Makar Sankranti Mela (mid-Jan). Pilgrims from across India gather in Rajgir to bathe in the hot springs and herald the coming of spring.

Sarhul (March). Popular village celebration among the adivasi peoples of Jharkhand, welcoming the new blossom on the sal trees with music and dancing.

Pataliputra Mahotsava (March). Patna celebrates its illustrious history with music, dancing and public events.

Chatth Puja (March/April and Oct/Nov). An ancient festival dedicated to the Vedic sun god Surya, celebrated twice a year.

Patna Sahib Mahotsav (May). Annual cultural festival put on by Bihar Tourism around Patna’s Harimandir Sahib.

Rajgir Mahotsav (Nov). Three-day festival of dance and music in Rajgir.

Sonepur Mela (Nov/Dec). Huge annual sadhu gathering at the confluence of the Gandak and the Ganges at Sonepur.

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