Onam
  • International Literacy Day
  • Teej
  • World First Aid Day
  • Mim Kut
  • Paryushana
  • Tarnetar Mela
  • Nuakhai
  • Bera Utsav
  • Kendal Torchlight Carnival
  • Engineers' Day (India)
  • Heikru Hitongba (Heikru Hidongba)
  • International Day of Democracy
  • Sanchayika Day
  • Ozone Day
  • Sair Fair
  • Tsukimi Festival (moon viewing festival)
  • Vallarpadam Perunnal
  • Jackson County Apple Festival
  • Vishwakarma Puja
  • Anant Chaturthi
  • Baba Sodal Mela
  • Chappar Mela
  • Dusseldorf Festival
  • Hackney Carnival
  • Kshamavani Parva
  • Ottawa International Animation Festival
  • Bhadrapada Ambaji Fair
  • International Talk Like a Pirate Day
  • Moon Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival )
  • Aranmula Vallamkali
  • Festes de La Mercè
  • Monterey Jazz Festival
  • Pitr Paksha
  • San Sebastian International Film Festival
  • Winnipeg International Writers Festival
  • Abergavenny Food Festival
  • International Day of Peace
  • International Red Panda Day
  • Oktoberfest
  • World Alzheimer's Day
  • Girl Child Week - India
  • World Car Free Day
  • Durham Children's Groundwater Festival
  • Sairi Festival
  • Raindance Film Festival
  • CSIR Foundation Day
  • European Day of Languages
  • MOJA Arts Festival
  • World Maritime Day
  • World Tourism Day
  • Gunners Day - India
  • Malvern Autumn Show
  • Shirdi Sai Baba Birthday
  • World Rabies Day
  • Navakhana
  • World Deaf Day
  • World Heart Day
  • Basdoda Fair
  • International Translation Day
  • Ram Barat
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