Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (Feb). The country’s largest multicultural festival is held across nine days, with hundreds of events covering literature, performing and visual arts, among many other things.

Elephanta Festival (Feb/March). Two- to three-day festival that sees classical Indian dance performed against the backdrop of the eponymous caves.

Ganesh Chaturthi (Aug/Sept). Ten days celebrating the beloved elephant-headed god Ganesha: street processions, loud music and lots of dancing culminate in idols of the god being immersed in the sea on the final day.

Krishna Janmashtami (Aug). The birthday of Lord Krishna sees mass celebrations in the city, including special decorations and chanting of hymns at temples and homes, and rangoli (colourful floor designs).

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