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One would never fail to guess what shine with dazzling brightness in the city of Surat. Undoubtedly, it is the polished diamonds for which the city is primarily known for. However, there is something more that gleams brilliantly with spectacular colours and that too frequently and that is the ravishing festivals in Surat. Surat, just like the rest of India has a wide array of traditions and customs that far from being withering away have strengthened and entrenched deep into people’s life. The gleam of the city can be seen at the time of its festivals, where people wrap themselves all in colours that, which enhances the occasions and put life into it. And to add to the excitement of the people as well as travellers, Surat food festival is also celebrated profoundly. After all, love for food and drinks would know no boundary if the city is into celebrating all the season of flavours and tastes.
The list of festivals starts with Makarsakranti or Surat Kite Festival, which takes place in January. During this time, the people of Surat prepare vibrant kites and fly them up in the sky, which seems like a colourful tiny bird sparkling the city. It is the time when people from all over the city, young or old, rich or poor come together and turn the sky into one of the gleeful sights. Navaratri is another superb festival in Surat, which is celebrated with great fanfare. Although this festival is celebrated all over India but in Surat, it adds a complete enthusiasm to the people. During this festival, people wear ethnic attire and perform the traditional dance known as Dandia, one of the most enchanting dances in India. Apart from these occasions, there is also a flower festival in Surat, which has become extremely popular over the years. During this time, people create a different sculpture using a variety of colourful flowers and spend the day with the merrymaking on the ground. Surat startup festival is also gaining a lot of popularity with every passing year.
The list of festivals in Surat would incomplete without the mention of food, which has also been listed in the list of celebration. The Surat food festival is organised by the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) every year during the Navratri on Athwa party plot. This festival consists of more than fifty food stalls that serve all the delicacies and Surti cuisines. It includes the famous dhokla, locho, khaman, ghari, etc. This festival also includes a number of traditional recipes in the city and serve delectable food with love. During the time of Surat food festivals, the SMC also organises a cooking competition where school children take part in the preparation and prepare different cultural food. The stalls also include various other dishes from across India and for the sweet tooth, it has Gujarati sweets and desserts. It is the best time to visit Surat since it serves with both the pleasure of sight with the Navratri and treats for your taste bud.