Seasonal Festivals of July

by on November 6, 2012
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summer festivals

July is a season that marks the peak of summer in various regions. Especially in Eastern countries, summer is at the top in the month of July. The seasonal festivals of July are full of excitement and adventure! Let us take you to highlights about some famous seasonal festivals of July! These are some of the hot festivals that are rejoiced in various parts of the world.

Wife-Carrying Championships

This festival is unique in nature and involves carrying one’s wife to participate in this festival. There are some rules which are applicable on participants. The man can only carry the woman that is actually his wife. The woman must not be less than seventeen in age and must weigh at least 49 kilograms.

Nadaam and Calgary Stampede

This Mangolian festival is commemorated to arrange various manly sports. The men participate in wrestling, horse racing and similar other sports. Some drinking rituals are also included in this festival. Calgary Stampede is another popular festival of unique nature. This Canadian festival consists of cowboys taking part in horse race.

Marrakesh Art Festival and Gion Matsuri

This festival is Morocco’s famous art festival. The snake-charmers, musicians and artists come up to make this festival great. Likewise, Japanese commemorate Gion Matsuri and arrange a parade. The festival involves float parades and various Japanese traditions are manifested. The floats have people who represent various Japanese provinces.

So be prepared to join any of these exciting seasonal festivals in July!

Religious Festivals Occurring in the Month of July

by on November 6, 2012
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buddhism religious festivals

July is peculiar to have lots of interesting religious festivals commemorated by various people. The people belonging to different religions rejoice their special festivals in their own ways. Some employ music and dance to pay homage to a certain religious figure while others use solemn prayer. Some famous religious festivals have been described below.

Buddhist Festival and Sikh Festivals

The Buddhists happily welcome the anniversary of the first sermon given by Buddha on Asalha Puja Day. Also known as Dharma Day, this day represents the Buddha’s speech to recognize oneself. The Sikhs has two major religious festivals in July. Both celebrate the birthdays of two famous Sikh gurus; Guru Hargobind and Guru Har Krishen.

Muslim Festivals

The Muslims proudly rejoice the coming of Ramadan; the holy month of fasting. In this month, the Holy Quran was descended upon Prophet (PBUH). Lailat al Barai’ah, another Muslim festival is also rejoiced in July. This festival is of significant importance due to the records of humans being compiled on this very night (Lailat al Barai’ah).

Christian Festivals and Jewish Festivals

St Swithin’s day is rejoiced in July in the memory of this holy saint. The festival originated prior to the occurring of rain for forty days after St Swithin’s bones were made to move. On this festival, the people check the weather as it is believed to prolong for forty days. The Jews commemorate the demolishing of their two temples on Tisha B’av by fasting.

Food Festivals of July

by on November 6, 2012
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hempshire food festival

This July, be prepared to take a dive in to adventurous food festivals! There are multiple amazing food events which are rejoiced every July all over the world. The most of these festivals focus on bringing out the best food ever made by a chef! We are going to take you to some brief descriptions of famous food festivals.

Hampshire Food Festival

The food festival is unique not only because of the variety of food it presents, but also because of several artistic manifestations here. Here expert chefs are available to teach some really good cooking tips to the interested many! The focus is brought on teaching butchery lessons, giving brewer sessions and letting people taste exotic wines!

Taste of Edinburgh

In this food festival, the chefs give excellent demos of great dishes to the people! The unique thing about this event is the cookery lessons. Here the experienced chef teaches ways to write a great cookbook too!

Dorset Seafood Festival

It has been seen that many fish festivals do not have much variety! Some do not provide amazing dishes having uniqueness in them! For those people seeking something new and more of variety, this event is perfect! A fresh fish auction is also organized here where the people are invited to eat raw fish for charity purposes!

International Cheese Awards

It is an extremely exciting food festival bringing cheesemakers together. They are invited to show the best they can do and the winner is announced in the end!

