A plenty of things are waiting for you besides the pristine beaches, the soaring, snow-covered mountain ranges, the golden triangle tour and the Kerala Backwaters. September is the month that celebrates the maximum number of festivals in India. If you are visiting India this September, here are the best things to do to make it a lifetime memory.
The festival season has begun, and it starts with Onam, one of the biggest festivals in South India.
A traditional 10-day harvest festival, Onam is the biggest festival in Kerala observed with full zest and enthusiasm. The festival welcomes the mythical King Mahabali. It is believed that the spirit of the king pays a visit to Kerala during Onam. People are seen decorating the ground in front of their houses with various colors and flowers. The rich in culture festival also adorns the locals with chic clothes. A 4-day state holiday is also observed from Uthradom, the Onam Eve to the third Onam Day. This year, the festival falls on 7th September. If you want to be a part of this dazzling festival, head to Kottayam, Trivandrum and Thrissur.
Aranmula Boat Race:
Onam is not the only festival in Kerala to celebrate in September. There is another popular occasion forming a part of Onam – the Aranmula Boat Race. It is the oldest boat race festival in Kerala during Onam. People in large number gather around the banks of the Pampa River to encourage the participants. The snake boat race is performed at Aranmula and remembers the day Lord Krishna crossed the river. The Aranmula Boat Race falls on September 1o, 2014.
Onam Pulikali Tiger Play:
It seems like Kerala is not in a mood to release you from its clutches. On the very next day of the Aranmula Boat Race i.e. September 11, Onam Pulikali Tiger Play is celebrated where the trained artists dressed up and painted as tigers and hunters and play to the beats of instruments like Thakil and Udukku to entertain an excited crowd. In Malayalam, Puli means ‘tiger’ and Kali means ‘play’, so its literal meaning is ‘play of the tigers.’ Swaraj Round in the district of Thrissur is the best place to be a part of this quirk festival where Pulikali troupes from different corners of the district assemble to put their skills on the show.
This year, the Ladakh Festival is commencing on 20th September and will continue till 26th September. This cultural extravaganza that boasts Thanka painting exhibition, music concerts, polo match, motorbike expedition, folk songs and river rafting is taking place in the Leh region.
Dedicated to the Hindi Goddess, Durga, Navaratri, a 9-day festival sees the Maa Durga in all her manifestations. The festival starts on 25th September and ends on 3rd October. The tenth day is known as Dussehra or Vijayadasami. Navaratri stores a plenty of fun things, including feasting, dancing and merrymaking.
Like Navaratri, Mysore Dasara is celebrated on 25th September, 2014. It is a state festival and sees a huge crowd turning up to honor the Goddess Chamundeswari. The entire city is transformed into a fairyland with palaces being lit up and the streets are gorgeously decorated.
Jaipur Shopping Festival:
Keep your wallet in your pocket and make sure it is full of bucks because Jaipur Shopping Festival, India’s biggest shopping carnival, is round the corner. Returing for the third time for the third consecutive years, this year it is assumed that it will simply be huge. Undoubtedly, you will come across the most traditional item to the most modern one. It is estimated that over 7,000 retailers around the city will be featured during the festival. It is a one-month festival where you are likely to be entertained through fireworks, photography competition, folk singing, folk dancing, fashion shows and polo.