Cultural Events in Ahmedabad in January
Gujarat is known for its rich and colourful culture. With a history that goes back to the Harappan civilization, Gujarat is home tofollowers of many major religions including Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, etc.
Festivals and fairs are the lifeblood of Gujarati people and they love to express their happiness and joy through various cultural events.
January is when winter chill starts to ebb, giving way to spring. This special time is celebrated across the state through various cultural events.
It is one of the biggest festivals of Gujarat, also called as Makar Sankranti. Generally, it is celebrated on January 14 or 15, every year. People gather on terraces to fly kites of various colours to celebrate Makar Sanskranti or Uttrayana. A special dish called Undhiyu is prepared and consumed with Jalebi to mark the celebration. Kite flyers compete each others in kite flying, a person who successfully cuts other’s kite becomes the winner. The sky becomes colourful with the flying kites. To promote the festival, Tourism Corporation of Gujarat organises a kite festival. Local sightseeing tours for members of kite flying clubs and tourists are organised before and after the festival. A trip to the Kite museum at Paldi, which is one of the few of it's kind in the world with over 100 kites collected by Bhanu Shah is part of the festival package.
Modhera Dance Festival
Each January,the Sun temple at Modhera hosts a week-long dance festival, where classical dances from across the country are presented in setting similar to the ones in which they were originally performed.
Location: Sun temple, Modhera, Gujarat. (2 hour drive from Ahmedabad)
Date: Jan20–22, ,2017
Link to Festival: http://www.gujaratindia.com/about-gujarat/modhera-festival.htm
From the vast salt marsh known as the Rann of Kutch, to theruins of the Harappan civilization at Dholavira, Kutch has something forto offer to everyone. Kutch Mahotsava is celebrated during February and March every year, when visitors are taken on a six-day tour of Kutch.
Location: Kutch, Gujarat
Date: November 1, 2016 to February 20, 2017
Sanskruti Kunj Fair
The fair is celebrated in Gujarat’s capital city of Gandhinagar,to mark the arrival of spring. The10-day fairshowcases folk performances from all over the country.
Location: J Road, Indorada Village, Nr Sarita Udhyan, Gandhinagar
Date: To be declared
Other than the ones mentioned above, there are many other small fairs and festivals held around the year, that can help in discovering India’s rich culture and heritage.