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April 2018

Buddha Purnima and Buddha Jayanti

April 30

Buddha Jayanti, also known as Buddha Purnima, celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha. It's the most sacred Buddhist festival. Activities include prayer meets, sermons and religious discourses, recitation of Buddhist scriptures, group meditation, processions, and worship of the statue of Buddha.

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May 2018

Dhungri Mela

May 14 - May 16
Hadimba Temple, Manali, Manali, India + Google Map

Ganga Dussehra

May 24

Kottiyoor Vaishaka Mahotsavam

May 26 @ 8:00 AM - June 22 @ 5:00 PM
Akkare Kottiyoor, Kannur, Kannur, + Google Map

A 28 day festival, in the heart of a dense forest and in front of a roaring river,is anexperience only God’s Own Country can provide. The hills of Kannur play host to the Kottiyoor Vysakha Mahotsavam, a festival hosted by two temples, Akkara Kottiyoor and Ikkara Kottiyoor. Situated on the banks of the mighty River Baveli, it is among the most beloved festivals of Northern Kerala. The venue is the Akkara Kottiyoor Temple which only opens during festival days annually.…

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Saga Dawa

May 29

June 2018

Yuru Kabgyat

June 12 - June 13
Lamayuru Monastery, Ladakh, J & K India + Google Map

The most important part of this festival is the masked dance. This masked dance started as the Mahayana tradition and at the present day it continues as the Buddhist tradition. In the 8th century the Chaam Dance was performed according to the Tibetan scripts. These masked dances are the descendents of this chaam dance. The main reason behind performing this masked dance is to please the deity. It is a common belief that if the deity is pleased then She…

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Ochira Kali

June 15 - June 16
Ochira Parabrahma Temple, Kollam, India + Google Map

A temple without a definite layout or idol of worship, the Ochira Temple situated near the National Highway connecting Kollam and Alappuzha districts is well renowned for its festival – the Ochira Kali. Here, the whole concept of worship revolves around the Parabrahma or the universal consciousness. It is this uniqueness that makes this temple stand apart from the rest. The highlight of the festival, at this temple, is the mock battle between two groups, to the sound of drums,…

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Sital Sasthi

June 18

The Hindu festival of Sital Sasthi celebrates the divine marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is observed on the ‘sasthi’ (6th day) during the ‘Shukla Paksha’ (the waxing phase of moon) in the ‘Jyestha’month of the traditional Hindu calendar. This date corresponds to the months of May-June in the Gregorian calendar. Sital Sasthi is one-of-its-kind festival that is celebrated in a carnival form. Artists and individuals from different forms of life come together and participate in the celebrations,…

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Hemis Festival

June 23 - June 24
Hemis Monastery, Leh Ladakh,

Hemis Festival in Ladakh is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the Tse-Chu, Lunar month of the Tibetan Calendar. The 2-day fiesta marks the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. On this day, Hemis Monastery is adorned beautifully to host the ceremony. The colorful festival showcases the beautiful handicrafts of the area. Natives also dress up in lovely traditional attires and gather in the courtyard of Hemis Monastery, the biggest Buddhist Monastery of Ladakh. Lamas dance around central flagpole to the tunes…

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Sao Joao Feast of St John the Baptist

June 24

It is the feast of St John the Baptist on June 24th. On this day young men around Goa jump into wells to retrieve gifts thrown in by villagers. This celebration is called Sao Joao, one of the more famous Christian feasts in the state.alt The festivals takes place at the beginning of Monsoon season in Goa and people of all ages jumping into wells, streams and ponds. They get well tanked with feni and do this. In Siolim, the…

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