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Upcoming August Events

Fairs / Festivals August 2014
Month Festival Place
August 1, 2014 Nag Panchami All India
August 9, 2014 Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race Kerala
August 10, 2014 Rakhi/Raksha Bandhan All over India
August 15, 2014 Indian Independence Day All over India
August 17, 2014 Jhapan Mela West Bengal
August 17, 2014 Govinda/Krishna Janmashtami All over India
August 19, 2014 Gogamedi Fair Rajasthan
August 29, 2014 Athachamayam Thrippunithura Tripunithura
August 29 - September 8, 2014 Ganesh Chaturthi Mumbai, Pune,
Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai

A multicultural, multilingual and diverse land, India is rich in traditions and their celebrations. The monotonous lives full of work and daily errands are enlivened with several festivals celebrating season changes, regional customs, religious events and agricultural produce. Most Indian festivals are marked by merriment involving music, dance, sumptuous food and recreational activities. The spirit of India and Indians becomes full of ecstasy, pleasure, enthusiasm and togetherness whenever there is an occasion of festivities.

The month of August which brings about a recluse from heat in many Indian regions also brings along a wave of widely celebrated festivals like Raksha Bandhan, Janamashtami and Ganesh Chaturthi. While Raksha Bandhan and Janamashtami are observed all over the nation, Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most important festivals of Mumbai, Pune, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.

The auspicious month of August begins with Raksha Bandhan with the festivity of the brother-sister relationship moving to the celebration of the birthday of Hindu god Krishna and finally ends with the commemoration of lord Ganesha’s birth/re-birth as per the Hindu mythology.

Associated with myths and parables like that of Indra Dev; Santoshi Ma; Krishna and Draupadi and Yama and Yamuna, Raksha Bandhan also is connected to historical references such as that of Alexander the Great and King Puru; Rani Karnavati and Emperor Humayun and Rabindranath Tagore and Rakhi. On this day a sacred thread or a rakhi is tied by a woman on a man’s wrist, who share a brother-sister bond to manifest their love for each other. This festival gives an opportunity to the brother to vow to protect his sister and the sisters pray for the security of their brothers. The occasion is further enjoyed with exchange of sweets and gifts.

Krishna Janamashtami also known as Gokulashtami, Sree Jayanti, Krishnashtami and Ashtami Rohini, is observed on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha or dark fortnight of the Hindu month of Sharavan/ August-September. Indians especially Hindus celebrate the birth of eighth avatar of lord Vishnu by visiting temples at midnight and organizing and watching dramatization of Krishna’s life called Rasa Lila. People often decorate their houses and prepare “jhankis” or processions with an idol of the child form of Lord Krishna in a cradle or swinging cots. Special attraction of this festival remains the Dahi Handi event to venerate the mischievous nature of Krishna-the child, where troupes of young men form human towers to climb and reach to high hanging pots of butter and break them.

Another of the major Hindu festivals Ganesha Chaturthi symbolizes and rejoices the birthday of the god of wisdom, Lord Ganesha. Starting on the shukla chaturthi of Bhaadrapada month of the Hindu calendar, this festival lasts for 10 days concluding on Anant Chaturdashi. Celebrated with high energy, zeal and excitement, Ganesha Chaturthi involves people from all age groups who plan, prepare and enjoy traditional recipes like modaks (stuffed dumpling of rice/wheat flour) and karanjis; decorate houses, streets and entire cities and make eco-friendly Ganesha idols which are installed in houses and immersed in water bodies at the end of the celebrations. People visit each other’s’ houses to see pandals, different Ganesha idols, participate in cultural activities and competitions and to exchange greetings through gifts, sweets, etc.

These three celebrations not only propagate religious and regional sentiments but uplift and infuse life in the mundane routines of Indians with the general atmosphere of India becoming one of get-togethers, merry making accompanied with sounds of bhajans, mantras, music and of course laughter of delight.
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