Festivals and events are a major part of the culture in India. From various regions that celebrate occasions on a community level, to some places where celebrations take place for religious purposes, mythological tales and to commemorate historic events, there are innumerable festivals in India. Every month is filled with celebrations. August gives you a whole lot of reasons and occasions to celebrate the nation, its culture and tradition. Here is our list of the festivals and events in India! Also Read - The New Normal? Salon Workers Covered In PPE Kits While Giving Haircuts, Images Go Viral

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1. Teej

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Teej is a festival celebrated by women to celebrate the reunion of Shiva and Parvati. Women apply henna on their palms and feet, wear traditional clothes and enjoy the event with dance and music performances. Among other things, Teej celebrations include public processions.



When: August 5 to 6

Where: All around India especially Rajasthan

2. Naag Panchami

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Naag Panchami is celebrated by Hindus across the country and in Nepal on the fifth day of Shraavan. On this day, serpents or snakes are worshipped and blessings are sought. The idol of the serpent is bathed in milk. In a lot of places across the country, snakes are carried out on processions too, people dance and sing to traditional music. There have been several animal activists who work on saving lives of snakes and spreading awareness about not harming snakes during the festival.

When: August 7

Where: All around India

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3.  Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race

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This is one of the biggest and most awaited boat races in Kerala. Held in the memory of India’s former Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. It was first held in 1952 when the then Prime Minister visited Alappuzha. This year, the boat race will be in its 63rd edition.

When: August 13

Where: Punnamda Lake, Alleppey in Kerala

4. Independence Day

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While Independence Day is celebrated all over the country, the biggest celebrations are held at the Red Fort in Delhi. Thousands gather to watch the prime minister of the government in power address the nation from the ramparts of the historic fort.

When: August 15

Where: All around India

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5. Jhapan Mela

Quite like Naag Panchami, Jhapan Mela is also celebrated in honor of snakes. But Jhapan mela is less of a festival and more of a fair that involves people performing various tricks with snakes. Jhampanias are snake charmers who put up fancy performances. Manasa, the daughter of Shiva is worshipped for rainfall and fertility of soil on this day.

When: August 17

Where: Bishnupur in the Bankura district of West Bengal

6. Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan celebrates the relationship between the brother and his sister. Each year, the sister ties a rakhi on her brother’s right wrist. It’s a reminder of love, support and a brother’s promise of always protecting his sister. People exchange sweets and presents on this day. This is largely a private festival, with very few public gatherings though it is not unusual for politicians to host mass rakhi tying ceremonies.

When: August 18

Where: All around India

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7. Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami commemorates the birth of Krishna. The celebrations are spread across the night and the following morning. Following the belief that Krishna was born past sundown, Krishna temples across the country host celebrations at the designated hour that go on for most part of the night. The following day groups of young men (and occasionally women) form human pyramids in order to reach a pot of curd tied at a significant height. Competitions are held in several parts of Maharashtra, especially Mumbai, with cash prizes being given away to the group that achieves the impossible. This tradition stems from a similar practice baby Krishna adopted to reach the pots of curd and cream that were kept away from his reach.

When: August 25 to 26

Where: All around India

8. Gogamedi Fair

The Gogamedi Fair is a Rajasthani cattle and handicrafts fair that is organised in the northern region of Rajasthan. It is yet another festival celebrated in India to pay homage to snakes, regionally referred to as Gogaji. Singing and dancing are a very big part of the celebrations.

When: August 26 to August 28

Where: Ganganagar, Rajasthan

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9. Feast Of Our Lady Of Good Health

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Vailankanni is home to the Basilica Our Lady of Good Health in Tamil Nadu. Millions of people visit the church during the festivities. The feast goes on for 10 days followed by a celebration on September 8, as it is said to be the first day the Portuguese landed in India.

When: August 29 to Sepetember 8

Where: Vailankanni, Tamil Nadu

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10. Mim Kut Festival

The Mim Kut festival is celebrated in India’s northeastern state, Mizoram. This is the time when the farming community harvests maize. The festival is a colorful affair and a celebration of a successful harvesting season. Traditional dance and music performances add to the celebrations.

When: August/September

Where: Mizoram

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