The popular festival season gets underway in August in India. Many Visitors came here to enjoy some of the most famous and traditional festivals and events of India.
Check out some of the most interesting festivals and events of India held in August 2017 that you cannot miss.
1. Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race
The Nehru Trophy snake boat race is the most exciting and famous boat race of the year in Kerala. This race is held in the memory of India’s first Prime Minister, Late Jawahar Lal Nehru.
The snake boat race was held in 1952 when Nehru visited Alleppey. And he was so impressed with the getting and the race that he donated a trophy.
The race has continued every year since then. It takes place on the second Saturday of August and nearly 70 boats usually took part in it. This year will be its 65th edition.
When: August 12, 2017
Where: Punnamda Lake, Alleppey, Kerala
Tickets: Gold and silver passes can be booked online
Note: Low-price tickets are also available from tourism and local government offices.
2. Gogamedi Fair
The Gogamedi Fair is a traditional Rajasthani handicraft and cattle fair. It’s held to pay tribute to regional hero Gogaji that is believed to be a ‘Snake God.’ One of the big attractions of the fair is the simple dancing and singing.
This fest begins on Goga Navami, the ninth day of the Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Bhadrapada, and continues for three days.
When: August 16-18, 2017
Where: Ganganagar, on the northern Rajasthan border.
3. Jhapan Mela
At the Jhapan Mela also called a snake festival where snake charmers, known as ‘Jhampanias’, bring king cobras and other snakes in cane baskets and perform amazing acts with them.
Here ‘Jhapan’ means a stage set up to display tricks with snakes. This festival of tribal origin is celebrated in the honor of the serpent Goddess ‘Manasa’ who is the daughter of Lord Shiva.
She’s worshiped for fertile land and good rainfall. It takes place in mid-August on the last day of the Bengali month of Shravan.
When: August 17, 2017
Where: The western region of West Bengal, at Bishnupur/Vishnupur, Bankura district.
4. Bhandara Festival
Bhandara festival sees an astounding amount of turmeric being thrown all over the temple premises by the vibrant devotees, who also dance and sing.
At noon, the statue of the temple god is taken out in the march to have a holy bath in the nearby river, which is the main attractions of the occasion.
The festival takes place on Somvati Amavasya which is a new moon day that falls on Monday. It usually happens 2 or 3 times in a year.
When: August 21, 2017
Where: Khandoba temple in Jejuri (Nearly 1.5 hours southeast of Pune).
If you hire a car, it’s possible to visit it on a day trip from Mumbai. However, the travel time one way will be nearly 4.5 hours. Hence, it may be more suitable to go there from Pune.
5. Madras Week
On August 22 which is the Madras Day, honors the founding of the Madras city (now Chennai). Commemorations have been extended for a whole week to expand participation.
Activities include heritage walks, photo exhibitions, food festivals, and bike tours.
When: August 20 to August 27, 2017
Where: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
6. Covelong Surf Classic Surf and Music Festival
The Covelong Surf Classic Surf and Music Festival will feature a national level surfing competition, diverse musicians from around the world, yoga on the beach, meditation workshops, organic food stalls, massage, healing music therapies, Indian and international cinema.
Recreational activities include water gun fights, kayak races, and beach volleyball. Entry is free.
This is the fourth edition and bigger than ever this year.
When: Aug 25 to Aug 27, 2017
Where: Covelong Point Social Surf School, Kovalam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.