There are lots of fantastic yearly events and celebrations in Delhi that expats can look forward to. Delhi is rich in culture, religion and tradition and, as such, many annual events are linked to religious festivals. Expats can learn about Indian culture and history at these events while enjoying all things bright, colourful, fun and unique.
Below are some of the highlights and Delhi's not-to-be-missed events.
Annual events in Delhi
Republic Day Parade (January)
Celebrations take place throughout India each year and the Delhi parade is the largest in the country. It takes place along Rajpath by the India Gate war memorial, and expats will be thrilled by this grand display of the culture and heritage of India.
Garden Tourism Festival (February)
Expats will notice that in the month of February the city blooms with colours as Delhi's Garden Tourism Festival starts to seduce residents with its intoxicating fragrances. This chance to take in the city's floral beauty is a must for all Delhi expats, and attendees can also enjoy performances by local bands while sampling fare from the mini food festival at the event.
Holi is a celebrated Hindu festival to mark the onset of spring and celebrate the victory of good over evil. The night before the festival, bonfires are lit all over the city. The next day, people throw bright powders of all shades at each other, covering the city (and everyone in it) in a riot of colour. Holi makes for some spectacular scenes and truly authentic experiences.
International Mango Festival (July)
India is the largest producer of mangoes in the world. Delhi Tourism hosts this celebration of all things mango, usually held at Talkatora Stadium. Over 500 types of mangoes are on show as well as a number of events, including a mango-eating competition, a prize-giving for the biggest mango and live demonstrations of mango recipes by local chefs.
Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is India’s most popular traditional festival. Houses are decorated with oil lamps and candles, the sound of firecrackers echo through the streets and the skies light up with explosive firework shows. It is customary at this time of year for Delhi’s residents to buy new clothing and household items, so expats should make good use of the festival and kit themselves (and their home) out.