Holi; last full moon of lunar month, Phalguna: Often taking place in February or March, Holi is a delightfully colourful festival to celebrate the arrival of spring. Don’t wear anything you don’t want to have covered in coloured water and powder!
Independence Day; August 15: Upon leaving, the British Raj had no idea what to do with India, such was the diversity of the country. While splitting it from Pakistan was initially a disaster, India is now the symbol of a successful multi-ethnic, pluralistic democracy, and that deserves to be celebrated.
Diwali; new moon of Kartik month on the Hindu calendar: Also known as the festival of lights, Diwali is the counterpoint to Holi, often taking place in October. Expect to see thousands of little twinkling lights adorning all surfaces to signify the victory of light over darkness.