Festivals of India 2014
Indian Festivals 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 divine beings, 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
JULY (Ashada/ Shravan):
The monsoon fun in India begins in the month of July. July takes off with the celebrations of the Van Mahotsava Day throughout the country which lasts for seven days. On this day, afforestation drives are launched in a bid to retain the vanishing forests in India.
July holds tremendous religious significance for the Hindus. Devshayni Ekadashi, a festival dedicated to Lord Krishna who is also referred to as Vasudeva or Gopala is
celebrated at the beginning of July every year. It is celebrated with a lot of devotion by Hindus, who are devout followers and believers of Lord Krishna. Guru Purnima, is another important festival celebrated this month. This day also known as Vyasa purnima, is observed by devotees who offer pujas to their Gurus.
The most important festival for the Muslims, Eid-ul-Fitr which marks the conclusion of the month of fasting is celebrated with great zeal and pomp all over the world in the month of July. Literally meaning 'festival of breaking the fast' Eid ul Fitr is an occasion of feasting and rejoicing among the Muslim community all over the country.
Haryali teez is another important festival observed in the month of July. It is celebrated by the people of northern India especially in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh to honour Lord Shiva. Sharif Bhagwati Fair is one of the fairs that brings about harmonious relationship among people, celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal.
The Sikhs observe Guru Hargobind Singh Jayanti in the beginning of July. On this day, thousands of Sikhs visit the Golden Temple to celebrate the ordination day or 'Gurgaddi Divas' of Guru Hargobind Sahib on Guru Hargobind Jayanti. Devotees take a dip into the lake surrounding the most revered Golden Temple, the water of the water of which is considered equal to nectar.
The United Nations World Population Day is another important day observed in the mid July. This day is observed worldwide for the promotion of crucial issues such as importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, unemployment and pollution. July also holds tremendous significance for all the parents over the globe. 27th July is observed as a Parents Day and commemorates the unconditional love and sacrifices of a father and a mother. It is an opportunity for children to thank and appreciate their parents.
Explore and enjoy the panorama of Festivals / Fairs / Melas in the month of July.