Festivals of India 2015
Indian Festivals are celebrated by varied cultures and through their special rituals add to the colours of Indian Heritage. Some festivals welcome the seasons of the year, the harvest, the rains, or the full moon. Others celebrate religious occasions, the birthdays of saints and gurus (revered teachers), or the advent of the New Year. A number of these festivals are common to most parts of India. However, they may be called by different names in various parts of the country or may be celebrated in a different fashion... Read More
August (Shravan / Bhadrapad):
Indian festivals impart great social, cultural and traditional values in its people. Some festivals are celebrated for their religious associations while some commemorate the bond of unity and brotherhood. Apart from these, there are many seasonal festivities to enjoy the beginning of the harvest period in India.
Fairs and Melas enhance the beauty of our Nation by uniting people from various parts of the world to showcase their talents and works, all round the year. Indian festivals are a great platform to witness the uniqueness of this country and its people.
As the month of August arrives, so does the festive season!
August is a very important month for all the Indians irrespective of their gender, caste, creed or religion. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru once said, 'At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom'. These words fill us with pride every year on the 15th of August when we celebrate our Independence Day.
August is also the time to honor the pristine bond of friendship. People reach out to their wonderful friends and celebrate Friendship Day by exchanging gifts, bands and other goodies. Markets and Malls often come up with great discounts to lure people during this time. Raksha Bandhan, a prominent Hindu festival, will also be celebrated in this month itself. It is a day which marks the beautiful, chaste bond of love between sisters and brothers. Herein, the sisters tie Rakhis or the sacred thread, on their brother's arms symbolizing the love and commitment towards each other.
According to the Hindu Mythology, it is that time of the year when Lord Shiva finally agreed to marry Goddess Parvati. Since then, Hariyali Teej became a very important festival where married women fast for the well being of their husbands, wear new clothes and sing songs during the entire celebration.
Bahula Chauth is very unique festival celebrated in Gujarat. It is a day to idolize and respect the cattle considering their importance to farmers and their harvest. Another unique celebration comes with the Gogamedi Fair of Rajasthan where the Serpant God is worshiped. It is said that anybody bit with a snakebite gets cured by chanting the name of the Gogaji Maharaj. Incidentally, it is celebrated in the same month as Nag-Panchami. Other important days which will be celebrated in the month of August are Kamika Ekadashi, Hariyali Amavasya, Simha Sankranti, Shravada Putrada Ekadashi and Luv Kush Jayanti.
Colorful aquatic festivals will be organized in Kerala on the occasion of Nehru Trophy Boat Race and Onam on August 8th and August 28th respectively.
Apart from these, two other days of National importance falling in this month are Quit India Day and Rajiv Gandhi Jayanti.
Explore and enjoy the panorama of Festivals / Fairs / Melas celebrated in India.