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June 2018

Champakkulam Boat Race

June 28
Champakkulam, Champakkulam, India + Google Map

Boat races are synonymous with Kerala’s identity and Champakkulam is a name that resonates loudly across God's Own Country. It is the oldest Snake Boat Race in the State and kicks off the boat race season annually. The Pampa River plays host to this race held in Champakkulam, a village in Alappuzha district. Held normally in June or July, the crowds it draws are enormous. Massive boats splitting the waters apart as ancient boat songs are hummed make for an…

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Feast of Saints Peter and Saints Paul

June 29

The tradition of Sangodd is also seen in the Christian festival of Saint Peter and Saint Paul held on June 29 every year, by the fishing community particularly in Bardez taluka. The fishermen in the villages along the northern coast of Goa celebrate the festival in the monsoon. They tie their boats together to form rafts which serve as makeshift stages. On this stages miniature models of Chapels or Churches are erected.

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July 2018

International Mango Festival

July 9 - July 10

The mango festival is held in Delhi during the month of July. Many verities of mangos from the 1100 plus verities those India grow are displayed.

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Njangattiri Aanayoottu

July 20
Njangattiri Bhagavathi Temple,

A grand ceremony wherein a special feast is prepared for the elephants, the Njangattiri Aanayoottu ritual is held in the Njangattiri Bhagavathi Temple at Pattambi in the Palakkad district. In the Aanayoottu (Aanayoottu meaning feeding of elephants) ceremony, the elephants are fed specially medicated food. The ceremony is based on the principles of Ayurveda which consider the Malayalam month of Karkkidakam as a month of rejuvenation. Accordingly, this Ayurvedic tradition of rejuvenation is extended towards Elephants as well.

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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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66th Nehru Trophy Boat Race

August 11
Punnamada Backwaters, Punnamada, Alappuzha, India + Google Map

The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is amongst the premier snake boat races in Kerala. It is held on the second Saturday of August every year and draws in a massive crowd. People gather in large numbers to watch nearly 100 ft long boats compete against each other to the tune of old boat songs. Punnamada Lake is the location for the race where the contestants line up to battle it out.

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Teej

August 13
India, India + Google Map

Here comes the joyous and Traditional Indian festival of Teej back again. Thus it’s time again for every married Hindu woman to get ready in the cheerful hues of the festival of Teej and pray for the long life and well being of their beloved husband. This year it is 13th August 2018, the date for the festival of Teej celebration in India for every married Hindu women.

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India Independence Day

August 15
India, India + Google Map

India celebrates the nation's independence from British rule on 15 August 1947. Most of the celebrations take place around the Red Fort in Delhi. There's a flag hoisting ceremony, kite flying, and cultural programs. Extra special, extended arrangements are expected to be made this year, as it's India's 70th Independence Day. This is likely to include patriotic film screenings, exhibitions showcasing the might of India's armed forces, and food and cultural events that capture India’s diversity.

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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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