List Of Festivals Celebrated In The Month Of July
July is the month of rain and showers in India when the climate is revitalizing in the monsoon month. July brings plenty of rainy days and a lot more reasons to celebrate life. Being the monsoon season it is the off-season for tourist so travel becomes cheap with greenery all around and plenty of festivals celebrated. Some of the main festivals celebrated in the country are.
Bonalu is a Hindu Festival, Goddess Mahakali is worshiped. It is an annual festival celebrated in Twin Cities Hyderabad, Secunderabad, and parts of Telangana, India. It is celebrated in the month of Ashada Masam, in June/July. Bonam means Bojanam or a Meal in Telugu, is an Offering to Mother Goddess.
Women carry the pots on their heads and make offerings of Bonam along with turmeric, vermilion, bangles, and saree to the Mother Goddess across the temples.
When: 28th June – 19th July 2020
What is Special: Bonalu is a ritual offering to Goddess Kali and is honored mostly by women during the Bonalu festival with offerings. The festival provides a pious glimpse of the Extremely Elegant Festival of Goddess Mahakali.
Amarnath is one of the prominent places of Lord Shiva and its yatra one of the most prominent pilgrimages for Hindus. It is present 135 km north-east of Kashmir capital Srinagar and at an altitude of 13 thousand 600 feet above sea level. The main feature of Baba Amarnath is the construction of natural Shivling in the holy cave present here which is formed by drops of ice water drip from the top of the cave. It is one of the toughest pilgrimages in India and is taken by tens of thousands of Hindus during the Shravan (July-august) month.
When: 21st July – 3rd August 2020 (Cancelled For 2020)
Where: On Mount Amarnath
What is Special: The Amarnath Yatra features amongst one of the most important events for Hindu pilgrims around the globe. The Yatra starts from the mountains of south Kashmir Himalayas and ends at the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnathji.
Guru Purnima is also known as Asadha Purnima, or Vyasa Purnima is observed on the full moon day, Purnima, in the Hindu month of Ashad – which falls around July or August on the Gregorian calendar. On this day, the disciple performs special worship of his Guru and presents him with Dakshina, flowers, clothes, etc. This day is a tribute to the eternal goodness, knowledge, and dedication of all the spiritual Gurus or teachers.
When: 5th July 2020
Where: All over India
What is Special: It is a day to honor the teachers, or “gurus” in our life. Traditionally, Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists celebrate this festival to honor their chosen masters.
International Mango Festival
The International Mango Festival is annually held at the Dilli Haat in Delhi and tends to demonstrate the mango specialties from various states of India. Summer is for mangoes and this International Mango Festival gives mango lovers an opportunity to savor a great variety of this splendid “king of fruits,” and even some of the exceptional mango species like Langda, Dasheri, Alphonso, and others. This mango festival features events and activities associated with mango, like mango carving, mango eating competitions, mango slogan writing, quizzes, and so on.
When: July 2020, dates to be confirmed
Where: Dilli Haat, Janakpuri, Delhi
What is Special: Held in Dilli Haat, Janak Puri, Delhi the festival puts on display more than 1,000 varieties of mangoes brought here from different states of India.
Hariyali Teej Festival
Teej is a set of monsoon festivals celebrated in India during the month of Sawan / Shraavana India. The meaning of Haryali is greenery. It is believed that the earth will get wrapped in greenery after the summer season. This regional festivity is a celebration of Goddess Parvati’s reunion with Lord Shiva and a tradition for women to pray for the wellbeing of their husbands. The religious significance and the social implication of the Teej Festival are used in the celebration. It is a three-day-long festival with the first day is known as Sinjahara; Teej is the second day; Badi Teej is the third day. Sinjahara is marked by the Mehendi ritual among the married women and the would-be married girls.
Worshipping for the long life of their husbands, the festival is marked by many preparations like buying new clothes, applying Mehendi, singing songs, and taking rides on swings. After this, women pray to Goddess Parvati and the Teej Vrat is completed successfully.
When: 23rd July 2020
Where: Rajasthan and parts of India
What is Special: The festival of swings commemorates the reunion of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Markets are usually crowded with women shopping for various items to adorn themselves. Teej procession is organized in various places with numerous artists, performers, band members, and folk dancers follow the procession showing their magnificent skills.
Shravana month holds special significance to Lors Shiva and snakes hold a vital place and are closely related to Lord Shiva. The fifth day after Amavasya in the month of Shravan is celebrated as Nag Panchami when the serpent God Nag Devta is worshipped. This festival falls two days after Hariyali Teej when the devotees offer milk, rice and perform aarti to impress Nag Devta in exchange for blessing and good fortune. This ritual of offering milk to snakes is unique and is celebrated with great joy across the country every year in the month of Shravana.
When: 25th July 2020
Where: All over India
What is Special: People offer milk, flowers, fruits to the snake idol for the health, wealth & prosperity of their family members.
Behdienkhlam is the 4-day Meghalaya Annual Cultural Festival of the Jaintia tribe celebrated in the month of July after the sowing is over for good health, property, and bumper harvest. Behdeinkhlam is derived from two Pnar words: Behdein meaning ‘to drive away’ and Khlam meaning ‘plague’. Thus, Behdienkhlam has its origins in the mists of time when an epidemic of cholera spread across the Jaintia hills. To stop the plague, four sisters carried the longest tree trunk from the forest and buried the evil plague in a pool of mud. Hence the festival is also known as the festival for chasing away the Demon of Cholera.
Behdienkhlam is also an occasion for families to get together and uphold the ancient wisdom where the natural world is held sacred, nurtured, cherished, and celebrated in its original form. Enjoy the vivid atmosphere of this colorful festival in West Jaintia Hills during the month of July.
