Festivals and events are a big part of the cultural and traditional activities in India. While some festivals are celebrated among friends and family only, some others are a whole lot of fun when celebrated on a community level. Various parts of India have different ways of celebrating auspicious days. From the smallest of villages to the largest metros, festivals and celebrations are looked forward to by many people across the length and breath of the country. Here are some of the festivals and events in India in the month of July that are worth traveling for. Also Read - Remembering Former Prime Minister Gulzarilal Nanda on His Birth Anniversary
1. Amarnath Yatra
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The Amarnath cave temple is one of the most visited temples in India. The Shiva linga is made of ice and is one of the toughest pilgrimages in the country. Since the high altitude region is snowbound through most of the year, you can go on the pilgrimage for an extremely stipulated period. Also Read - Scientists Develop Stamp-sized Wearable Device Fitted With Sensors to Monitor Coronavirus Patients
When: July 2 to August 18 Also Read - 'Learning With Human Feel': Sisodia Says Online Education Might Create Digital Divide
Where: Mount Amarnath, Kashmir
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2. Dree Festival
The Aptani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh celebrates the Dree festival. It’s celebrated by the agricultural tribe in order to pray to the gods to protect their crops. People sing folk songs, participate in traditional dance performances and have community celebrations too.
When: July 4 to July 7
Where: Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
3. Eid Ul Fitr
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The holy Islamic month of Ramadan comes to an end with Eid-Ul-Fitr. People spend most of the day feasting and shopping for new clothes, household items etc.
When: July 6
Where: All around India
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4. Jagannath Rath Yatra
The Jagannath Rath Yatra is a 12-day event. The idol of Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and his sister Subhadra are taken out on a procession all around Puri in massive decorative chariots.
When: July 6 to July 18
Where: Puri, Odisha
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5. Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey
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This year, the Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey will be in it’s 13th year. Bikers ride from Delhi through tricky trails and challenging roads from Delhi to Len and return via Spiti in Himachal Pradesh.
When: July 9 to July 23
Where: Delhi to Leh
6. Hemis Festival
Hemis Festival is celebrated over two days to commemorate the birth of Guru Padmasambhava who founded Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. The Hemis monastery is decorated and people prepare artistic performances in fancy masks and outfits.
When: July 14 to July 15
Where: Hemis Monastery, Leh, Ladakh
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7. Guru Purnima
Guru Purnima is celebrated on a full moon day in memory of sage Vyasa, He wrote several Hindu scriptures. On this day, people thank everyone they have learnt something from in order to pay homage to the sage.
When: July 19
Where: All around India
8. Nhangattiri Aanayoottu
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On this day, elephants are decorated and taken around the Nhangattiri Bhagvati Temple in Kerala. before their adorned, they are taken inside the temple and fed a combination of sugarcane leaves, jaggery, coconut and other local produce in order to thank the elephants. Elephants are considered to be of religious importance as they symbolise symbolise Lord Ganesha. .
When: July 22
Where: Njangattiri Bhagavathi temple, Pattambi, Palakkad district, Kerala
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