Festivals of India, August - 2018

Fairs / Festivals August 2018
Month Festival Place
August 12, 2018 Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race Kerala
August 15, 2018 Indian Independence Day All over India
August 15, 2018 Onam South India
August 21, 2018 Eid al-Adha All India
August 26 , 2018 Raksha Bandhan North India
August 29 – September 8, 2018 Velankanni Church Feast Tamil Nadu

 

India is indeed a land of festivals. In bengale there is a quote which says "baro mashe tero parbon", meaning there are only 12 months in a year but 13 festivals to celebrate. Let’s take a look at the festivals and fairs coming up in the month of August.

Indian Independence Day

When: August 15th

The day that India broke free of the clutches of the British Raj is celebrated as the Independence Day all over the country. It is a day of great pride and joy for the Indians, and is celebrated with great pomp and show.

Celebrations: Flag hoisting marks the Independence Day. The Tiranga is hoisted in schools, official buildings, hospitals, government buildings a day before Independence Day as on that day it is a national holiday, and all institutions remain closed etc. Even the hospitals run only on skeleton staff.

The capital cities of all the states have a parade of march-past ceremony where the chief minister of the state accepts the salute. Kite flying is a tradition associated with Independence Day and the skies can be seen covered with kites with the Tri Colours.

The real action of course takes place in the Red Fort area of the capital city of Delhi. There is a parade held with the defence forces demonstrating their march-past and drill abilities, as well as any new weapon which has been recently acquired. The parade also showcases the different cultures and rich heritage of India. The Prime Minister hoists the Indian flag and accepts the salute of all the participants of the parade.

Indian Independence Day Messages

Bharat humko jaan se pyaara hai…
Sabse nyaara gulistaan humara hai…
Sadion se Bharat bhoomi
Duniya ki shaan hai…
Bharat maa ki raksha mein Jeewn kurban hai
Let's Honor the patriotism of people
Who lost their lives to free India.
Today we are living freely because many sacrificed their lives for the sake of our country salute to the great souls!
Happy Independence Day
May the Indian tricolor always fly high Warm wishes on the grand occasion of Independence Day
Freedom in the mind, Faith in the words, Pride in our hearts, Memories in our souls. Let’s salute the nation. Happy Independence Day
Sending you warm wishes on this Independence Day. Let's salute those who made India proud. Happy Independence Day

 

Indian Independence Day Related Links

 


Onam

When: August 15th

Onam is a 10 day long harvest festival of Kerala. It is believed that King Mahabali, a benevolent Asura King, and the grandson of Prahlada visits Kerala during Onam, and he brings along with him prosperity, health and happiness for the natives. Onam is celebrated to welcome this great king.

Celebrations: The festivities are spectacular, and Kerala is at its beat during Onam. Traditional rituals start very early in the morning. Mahouts take out a procession of beautifully dressed up elephants on the streets. Spectacular carnivals of fireworks, music and folk dance performances like Kathakali and Pulikali (Tiger dance) are hosted all over Kerala.

Onam celebration is unique because of the Aranmula Boat Race, held at Aranmula where there is a temple of Lord Krishna and Arjuna. Pairs of snake boats are rowed across the River Pampa, and they move to the rhythm songs, as thousands of spectators watch from the river banks.

 

Onam Related Links

 

Onam Calendar
Date Day Year
13 September Tuesday 2016
4 September Monday 2017
15 August Wednesday 2018

Rakshabandhan

When: August 26th

Rakhshabandhan or Rakhi is a very important festival celebrated in the Northern part of India, which reinforces the divine relationship between a brother and a sister. It is celebrated on the full moon day of Shravan.

Celebrations: On this day the sister ties an auspicious thread, symbolising eternal love and affection, on the right hand wrist of the brother. The brother reciprocates with a vow of protection and showers his sister with gifts. The festival reconfirms the bond of affection between siblings and is a day of great fanfare, joy and cheer. It is also customary to fry poories (puffed pancakes) and cook vermicelli pudding on this occasion.

Rakshabandhan Messages

I sought my soul, but my soul; I could not see. I sought God, but my God eluded me. I sought my brother I could found all three. Happy Raksha Bandhan.
Tum Jiyo hazaron saal,
May success and joy be yours everyday.
Yahi hai meri wish dil se.
Happy Raksha Bandhan
Sister a person who has been where you have been; someone you can call when things aren't going right; is more than just family; a sister is a forever friend.
She's my sister, my best friend, my soul mate & the best part of me.
We fight and we make up. We disagree and we agree. We love and we share. The bond we have is unique and beautiful. Sending you loads of love and good wishes on this Raksha Bandhan
Dil ki yeh kaamna hai ki aap ki zindagi khushiyon se bhari ho Kamyaabi aapke kadam chume aur Humara yae bandhan sada hi pyaar se bhara rahe. Rakhi ki subhkamnaayaein

 

Rakshabandhan Related Links

 

Raksha Bandhan Calendar
Date Day Year
18 August Thursday 2016
7 August Monday 2017
26 August Sunday 2018

 


Velankanni Church Feast

When: August 29th – September 8th

Every year during this period the Annual Feast Of Our Lady Of Health is held in Velankanni, in the Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. Velankanni is one of the biggest Catholic pilgrimage centres with the Basilica Of Our Lady Of Health. September 8th, the day when the feast concludes, is considered auspicious by the Christians as this is the day that the first Church in India was constructed by the Portuguese. On this day the Christians celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of Mary.

Celebrations: Everyday during the feast, mass is held in the church in 6 different languages and 14 times a day. Christian from across India make a pilgrimage to Velankanni during the feast. It is believed that Our Lady of Health has healing powers.