India is a country full of festivities and celebrations throughout the year. From religious and traditional festivals to cultural events, there is a lot more to see and experience in India than you can imagine. It’s a country with diversity that makes celebratory events all the more exciting to be a part of. So we bring to you, a list of festivals and events that you must try and attend in various parts of India in June.

1. Ramzan Eid

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Ramadan is the ninth and a holy month in the Islamic Calendar. Muslims fast from sunrise to sundown through the month. Every evening people break their fast after sunset and feast on some lip-smacking traditional delicacies. Several places in Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad are known for having some of the best Ramadan celebrations with street food being one of the highlights. Ramadan or Ramzan is considered to be one of the five pillars of Islam (prayer, charity, faith, fasting and a pilgrimage to Mecca). Fasting and abstinence is observed through the month of Ramadan to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran. Ramadan comes to an end with Eid-ul-Fitr which which a day the includes a lot of feasting and shopping.

When: June 6 to July 7, 2016

Where: All across India, especially Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi

2. Kundalini Shakti Festival

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Photograph courtesy: Kundalini Shakti Festival/Facebook

The Kundalini Shakti Festival is one of the most up-beat music festivals in the hills for all the hippies out there!  It is one of the coolest psy-trance music events meant for all the music fanatics. While the line-up has over 40 Indian and international artistes, the season pass for the festival costs only about Rs 2500. So book your tickets to Kasol soon.

When: June 9 to June 12, 2016

Where: Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

3. Shimla Summer Festival

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While you may think Summer has come to an end and the monsoons are about to kick in, Shimla is getting ready for its Summer Festival. Held annually since the 1960s, the Summer festival is all about food, music, dance, fashion and a whole lot of fun! It’s the time of the year when mall Road is full of enthusiastic travelers.

When: June 11 to June 13, 2016

Where: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

4. Ganga Dussehra

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Ganga Dusshera is celebrated to mark the day when the Ganga descended to earth in the form of the holy river Ganes, Hundreds of thousands of people visit cities like Varanasi, Rishikesh and Haridwar to pay their respects to the Ganga. Ganga aarti is one of the highlights of the festival.

When: June 14, 2016.

Where: Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, and other holy cities along the Ganges such as Haridwar and Rishikesh.

5. Vat Purnima

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Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Vat Purnima is also referred to as Vat Savitri. It is celebrated in most western states of India. On this full moon day, married women offer prayers to the banyan tree in order to seek blessings for their husband’s long lives. Legend has it that when Savitri’s husband, Satyavan was about to be taken by Yama, the death god, he agreed to grant her three boons in place of a husband. first, she asked for the well being of her parents in law followed by the well being of her parents. Lastly, she asked for a son which was granted too. However, Savitri argued that she couldn’t have a son without her husband. Startled, Yama agreed to grant Satyavana his life. This day is celebrated by married women.

When: June 16

Where: All across India

6. Champakulam Boat Race

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The Champakulam Boat race conducted in Kerala is by far the oldest snake boat race organised in the state. A beautiful pocession is carried out before the race with beautifully decorated and carved water floats and boats decorated with flowers. The Champakulam Boat race is an event you cannot afford to miss while in Kerala.

When: June 20, 2016.

Where: Pampa River at Champakulam, near Alleppey, Kerala

7. Ambubachi Mela

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Ambubachi Mela ios hosted at Guwahati’sKamakhya Temple. The temple is considered to be one of the 52 shakti peethas and is believed to be Shakti’s womb and genitals. Ambubachi Mela is organized during the time of the year when the goddess is believed to be menstruating. For three days of the festival, the temple remains closed and on the fourth and last day, the temple is opened to the public. Thousands of people visit Kamakhya Temple for the festival in order to collect a small piece of cloth which is believed to be soaked in the goddess’s menstrual fluids. Ambubachi mela is often visited by hundreds of tantrics who avoid making public appearances otherwise.

When: June 22 to June 26, 2016

Where: Kamakhya temple, Guwahati, Assam

8. Sindhu Darshan Festival

The Sindhu Darshan Festival is organised and celebrated by river Sindhu or Indus. Known to have given India its name, it is also one of the longest rivvers in the world. Sundhu Darshan Festival is hosted in order to celebrate culture and communal unity. There are various cultural and traditional events that signify the harmony in India. Sindhu Darshan is hosted in Leh and is a great event to witness if dance, music and great weather is something you’re looking forward to.

When: June 23 to 26, 2016

Where: On the banks of the river Sindhu, Leh, Ladakh

9. Sao Joao Feast of St John the Baptist

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Photograph courtesy: Joel/Creative Commons

Sao Joao is one of the biggest feast in Goa. Local men jump into big wells in order to retrieve feni bottles thrown in by villagers. People play games, sing various songs, dance and feast through the day. There are boat races and other community events that people participate in enthusiastically.

When: June 24, annually

Where: North Goa, particularly Siolim

10. Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

June 29 is celebrated in memory of saint Peter and saint Paul. The festival also welcomes the monsoons and is a way to bring the locals together. It is one of the feasts organized by the local fishing community. There are sailing trips organized over the rivers and people enjoy recreational activities together.

When: June 29

Where: Riverside villages like Candolim, Ribandar, Siolim and Agassaim in Goa

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