The Far Horizon Magazine

Festivals

Vishu in Kerala

Vishu, Kerala’s spring festival – which occurs during the spring equinox – is a harbinger of a colourful and glorious season. The only major festival occuring after Onam, Vishu marks a celebration of riotous colours, delicious fruits, and the time for farmers to prepare their lands for cultivation. The festival[…]

Six Festivals of South India that Cannot Be Missed

Every festival in South India has a unique origin, rich history, secular nature and deep meaning connected to it that enhances its values and makes it of tremendous importance. Overall, these are six major festivals in South India that are celebrated with unparalleled pomp and enthusiasm. Pongal Pongal marks the[…]

Pongal – Celebrating the Bounty of Harvest

Pongal is an ancient harvest festival of South India, especially Tamil Nadu, celebrated in various manifestations all across India with abundant joy and enthusiasm over the course of four days. The essence of the festival is to get rid of all the elements that create negative energy, thus making room[…]

Nagaur Festival Puppets

The Nagaur Festival of Rajasthan

Nagaur is a small town on the edge of the vast Thar desert and as far as the eye can see, the landscape undulates with varying shades of yellow, whether you’re gazing at the multitude of temples and forts or taking in the desert.  For being a small, indiscernible dot[…]

Theyyam Kerala

Theyyam – An Ancient Sacred Ritual

Colourful costumes, a call to appease and honour divinity, and a ritual form of expression that blends together dance, theatrical performance, and storytelling of the ages. All of these describe one of the oldest dance forms to emerge from the South-Indian cradle; and if you’re visiting Kerala in December, you[…]

3 Festivals In Assam You Cannot Miss

  The Majuli Festival Positioned in the heart of the mighty Brahmaputra, the Majuli Island is home to the largest river island festival in the world, the Majuli festival. Over time, it has transformed into an extravaganza that is now an integral part of Assam’s identity.     The festival[…]

Where to Celebrate Holi in India

The Party Holi – New Delhi Delhi loves its party holis and every year you’re spoiled for choice with a tonne of “farm house” parties being organised. If you’re after a fun day out in a safe environment, these are usually a good bet. While Holi out on the streets[…]

5 Offbeat Rajasthani Festivals

Welcome to Rajasthan – a timeless land where the sombre colors of the desert perfectly complement its vividly coloured festivals. Attending Rajasthani fairs and festivals is an immersive experience like none other. Here we highlight five offbeat events that are well worth planning your next Indian odyssey around. KOLAYAT FAIR[…]

5 Offbeat Festivals in India You Must Experience

When it comes to festivals, no other country can quite equal India in terms of diversity in culture, customs and tradition. The country sees a number of festivals throughout the year celebrating a variety of religions, sects, beliefs, and values Any discussion on the several festivals of India goes beyond the[…]

Experiencing the Aranmula Boat Race, Kerala

Every year during monsoons the state of Kerala, in the south of India, is witness to its many popular snake boat races. A snake boat or the Chundan Vallam is actually a long canoe style boat used in these boat races, which is now part and parcel of the rich[…]