Events in Delhi
Delhi’s cultural scene gets active and brimming between October and March. India’s leading artists, painters, musicians and dancers like to catch the audience in Delhi. During winters, most of the theatre, art, music and dance festivals take place. The Qutab Festivals is one of the best known here. As the name suggests, it is held against the backdrop of this well lit monument and a star-lit sky.
The impressive Republic Day Parade is held every year on the anniversary of the formation of the Indian Republic and serves to showcase the country's military might. Marching columns represent the armed forces accompanied by armoured vehicles, military bands, decorated floats and folk dancers. A highlight is an air display presented by the Indian Air Force.
Delhi puts on a colourful face in March for the light-hearted Festival of Holi, celebrating the triumph of good over evil. The exuberant spring festival starts on the night of full moon when bonfires are lit on street corners to clear the air of evil spirits. The next morning sees the streets full of people of all ages chasing each other and throwing pots of bright coloured powder pigment over each other in uninhibited mischief. The fun ends at noon when everyone retires to wash off the colours and finish the day relaxing.
India's most popular traditional festival, Diwali, with its origins in Hindu mythology, turns the streets of Delhi into a carnival each year. Traditionally all houses are decorated with earthenware lamps and candles for the occasion, and the letting off of firecrackers can reach deafening proportions. Neighbourhoods generally bristle with fun rides, food stalls and curio sellers during the festival. At this time of year, it is customary for people to buy new clothes and household utensils, and exchange sweet gifts.
Delhi, always a colourful city, blooms with the rich hues of hundreds of flowers in February each year when the Garden Tourism Festival gets underway, providing a visual feast for visitors and an extravaganza for the horticulturally inclined. Delhi tourism also provides a full programme of cultural performances and entertainment alongside the flower fest.