India is a country which is well known for its colour, food, festivities, diversity and much more. If one has not explored the various corners of the country, well then, there is no other better time than during the monsoons.
To experience the land of festivals at its best, monsoons are indeed, without second thought, the best time. The rains mark the beginning of the festival season in India; every region of the country has its own way to celebrate the monsoon festivities. The experience is something which is difficult to convey through words and pictures. Have a look at some the grandest festivals celebrated across the country and experience them.
1. Aadi Perukku, Tamil Nadu
Aadi Perukku is an important festival which is celebrated in Tamil Nadu. People worship the various forms of the Mother Goddess and ask for her blessings in the form of happiness, peace, prosperity and the overall well-being. The festival is generally celebrated near water bodies, especially when the water level begins to rise.
2. Ganga Dussehra
Ganga Dussehra is celebrated to mark the coming of river Ganga to earth and is a major festival which is celebrated in various parts of North India. The festival is celebrated for 10 days which begins on a new moon and ends on a full moon. The festival is generally celebrated in the months of May or June and across the major ghats of Ganga.
3. Behdienkhlam, Meghalaya
This unique festival is celebrated by the Pnar tribal community of Meghalaya. This festival is celebrated in mid-July, every year after the sowing season is over, to mark the struggle of mankind to overcome the destructive forces of nature.
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4. Minjar, Himachal Pradesh
One of the major festivals celebrated in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the seven-day festival is celebrated to worship the Rain God and ask for his blessings for a good harvest. This festival is generally celebrated during the months of July and August.
5. Hemis, Ladakh
Hemis is a festival which is celebrated in the Hemis Monastery, which is considered as the richest and one of the largest Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. The festival is truly a celebration of colour, culture, art and religion. The festival also has dance which is performed by masked dancers.
Janmashtami is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Krishna; it is a festival celebrated across the country with equal amount of devotion and grandeur. The town of Mathura, which is considered as the Lord's birthplace wears a festive look and attracts a large number of visitors. The festival is celebrated between the months of August and September.
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7. Onam, Kerala
Onam is the harvest festival of Kerala and is celebrated for 10 days in the Malayalam month of Chingam (August - September). The festival is celebrated by every individual irrespective of their caste, religion, creed, etc. Malayalees across the globe decorate their homes with floral carpets called pookalam and prepare a sumptuous meal.
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8. Ganesha Chaturthi
Like Janamasthami, Ganesha Chaturthi is festival which is celebrated throughout India. The festival is dedicated to Lord Ganesha; the festival is celebrated, generally, in the months of August or September. Clay idols of Ganesha are installed in homes in grand pandals and in public places; poojas are done and later, the idol is immersed into a water body.