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

August (Shravan / Bhadrapad):

India is a fascinating land of festivals where each festival is marked with a deep philosophical implication and presents an unmatched diction to the splendor of that particular carnival. The month of August is actually the beginning of the festive season.

August is a very important month for all Indians irrespective of caste, creed and religion. 'At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom', the famous lines of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru beckons us every year on 15th August when we celebrate our Independence day.

August is also the month of friendship, brotherhood and love. We forget all squabbles and reach out to our friends on Friendship Day. Nothing in this world is comparable to the pristine love of a brother and sister. Indians celebrate this love on Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi, as it is popularly known as. We also have Nag-Panchami in this month which is celebrated on the fifth day of the moonlit-fortnight in the month of Shravan.

Teej is another festival celebrated in the monsoons, which symbolizes reunion of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. During this festival, women wear colourful clothes and fast for the well being of their husbands. This month Onam will be celebrated with much fanfare not only in Kerala but by Malayalis across the world. The 10-day festival concludes will begin on August 15. Bakra Eid will be celebrated on 21st August by Muslims across the world.

The other important days in the month of August are Quit India Day, National Sports Day and Rajiv Gandhi's Birthday, which is celebrated on August 20 and Nehru Trophy Boat Race on August 11.

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