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4 offbeat Indian festivals that you should know!

Team StoryWeavers|October 29, 2019, 09:01 IST| 15

Did you know, every year during the festive season of Onam, special guests visit the Swaraj Ground in Thrissur (Kerala)? 

Those special guests are tigers

Don’t panic! They aren’t real tigers. But artists, who have the big cat’s face painted on their bodies and stripes on their limbs in yellow, red, and black. They dance and enact popular traditional plays during the 10-day celebration. This folk art is known as Puli Kali (‘Puli’ refers to a leopard or a tiger, and ‘Kali’ means ‘to play’ in the Malayalam language). 

Interesting, isn’t it?

There are several such unique festivals celebrated in different parts of our country throughout the year. Come, let’s take a tour across our country and explore some of the offbeat festivals in India.

India is the land of diversity, culture and colorful festivals, where each festival has its own significance. Learning about these offbeat, regional festivals help us understand our country better.

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February 21, 2020

Wow it’s so amazing and cool????

Sara Sreya George

December 5, 2019

i knew about the boat race and onam but others were new to me .Thankyou byju’s for giving me such a wonderful information


November 9, 2019

Thanks for this traditional information

Parikshith raj

November 9, 2019

I know the hornbill bird,but I don’t know there was a festival called as the hornbill festival.

Gurpreet Kaur

November 8, 2019

Desi Olympic! Wow! Interesting ?


November 6, 2019

Thank you Byjus for giving this wonderful information about our country’s offbeat festivals. Never heard about kila Raipur Olympics before.


November 6, 2019

I only like festivals which are eco-friendly. They all are joyful.

Suhani periwal

November 5, 2019

I like this fact presented by Byju’s


November 3, 2019

Is the date of kite festival (makar Sankranti) is same every year ?


November 3, 2019

Thanks Byju’s for such a great information ???✨?

Prathvi mali

November 2, 2019

It is very wonderful app.
It is helpful for self studies.

Sourav J

November 1, 2019

Very interesting and fascinating festivals!

Anuj Kumar Gupta

October 31, 2019

Kila Raipur Olympics isn’t it funny but yes proud of it…


October 31, 2019

Desi Olympics! Really seems new!


October 31, 2019

I like this story . I didn’t know about these festivals but now I know. Thanks to BYJU’s for this wonderful knowledge.


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