While India is a rich land of history and culture, when it comes to festivals, not many people know the names and meanings behind so many festivals which are celebrated in various parts of the country every month. Besides Holi and Diwali, there are many more little known festivals which celebrate culture, and worships Mother Nature. Here is a list of six festivals celebrated across India in may which might not be known by everyone, but are extremely important.
List of Festivals in May in India
1. Ooty Summer Festival
While February is associated with the season of Spring, May is the month when the gorgeous hill station of Ooty blossoms in full glory. The summer festival is celebrated in May and the celebrations include the annual Spice Show at Gudalur, Vegetable Show in Kotagiri, a Rose Show and a Fruit Show at Sim’s Park in Coonoor and the Flower Show at Ooty Botanical Gardens.
2. Moatsu festival
As the planting season comes to an end, the Nao tribe of Nagaland get together to celebrate the fruits of their harvest. The forefathers make rice beer and rear cattle which are slaughtered for celebrations. Sangpangtu is a symbolic celebration where men and women gather around the fire and make merry with wine and meat.
3. Dhungri Mela
This colourful festival marks the birthday of Goddess Hadimba in Manali. It is one of the most important festivals of Himachal Pradesh and honours the goddess who was married to Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers. The Kullu Nati folk dance is also performed with a big carnival where people from the region gather to worship and dance to celebrate the auspicious festival with a procession.
It is the ninth month for Muslims and the month for fasting as well. This holy festival is a sheer delight to relish some amazing delicacies as streets are filled with lingering aroma of fresh food. Eid-Ul-Fitr marks the end with a bigger feast.
5. Ganga Dussehra
Also known as the ‘Gangavataran’, this Hindu festival is pious and celebrates the descent of the holy Ganges. Legends have it that the Ganga descended on Earth on the 10th day of the waxing moon of the month of Jyeshtha. A ‘maha aarti’ is performed and thousands of pilgrims gather to offer prayers and seek blessings.
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6. Saga Dawa
This festival marks the holiest month for Tibetan Buddhists and celebrates the birth and the enlightenment of Lord Buddha. Monks carry a holy procession along with beating of drums, burning incense sticks and blowing horns. One can truly witness the magic in places like Sikkim, Darjeeling and Gangtok.
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How many of these were you aware of? Do you celebrate any of these festivals with your family? Tell us how it is celebrated in your part of the country and share some knowledge!