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Festivals of May
 
Dadra & Nagar
Villianur Temple car Festival
The Villianur Temple car Festival is celebrated around the middle of May, the exact date depending on the appearance of the full moon. The decorated car of the Thirukameswarar Kokilambal Temple is taken out in a procession, pulled by hundreds of devotees. Festivals are conducted with a lot of enthusiasm and fervor. Festivals are of various kinds.
 
Goa
Igitun Chalne
Occurring in May this is one of the most distinctive festivals in Goa and is specific to the temple of Sirigao in Bicholim Taluka. Igituna Chalne literally means fire-walking and the high point of the festival which occurs at night when devotees of goddess Lairaya walk across a pit of burning coal to prove their devotion.
 
Manipur
Lai-Haraoba
Celebrated in the month of May, Lai-Haroba is an important festival of Manipur celebrated to revere the local deities such as Umang Thai. Indian Holiday offers to give you online information on Lai-Haroba festival, Manipur, India. The festival of Lai-Haroba is characterized by the worship of traditional deities and ancestors. According to the legends, in the beginning Guru Sidaba was the greatest lord who lived in dark vacuum. Once the room in which he lived got illuminated with different colors of rainbow, motivating him to create the world. To accomplish this mission he sent, Atiya Guru Sidaba with a creature who maneuvered a wiry network in which human life was to be integrated.
 
Nagaland
Moatsu Festival
Moatsu Festival is celebrated by the Ao tribe of Nagaland. Moatsu is celebrated in the first week of May every year. Various rituals are performed during this period. The Aos observe Moatsü Mong after the sowing is done. The Moatsu festival provides the Aos a period of recreation and entertaiment after the stressful work of clearing fields, burning jungles and sowing seeds, cleaning up the Tsubu (Wells) and repairs and construction of houses by elders of the Putu Menden, stretching over a week. The Moatsu festival is marked by peppy songs and dances.
 
Pondicherry
Villianur Temple car Festival
Villianur Temple Car Festival is an ancient tradition about the famous deity named Thirukamemswara Kukilambal. On the occasion day the famous god is taken out for a procession in a decorated chariot. The long procession visits the local areas and then ends its journey in the temple. This chariot is pulled by the devotees and is regarded as one of the holiest traditions of pulling the sacred chariot. The festival is a typical Hindu custom where the devotees supply curd, rice, sandal, buttermilk and it is believed that their wishes are fulfilled by serving the crowd. These are the local beliefs which are very popular among the people of Pondicherry and neighboring states.
 
Punjab
Baisakhi
Dancing is one of the most prominent aspects of Baisakhi celebrations in Punjab. Most popular form of dance for the occasion is Bhangra and Gidda, the folk dance for men and women respectively. To celebrate the harvest festival of Baisakhi men and women dress themselves in traditional attire and get together in open fields and dance to the fast paced beat of the dhol.
 
Gurudwara Fatehgarh SahibJor Mela
Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib Jor Mela of Punjab is held every year to commemorate one of the most significant events in the Sikh history - the martyrdom of two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh. They were bricked alive for refusing to convert to Islam. This horrific incident took place on 25th December, 1704. Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib Jor Mela of Punjab is a source of inspiration and strength for the people of Punjab, as it reminds them of their rich tradition of being ready to sacrifice their lives for their faith.
 
Sikkim
Saga Dawa
Saga Dawa is the fourth month of Lunar Calendar and it is the holiest month for all Tibetan Buddhists or Himalayan Buddhists. The entire month of Saga Dawa is considered very sacred, and is believed that any merit obtained for the performance of a good deed or religious practices (e.g. reciting of mantras) is multiplied by many folds. Many forgo eating meats, perform prostrations around Buddhist monuments and some fast or remain silent for a week. Daily prayers and ceremonies at held at different monasteries and holy sites around himalayas. The main date falls of the 15th day or the full-moon day of the fourth month of lunar, usually around the end of May or June. On this day, in different years, Lord Buddha took birth, achieved Enlightenment and passed away attaining Nirvana.
 
Tamil Nadu
Summer Festival
The summer festival is celebrated in hill stations like Ooty, Kodaikanal, and Yercaud etc. It 15 mainly a tourist festival. It is called 'Kodai Vizha'. Boat races, flower and fruit shows, are arranged. Cultural programmes are conducted. Trekking in hill stations are also done - a unique thrilling experience. There are competitions of flower arrangements, Rangoli and vegetable and fruit carving - an enticing feast to the eyes.
 
 
 
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