Top Festivals In India In August 2019
India is known world-wide for its rich culture, ancient traditions and colorful festivities. This is the thing which not only makes India unique but also attracts a lot of admirers from places across all over the globe.
When in India, not even a single day can be termed as boring because being amidst such fun, happiness, smile and colorful chaos one can be anything but not bored! Not even a single month passes by without having at least a few festivals, it can be said that in India every month is blesses with a bucketful of exciting festivals which not only bring people closer and united but also teaches people about the country’s propensity.
If you are you planning a trip to India in the month of August, then you are going in the right way as this month is seriously gifted with some amazing bunch of festivals. Come, lets have a look at some of best festivals out of the whole lot!
1. Nag Panchami
Date: August 5, 2019
India is a land where love is not only limited to humans but is also extended to animals, plants, things, etc. Moreover, some animals are also considered sacred and according to the Hindu Mythology are associated with Lords. Similar is the case with the snakes.
Once you visit the Southern States of India then you will realise the utmost devotion of the people towards these serpents. Although there are many different sets of traditions and rituals followed in various regions of India but one thing that remains common is that these reptiles are considered divine like the Lords. Nag Panchami is the day of snakes and the common ritual practiced by people include offering a treat of honey and milk to the snakes, especially to Cobra.
According to the Hindu Mythology snakes are considered to be quite dear to Lord Shiva, hence on the auspicious occasion of Nag Panchami people worship and seek blessing at Shiva Temples.
Though celebrated throughout the country but if you want to witness the pure, traditional celebrations of this festival you can visit the rural areas of Maharashtra or temples in Andhra Pradesh, Jaipur, Chennai and Kerala.
Tip: When you go to Shiva Temples during Nag Panchami festival and someone with a snake comes to you asking for milk or alms, don’t be scared as the snake won’t bite, rather you must seek blessings!
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2. Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race
Date: August 10, 2019
Destination : Kerala
This prestigious event is happening from as long as the year 1952 in the splendour of God’s own city, Kerala. With a huge crowd of audience to cheer for the boat race, the enthusiasm, happiness and excitement of the place surpasses the quiet atmosphere of the exotic Punnamada Lake.
In this exceptional festival of Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race the main spotlight falls on the ceremonial water processions which are unlike any other in the whole world. Moreover, in addition to this beauty and the tasteful decorations around the place, there are the mesmerizing snake boats which put the crystal blue waters of the calm lake to fire.
Visiting this festival which is held on the waters of lake Punnamada, Alappuzha in Kerala is truly a once in a lifetime kind of opportunity which one should not miss!
Tip: Go timely to the place to reserve front spots for yourself and watch all the festivities and decoration closely.
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3. Bakri Eid
Bakri Eid is one of the major festivals of the Muslims, which is celebrated on the 10th day of the month Zil-Haj (according to Muslim calendar). It is observed by Muslims remembering the offer of Prophet Ibrahim’s to sacrifice his son.
This festival is also known as Id-ul-Azha, people offer prayers at mosques. It is then followed by feasting and rejoicing.
4. Independence Day
Date: August 15, 2019
India is one independent country and it celebrates its independence from Britain one 15th August since the year 1947. It is one of the biggest and most important celebrations for the Indian citizens and around this day you can literally feel the presence of patriotism floating in the air.
The celebrations begin a day before with a patriotic speech by the President of India and continue till the next day, that is, the Independence Day where the Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag and addresses the nation at the Red Fort.
As a tribute to the national heroes, the Indian Armed Forces along with the paramilitary put up a march past show. Though the main celebrations happen at Red Fort in New Delhi, but the day is celebrated with equal enthusiasm in all the different states, localities, schools and educational institutions of India.
The day is marked as a National Holiday, so that the people can actively participate in the festivities. Kite flying is one activity which has turned into a ritual that is performed every year this day by hundreds of people.
Tip: To catch the best experience of kite flying and to see a sky filled with a number of dotted, colorful kites go to the Chandni Chowk area in Old Delhi.
5. Raksha Bandhan
Date: August 15, 2019
Known by different names like Nariyal Poornima and Kajari Poornima but widely known as Raksha Bandhan, this is one of the favourite festivals celebrated all over in India.
Highlighting the love of sisters and brothers, on this day as a symbol of chaste love all the sisters tie beautifully crafted Rakhis, which can be a simple thread as moli or decorated with stones and stickers, on the wrists of their brothers to bring them good luck.
Some even believe that tying of Rakhi, is a way of thanking by the sisters to their brothers for always protecting them. This one of the prime festivals, spreads love throughout the country.
Tip: Go to the local markets and according to your desire explore some really trendy, funky or traditional Rakhi.
6. Krishna Janmashtami
Date: August 24, 2019
Krishna Janmashtami is one festival, which is celebrated with lots of love, fun and happiness throughout India. The reason behind the lavish celebration of this festival is that Krishna Janmashtami is considered as the birthday of one of the greatest Hindu Lord, Krishna who is believed to be the blue-skinned incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Though on this day every place is echoing of the ongoing festivities but to witness the best celebrations with elaborate rituals you must head to Mathura, the birth place of Lord Krishna.
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Other than Mathura, one place which gives it a tough competition is Mumbai, where the unique ritual of “Dahi Handi”, wherein an earthen pot containing curd, butter and money is tied up at a height and a group of young people form human pyramids to reach Handi and break it, will instantly catch your heart.
Other rituals include decorating temples, singing devotional songs, enacting skits, dancing and fasting. Lord Krishna is considered as one of the most mischievous God’s, hence his celebrations are also completely fun-filled!
Tip: For adding on to the celebrations combine devotion with some great delicacies including the delicious pedas and the buttery lassi of Mathura and Gokul.
If you a curious soul who loves knowing about different religions and their traditions as well as customs, then we can assure you that visit to India will be a wonderful experience for you which you will not regret even one bit. As long as you have the feeling of devotion and a desire of being a part of the ongoing festivities every person of every religion is welcomed in the festivals of India!
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