June comes on a happy note with delightful monsoon weather and a lot of festivals. Every year, Indians rejoice in festivals with joy and lustre. Events also get lined up as festivities come around and people look for various plans to extend their weekends. And traversing across India in June can be a good decision as one can observe loads of festivities and culture on exhibit.
Nativeplanet brings you the list of festivals and events that is commemorated in June 2022 in India. Have a look!
Sindhu Darshan Festival
Sindhu Darshan Festival is celebrated for three days in June, amidst the scenic mountainscape of Ladakh, on the banks of Indus River (Aka Sindhu River). It's been celebrated since 1987, and our list of festivals in June would be incomplete without mentioning this one. As people bring water from the rivers of their states to further immerse themselves in Indus; we can say there is no better representation of the cultural harmony of the country. It is one of the best festivals in June 2022.
Feast Of St Peter And Paul
Celebrated primarily by the fisherman community of Goa, the Feast of St Peter and Paul is also known as the Festival of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. The people celebrate the monsoon arrival and bravery of the saints through dances, songs and various shows performed on river banks. The river by St. Peter's Chapel is used as a mode to carry boats with idols; this represents a part of Sangodd tradition. Of all the festivals in June month, this is one that you must be a part of at least once in your life.
Where: Goa (Bardez specifically)
Puri Rath Yatra
The Puri Rath Yatra is among the most-awaited Hindu festivals in June. Celebrated in one of four 'Chardham' pilgrimage spots in the country (Jagannath Temple), the festival is about colourful processions of the Hindu deities, placed on chariots. The procession starts from Jagannath Temple, carrying idols of Lord Jagannath with his siblings Subhadra and Balabhadra; and later concludes in the Gundicha Temple. Along the route, devotees and saints gather to chant and sing praising the almighty. This year the festival is falling in July, however, the dates may vary yearly (taking place in June or July).
According to Hindu mythicism, Ganga Dussehra or Gangavataran is believed to be the day when Goddess Ganga materialized (set foot) on Earth from heaven. She chose to do so, to confer years-long prayers of Saint Bhagirath. The festival is observed for ten days and the last day is called Shukla Dashami. Adherents, saints and sages dip in the holy river water, chanting hymns and mantras consecrated to the goddess. As per the legends praying to Goddess Ganga during the festival enables oneself to get rid of ten transgressions or sins. Ganga Dussehra is among the most popular festivals in June in India meant for religious people and those who seek sight of true Hindu culture.
Where: Rishikesh, Haridwar, Varanasi, Allahabad
Sao Joao Feast Of St John
Sao Joao Feast of St John the Baptist has so many highlights it gives another strong reason to visit Goa. The festival is celebrated through community dances and even grabbing feni from the ponds and streams by diving in. As the name suggests, the festival is dedicated to St John the Baptist and is complemented with vibrantly-coloured clothes, feni and so much more. Even the boats are decorated by the local community to make everything look beautiful. It is one of the best religious festivals in June.
Where: Goa (Siolim specifically)
Shimla Summer Festival
The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla turns more buzzing with the arrival of its annual summer festival. During this time of the year, the city experiences an influx of tourists, making the event more successful. There are folk music, dance, shows and other such events to keep the attendees amused. The Shimla Summer Festival is being celebrated since the '60s, and the enthusiasm hasn't faded since then. It is one of the most popular Hindu festivals in June.