Agra celebrates Muslim festivals such as Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha and Muharrum with congregational prayers. Agra is also popular for its Id Melas and the colourful Tazias taken out on Muharram.
Diwali, the festival of light, is also popularly celebrated here.
The Taj Mahotsav
festival is held in Shilpgram about 1km from the easten gate of taj. Taj Mahotsav is a culturally vibrant platform that brings together the finest Indian crafts and cultural nuances. From folk music, shayari (poetry), classical dance performances, elephant and camel rides to games and a food festival, the event is a celebration of traditional Indian art forms and crafts. Organized by UP Tourism Department, the festival is held between 18th and 27th of February.
The festivities commence with a spectacular procession with bedecked elephants and camels, drum beaters, folk artists and master craftsmen all help to recreate a visual delight reminiscent of the golden era of the Mughal Darbars. The Taj food festival is an experience to savour with exotic cuisines and delicacies and the Craft Mela exhibits exquisite crafts like marble inlays, wood carvings, brass and metal ware, handmade carpets, the blue pottery, the Chikan works, Banares Silk etc.
Other national festivals are also celebrated in Agra like any other region of the country.