Issue 04, 2019


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Issue 04, 2019

As the heady winds of monsoon transition into a pleasant autumn breeze, we travel to different parts of India and bring to you, some of the most colourful and iconic festivals from across the country


The serene backwaters of Alappuzha in Kerala are transformed into a sea of humanity as thousands flock to witness the vallam kali or traditional snake boat races held on the second Saturday of August every year.

Snake boat teams compete in the Nehru Trophy Boat race
A preliminary timetrial of a snake boat team,participating in the race


Commemorating India’s independence from the British on August 15, 1947, the country observed its 73rd Independence Day this year.

Students from a school in Ahmedabad during the celebrations for Independence Day

Janmashtmi / Dahi Handi

Based on the legend of the Lord Krishna stealing butter as a child, dahi handi involves making a human pyramid and breaking an earthen pot filled with curd tied at a convenient height.

Youth tumble in an attempt to form a human pyramid to break the dahi handi, in Mumbai
Children dressed as Govinda (another name of Lord Krishna) during Janmashtmi festivities in Ajmer

Ladakh Harvest Festival

A near-perfect blend of Asian, Tibetan and north Indian traditions, the harvest festivals celebrates a bountiful harvest and begins with a colourful procession that involves traditional dances, prayers and contests.

Trumpeters during the Ladakh harvest festival at the Tikse Monastery in Ladakh

Raksha Bandhan

Women tie ‘rakhi’ (sacred threads) on the wrists of Border Security Force (BSF) personnel during a ceremony observing the festival of Raksha Bandhan at the India-Pakistan Wagah Border Post about 35kms from Amritsar on August 15, 2019.


The Teej festival, celebrated by women across the northern region of India, is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and her union with Lord Shiva. In some parts of the country, the festival also celebrates an ample monsoon season.

Rajasthani folk artistes take part in a traditional Teej procession in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Indian women take part in Teej festival celebrations in Amritsar, Punjab


Based on the legend of Draupadi’s swayamvara, this fair is a celebration of ethnic Gujarat’s folk-dance, music, costumes and the arts, centred around colours, romance and music.

A young man from the Bharward community dressed in traditional clothes

A distinctive feature of the fair is the Tarnetar chhatri (umbrella) meticulously embellished with mirror work, intricate embroidery and lacework

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