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Festivals of July
Hareli festival
Held in the month of monsoon (sawan), Hareli Festival is celebrated in Chhattisgarh to pray for a good harvest. In this festival, the local farmers worship the farm equipments and cows and hang strings of neem leaves on their doors to ward off diseases and be blessed with healthy crops.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Bastille Day
On July 14, the Bastille Day, Pondicherry witnesses Indo-French pageantry. Donning their uniforms, war veterans march through the streets singing 'Marsellaise'. More interestingly, the French flag can be seen flying alongside the Indian flag on many housetops.
Teej Festival
Andhra Pardesh is one of the oldest state of India and was created by combining the old princely state of Hyderabad with the Telgu-speaking portions of the former state of Madras. Andhra Pradesh has traditional way of celebrating Diwali that is organized and celebrated throughout the state. The festival of light is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh together with other places of the country. It is a festival that revolves around Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. During the festival the whole country explodes into color and noise.
Nag Panchami
Cobra has a special significance in Hindu mythology. Nag Panchami is celebrated to worship snakes. It is a festival in the honour of the Snake God, Shesha Nag. People worship snakes by offering milk and Puja. Snakes are worshipped since Vedic eras as they protect crops from getting damaged by rats and other rodents. Snakes are also a part of the Puranas, they took part in 'Sagar Manthan', and is also worn by Lord Shiva around his neck. Nag Panchami is celebrated in the month of Shravan (July-August) according to the Hindu calendar.
Behdienkhlam celebrated annually in July after the sowing period is the most important dance festival of the Jaintias. Young men make a symbolic gesture of driving away of the evil spirit, plague and pestilence by beating of the roof of every house with bamboo poles. Also poles of great length are held across the stream Wah-Ait-Nar. People jump on the poles and break them while dancing in the muddy pool of water. A large pole is placed across the stream and two groups contend for the possession of the pole.
Tuluni Festival
Tuluni Festival the most is important festival of the Sumi Nagas in Nagaland. Tuluni Festival in Nagaland is celebrated during the second week of July, a season of bounty in Nagaland. Tuluni is marked with feasts as the occasion occurs in the fruitful season of the year. This festival is celebrated with great pomp by the Sumi tribe of Nagaland.Sumis have two different clan-heads, viz. Swu (Sumi) and Tuku (Tuku). By virtue of two separate clans the gennas differs. All the gennas and rituals differ between Sumi and Tuku. Among all other festivals and gennas Sumis in general accepted this all festival of Tuluni as most grand and important one.
Rath Yatra
Visakha Utsav is very important for the people of Vishakhapatnam. The fair portrays the many potential present in the region. Huge number of people throngs at the destined venues to enjoy cultural programs, sports activities and cuisine competitions and preparations from far and near.
Bastille Day
Bastille Day, one of the main festivals in Pondicherry is also known as the ‘National Day of France’. Being an important French colony Pondicherry celebrates this day with great honor and pride. Located on the coast of Coromondal, Pondicherry was once the center of all French business and transactions in the southern part of India as well as in Asia. On the eve of the Bastille Day retired soldiers engage themselves in parade and celebrate the day with Indian and French National Anthems. On the day uniformed war soldiers march through the street to honor the French soldiers who were killed in the battles. You can perceive French and the Indian flag flying alongside that project the mishmash of cultures and heritages.
Drukpa Tsheshi
Drukpa Tsheshi is again a unique festival, celebrated by the Buddhists. In the vein of other religious festivals, Drukpa Tsheshi is also attached with the religious sentiments of the Buddhists. The festival commemorates the event, when Lord Buddha turned the Wheel of Dharma for the very first time. Actually, this event marks the beginning of spreading religion and the first sermon that the Lord gave to his five disciples at Sarnath.
Kharchi Puja
The Kharchi Puja continues for seven days and the people of Tripura with full dedication offer worship to the Fourteen Deities popularly known as Kharchi Puja. All round the week offerings to the deity and the ardent hope of the people to make her happy and get her blessings carry on. It is a splendid scene; people dance and Tribal and Non Tribal fasten together to shell out honor to the great Mother Goddess Earth.Agartala is the place of worship where people from all parts of the country gather and pay due homage to the Deity. The earth is supposed to sustain her children with fruits, water and minerals. Without all these animal life would not survive. Thus the people of Tripura worship her with dedication and affection. To please the Mother Goddess, the people of Agartala offers sacrifices of Goats and Pigeons to the deity. They know that "To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival." Kharchi Puja is thus a multihued and amazing ceremony at Tripura.
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