A COLOURFUL Mosaic
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
NEHRU TROPHY BOAT RACE
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.
Commemorating India’s independence from the British on August 15, 1947, the country observed its 73rd Independence Day this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.