Half of August has already gone. It saw people celebrating many popular festivals, including Nag Panchami, Monsoon Festival in Delhi, Snake Boat Race in Kerala, Raksha Bandhan, etc. If you didn’t have an opportunity to plunge into these activities, never worry. I bring to you an array of things to do in the remaining half of August. This monsoon month has no dearth of famous festivities to keep visitors busy. Let’s have a quick glance at the following to see what latter half August has preserved for you.
What better way to start with than celebrating Happy Independence Day? Observed annually on 15th August, Independence Day is observed across India in remembering India’s independence from the British. Be a part of nation’s biggest celebration at the historical site of Red Fort. The Prime Minister of India gives his speech on this very day, highlighting India’s past glory, paying tribute to the great leaders of the past and raising various important issues. If you can’t make it to the Red Fort, Delhi, you can even be a part of similar events taking place in state capitals.
Head out for Mumbai to see how the festival of Janmashtami is celebrated with much zeal and devotion. It is the festival that marks the bird of Lord Krishna. The locals not only prepare mouthwatering dishes, but celebrate it in a unique way. In each street and corner of the city people form a huddle and then climb on each other’s shoulders in order to break the matki that is hung high up. It is, further, followed by the dance and music – govinda aala re aala jara matki sambhal brijbala. This year, it falls on 17th and 18th August.
This August drive for 132 kilometers from the capital of West Bengal till you reach Bishnupur, a nondescript town in West Bengal and feel what it is like to be with snakes and tribal people. Jhapan Mela, commences on 17th August this year in Bishnupur, is obviously a lesser known Indian festival where snake charmers from different corners of the state unite to mesmerize the onlookers with their fascinating tricks. Guess who takes part? Giant snakes like King Cobra. Isn’t it great to witness this enchanting snake exhibition than visiting a serpentarium? The festival came into public eye by a tribe named Jhampanias, worshipper of Goddess Manasa – Lord Shiva’s daughter.
Rajasthan remains on top of the list of India holiday for its majestic forts, impressive castles, beautiful lakes and spectacular deserts. Here’s another reason to visit Rajasthan in August. Gogamedi Fair is a popular festival in the largest Indian state of Rajasthan. Music and lively traditional dance is the center of attraction. Apart from that visitors will find local attractive handicrafts, livestock and village crop. Buy a handicraft item and admire the excellent craftsmanship of the local Rajasthani people. Get ready for 19th August this year. It takes place at Gogamedi village to commemorate Gogaji, a Chauhan Rajput.
Athachamayam Festival at Tripunithura:
The date is 29th August. Athachamayam Festival marks the beginning of Onam, the yearly harvest festival of God’s Own Country. Kerala, known for lush greenery, tropical climate and tranquil backwaters, attracts more and more visitors during this monsoon festive season. The surrounding of Thripunithura is reverberated with vivid, colorful folk arts, awe-striking jig and live parades of caparisoned floats, elephants and artists.
This is one of such festivals that the entire nation is waiting for. Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi, is a 10-day festival celebrated as the birth of Lord Ganesh. Maharastra is the ideal place to witness this massive festival. Statues (both small and big) of Lord Ganesh are installed on podiums of each street. The festive carnival ends on the day of Ananta Chaturdashi. Ganesh Chaturthi is observed with great devotion.