List Of Festivals Celebrated In The Month Of June
June is the month of the peak summer season in India, with the onset of monsoon in some parts but this doesn’t stop people from celebrating their festival. Experience the deep roots of lifestyle, culture, cuisine, tradition, and vibrant colors of India through its festivals. Here are the main festivals which be celebrated in India in the month of June.
Vat Savitri Purnima
The Vat Savitri Vrat falls on the full moon day of the month of Jyeshtha, around May-June. The married women observe Vat Savitri Vrat with the intention of preserving their husband’s good fortune. Women keep fast on this day and worship Vat (Bargad) tree and the yarn is wrapped 108 times on the tree. Women listen to the story of Savitri-Satyavan. The Vat Savitri Vrata is celebrated during the Purnima that is the full moon day, in the month of Jyeshtha.
When: June 5, 2020
Where: Gujarat, Karnataka, and Maharashtra
What is Special: Married women fast and pray for the well being of their husbands on this day.
Ganga Dussehra is a ten-day festival celebrated to commemorate the ascent of River Ganga on the Earth. It is celebrated on Dashami Tithi of Jyeshtha Shukla Paksha. On this day, fast is observed by the devotees for a full day and in the evening, the devotees take a dip in the holy water and break the fast. People offer floating lamps in the holy waters of River Ganga and take back home the sacred water of the river.
When: June 1, 2020
Where: Varanasi, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Garhmukteshwar, Prayag, and Allahabad.
What is Special: Celebrated in honor of Goddess Ganga, is a ten-day-long festival.
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.
Puri Rath Yatra is a festival of chariots of Lord Jagannatha when the main temple deities are taken on grand chariots and a procession takes place. At Rath Yatra, you can witnesses frenzied devotees pulling the raths (chariots) of the three deities—Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra. The huge, colorfully decorated chariots, are drawn by hundreds and thousands of devotees on the bada danda, the grand avenue to the Gundicha temple.
When: June 23. 2020
Where: Puri, Odisha
What is Special: Festival of grand chariots and a procession of Lord Jagannath and his siblings at Puri, Odisha. Ratha Jatra is perhaps the grandest festival on earth.
This day is celebrated all across the globe and is dedicated to all the fathers, in order to make them feel special. It is honoring fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. One can show their gratitude, appreciation, and love towards their father and feel him special by giving gifts, cards, and doing something special for him on this day.
When: June 21 (Third Sunday)
Where: Across the world
What is Special: A day to honor fatherhood and paternal bonds, show them your love with gifts and activities. A time to show your love and care to Dad, Grandpa, Papa, and all the dads.
Shimla Summer Festival
The Shimla summer festival is an annual event, which is organized every summer during the peak tourist season at the heart of the city. Shimla is the favorite hill station of many people. If you plan to visit Shimla in the summer, you can also enjoy the summer festival with a glimpse of traditional hill culture in addition to the beautiful spots. People come from far and wide to see Shimla Summer Festival.
When: First week of June, every year
What is Special: Best time to visit Shimla the hill station during summers and witness the Summer Festival which adds amazing colors to Shimla with its natural beauty.
Saga Dawa Festival
Saga Dawa called the “month of merits” is celebrated to mark the birth, enlightenment, and the attainment of Nirvana of Gautam Buddha, in the full moon day of the fourth month of the Buddhist calendar. It is a month-long Festival that mostly happens across Gangtok in the form of processions, prayers, and extending alms to the needy.
When: Commence on 5th June 2020
What is Special: It is one of the biggest festivals of the region which brings the culture of the Sikkimese to the fore.
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.
Special poojas are performed for Yellamma on the first and last day of the festival. Women carry the pots on their heads and make offering to worship Kali and her various forms. They prepare rice cooked with milk, jaggery in a new brass or earthen pot adorned with neem leaves, turmeric, vermilion, and a lighted Diya on the top of the pot.
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. Bonalu involves the worship of Kali and her various forms as Mysamma, Pochamma, Yellamma, Peddamma, Dokkalamma, Ankalamma, Poleramma, Maremma, Nookalamma, etc.
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.
The Kottiyoor Utsavam is held every year during the months of May – June. Kottiyoor Utsavam is known as the Vaisakha Maholsavam festival. A 28-day festival taking place at the Akkare Kottiyoor and Ikkare Kottiyoor temples deep in the dense forest. The festival commences with the Neyyattam ritual and concludes with the Thirukalasattu.
Kottiyoor is a very old pilgrim center that is purely dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. The Kottiyoor Utsavam engages two of the famous temples which are situated on the opposite banks of the Bovali River which are Akkare Kottiyoor and Ikkare Kottiyoor. The very beautiful and auspicious festival marks the real presence of God on Earth.
When: 3rd – 30th June 2020
Where: Kannur, Kerala
What is Special: It is the only time when the Akkare temple is kept open and the village hosts a wonderful fair to mark the occasion.
Sao Joao Festival
Sao Joao Festival is a Catholic festival celebrated in Goa and is a part of Goa’s Portuguese heritage. It is the feast of St John the Baptist. A tribute to the saint who baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. The main celebrations are at Siolim in North Goa, close to the Siolim Church.
The feast is marked by people of all ages across the state by jumping into wells, ponds, and rivers. There is a lot of festivities all around as people decorate themselves with flowers, leaves, unique headgear, and wear masks. The festival is then followed by different types of folk dances and the exchange of fruits and other eatables between friends and relatives.
When: 24th – 25th June 2020
What is Special: The Sao Joao Festival is an Annual Christian Water-Fest when the procession of floats at carried along with the pool parties. The other lively and high-spirited dances, Goan do are out of the boxes and worth-seeing.
UP mango festival
Uttar Pradesh Mango Festival, reviving and keeping alive the rich Mango culture of the state, promoting farmers and entrepreneurs. This is a festival organized to revive and keep alive the rich mango traditions of Uttar Pradesh, to support small farmers and to boost eco-tourism, and aiming to establish Lucknow as the Mango Capital of the World.
When: 24th – 25th June 2020
Where: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
What is Special: It is one of the biggest mango food festival held in Uttar Pradesh, where you can see dishes from royal households and signature dishes by chefs. Rare mango varieties will also be showcased by farmers.