We have 365 days a year but about double the number of occasions to celebrate. If you are one of those always looking for something to celebrate, there’s a lot in store for you. From mangoes to music and boat races, there’s something to celebrate about everything. By Shubhanjana Das
1. International Mango Festival
The International Mango Festival held in New Delhi’s Dilli Haat is scheduled on July 9-10 this year. The festival will bring together around 500 different varieties of mangoes with constants such as Dussehri, Hafooz (Alphonso), Banganpalli, Neelam, Chausa, Fazli and etc. At the International Mango Festival organised by Delhi Tourism, you can taste and buy the finest quality of the king of fruits and also participate in mango eating competitions to show off your love for the fruit!
2. Puri Rath Yatra
Countries largest and grandest Rath Yatra festival, this 12-day extravaganza commemorates the journey of Lord Jagannath along with his brothers Balbhadra and Subhadra out of their abode in Puri’s Jagannath temple. The deities are carried in chariots that could pass off as mobile houses! P.S. be prepared for the mind-boggling crowd at the festival. Dates for this year’s Rath Yatra festival are from July 4-15.
3. Champakulam Boat Race
Champakulam Boat Race, the oldest boat race of Kerala is also the season’s first. Slated to be held on July 15 at the Pampa River in Champakulam, the festival witnesses pompously decorated snake boats racing against the verdant backdrop. A stunning procession takes place before the commencement of the race. A treat to watch, for sure.
4. Karsha Gustor Festival
Come July 30-31, Kursha Monastery in Zanskar will host the Karsha Gustor Festival to recognise the victory of good over evil. The masked dance and black hat performances by the monks are absolutely jaw-dropping.
5. Behdienkhlam Festival
The Behdienkhlam Festival is a traditional celebration by the Pnar tribe of Meghalaya, which is held after the sowing is over. The festival is celebrated to drive away the plague or everything negative that might affect the crops. The football match by the local, procession of chariots and ceremonial tree trunks mark the signatures of this unique festival.