India’s festivals in August 2018
India Is a country where people have the right to practice their religion freely. And that’s the reason we witness different belief system and we respect every individual on their choice. We the people of India enjoy each and every festival without judging or comparing one’s religion. In the month of August, we could witness different festivals at different places in India. Here is a list of some of the festivals you could also witness in this month.
• Date:- 13,19 August 2018
• Place:- Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh
Teej is a festival celebrated on the third day of the Indian month of Shravan primarily in the western and northern states and similarly some states of southern and eastern also like Telangana, Bihar. It is a monsoon festival primarily celebrated by the girls and women. There is one more story that it is mainly for women because in this time Goddess Parvati unites with Lord Shiva. There are three types of Teej celebrate during the monsoon.
a. Haryali Teej
b. Kajari Teej
c. Hartilka Teej
2. Independence day
• Date:- 15th August annually
• Place:- Main program at Delhi but celebrated all over India.
15th August 1947 was the first Independence day when the First Prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru raised the Indian flag at Red Fort, Delhi. And from that day onwards we celebrate this day by flying kites, watching patriotic movies as it is a National holiday. On this day we witness the Grand March by the Paramilitary forces and Indian soldiers, the speech and Flag hoisting by the Prime Minister at the Red Fort. School children are dressed to make a unique pattern. It is also celebrated in the different states of India and Chief Minister of the states hovers the Indian flag. On the eve of Independence day, President of India delivers “Address to the Nation”.
3. Naga Panchami
• Date:- 15th August 2018
• Place:- All the snake temples in the country.
Naga means ‘Cobra’ and Panchami means ‘Fifth day of the fifteen days of the moon’s waxing' in the Hindu month of Shravan. On this special day, we worship snakes with flowers and sweet. Naga deities made of stone, silver, wood or paintings are first washed with water and milk and then we chant the following mantra.
“नाग प्रीता भवन्ति शान्तिमाप्नोति बिअ विबोह्
सशन्ति लोक मा साध्य मोदते सस्थित समः”
It is also celebrated as “Vishari Puja” or “Bishari Puja” in some parts of the country. People celebrate this festival in their own manner and with own belief system all over India.
4. Jhapan Mela
• Date:- 17th August 2018
• Place:- Bishnupur, Bankura district
This is also one festival which is for the snakes. It is for snake goddess Manasa Devi mainly celebrated in Bishnupur a small town and a drive of 132km from Kolkata. This town is also famous for its "Terracotta Temple" and Balucahri sarees. As monsoon starts, a tribal group called “Rajbonshi Tribals” comes with their special friend in small baskets. In August, Bishnupur is also called "Land of snakes". The story behind celebrating this festival is that Manasa Devi was rejected by her father Lord Shiva and Parvati. So, Chandi made her the Dreaded goddess and she behaves harshly to those who refuse to worship her. And the other reason for this celebration is for an upcoming harvesting month. The snake charmers(Jhapaians) often show the tricks with poisonous snakes.
5. Eid al-Adha/Bakri Eid
• Date:- 22nd August 2018
• Place:- All over the world.
It also means “Festival of sacrifice” and is one of the two Islamic holidays all over the world. It is not only called Eid al-Adha but it has many other names across different countries but the meaning of all the names is the same(most of them :P). According to legends, Ibrahim(Abraham) had to sacrifice his son as the obedience of the God. But instead of his son, God provided him a goat to sacrifice. After the sacrifice, the meat has to be divided into three parts. One part for the needy and poor ones; Second for the friends, neighbors, and relatives; Third part for the family only. Its one’s choice whether they divide it or not. After they distribute the meat they have to chant takbir and they have to continue this chanting process for the next four days according to Islamic Festival.
الله أكبر الله أكبر
لا إله إلا الله
والله أكبر الله أكبر
Allāhu akbar, Allāhu akbar
lā ilāha illā-Allāh
Wallāhu akbar, Allāhu akbar
All the men, women and children dress in the finest clothes and enjoy this day to there fullest.
• Date:- 15-27 August 2018
• Place:- Mainly in Kerela.
It is one of the Hindu festivals which origins in Kerela. It is almost 10-12 days celebration. A major event for all the Malayali people as it is one of the three annual major events. It is an official state festival of Kerela with public holidays in the town. You can see major celebrations at 30 venues of Thiruvananthapuram, capital of Kerela. The celebration includes events like a boat race, flower decoration in front of the main gate, Tiger dances, Mask dance, women dance, tug of war, Martial arts etc.. Onam starts with a parade called Atthachamayam. After that flower arrangments then races and then have their traditional meal Sadya. Hence it is a part of Thiruvonam which is the ending of this beautiful festival.
• Date:- 26th August 2018
• Place:- All over India.
It is an annual rite performed by the Indians. Sister offers there protection to their brothers by tying a thread on the wrist as a form of ritual protection. In return, the brothers promise them that they will protect them and after that gift them sweets and gifts. Besides that, it is basically a ritual that can be practiced by anyone and they can tie rakhi to anyone whom they think can protect him. Like the girls who don’t have any brother they tie the rakhi to their mother or the boy they think is her brother. Rabindranath Tagore expresses his thinking on Rakhi in a poem:-