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 23
March
PUSHKAR FAIR -RAJASTHAN-INDIA
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2018 Pushkar Fair , Rajasthan
(A largest Camel fair of world)

Date and Month: 15 November to 23 November
Type: Culture
Place: Pushkar, Rajasthan


Activity: Livestock show (camels, horses, cows), dance, rural sports, ferris wheels, competitions.

The Pushkar Fair, also called the Pushkar Camel Fair or locally as Kartik Mela or Pushkar ka Mela is an annual multi-day livestock fair and cultural fête held in the town of Pushkar (Rajasthan, India). The fair starts with the Hindu calendar month of Kartik and ends on the Kartik Purnima, which typically overlaps with late October and early November in the Gregorian calendar. In 1998, over 1 million visitors came to Pushkar throughout the year. The Pushkar fair alone attracts over 200,000 visitors.


The Pushkar fair is one of the India's large camel, horse and cattle fairs. Apart from the trading of livestock, it is an important pilgrimage season for Hindus to the Pushkar lake. Pushkar fair has also become a significant tourist attraction for domestic and international travelers, given the cooler season, the abundance of colorful cultural themes. Cultural events and competitions include dances, tug of war between women teams as well as men teams, the "matka phod", "longest moustache" competition, "bridal competition", camel races and others.

Thousands of people go to the banks of the Pushkar Lake where the fair takes place. Men trade their livestock, which includes camels, horses, cows, sheep and goats. Rural families shop at the handicraft stalls full of bracelets, clothes, textiles and fabrics. A camel race starts off the festival, with music, songs and exhibitions to follow. Between these events, the most waited for is the test of how the camel is able to bring the items. In order to demonstrate, the men go up on the group of camels one after another.


Pushkar is in centre-east part of Rajasthan, on the western side of Aravalli mountains. The nearest airport from Pushkar is Sanganer Airport in Jaipur, about 146 km (91 mi) northeast. Jaipur is well connected with all the major cities in India. Pushkar is about 10 km (6.2 mi) from Ajmer, connected via Pushkar road (Highway 58) which goes over the Aravalli Range mountains. Ajmer is also the nearest major railway station.


The peak celebrations occur over the last five days from the Kartik ekadashi to Kartik Poornima, the full moon day of Kartik (October–November) in Hindu calendar. This period sees an influx of Hindu pilgrims who attend the fairs, visit the temples and take a dip in the Pushkar lake.


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ONAM FESTIVAL-KERALA -INDIA
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Onam, Kerala
(Harvest festival)

15th August to 27th August 2018
Date and Month: 15-27 August 2018
Location : All over Kerala
Type: Culture


A picturesque harvest festival, heralding the annual visit of Mahabali, the favorite mythical king of Kerala and also the end of the monsoons; is celebrated with feasting, singing, dancing and processions. Major attractions are the famed snake-boat races Vallam Kalli held on the picturesque back- waters. Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala culture and tradition. Intricately decorated Pookalam, ambrosial Onasadya, breathtaking Snake Boat Race and exotic Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam - the harvest festival in Kerala

Kerala in late August is a dream! Nature in full bloom, festivity in the air, happy people and lots of fun! This is the time of the Oman festival, the festival that every Keralite calls his own.

The celebrations for Onam are on for 10 days, beginning with the Atham day of the Malayalam month of Chingam. Watch Kerala come alive with elephant processions, classical and folk dance performances, music recitals, cultural pageants, boat races and much more

Onam, a celebration of equality, justice and prosperity, is the State festival which unites all Keralites irrespective of caste, color or creed and is celebrated in Kerala with pomp and grandeur. The whole state joins in the fervour to celebrate the return of the King Mahabali to meet his ‘prajas’ (subjects). Legend has it that every year, King Mahabali, the righteous king visits the land from the nether world and Keralites unite in festivities to welcome the return of the mythical King Mahabali.

The whole of Kerala is splashed with vibrance during this season. The ten days of Onam commences on Atham day and goes up to the Thiruvonam day in the Malayalam month of Chingam (August / September). Thiruvonam is the most important day of Onam which is also the harvest festival.

Starting from Atham, the front yards of houses, offices and other public places are decked in floral arrangements called Athapookkalam to welcome in their king. Every nook and cranny of the state brims with games and the display of traditional art forms.


Attractions Onam Harvest Festivals


During ten days grand carnival celebration of Onam Harvest festival following Folk cultural, Dances, Recipes and attractions as follows in state of kerala

Onam Dances


•Kummatti kali

•Pulikali / Kaduvakali

•Kathakali

Onam games

•Onakalikal

•Talappanthukali

•Kayyankali

•Attakalam

•Ambeyyal

•KutuKutu

Onam Attractions

•Onasadya

•Pookalam

•Vallamkali Boat Race

Onam Recipes

•Parippucurry

•Avial

•Banana Halwa

•Coconut Chutney

•Idli

•Pineaapple Pachhady

•Mor Kuzhambu

•Tomato Rasam

•Palada Pradhaman

•Dosas



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Nehru Trophy Boat Race-Alleppey-Kerala-India
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Nehru Trophy Boat Race-Alleppey Kerala
(Snake Boat Race)

Saturday-11th August 2018
Type : Sports
Date and Month :Saturday-11th August 2018
Location : Punnamada, - Alleppey, Kerala

 

Nehru Trophy Boat race is a popular Vallam Kali held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha, kerala, India. Vallam Kali or Vallam kali literally means boat race. The most popular event of the race is the competition of Chundan Vallams (Snake Boats). Hence the race is also known as snake Boat Race. Other types boats which participate in various events of the race are Churulan vallam, Odi vallam, (Vaipu Vallam), Vadakkanody Vallam and Kochu Vallam. The race conducted on the second Saturday of August every year is a major tourist attraction.

Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of Independent India visited Kerala in 1952. He was given a roaring reception by the people of Alleppey, escorted by the huge snake-boats. Having gone through the tremendous excitement of sailing in a snake-boat Jawaharlal Nehru donated a rolling trophy to be awarded to the winner of the race. The trophy is a replica of a snake-boat in silver, placed on wooden abacus on which the following words are inscribed

Every year on the second Saturday of August, the serene waters of the Punnamada Lake bear witness to a majestic feat as it is set afire by many a snake boat slicing across the waters to the rhythmic notes of boat songs. Set your date with the Nehru Trophy Boat Race to witness this magnificent spectacle, an unparalleled water carnival.

 

Hundreds of oarsmen render boat songs and strike their oars at the waters in unison to the frenzied pace of these songs. The placid waters of the Lake and whole the patch of land encompassing the lake gets bathed in a festive splendor.


This annual water regatta involves the participation of chundan valloms (snake boats) and smaller country rafts. The ceremonial water processions, vibrant floats and beautifully adorned boats enliven the spirit of this resplendent festival.

How to get there


By Air

Nearest airport Cochin International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha town

By Rail

Alappuzha nearest railway station, about 5 km from the beach


By Road

It is connected by all the major cities of Kerala distances are given below-

•Kottayam-50 Kms

•Cochin-64 kms

•Guruvayoor-173 kms

•Munnar-192 kms



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