There are several national and international days that fall in the month of July, and to top that off, there are so many exciting festivals for every age group this month. The below-given list is all the festivals that happen in July:
List of Indian Festivals in July 2021
Originating in Northeast India, the Dree Festival is a four-day-long agricultural festival celebrated by the Apatani tribe in Northeast India. It is an extremely culturally-rooted festival, where tribal dances and songs are sung to enjoy the day. In addition, a sacrificial offering is made to the gods worshipped. It happens between the 4th of July till July 7th, in Arunachal Pradesh.
Delhi Tourism Mango Festival:
If you are a fanatic of this tropical fruit, then this is your time to go crazy. Every year on the 9th and 10th of July, this festival happens in Delhi. There are over 500 different varieties of mangoes for you to sample. It is not just fresh mango, but you can witness many mango-based products like jams and jellies. There is also a fun mango eating competition where participants try to consume large amounts of mango in just a few minutes.
Just like the Dree Festival, the Behdiekhlam is also celebrated after agricultural sowing. Khalm means to “plague”, and behdein means to “drive aways with sticks” This festival is celebrated to “drive away” any negative forces that would affect the growth of the crop and its yield. There are many festivities that happen to commemorate this festival. Football matches amongst the locals are one of the common ways it is enjoyed. This festival occurs on July 11th in Meghalaya.
Also known as Ashada Jatra Utsavalu is a 200-year-old tradition sanctified to worship the “Mother of Shakthi- Goddess Mahakali”. The meaning of Bonalu means to feast, and on this day, many food offerings are made to the goddess, like rice cooked in milk and jaggery.
The festival involves three days of worshipping, with the final day being Bonalu. This takes place in Secundrabad and Hyderabad from July 11th till 26th.
Puri Ratha Yatra:
One of Odisha’s most famous festivals is Puri Ratha Yatra, where Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Balabhadra and his sister Subhadra go out of their dwelling to visit their birthplace in Puri’s Jagganath Temple. There are several stories in regards to the festival and the above mentioned is just one of them. This is a grand 12 day festival with extraordinarily decorated chariots that carry the gods.
Also known as the elephant feeding festival is celebrated in Thrissur, Kerala, on July 17th. As the name suggests, the celebrations are about feeding the elephants.
Lord Ganesha is the elephant god in India, and the people of Thrissur feed these elephants with delicious meals like sugarcane leaves, coconut, jaggery, etc., to please Lord Ganesha. On this day, the elephants are decorated with vibrant colours and paraded around the public’s temple premises for the public to see. However, the public is not allowed to feed the elephants, and people in the temples do that.
The same festival is celebrated in different parts of Kerala on different days.
In remembrance of the sage Vyasa, July 24th is celebrated as Guru Purnima. On this day, please show their gratitude towards anybody who has been a teacher in their life and helped them reach their goals.
In one of the top caves in India, the Amarnath Cave Temple has a Shiva Lingam made out of ice. To visit this pilgrimage, it is essential to do a health check-up first and book online ahead of time. It is a five-day-long trek with rigid, slippery paths with changing weather. The trek is usually open for about two months, from July 1st till August 21st.
India is a rich and diverse country with lots of different cultures and festivals all over it. So if you ever visit India, make sure not to miss any of these fantastic festivals!
Check – Important Days List in July