|Fairs / Festivals July 2018|
|23rd-July-2018||Hemis Festival||Leh, Ladakh|
|July 28, 2018||Champakulam Boat Race||Kerala|
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.
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.
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|
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|
As per Hindu religion God is omnipresent and can be every single being that He has created. Based on this belief, Nag Panchami is celebrated all over India as veneration to snakes. It is observed on the fifth day of the full moon in the moth of Shravan as per Hindu calendar.
Significance & Celebrations: Shravan is the monsoon period when snakes tend to become abundant in numbers, and many fall prey to their bites. During Nag Panchami, Nag Devta (Cobra, the king of snakes) is worshipped, and offered milk with a prayer for protection from snake bites.
People keep a rigid fast on this day, houses are cleaned, and ploughing and tilling of land is not done as it disturbs the snakes which live there. Idols of snake made of clay are worshipped and offered milk, gandh, haldi (turmeric), chandan (sandalwood paste), and kesar (saffron).
The feast on this day includes sweetmeats like Sevai (vermicelli), rice items, Laddoo (sweet dish made of dried condiments), etc.
|Nag Panchami Calendar|