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10 spectacular Fairs and Festivals in August in scenic India

If you plan to travel to or within India in the month of August, here are some spectacular Fairs and Festivals that will leave you mesmerised.

Throughout India, August, which includes the anniversary of India’s independence, is a time of great celebrations, and celebrations are held throughout the nation.

There are so many reasons to be happy this month, thanks to the beautiful weather and calming showers that have fallen. During this joyful month, a slew of energizing fairs are also scheduled.

In a nutshell, it is the month in which some of India‘s most well-known and traditional festivities and events take place.

Tarnetar Mela

Date: 29-31 August

It is a yearly fair conducted in Gujarat that is mostly themed on the stories of Draupadi’s swayamvara and is one of the largest fairs in the world. Bhadarva Sud is a three-day event that takes place every year on the dates of the Bhadarva Sud festival ( in the month of August).

Spectacular Fairs and Festivals -  Tarnetar Mela Pix credit : Snehrashmi
Spectacular Fairs and Festivals – Tarnetar Mela Pix credit : Snehrashmi

Traditional Gujarati music, dancing, costumes, and arts are the main attractions during the festival, which takes place over three days. It is mostly intended for young men and women who are looking for a significant partner.

Independence Day

Date: 15 August

It is customary to observe Independence Day on August 15 each year to honour India’s independence from British control, which occurred in 1947.

A still of Red Fort, during the 62nd Independence Day celebrations, in Delhi
A still of Red Fort, during the 62nd Independence Day celebrations, in Delhi

During the annual ceremony at Delhi’s Red Fort, the Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag and delivers a speech to the country, which is followed by a military parade. The President of India also makes a speech known as the ‘address to the nation.’ A total of twenty-one-gun rounds are fired in celebration of the event.

Krishna Janmashtami

Date: 18 August or a day before or after as selected by the Hindu calendar

Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is a yearly Hindu festival that commemorates the birth of Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, and is celebrated all over the world. It is celebrated on the basis of the Hindu lunar calendar.

Spectacular Fairs and Festivals - ISKCON temple Delhi at Janamashtami  (pix credit: Bill William Compton)
Spectacular Fairs and Festivals – ISKCON temple Delhi at Janamashtami (pix credit: Bill William Compton)

According to the Hindu calendar, it occurs on the eighth day of either the Krishna Pakshain Shrivana or Bhadrapad (depending on whether or not the calendar picks a new moon or a full moon day as the final day of the month), which occurs throughout the months of August and September.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Date: 31 August or or a day before or after as selected by the Hindu calendar

It is celebrated for ten days every year at Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as the Vinayaka Chavithi festival, which is an important Hindu event. According to the Hindu calendar, the event is held during the month of Bhadra, which normally occurs between the months of August and September.

 Spectacular Fairs and Festivals -  Ganesh Chaturthi
Spectacular Fairs and Festivals – Ganesh Chaturthi

It is the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity who is revered across India. On the day of the celebration, clay statues of Ganesh are put in houses or outside in elaborately painted tents for visitors to see and pay their respects to the Lord of Wisdom. Priests will then instil life into the idols as mantras are recited, in a rite known as ‘pranapratishhtha’.

Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race

Date: 13 August

The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is one of the most prestigious snake boat races in Kerala, and it takes place every year in August. This annual event, which takes place on the second Saturday of August, attracts a large number of people.

Spectacular Fairs and Festivals -  Nehru Trophy Boat Race (Pix credit Manojk)
Spectacular Fairs and Festivals – Nehru Trophy Boat Race (Pix credit Manojk)

An estimated 100,000 spectators get out in order to see approximately 100-foot-long boats race against one other to the melody of classic boat melodies. Punnamada Lake serves as the venue for the race, and it is here that the competitors will line up to compete.

Nag Panchami

Date: 2 August or a day before or after as selected by the Hindu calendar

Nag Panchami is a traditional Hindu festival that is associated with the worship of the snake. The festival’s name is created on the basis of two words: nag, meaning cobra/serpent, and panchami, which refers to the fifth day of the moon’s waxing or waning phase, which is the fifth of the fifteen days of the moon’s waning phase.

Traditionally, the Hindu festival of Nag Panchami is observed on the fifth day of the month of Shravana (August), as per the Hindu calendar. Snakes are offered milk on this day, as women worship the Nag Devta, the serpent god of death.

Raksha Bandhan

Date: 11 August or a day before or after as selected by the Hindu calendar

Raksha Bandhan is a famous yearly ritual or event that is predominantly Hindu in nature. This day, sisters of all ages bind their brothers’ wrists with a talisman or amulet known as a Rakhi, symbolically safeguarding them while also getting a gift in exchange and historically transferring some of the duty for their prospective care on the brothers’ shoulders.

Spectacular Fairs and Festivals -  Raksha Bandhan
Spectacular Fairs and Festivals – Raksha Bandhan

On the final day of the Hindu lunar calendar month of Shraavana, which would be traditionally celebrated in August, the festival of Raksha Bandhan is commemorated. There is also a changed tradition of mutual kin bonds among women and men who are not biological relatives, which is done by the tying of rakhi amulets, which has crossed through caste and class barriers, as well as Hindu and Muslim differences, to bring people together.

Teej

Date: 30 August or a day before or after as selected by the Hindu calendar

This is a festival that is extensively observed in India, particularly in the northern regions, and it is known as Hartalika Teej. Teej festival is an all-female ceremony in which married and unmarried ladies get together to ask for the favours of Goddess Parvati.

Spectacular Fairs and Festivals - Teej festival
Spectacular Fairs and Festivals – Teej festival

During Teej Vrat, both married and unmarried women fast in order to have a tranquil marital life and a loving spouse, respectively, according to the tradition.

Covelong Point Surf Music Yoga Festival

Date: to be announced

The Covelong Point Surf Music Yoga Festival combines the elements of sun, sand, and sea with yoga, kalarippayattu, and live music to create an unforgettable experience.

Spectacular Fairs and Festivals - Covelong Point Surf Music Yoga Festival Pix courtesy Wings and Petals
Spectacular Fairs and Festivals – Covelong Point Surf Music Yoga Festival Pix courtesy Wings and Petals

The festival is held every year from August 23 to August 25. Yoga workshops are taught by a variety of instructors, most of whom have intriguing anecdotes to tell about their personal experiences with yoga. 

Madras Day

Date: 22 August

The date of August 22, 1639, is often regarded as the official foundation day of Madras. Madras Day is a celebration of the city, its history, its past, and its present, and the core team encourages communities, clubs, businesses, and educational institutions around the city to hold activities that honour the city.

Spectacular Fairs and Festivals -  Madras Day Pix courtesy VinothChandar
Spectacular Fairs and Festivals – Madras Day Pix courtesy VinothChandar

There are many different methods to commemorate the city, including heritage walks, school exchange programs, presentations and competitions, poetry and music events, quizzes, cuisine festivals, rallies, and picture exhibits, as well as bike excursions.

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