This is the celebration of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, Prophet Muhammad's Birthday.
Milad un-Nabi is a gazetted holiday in India and is also known as Nabi Day and Mawlid. It is the occasion of large parades by the Muslim population.
Actually, only Muslim men are parading in the street. Muslim women are not allowed to participate in those public festivities.
For more info about Milad-un-Nabi in India, read www.timeanddate.com/holidays/india/milad-un-nabi .
For more info about Mawlid, read en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mawlid .
I took these photos on January 25, 2013 on the road between Lucknow and Allahabad, probably in Raebareli.
If you can recognize whether this is in Raebareli, please post a comment.
Photos taken in India in 2013
The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.
Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.
See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.