Just don’t miss them!!!
Summers are in and so are the holidays in India. With the heat and holidays, there are happenings too. Well, if you happen to fly down to this multi-cultural land with flights to India, here’s a list of festivals you can be a part of in a few places in India. These festivals may not be that grand, but you will surely get an insight into the cultural and traditional elements behind these festivals.
Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti
Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti celebrates the birth of the ascetic who started the Buddhist religion. Recognised as the most revered festival in Buddhism, the festival begins with devotees offering their prayers, reciting the holy scriptures, meditating, mass processions and more. A special tourist train known as Mahaparinirvan Express plies during this time, halting at the major pilgrimage sites of India. With tickets to India you will experience the humbleness and simplicity of Buddha Jayanti as you visit these places.
When: 10 May 10 2017
Where: Buddhist pilgrimage sites like the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya;
also in Buddha Jayanti Park in Delhi.
Let’s take you towards the North Indian hills of Manali in Himachal Pradesh, where you can be a part of a three-day Hindu festival known as Dhungri Mela, celebrated as the birth of goddess Hadimba. The temple is a major tourist attraction too. The occasion begins by processions with the idols of the gods and goddesses, which are carried from the nearby villages to the temple. Apart from the spiritual part, visitors can fully drown in the festivities, explore the stalls and the carnival fiestas. The main event comes up later, where participants and devotees sing and dance to memorialise the birth of their goddess.
When: 14-16 May 2017
Where: Hadimba Temple, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Villianur Temple Car Festival
Distinguished for its French culture and heritage, the union territory of Pondicherry hosts a festival called – Villianur Temple Car Festival. With an eclectic blend of French and Tamil traditions, the festivity is in the honour of the local deity. During the festival, the deity is mounted on a bejewelled chariot and taken to the Villianur Temple.
Hundreds of devotees accompany the chariot, distributing buttermilk, curd, rice and other items to the crowd. With cheap flights to India, you can get to see a lot and explore something of worth.
When: 20 May 2017, but the dates are decided by the local calendar, on a full moon
Where: Villianur, Pondicherry
One of the largest temple festivals in Kerala, the Thrissur Pooram is one of the grandest festivals accompanied with musicians and decorated temples. Cheap tickets to India will allow you to witness 300 percussions and musicians playing the local folk tunes. The event is quite huge, celebrated with firecrackers and drum concerts.
When: 5 May 2017
Where: Vadakkumnathan Temple, Thrissur, Kerala
The locals of Nagaland are mainly farmers who love celebrating the end and the beginning of the harvest. The Moatsu Festival is almost similar to Bihu and Baisakhi festivals observed in the month of April. The festival is graced by songs and traditional dances that take place around the bonfire. At the end, men and women sit around the fire and relish the food prepared for the day.
When: First week of May 2017
Where: Mokokchung, Nagaland