Rath Yatra

Religious in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Equivalent to the major chariot festival held annually in Puri in Odisha, this jamboree centres around the hulking chariot of Jagannath (an incarnation of Hindu lord Krishna) being dragged by thousands of devotees along the city's main roads amid much fanfare, ritual, song and dance.

This is also when devotee organisations such as the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) drum up a festive frenzy.