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

July (Aashaadha / Shraavana):

India is known for its cultural inheritance all over the world and it will not be wrong to call it the land of festivals. Its deep connection with the historic past and its people makes it a great country to live in, where each day gives you a new reason to celebrate life.

Many important events and carnivals are celebrated here with great joy and fervor every month, but July holds a special place in the festivals calendar.

This eventful month begins with the much awaited Van Mahotsava or the Forest Day. This week long practice began way back in 1950 and is a beautiful initiative to save the environment. People of India plant saplings on this day in order to grow more trees and afforestation drives are carried in many parts of the country.

This month of rainfall, is also known for giving birth to two of the greatest sikh saints or Gurus with Guru Hargobind Singh Jayanti and Guru Harkrishan Jayanti. On this day, people visit Gurudwaras and indulge themselves in prayers and charity services in order to get rid of their past sins and attain wisdom and blessings from the lord. It is also famous by the name of 'Prakash Utsav'.

Apart from this, many Hindu festivals are lined up in the month of July including Dakshinayana Sankranti, Bhadli Navami, Devshayani Ekadashi and Guru Purnima. Jagannath Rath Yatra is another significant procession carried out at the end of this month. It is a chariot festival celebrated at the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha. Lord Jagannath is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, therefore, devotees from all over come to get a glimpse of this procession and pay their respects to the Lord of the Universe.

July also brings the opportunity to ponder over our counting heads. The World Population Day will be celebrated all over the globe on 11th July 2018. This day marks the importance of family planning and promotes the idea of gender equality and good maternal health amongst the people of the world, along with providing various measures to control the rising population.

This year, Doctor's Day will also be celebrated in the month of July. 

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