|Fairs / Festivals July 2017|
|3 to 4-July-2017||Hemis Festival||Leh, Ladakh|
|July 05, 2017||Eid ul-Fitr||All India|
|July 20, 2017||Champakulam Boat Race||Kerala|
|July 2nd - Aug 29, 2017||Amarnath Yatra||All India|
|July 6, 2017||Rath Yatra||Jagannath Temple, Puri, Orissa|
|July 19, 2017||Guru Purnima||All over India|
India is an epitome of resplendent festivals and fairs – where the hues of festivity never lose its charm! The month of June in India offers an exciting spectacle of celebrations and exquisite getaways to the visitors.
Here take a look at the festivals and fairs that are celebrated in the month of July in India every year – reflecting the traditional gaiety and zest of its people.
Come May, every year ‘Summer Festival' is celebrated in two main alluring destinations in India i.e.Ooty and Mt. abu, Rajasthan. In Ooty, the festival usually begins with a two Day show of Exotic Vegetables of the Indian subcontinent, followed by two days festival of Aromatic spice. It then continues with a two day rose show and flower show which are absolutely fabulous and comes to an exotic end with a fruit show in Coonoor. Many exciting activities like boat racing, trekking and folk and cultural events are part of this festival.
In Mt. Abu, the grand ‘Summer Festival' commences with ballad pursued by Rajasthani folk dance. The festival offers adrenaline racing sports such as boat racing on Nakki Lake, and a roller skating race. The grand festival wraps up with pyrotechnics show. The pinnacle of the ‘Summer Festival' is the Sham-e-Qawwali musical show, which features the most eminent qawwali singers of India.
A purely spiritual festival, eid-ul-fitr is the day when Muslims thank allah for all the forebearance and will power that allah had bestowed upon them while fasting during the holy month of Ramadan to obey the edict of allah. It is time of celebration with near and dear ones and indulgence in charity for those in need. The festivities of Eid begins with a generous act of donating food like rice, dates, pulses, cereals etc. to ensure that even the needy can have a celebration and rejoice in the eid fervor. On the early morning of eid, muslims gather at the mosques to perform the ritualistic ‘Namaaz’ and thank allah. Later, they visit their kiths and kin and celebrate with an elaborate meal of eid also known as ‘dawat’. Young children are given ‘eidia’ which is a gift of eid generally in cash or kind to shower their love and blessings on the younger ones.
|Eid-ul fitr Calendar|
The serene backwaters, canals and rivers of Kerala add to the surreal beauty of this region. Due to the presence of so many water bodies, this region is filled with boats of all sizes from canoes to barges to long chundans (snake boats) used for races in the region.
The boat races in kerala take place in Champakallam, a tranquil village in Alappuzha district, in the auspicious month of Mithunam according to the Malayalam Calendar which falls in june/july according to the English calendar. Many localites and travelers throng the river bank to enjoy the boat races in kerala. The Chundan or the snake boat race is the one adrenaline raising event that tests the ultimate skills of the oarsmen taking part in the race.
|Champakulam Boat Race Calendar|
The Cave of Amarnath is a Hindu shrine located at an altitude of 3,888 m in Jammu and Kashmir. This Yatra is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the hindu diety and this shrine is considered to be the holiest shrines in Hinduism. The cave is covered with heavy snow throughout the year except for a period of 45 days roughly when it is open for devotees. Many hindu pilgrims make an annual Yatra to the caves on exigent mountainous terrain to see an ice statue of ‘Shiva Linga’ (ice stalagmite) formed inside the cave. Many devotees perform the Yatra to the temple during Shravani Mela in the shraavan month of Hindu calendar. The beginning of this holy Yatra is marked by ‘Pratham Pujan’ to invoke the blessings of lord shiva.
|Amarnath Yatra Calendar|
|June 28 - Aug 10th||Saturday||2014|
|July 2nd - Aug 29th||Tuesday||2015|
|July 2nd - Aug 29th||Saturday||2016|
Every year on the second day of Shukla Paksha of the Ashaad month of hindu calendar, the Jagannath Rath Yatra is carried out in India. The ‘Rath Yatra of Jagannath Puri’, based in Puri, Orissa (India) is the most famous celebration of this festival. On the day of Yatra, the wooden idols of Shri Krishna, Balram and Subhadra are taken out in a ‘Rath’ to their summer temple for a week’s time. The Yatra commemorates the visit of lord Krishna along with his siblings to the temple of his aunt ‘Gundicha’. The chariot is tied with ropes that are pulled by millions of devotees. This journey of Shri Krishna’s Chariot marks the Journey of his life from a cowherd in Gokul to the King of Mathura. At the Mausima Temple, the cavalcade is given a Prasad of ‘malpuaas’ (sweet pancakes) as it was considered to be the favorite food of Lord Krishna.
|Rath Yatra Calendar|
Guru or the teacher holds an utmost important place in Hinduism. As per the hindu tradition, guru or the teacher are often considered equal to god as they are the one who act as a link between the mortals and the god. According to the Hindu calendar or panchaang, the full moon day in the holy month of Ashaad is celebrated as ‘Guru Purnima’ in honor of maharishi Ved Vyas. On this day people pay homeage to their respective gurus and seek guidance to experience the ‘Knowledge of Reality’.
|Guru Purnima Calendar|
The birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava, is marked with the two day celebration of Hemis Festival. It is believed that he founded Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. The biggest Monastery in Ladakh, Hemis Gompa is where this celebration takes place. It is a colorful festival in which Tibetan locals can be seen dressed in their finest attire. Magnificent masked dances and sacred plays are the central attraction of this occasion which spread the message of victory of divine over demons. Another significant attraction of this festival is ‘Chhaang’, the country liquor which is served on the celebration day.