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Due to Delhi's live and colorful religious and cultural diversity, several events are held in the city throughout the year. Being the capital of India, several national events such as Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti are celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm in Delhi. The Republic Day Parade, held on 26 January, the day India became a republic, is a large cultural and military parade showcasing India's cultural diversity and military might. Every year on 15 August, the day India achieved independence from Britain, the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation on Delhi Fort.

The popularity of these national events is rivaled by Hindu religious and cultural festivals like Durga Puja, Diwali, Holi, Lohri, and Shivratri and Muslim festivals like Eid and Bakrid. Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is by far the most popular cultural and religous festival in Delhi during which millions of Hindus and Sikhs lit traditional lamps, known as diyas and make rangolis, a colorful pattern drawn on floor. Fireworks is also an integral part of Diwali festivities. Buddha Jayanti, a festival celebarating the birth of Gautama Buddha is also a popular festival in Delhi.

Several other famous events such as Kite Flying Festival, International Mango Festival and Basant Panchami or Spring Festival are held every year in Delhi. The Qutub Festival is a cultural event organized by Delhi Tourism Department every year in October during which performances of musicians and dancers from all over India are showcased at night, with the 12th-century Qutub Minar as the chosen backdrop of the event.

Delhi as multicultural society celebrates all Indian festivals with great gusto including Diwali, Dussehra, Id or Christmas as aslo the festivals typical to the different states. Local festivals include the.

Republic Day (26th January):
A splendid parade along the city's main avenue, Rajpath, commemorates the day India became a republic. Marching soldiers, brass bands,  tanks and armoury, the colourful camel corps folk dancers, shool children, colourful floats and an Air Force fly-past together make in the most spectacular event of the year.

Beating the Retreat (29th January):
A marvellous spectacle of marching bands from the armed forces, is set against the imposing backdrop of the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Secretariats and the setting sun.

Garden Tourism Festival (February):
Held at the Talkatora Gardens, the festival is an annual hourticultural extravaganza with a colourful display of flowers, exotic plants, cultural events etc.

Suraj Kund Mela (February):
The popular Crafts Fair held at Suraj Kund (15 km) is set in a rural ambience, with folk dance, music and food from the different states.

International Mango Festival (July): 
The festival is didicated to the favourite Indian fruit, the Mango.

Phoolwalon ki Sair (Oct.): 
A marvellous flower seller's festival that originated in the 16th century. Beautiful floral fans, taken in procession at Mehrauli are blessed at the shrine of the Sufi Saint Kwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki and at the Hindu Temple of Jogmaya.

Qutab Festival (November):
It is a cultural event held in the magical setting of the Qutab Complex.





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