We all enjoy diverse jamboree, fiesta and traditions of our own culture. This time let’s try something different, indulge in few other traditions, join them and learn some new things. To help you out in the same, to make your monsoon season and to add a tinge of adventure and ecstasy, we have brought to you some unique ceremonies from around the places in India.
Himalayan Odyssey – Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey 14th edition will take off from New Delhi spread across Chandigarh, Manali, Keylong, Sarchu, Leh, Hunder, Debring, Kaza, Kalpa, Narkanda traversing 2210 km to reach Leh and back to Chandigarh in a 18 day adventure ride, 06th – 23rd July, 2017 which will see 15 participants from Dindigul, Hyderabad, Kovilpatti, Jaipur, Bangalore, London, Chennai, Mumbai, Market Harborough. The participants will be accompanied by enthusiasts Sachin Chavan, Rajat Gandhi, Shawn D’Souza. There are now even service facilities in Himachal Pradesh (Jispa Service Camp) and Leh (Leh Service Centre). Girls, there is something for you too. Himalayan Odyssey Women’s edition 2017 is all set for same time spanning 2210 km guided by Hema Choudhary. Would you like to miss such an adventure, when riding on a Royal Enfield to Leh is a dream for many youngsters these days. Maybe you have missed to be a part this time, but keep looking for more such opportunities to participate.
Champakulam Boat Race – The oldest boat race in Kerala with a tradition of more than 500 years, Champakkulam Moolam Vallam Kali, will see the light of day this year on the day of the ‘Moolam’ in Malayalam month ‘Midhunamon’ i.e. 08th July, 2017 as per Malayam Calender. The day celebrates the installation of the Deity at the Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple. Considered to be one of the largest team sport event in the world, it sees the locals as well as others to participate in large numbers using decorated boats like the chundan (that are over 100 feet long with elevated prows: snake boat), churulan, veppu, iruttu kuthi, etc. in River Pampa. Rigorous training is given to the oarsmen to participate and it also serves as a test of team spirit, speed, skill and endurance. This time plan a vacation to Kerala and don’t miss the exciting Vallam Kali i.e. the Boat Race.
International Mango Festival– Join the King of fruits at the Mango Festival on 9th and 10th of July, 2017 in Delhi this summer and explore 1000+ variety of Mangoes including Langda, Dussehri, Alphonso, Fasli, Bombay Green, Sindheri, Himgiri, Chausa Mango, along with the new hybrid discoveries of the fruit, etc. to beat the heat and give your taste buds a pleasant experience. Be a part of the mango quiz, children shows, mango folk performances, slogan writing, and mango eating competitions. Learn numerous ways to make creative mango recipes, shakes, jams, pickles, papads, pulp, fruit squashes, mango carvings, etc. and buy some mango plants. Go along with the whole family: children, youngsters, old aged, and witness the best mango fair. The tickets are affordable at the rate of Rs 20 for adults and Rs 10 for Children.
Njangattiri Aanayoottu – If you are finding a reason to visit Kerala, we have brought to you one more with Elephant Feeding Ritual, ‘Aanayoottu’. It is a South India’s holy day celebrated on the first day of the Malayalam month of Karkkidakam which is considered to be the month of rejuvenation. This year it will be celebrated with vigour and enthusiasm at Njangattiri Bhagavathi Temple on 21st July, 2017. The ritual is considered as an occasion to please Lord Ganesha, who removes obstacles from one’s path and is considered to be the god of fulfilment, wealth, and wishes. The elephants are hailed as sacred animals and are an integral part of Kerala culture. After Gaja pooja, the unadorned elephants are offered food starting with the temple priests and followed by the devotees. Medicated food which includes sugar-cane leaves, coconut, jaggery, rice, ghee, pineapples, other local produce and Ganapthi pooja prasadam are prepared to feed the elephants so that they can enjoy the boons of Ayurveda. The number of participating elephants was quite large earlier but it was restricted in recent years after directives from district administration. Don’t miss to enjoy and feed the elephants this time with your own hands.
Karsha Gustor Festival – Travel to Ladakh this July (21st and 22nd) to honour the victory of good over evil during the famous two day Buddhist festival, also known as Spitok Gutor Zanskar Festival, at Geluk-pa Karsha Monastery, the largest monastery in Zanskar, the residence of around 100 lamas and a place of tourist attraction owing to its art. Have glimpse of the Black Hat Dance which is meant to ward away the evil and find its origin in historic times when the mid-9th century King contemplated to be traitor for doing immense harm to the people of the state was assassinated by a Buddhist Monk. Apart from that, get to know about the masked dance performed by the monks along with folk music using traditional instruments which is often seen as a sign of being divine.
Dree Festival – Come and observe the pageant of Joy and fertility in Arunachal Pradesh with Apatani tribe of the state who lives in the Zirovalley. It is named after Diiri Piilo, a month in Apatani calendar and marked by agricultural rituals, rites, prayers, and sacrificial offerings of eggs, animals and fowls to the four gods – Tamu, Metii, Danyi, and Harniang. The purpose is to please the gods to avoid famine and have a good harvest season and crops in the year. During the period, rice/ millet beer is prepared as a part of feast and wine is presented to relatives as a symbol of gift depicting love and affection. You can find various travel packages to make this Dree fete a part of your itinerary while visiting other places nearby in the beautiful Arunachal.
We will leave with you the list of some more events which you can explore on your own: Teej Festival, Puri Rath Yatra, Hemis Festival, Bonalu (Ashada Jatra Utsavalu), Minjar mela, Kharchi Puja, Ker Puja, Tulsidas Jayanti, 59th India International Garment Fair, Health & Beauty Expo 2017 and the list goes on and on.