What's On in Mumbai
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With something happening just about every week, expats will never run out of things to do. See below for a rundown of the city's unmissable festivals and celebrations.
Annual events in Mumbai
Banganga Festival (January)
The Banganga Festival is a musical extravaganza performed at the Banganga tank at Walkeshwar Temple every year. Expect top artists and excellent classical performances.
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (February)
This exciting annual celebration is held with the intention of making Kala Ghoda the arts district of Mumbai. The festival has 12 sections, including visual arts, music, dance, food and more, so expats will have plenty to explore.
Elephanta Festival (February)
A fantastic day out that starts with a ferry ride from Mumbai Harbour to the small island of Elephanta. Here, dancers and musicians perform against the backdrop of caves dedicated to the god Shiva.
Nariyal Poornima (July/August)
Also called Coconut Day, this fisherman's celebration marks the end of the monsoon season and the beginning of the year's fishing season. Painted boats, garlands of flowers and oil lamps are set afloat on the water as an offering to the sea.
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.