|Fairs / Festivals August 2018|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
|Raksha Bandhan Calendar|
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.