Film Festivals of July

ventura film festival

Significance of Films

Films represent various circumstances, events, real life happenings and human behaviors. There is so much variety in films like found in human beings. The movies are made for various purposes. Each film has a certain reasons behind it which may range from personal, social to commercial. Most movies are made today for commercial purposes. However, many movies still are made to pay tribute to some legend. Still, some films are made entirely on the basis of some specific human emotion. Nevertheless, there are movies made out of fantasy too! On the whole, the films belong to various categories and serve multiple purposes.

Film Festivals                    

Film festivals are arranged to have a look around what type of films are being made. The actors and actresses of various films are judged and chosen for their best performances! Hence, people are invited in film festivals to have fun and enjoy actor’s performances.

Film Festivals in USA

This July, there are some cool film festivals that would be celebrated in various regions of USA. Be prepared to become a part of Ventura Film Festival this summer. If that is not sufficient, get your tickets to be on da Vinci Film Festival. You can also volunteer for United Film Festival or Comic-con International Independent movie festival this July. La Jolla Fashion festival for films is also going to happen this July! If you still want more excitement and fun, go for Indianapolis International Film Festival. Hence you have plenty of options to make your day in July!

Date Wise Calendar of July Festivals

by on November 6, 2012
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july festivals

In the month of July, various colorful festivals are happily organized around the world. Some are religious festivals while most of them are arranged to pay tribute to some culture. Here a date wise list of some famous festivals has been provided:

Festivals from 1 to 15 July

  • On 3rd July, Asalha Puja, or Dharma Day is rejoiced by Buddhist community in memory of Buddha’s first sermon.
  • On 4th July, Muslims rejoice Lailat al Barai’ah to ask for forgiveness from Allah Almighty.
  • On 5th July, Sikhs celebrate Guru Hargobind’s Birthday.
  • On 7th July, Tartan Day is celebrated, a festival of Scottish origin.
  • On 15th, St Swithin’s Day is rejoiced to monitor the weather due to a tradition.

Festivals from 16 to 31 July

  • On 20th July, Muslims celebrate their holy month of Ramadan. The festival lasts for thirty days with each day comprised of fasting from dawn till dusk.
  • On 23rd July, Guru Har Krishen’s birthday is celebrated.
  • The 25th July is St James Great Day for Christians.
  • The 28th July is famous due to Australian-Italian festival full of Italian cuisines and cultural displays. On the same date, Brisbane Valley’s Multicultural festival is arranged among art, food, music and dance.
  • The 29th July is an auspicious day for Jewish. A fasting ceremony is rejoiced with the name of Tisha B’av.

A lot more festivals occur in the month of July which are celebrated on domestic and international scale.

Cultural Festivals of July-Eye-Catching and Novel

by on September 25, 2012
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July is the month when summer is at its peak in most parts of the world. A majority of people organize plenty of festivals to beat the summer! Various cultural festivals are rejoiced in July which has been briefly described here.

Rath-Yatra-Festival

Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling, Running of the Bulls and Rath Yatra

This festival, originated in Ottoman Empire era, is an interesting cultural festival of Turkey. The people put oil on their bodies and wrestle with each other. The key is not letting oneself get into the grip of other person included in the wrestling game. While Turkish participates in oil wrestling, Spanish take part in bull running! The people take bulls in a ground and let them run after them! At the same time, Indians are busy making preparations to celebrate the occasion of Rath Yatra.

Australian Italian festival

Camel Cup, Tartan Day and Australian-Italian Festival

In the midst of the heat, Australians celebrate Camel cup in July. The people ride on camels and take part in camel race. Likewise, Scottish rejoices Tartan Day to remember the time of banning of wearing tartans by English law once. What is more! Italian culture is celebrated on Australian land in the form of cultural displays.

Near death experience festival

World Bodypainting Festival and Near-Death Experience Festival

In Austria, art is paid homage in the month of July in the form of bodypainting festival! Likewise, in Spain, a festival is commemorated bringing few people together to jump into coffins and mimic death!

There are dozens more novel festivals like Gilroy Garlic Festival, Heiva, Womad and so on!

Kathina Day

KATHINA DAY-01Kathina Day is an important and auspicious day in the Buddhist calendar. On this day, the Buddhist people assemble in the temples and offer robes and other gifts to the monks.