When: 8th July 2020
What is Special: Behdienkhlam, one of the most colorful cultural 4-day festivals celebrated by the Jaintia tribe of Meghalaya. The beauty of the state lies in this dance festival with a chariot being pulled during the Behdienkhlam festival.
Champakulam Boat Race
The Champakulam Moolam Boat Race is one of the oldest and most popular vallam kali (snake boat race) after Aranmula Boat Race in Kerala. Held in its zigzag backwaters of Kerala during the harvest season is a tradition of more than 500 years. Champakulam Moolam Boat Race is held to mark the day when the Lord Krishna’s idol was brought by boat and installed at Sri Krishna Temple, Ambalapuzha. The celebrations incorporate decorated boats, spectacular water floats, and vanchipattu – the song of the rowers.
When: 4th July 2020
Where: Champakulam, Kerala
What is Special: Champakulam Boat Race is the oldest and most popular boat race of Kerala. The snake boat driven by hundreds of rowers through the peaceful water is really a sight to behold.
Drupka Teshi Festival
The Buddhist community of Sikkim celebrates the Drupka Teshi festival. This festival is celebrated on the day when Buddha received his four noble truths and to observe Buddha’s first preaching of the “Noble Truths” at the deer park in Sarnath. Drupka Teshi is celebrated on the Teshi (fourth) day of Drupka month of the Tibetan calendar which is July or August in the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is marked by the petitions held at the Deer Park and an extraordinary Yak race, that will take your breath away and keep you on the edge, the whole time.
When: July 2020
What is Special: The yak race is the main highlight of this festival and people collect at Deer Park or Muguthang to perform the act of mass prayer. Thousands of tourists and locals enjoy the utmost in this festival.
Dree is the monsoon harvest festival celebrated by the Apatani tribe who reside in the Ziro valley of Arunachal Pradesh. It involves the sacrifice of fowls, eggs, and animals to the Gods – Tamu, Metii, and Danyi Pilo(Sun and Moon God). The main purpose of celebrating this festival is to appease Gods so that famine could be avoided. Rice is the staple food of the region hence they pray to god during Dree Festival for a bumper harvest. Every year Dree Festival is celebrated from 4th July to 7th July. Dree Festival takes the bonding of Arunachalees to a notch higher.
When: 5th July 2020
Where: Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
What is Special: This festival is one of the cultural identities of the community and at the same time reinforces the splendid cultural fabric of the society.
Palkhi Festival is a 1000-year-old tradition followed by the warkaris people in the month of Jyeshta (June) which lasts for 22 days. The Palkhi festival in Maharashtra was started by the youngest son of Tukaram the famous poet and saint. To commemorate the life of a saint, people walk about 300 km to get to a shrine to worship a specific god. Devotees perform collective singing, chanting, and shopping around the temple with enthusiasm for their creator.
When: starts 12th June ends 1st July 2020
What is Special: People perform collective dancing, singing, chanting shows a distinctive feature of the Maharashtrian culture.
Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey
Every year, hundreds of Royal Enfield motorcyclists ride up to the Himalayas on a road trip to Leh Ladakh from Delhi by motorcycle. The Himalayan Odyssey – the holy grail of all motorcycle rides remains one of the most cherished and revered motorcycle journeys in the world. The scenery in the Himalaya Mountains is hard to compare to what other places have to offer to the tourer’s eyes, and the rider rides on the highest motorable pass on the planet, one of the main attractions of the Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey, and a major achievement for the die-hard motorcycle adventure enthusiasts.
When: July 2020
What is Special: Himalayan Odyssey, conducted by Royal Enfield attracts explorers and adventure seekers to travel in the mesmerizing natural beauty of Himalayan ranges.
Minjar festival falls in the month of Shravana (July- August) and continues for a week when Raghuvir Varman, one of the local deities is worshiped. The highlights of the festival are cultural programs by troupes from within and outside the states at the fair, and of course, the traditional ceremonies associated with the festival. Kunjri Malhar folk singing and dancing is a special feature of the fair. The fair begins when the hoisting of Minjar flag at historic Chowgan ground. The town of Chamba wears a colorful look during the seven-day festivities.
When: 26th July 2020
Where: Himachal Pradesh
What is Special: Minjar Mela is one of the most popular fairs of Chamba and is one of the state fairs of Himachal Pradesh. Chamba is at its very best during this time of the year.
Hemis Festival is a two-day festival celebrated in a 300-year-old Hemis monastery near Leh. It is a two-day long festival which marks the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. Hemis Monastery adorned beautifully, with Buddhist lamas and monks gather to perform the sacred mask dance. The sacred dances, contradictory explanations, and special musical performances are the major highlights. A beautiful opportunity to experience the life of Ladakhi as it is an occasion for villagers and families to come together and socialize.
When: June 30 – July 1, 2020
What is Special: Hemis Festival is a two-day festival hosted at the Hemis Gompa Monastery is a colorful festival showcasing the beautiful handicrafts of the area. Natives also dress up in lovely traditional attires.
Varalakshmi Vratam is a popular pooja and fasting day to appease Goddess Varalakshmi known for granting boons (Vara). This Hindu festival is observed on the last Friday during Shravana Shukla Paksha which is July-August as per the Georgian calendar. Varalakshmi, meaning the one who grants wishes or boons, is worshipped by people, especially women, in the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.
When: 31 July 2020
Where: Mainly in South India (Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and some parts of Maharashtra).
What is Special: Married women fast and pray to goddess Lakshmi for the desire of worldly pleasures, which includes children, spouse, luxury, and all sorts of earthly pleasures.