India Fairs and Festivals

July Events

Fairs / Festivals July 2015
Month Festival Place
July 1, 2015 Champakulam Boat Race Kerala
July 2nd - Aug 29, 2015 Amarnath Yatra All India
July 17, 2015 Eid ul-Fitr All India
July 18, 2015 Rath Yatra Jagannath Temple, Puri, Orissa
July 31, 2015 Guru Purnima All over India

India is known all over the world for its cultural and traditional festivals. Every month a festival celebration is commemorated. Since India is a secular country with diverse religions, languages, cultures, people are involved in many festivities. People of different religion have different cultural and traditional festivals. Certain festivals are celebrated by all the Indians throughout the nation. Every festival is unique in rituals and beliefs.

Here is a look at the festivals that take place in India in July every year- adding a little more fervor to the life.

Eid-ul fitr:

When: July 17th

A purely spiritual festival, eid-ul-fitr is the day when Muslims thank allah for all the forebearance and will power that allah had bestowed upon them while fasting during the holy month of Ramadan to obey the edict of allah. It is time of celebration with near and dear ones and indulgence in charity for those in need. The festivities of Eid begins with a generous act of donating food like rice, dates, pulses, cereals etc. to ensure that even the needy can have a celebration and rejoice in the eid fervor. On the early morning of eid, muslims gather at the mosques to perform the ritualistic ‘Namaaz’ and thank allah. Later, they visit their kiths and kin and celebrate with an elaborate meal of eid also known as ‘dawat’. Young children are given ‘eidia’ which is a gift of eid generally in cash or kind to shower their love and blessings on the younger ones.

Rath Yatra

The Eid-ul-Fitr Prayer

"Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber.
La ila-ha ill-lal-lah. Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. Wa-lilahill hamd"

Means, "Allah is great, Allah is great. There is no god but Allah. Allah is great, Allah is great. And all praises are for Allah" is recited to honor and glorify the greatness of Allah.

Eid-ul fitr Related Links

 

Eid-ul fitr Calendar
Date Day Year
8 August Thursday 2013
28 July Monday 2014
17 July Friday 2015
5 July Tuesday 2016
25 June Sunday 2017
Do not dispute with your brother, ridicule him, nor promise him and then break your promise. (al-Tirmidhi)
There are no people who went astray after having been guided except for indulging in disputation. (al-Tirmidhi)
The Messenger of Allah repeated three times, Those who search deeply for confusing questions have perished.
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Champakulam Boat Race

When: July 1st

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

 

Champakulam Boat Race Calendar
Date Day Year
23 June Sunday 2013
28 July Monday 2014
1 July Wednesday 2015
20 June Monday 2016

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Amarnath Yatra

When: July 2nd - Aug 29th

The Cave of Amarnath is a Hindu shrine located at an altitude of 3,888 m in Jammu and Kashmir. This Yatra is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the hindu diety and this shrine is considered to be the holiest shrines in Hinduism. The cave is covered with heavy snow throughout the year except for a period of 45 days roughly when it is open for devotees. Many hindu pilgrims make an annual Yatra to the caves on exigent mountainous terrain to see an ice statue of ‘Shiva Linga’ (ice stalagmite) formed inside the cave. Many devotees perform the Yatra to the temple during Shravani Mela in the shraavan month of Hindu calendar. The beginning of this holy Yatra is marked by ‘Pratham Pujan’ to invoke the blessings of lord shiva.

Rath Yatra

 

Amarnath Yatra Calendar
Date Day Year
June 28 - Aug 10th Saturday 2014
July 2nd - Aug 29th Tuesday 2015

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Rath Yatra

When: July 18th

Every year on the second day of Shukla Paksha of the Ashaad month of hindu calendar, the Jagannath Rath Yatra is carried out in India. The ‘Rath Yatra of Jagannath Puri’, based in Puri, Orissa (India) is the most famous celebration of this festival. On the day of Yatra, the wooden idols of Shri Krishna, Balram and Subhadra are taken out in a ‘Rath’ to their summer temple for a week’s time. The Yatra commemorates the visit of lord Krishna along with his siblings to the temple of his aunt ‘Gundicha’. The chariot is tied with ropes that are pulled by millions of devotees. This journey of Shri Krishna’s Chariot marks the Journey of his life from a cowherd in Gokul to the King of Mathura. At the Mausima Temple, the cavalcade is given a Prasad of ‘malpuaas’ (sweet pancakes) as it was considered to be the favorite food of Lord Krishna.

Rath Yatra

 

Rath Yatra Calendar
Date Day Year
10 July Wednesday 2013
29 July Sunday 2014
18 July Saturday 2015
06 July Wednesday 2016

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Guru Purnima

When: July 31st

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
Date Day Year
22 July Monday 2013
12 July Saturday 2014
31 July Friday 2015
19 July Tuesday 2016