Watch Out: Popular Events in May, June And July 2015
Mark your calendars and apply for leaves as Cox & Kings brings to you must-visit events in May, June and July 2015
1) Moatsu Festival
When: May 1- May 3
Where: Mokokchung district villages (particularly Chuchuyimlang village), Nagaland.
What: Moatsu festival is celebrated by the Ao tribe of Nagaland. It marks the end of the planting season, and is celebrated with much fanfare. Dressed up in their best attire, the locals dance, sing and narrate folk tales.
Watch Out For: Sangpangtu
The ritual of Sangpangtu is the highlight of the festival wherein the people from the tribe relish meat and drink wine to the backdrop of a large bonfire.
2) Sikkim Summer Carnival
When: May 11 – May 15
Where: Gangtok, Sikkim
What: To celebrate the beauty of Sikkim, every year, the Sikkim Department of Tourism organises a Summer Carnival. The venue for this event is the White Hall in Gangtok. During the carnival, the entire complex comes alive with performances of traditional Sikkimese dances, films on tourism, exhibitions of local arts and crafts, competitions and flower shows.
Watch Out For: Safari and Food
In addition to cultural activities, the carnival also offers an offbeat ‘yak safari’, a local food festival and white-water rafting at the Teesta River.
3) Mt. Abu Summer Festival
When: May 2- May 4
Where: Mt. Abu, Rajasthan
What: When at the Mt. Abu Summer festival, start your day with some powerful ballad singing followed by a show put up by the regional folk dancers. Other than the cultural activities, the festival also provides a variety of sports activities like boat racing, skating, etc.
Watch Out For: Sham-e-Qawwali
The main highlight of this festival is the Sham-e-Qawwali musical show, which features some of the most renowned qawwals from various parts of India.
4) Ooty Summer Festival
When: May 15 – May 17
What: Thousands of people flock to the Ooty Summer Festival to witness its extensive and stunning flower display. This flower show renders a very colourful and vibrant look to the erstwhile British township of Ooty.
Watch Out For: Cultural programmes
This festival will host a variety of cultural events emphasizing classical arts. Sports events like hiking and boat racing will also be conducted.
5) Ganga Dussehra
When: 28 May, 2015
Where: Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, and other holy cities along the Ganges, such as Haridwar and Rishikesh.
What: Celebrated on the 10th day of the bright half of the moon in the month of Jyaistha, as per the Hindu calendar, Ganga Dussehra marks the day when the sacred river Ganga descended on earth from heaven.
Watch Out For: An epic spiritual festivity
This day is celebrated with great fervour in the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal as devotees gather on the banks of River Ganga to bathe in it, worship it and to offer leaf boats filled with flames, sweet and flowers to the river.
1) Sindhu Darshan Festival
When: June 1 – June 3
Where: Sindhu, Leh
What: A perfect occasion for visiting Ladakh, this 3 day festival honours the brave soldiers of the country, who endangered their lives to save ours. The festival portrays Sindhu as a symbol of diverse cultural identities and peaceful co-existence in India.
Watch Out For: A cultural extravaganza
Buddhists prayers, cultural performances and programmes from different parts of the country, as well as sight-seeing tours are in store for you.
2) Shimla Summer Festival
When: June 1 – June 9
Where: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
What: One of the most awaited events, the Shimla Summer festival is celebrated on a grand scale in Himachal Pradesh.
Watch Out For: Riot of colors and festivity
The festival plays host to a variety of artists from different parts of the country who celebrate music, dance, art, fashion and food.
3) Dharamsala Film Festival
When: June 11 – June 13
Where: Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
What: The Dharamsala Film Festival revolves around two words namely, consciousness and creativity. It celebrates and presents independent films from all around the world to the locals, and the travellers.
Watch Out For: Movies celebrating women empowerment
This year, the Dharamsala film festival will be introducing a new category of films dedicated to feminism and women empowerment.
4) Sao Joao Feast of St John the Baptist
When: 24 June, 2015
Where: North Goa, particularly Siolim
What: This unique festival involves men jumping into overflowing village wells to retrieve bottles of local, feni alcohol.
Watch Out For: A water-carnival filled with fun and frolic.
Celebrated in North Goa, Sao Joao also boats of boat races, and lots of singing and dancing.
5) Hemis Festival
When: June 26 – June 27
Where: Hemis Monastery, Leh
What: Celebrated in the 300 year old Hemis Monastery, this festival commemorates the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, who founded Tantric Buddhism in Tibet.
Watch Out For: Masked dance performance
The highlight of the Hemis Festival is the Masked dance performed by the Lamas, which portrays the win of good over evil.
1) Champakulam Boat Race
When: 01 July, 2015
Where: Pampa River at Champakulam, not far from Alleppey in Kerala
What: The Champakulam Boat Race is the oldest snake boat race in Kerala. Before the commencement of the race, a remarkable procession and a variety of rituals are conducted.
Watch Out For: Ultimate display of endurance, speed and skill.
The festival is characterized by exotic water floats and boats that are decorated with colourful parasols.
2) Dree Festival
When: July 4 – July 7
Where: Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India
What: An agriculture fest celebrated by the Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh, the Dree festival is marked by sacrificial offerings and prayers to please the four Gods who protect crops.
Watch Out For: Community feast and entertainment
Folk songs, traditional dances and community feats all form a part of this 4 day festival.
3) Splash 2015
When: July 10 – July 12
Where: Vythiri Village,Vythiri (Wayanad district), Kerala
What: Planning to explore the Waylands? Wait until July for Splash! This three day carnival lets you explore the natural green beauty of the area in a fun and fabulous way.
Watch Out For: A plethora of indoor and outdoor activities
Tourist can participate in river rafting, mountain biking, mud football and crab catching.
4) Nabakalebar Rath Yatra
When: July 18 – July 30
Where: Jagannath Temple, Puri, Orissa
What: This exuberant 12 day festival includes beautifully crafted chariots, which are used to transport Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra from their abode in Puri’s Jagannath Temple.
Watch Out For: Lords with their new avatars.
This year, the festival holds special importance as the idols are being replaced. This event occurs only once in 19-20 years.
5) International Mango Festival
When: 02 Jul, 2015
Where: Delhi Haat, Pitampura, Delhi, India
What: If you love mangoes, then International Mango Festival should be on your must-visit list! The festival showcases over 1,100 varieties of Mangoes from all over India. Moreover, tasting is absolutely free of cost!
Watch Out For: Everything related to Mangoes!
The International Mango Festival features an array of recreational events and activities associated with mango. This includes mango eating competitions, quizzes, mango slogan writing, mango carving, children’s shows and mango folk performances!