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July 2018

Guru Purnima

July 27

Full moon day during Ashadha month is known as Guru Purnima day. Traditionally this day is reserved for Guru Puja or Guru Worship. On this day disciples offer Puja or pay respect to their Gurus. Guru refers to spiritual guide who enlighten disciples by his knowledge and teachings. Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima and this day is commemorated as birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa. Veda Vyasa was the author as well as a character in the Hindu…

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August 2018

Sawan Shivaratri

August 9

Sawan Shivaratri is also called Kanvad Yatra during the monsoon month Shraawan. Named after the kanvar a single pole. Devotees of Lord Shiva, known as Kanvarias to Hindu pilgrimage places of Haridwar, Gaumukh & Gangotri in Uttarakhand; Sultanganj in Bihar to fetch holy waters of Ganges River, Ganga Jal, which is later offered at their local Shiv temples.

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Onam

August 15 - August 24

Onam is the biggest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. Onam Festival falls during the Malayali month of Chingam (Aug - Sep) and marks the homecoming of legendary King Mahabali. Carnival of Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala culture and tradition. Intricately decorated Pookalam, ambrosial Onasadya, breathtaking Snake Boat Race and exotic Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam - the harvest festival in Kerala.

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Athachamayam

August 15 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thripunithura, India + Google Map

Athachamayam is a cultural fiesta which provides one the rare opportunity to witness almost all the folk art forms of Kerala. It is a grand celebration which marks the beginning of the ten-day Onam Festival. Every year on the Atham asterism of the Malayalam month ofChingam (roughly August/September), 

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Uthradam Thirunal Pamba Boat Race

August 24
River Pamba, Neerattupuram, India + Google Map

Every year, the placid waters of the River Pamba plays host to a magnificent feat- the Uthradam Thirunal Pamba Boat Race. Held during Uthradam, one of the most auspicious days of Onam (the harvest festival of Kerala), the boat race enjoys a wide participation with locals and tourists thronging the banks of the river and egging on the rowers with much fervour.

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Payippad Boat Race

August 27
Payippad backwaters, Alappuzha, Alappuzha, India + Google Map

Legend has it that residents of a remote village were once instructed to approach a whirlpool in a vision. On reaching the location in Kayamkulam Lake, they discovered a beautiful idol of the Hindu deity, Sree Subramanya. Today, among the many boat races that grace the waters across God’s Own Country, the Payippad Boat Race is among the most anticipated. Held on the Payippad River in Alappuzha, it commemorates the installation of the idol at the Subramanya Swamy Temple. It…

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Pulikali

August 28
Swaraj Round, Thrissur, Thrissur, India + Google Map

Pulikali (Tiger Dance) is one among the folk art forms of Kerala. On the fourth day of Onam festival, artists paint their bodies like tigers with stripes of yellow, red and black and dance to the rhythm of traditional percussion instruments such as thakil, udukku and chenda. The Swaraj Ground in Thrissur district plays host to this carnival that has people appearing in various unique hues and masks, with the locals and visitors alike joining in on the revelry.

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September 2018

Sri Krishna Janmashtami

September 2 - September 3

Janmashtami is the birth date of Lord Krishna—the day he made his earthly appearance. According to mythological texts, Shri Krishna was born in the month of BHadrapad, on the eight day of the dark fortnight. And if this day coincides with the Rohini Nakshatra, then it is considered even luckier and that year, this day is also celebrated as Sri Krishna’s birth anniversary.

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Neelamperoor Padayani

September 9
Palli Bhagavathi Temple, Neelamperoor Alappuzha, India + Google Map

Among the most vibrant sights seen in all of Alappuzha district is the annual Neelamperoor Padayani Festival held at the Neelamperoor Palli Bhagavathy Temple. It falls in the Malayalam month of Chingam (usually August/September) and is among the rarest Padayani displays in all of God’s Own Country. Its uniqueness lies in its special tradition of Kettukazhcha, which is the display of beautifully decorated effigies. One witnesses massive effigies of swans and other legendary characters being brought in, built locally in…

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Ganesh Chaturthi

September 13 - September 23

Ganesha Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Ganesha. A ten-day festival, it starts on the fourth day of Hindu Lunisolar calendar month Bhadrapada, which typically falls in the months of August or September of the Gregorian calendar

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