Festivals in India August 2013

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India is a country rich of festivities and celebration. Almost every season has a handful of occasions connected to festivals in India. People all over the country wait eagerly at the end of each year to get the new year calendar and glance over the holidays and festival dates for the coming year as they not only bring gifts and feasts, but also happiness and bonding amongst family members.

Festivals in India 2013 are nothing different but again a bunch of pomp and show. In fact, the vast ethnicity of the country has given birth to myriad of festivals in different corners of the nation.

One festival is often seen to be celebrated with different names in different parts of the country. This article will talk about the noted festivals that are celebrated as august festivals in 2013:

  • Id-ul-Fitr - 8 Aug, Thursday: Id ul Fitris mainly a celebration for the Muslims that denote the 'festival of fast breaking' after the completion of Ramadan. It is celebrated after the fasting month of Ramadan, also the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The festival also marks the first day of the Shawwal month of the Islamic calendar.
  • Teej Festival-9 - 10 Aug, Friday-Saturday: One of the most awaited traditional festivals in India, Teej is a monsoon festival and is closely associated to the legends of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati.Teejcelebrations are seen with pomp and show in cultural city of Jaipur throughout the day with processions and music. It is also celebrated in other parts of India.
  • Hariyali Teej -10 Aug, Saturday: Hariyali Teej, also known as Teejen is celebrated by womenfolk on the day of Shukla Paksha of Shravana. This special puja is performed worshipping moon with traditional songs and dances.
  • Nag Panchami-11 Aug, Sunday: This is a Hindu festival that is celebrated on the fifth day after Amavasyain the month of Sravana. The tradition is that married young women visit their maiden home to celebrate this by pujas and swinging on swings hung on tree branches.
  • Independence Day-15 Aug, Thursday: This memorable day for Indians is no less than a festival when the nation gained its independence from the reign of the British on 15th August, 1947. Since then, 15th August is the day when Indians commemorate its freedom from the British government.
  • Parsi New Year (JamshedNavroz) - 20 Aug, Tuesday: Parsian New Year marks the first day of spring and also the beginning of the year in the Iranian calendar. Zoroastrian and Iranian families gather together to observe some significant rituals.
  • Raksha Bandhan-21 Aug, Wednesday: The pure bond of love between a brother and a sister is celebrated on this day, also known as 'Rakhi'. The sister ties a holy thread on the brother’s wrist, which is believed to be 'a bond of protection'.
  • Janmashtami-28 Aug, Wednesday: This day is marked as the birthday of Lord Krishna and is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm all over the country during July or August. As per the Hindu calendar Janmashtami is celebrated on the day of Ashtami of Krishna Paksh in the month Bhadra.

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