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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the most famous festivals and events celebrated in Delhi?

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Come, take a look at some of the most festivals and events celebrated in Delhi.

  • Republic Day: The Republic Day celebrations on 26th January every year is a colourful affair complete with pompous military parades and spectacular processions at Rajpath. Heart thudding aerobatic performances are carried out by Air Force daredevils. Festivities end with the gala Beating Retreat ceremony.

  • Independence Day: Patriotism again reaches a crescendo on 15th August, the day India shook off British yoke formally. The Prime Minister hoists the national flag at the spectacular Red Fort and the event is flashed all over TV networks. The sky becomes a colourful canopy as people fly kites with a vengeance, while booming catchy cries of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ rend the air.

  • Auto Expo: A paradise for automobile aficionados, the larger than life Auto Expo is held every two years at the Pragati Maidan. With keen participation of automobile majors both from India and overseas, the Auto Expo makes for a grand event. In fact, it is the largest Asian and the world’s second largest auto show. This is perhaps the best place to catch an eyeful of dozens of irresistible models from the stables of eminent manufacturers all under one roof.

  • World Book Fair: Often addressed as the ‘Book Capital of India’, Delhi organises the World Book Fair with great gusto at Pragati Maidan. This biannual festival is the world’s second largest book exhibition event and has registered the participation of some 23 countries together! This is also India’s oldest book fair and countless bookworms stream into Pragati Maidan to make it a roaring success every season.

  • India International Trade Fair: This is another spectacular event organised at Pragati Maidan. Products are displayed from across a world of segments such as Electronics, Automobiles, Beauty and Healthcare, Kitchen and Household appliances and Textiles and Garments. This annual event is held from 14th to 27th November. The event also doubles up as foodie’s heaven with participants from different parts of the country organising food stalls.

This is not all. Most other festivals such as Diwali, Christmas, Gandhi Jayanti, Durga Puja, Eid, and Holi pepper Delhi with a crazy shade of colours. Every festival is celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm. So if you are in Delhi during the festival season, gear up for some fun and frolic.

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