Kathina is a Pali word used for the wooden frame on which the monks used to sew the scraps of clothes to make their robes. Although the robes today are made of new cloth, they are made from fourteen patches to keep the tradition alive.

Kathina was initiated by Lord Buddha for the benefit of the monks who had observed the Vassa retreat. The Vassa retreat begins from the full moon of July till the full moon of October. As this is also the rainy season, it is also known as the rainy retreat. During this period a Sangha community (group of 5 or more monks) is supposed to stay in a temple (Vihara) continuously to meditate and practice self discipline.

When the monks come out of retreat which is somewhere in November, the Kathina Ceremony is held in which common people donate robe cloth and other basic necessities to the monks as gifts. This is followed by a feast. In the evening, the special Kathina robe known as the Kathina Cheevera is presented to the most suitable monk who has observed the Vassa Retreat. The Sangha chooses the monk who deserves the robe. The monk the carries the robe with him for three months where ever he goes.

Kathina originated when a group of monks came to visit Buddha. Their robes were muddy and drenched as they did not have an extra set to change. On the suggestion of a common devotee, Buddha allowed the common people to provide robes to the monks thus initiating Kathina.

Nowadays ready made robes are offered but back in the days of Buddha, white cloth, was collected by the common people, which was then cut, dyed and sewn into robes by the Sangha within one day. On Kathina Day itself, there’s a special Kathina robe (called Kathina Cheevera) which is offered to the most suitable monk who has observed Vassa. The monk must then take it along everywhere with him for three months.

Kathina ceremony promotes generosity and selflessness. It also provides an opportunity to the people to gain spirituality.

How World Celebrates the Month of July

How World Celebrates the Month of JulyHow World Celebrates the Month of July
The world celebrates the month of July in different ways. Depending on your destinations, the festivities may fit different categories. In arts, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in Czech Republic is famous for national and international screenings, short films, and documentaries. The World Mountain Bike Bog Snorkeling Championship in Wales is another festivity that isgreat and bizarre.
The Romanesque Summer Music Festival in Cologne, Germany has a classical music theme that includes Handel and Bach. Touching on heritage, the festival of Palio of Siena in Italy is established around wild bareback horse-racing. The Vienna Rainbow Parade in Austria has a gay pride focuse with demonstrations and 12 floats accompanied by techno and classical music. For kids and family, the Fourth of July festivities in Boston, USA may be enjoyable because of the fabulous fireworks and pops performances.
Lifestyle themes are visible at the Sydney Good Food and Wine Show in Australia. The show exhibits more than 300 exhibitors from worldwide. The Hyde Park in London is a popular location for the festivities of music and nightlife. It is attended by many international performing artists. For anyone interested in astronomy, there is a science and knowledge festival in Canada. The Astronomy Festival features night sky watching, workshops, conferences, and lectures. For sports and outdoor themes, the Mystic Skate Cup of the Czech Republic features legendary parties and live bands, as well as global competition for street skateboarders.

June 24: Rath Yatra – A festival to worship Karishna

June 24: Rath Yatra - A festival to worship KarishnaJune 24: Rath Yatra – A festival to worship Karishna

Rath Yatra, a major Hindu festival is celebrated with zeal in the Eastern state of Orissa in the Puri District. The festival commemorates the memories of Karishna’s return to his native town, Virndavan, after a long separation from his people. In Hindi Rath means chariot and Yatra means pilgrimage.
This festival is celebrated during the monsoon season between June and July every year. During this festival people worship Lord Karishna, Baladiva and their sister Subhadra. The worship is not limited to the temples, but takes to the streets so that everyone can see the richly decorated chariots. Devotees from all over India and beyond participate in the huge procession with a desire to touch the rope of the chariot. For them it’s a virtuous act. Temple shaped chariots are carried to the Gundicha Temple in a huge procession where devotees play religious songs with drums and tambourines.
The festival gives a unique opportunity to Non-Hindus and foreigners who cannot visit the temples during the routine rituals to get a glance of these chariots. In 2008, approximately 10 million people visited Puri to attend the festivities of Rath Yatra. This year millions of people are expected to gather in Puri to perform their rituals for Rath Yatra.