What's On in Mumbai
With something happening just about every week, expats will never run out of things to do. Some of the most popular annual events in Mumbai include:
Kala Ghoda Bazaar (November to January)
The sounds of street musicians and delicious aromas of the Kala Ghoda Bazaar are an unmissable cultural experience. The markets take place every Sunday over two months near the Jehangir Art Gallery.
The Banganga Festival is a musical extravaganza performed at the Banganga tank at Walkeshwar every year. Expect top artists and excellent classical performances.
Elephanta Festival (February)
A fantastic day out that starts with a ferry ride from the Gateway of India in Colaba to the small island of Elephanta. Here, renowned dancers and musicians perform against the backdrop of caves dedicated to the god Shiva.
Nariyal Poornima (August)
Also called Coconut Day, this fisherman's celebration marks the end of the monsoon season and sees painted boats, garlands of flowers and oil lamps set afloat. Coconuts are broken against the bows as an offering to the sea.
Ganesh Chaturthi (September)
Expats who are unaccustomed to the Hindu religion will love the festivities that surround the birthday of Ganesha, the elephant-headed God of Wisdom and Prosperity.
Mumbai Film Festival (October)
The Mumbai Film Festival, first held in 1998, continues to attract entries from all over the world, along with the accompanying film aficionados.
The Festival of Lights symbolises the victory of truth and the lifting of spiritual darkness, and marks the start of the Hindu New Year. Fireworks illuminate the sky and oil lamps light the windows of homes across Mumbai.