Top 10 Unusual Festivals Of India

1. Onam Festival, Pulikkali 


Place - Thrissur Kerala

Pulikkali (Tiger Play) is a popular recreational art of the state of Kerala. Pulikkali is at Onam is performed by trained artists to entertain people, an annual harvest festival, celebrated primarily in the Indian state of Kerala. On the fourth day of Onamcelebrations (Nalaam Onam), the performers paint like tigers and hunters in bright yellow, red and black dance to the sound of instruments like Udukku and Thakil. The literal meaning of Pulikkali is the "game of tigers", so the show revolves around the theme of tiger hunting.
  The best place to watch the show is in Thrissur on the fourth day of Onam, where Pulikkali troops from all over the district gather to show off their talents. The festival attracts thousands of people in the city of Thrissur.

2. Lathmar Holi


Place- Vrindavan Uttar Pradesh

Lathmar Holi Festival is a local celebration of the Hindufestival of Holi ,Celebrate Near Mathura . It takes place a few days before the Holi in the neighboring towns of Barsana and Nandgaon, near Mathura, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where thousands of Hindus and tourists gather each year. The Lathmar name means "this Holi in which [people] knock with sticks"

3. Kondungallur Bharani


Place- Kodungallur Bhagawati Temple , Kerala

The Bharani Festival at Kodungallur Bhagawati Temple is one of Kerala's major festivals. It's a month of festivities from Kumbham's Bharani asterism to 7 days after the Bharani asterism of the month of Meenam. It is normally between March and April and that days the holiday usually begins with a ritual called "Kozhikkallu moodal", which involves the sacrifice of roosters and the shedding of their blood, which is an important element of this temple.

In this Festival Members of "Kodungallur Bhagavathy Veedu" are allowed to participate in this ritual. It is to appease the goddess Kali and her demons who revel in blood offerings.

4. Angalamman Festival

Place- Kaveripattinam, Tamil Nadu

The Festival Called Angalamman is celebrated each year in a small town called Kaveripattinam, Tamil Nadu, India. The day after Maha Shivratri to worship the Angalamman deity, which means "The Guardian God." Festival not to be seen by weak hearts, Angalamman involves the devotees of the goddess Parvati piercing lemons all over the body.

5. Hemis Festival


Place- Leh Ladakh

Hemis Festival is Celebrates on the 10th day of Tse-Chu, lunar month of the Tibetan calendar. The two-day celebration marks the anniversary of the birth of Guru Padmasambhava. That day, the monastery of Hemis is beautifully decorated to host the ceremony. The colorful festival showcases the beautiful craftsmanship of the region. The natives also dress in traditional pretty garb and gather in the courtyard of the monastery of Hemis, the largest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh. The llamas dance around the central mast on tunes of drums, cymbals and long horns. The desert, colder than sterile, comes alive during the Hemis festival.

6. Thaipoosam

Place- Kerala

Thaipoosam is also known as Thaipooyam in Kerala. This festival is celebrated by the Tamil and Malayali communities on the full moon of the Tamil month of Thailand (January / February), which generally coincides with Pushyastar, known as Poosam in Tamil and Pooyam in Malayalam. This Festival is mainly observed in also other countries where there is a significant presence of the Tamil community, such as India other places where people live like Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, South Africa and Canada. Tamils ​​belonging to the Hindu ethnic group and part of the Indian diaspora such as Reunion, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean.

7. Rural Olympics Kila Raipur

Place- Kila Raipur, Punjab

Rural Olympics also known as the Kila Raipur Sports Festival. The Rural Olympics are held annually in Kila Raipur (near Ludhiana), Punjab, India. Competitions are organized for the main rural sports of the Punjab, including carts, sports events and tug of war.

  In February of each year, Ludhiana becomes the destination of hundreds of sports fans, including foreigners. They come to Kila Raipur to see the special breed of oxen, camels, dogs, mules and other animals competing at competitive events. The most prestigious winners participated.

8. Theyyam


Place- Kerala

Theyyam is a form of popular ritual worship in Kerala, India, mainly in the area of ​​Kolathunadu (which includes the present districts of Kasargod, Kannur, Mananthavady Taluk of Wayanad and Vadakara and Koyilandy Taluks of Kozhikode of Kerala), as well as in the south of Canara and Kodagu. Karnataka as a living cult with traditions, rituals and millennial customs. The Theyyam performers belong to the lower caste community and occupy an important place in Theyyam. The inhabitants of these districts consider Theyyam as a channel to a god and therefore seek blessings from Theyyam.

9. Snake Boat Race Festival


Place- Kerala

For a few months each year during the monsoon season, Kerala's popular southern Indian state comes alive with colorful snake boat races. A snake boat (or chundan vallam) is actually a long canoe-style boat used by locals in the Kuttanad region of Kerala, in the heart of the Kerala backwaters. It is a traditional warship of Kerala. Typical snake boats are 100 to 120 feet long and can hold up to 100 rowers. Each village in the region has its own snake boat, of which they are very proud. Every year, villagers gather to race boats on lakes and rivers.

10. Bhagoria Festival

Place- Madhya Pradesh &Maharashtra

Bhangoria Haat is a festival celebrated by the aadiwasi people of the Indian states Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra (originally known as 'Malwa'). The Bhangoria Haat Festival belongs to the local tribes called Aadiwasi which includes many caste such as Bhil , Bhilala , Barela etc..

In Badwani , Dhar , Alirajpur , Khargone, Jhabua districts of Madhya Pradesh and borderline areas of Maharashtra, Bhangoria Haat Festival organized. Bhagoria Haat Festival has an agricultural significance attached to it, that is, it coincides with the end of harvesting of crops.So people celebrate it to mark the completion of harvesting

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