Most Important Festivals in India during August 2021
Most important Indian festivals in August 2021. Photo: TravelTriangle

As the monsoon eases off, the famous festival season gets underway in August in India. Here's the pick of popular and traditional festivals in India to enjoy this month (listed by date for 2020).

Festivals in August 2021

2 August 2021


Shravan Somwar Vrat *North, Masik Karthigai, Aadi Perukku
3 August 2021


Mangala Gauri Vrat *North, Rohini Vrat
4 August 2021


Kamika Ekadashi
5 August 2021


Pradosh Vrat
6 August 2021


Sawan Shivaratri
8 August 2021


Shravana Amavasya, Hariyali Amavasya, Aadi Amavasai
9 August 2021


Chandra Darshan, Shravan Somwar Vrat
10 August 2021


Mangala Gauri Vrat
11 August 2021


Hariyali Teej
12 August 2021


Vinayaka Chaturthi
13 August 2021


Nag Panchami, Kalki Jayanti, Skanda Sashti
15 August 2021


Tulsidas Jayanti, Masik Durgashtami, Independence Day
16 August 2021


Shravan Somwar Vrat
17 August 2021


Mangala Gauri Vrat, Simha Sankranti, Malayalam New Year
18 August 2021


Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
20 August 2021


Pradosh Vrat, Varalakshmi Vrat
21 August 2021


Rigveda Upakarma, Onam
22 August 2021


Shravana Purnima, Rakhi, Raksha Bandhan, Gayatri Jayanti, Narali Purnima, Purnima Upavas, Yajurveda Upakarma, Hayagriva Jayanti, Sanskrit Diwas
23 August 2021


Gayathri Japam
25 August 2021


Kajari Teej, Sankashti Chaturthi, Sangada Hara Chathurti *Tamil, Bol Choth *Gujarat
27 August 2021


Nag Pancham *Gujarat
28 August 2021


Balarama Jayanti, Randhan Chhath *Gujarat
29 August 2021


Shitala Satam *Gujarat
30 August 2021


Krishna Janmashtami, Kalashtami, Ashtami Rohini
31 August 2021


Dahi Handi, Rohini Vrat

1. Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race

Most Important Festivals in India during August 2021
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Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race is one of the most popular and classic festivals in August in India 2020. This is a thrilling boat race, organized at Punnamda Lake in Alleppey, where thousands of men row snake boats and compete with each other. This, one of the enthusiastic August 2020 festivals in India showcases great zeal of bonding, coordination and team spirit and eventually marks the commencement of 10 days long Onam festival in Kerala. Another popular event of the same kind is Aranmula Snake Boat Race. This thrilling boat race takes place on Pampa River in Alleppey and marks the end of the festival of Onam.

Where: Punnamda Lake, Alleppey in Kerala

What’s special: Many boatmen rowing snake boats, singing folk songs and indulging in healthy competition is a great sight. Moreover, the spectators enjoy this buzzing event from the banks of the lake or can stay in houseboats and experience the same.

Date for Nehru Trophy snake boat race 2021: 23th to 26th Feb 2021

2. Athachamayam Festival

Celebrated along with the Onam festival, Athachamayam is one of the most iconic cultural festivals in August 2020, India, which rejoices the heroic triumph of the royal king of Kochi. This is one of the most vibrant festivals in the month of August in India, actually Kerala, where local people wear a traditional outfit and participate in folk dance and music. Elephant rallies and colorful tableaus showcasing local tradition, art forms, and culture are also seen during the festival.

Where: Tripunithura, Ernakulam, Kochi

What’s special: Local people dress up like tigers and participate in rallies.

Dates for Athachamayam festival 2021: 12th August to 23rd August 2021

3. Nag Panchami

Among the age-old Indian festivals in August, Nag Panchami holds a special significance. This is one of the most unique and courageous festivals in the month of August in India where snakes are worshipped. On an auspicious day of the lunar month of Shraavana, Nag Panchami is observed in full glory and pomp in rural parts of India and Nepal. This festival is followed by Jhapan Mela- a tribal festival, where Goddess Manasa is worshipped. Jhapan Mela is a rural fair demonstrating various tricks with snakes and is observed in the interior parts of Vishnupur and Bankura districts of West Bengal.

Where: Rural parts of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala

What’s special: Snakes are carried in procession to the temple and devotees dance to the music of been or snake charmer’s flute.

Dates for Nag Panchami 2021: 13th August

4. Eid-Al-Adha

Most Important Festivals in India during August 2021
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Eid-al-Adha is one of the most significant festivals in the month of August in India, observed by the Muslim community. Popular as Bakri Id, this festival is celebrated through sacrifices of sheep and goat and cooking the meat and sharing with friends and relatives. On an auspicious day, people dress up in beautiful attires, attend community prayers, visit friends and folks and exchange sweets and gifts. Children receive idi or gifts from elders.

Where: Celebrated by Islamic community, all over India.

What’s special: Delicious meat preparations are cooked at every household and mosques, Islamic monuments and markets are decorated with lights and flowers.

Dates for Eid-al-Adha 2021: 19th July 2021

5. Raksha Bandhan

On every full moon day of the month of Shraavana, which corresponds with August, the glorious festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated throughout India. Undoubtedly, this list of Indian festivals in August is not complete without talking about Raksha Bandhan. It is rejoiced to honor the love and bonding between a brother and a sister. The sister ties the rakhi- a sacred thread around the brother’s wrist and prays for his long life and well-being while the brother takes an oath to protect her lifelong.

Where: Pan India, particularly in north, west and central part of the country

What’s special: The sister performs aarti and applies tilak before tying the thread, while the brother gives gifts and sweets in return.

Date for Raksha Bandhan 2021: 22nd August

6. Teej

Festivals celebrated in August in India are incomplete without Teej, where Goddess by the same name is worshipped by Rajasthani women with full enthusiasm. This is one of the music festivals in August in India. Featuring absolute grandeur and glory, Teej is rejoiced in every part of the pink city, with traditional songs, dance, music, carnivals and local food. Here, native woman dress-up in green traditional outfits, wear bangles and mehndi and carry Goddess Teej in golden palanquin across the city. The rally is accompanied by decorated elephants, camels, and horses. This one tops the list of most amazing festivals of India that you must celebrate with the locals!

Where: Jaipur

What’s special: Teej special sweet dishes like ghewar and malpoa are prepared in every household.

Dates for Teej 2021: 11th August

7. Madras Week

Most Important Festivals in India during August 2021
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22nd of August is the foundation day of the city of Madras, now Chennai. To honor and celebrate the same, the entire week has rejoiced with grandeur and pomp in the city. The entire city is decorated with lights and flowers and various tours, fairs, shows and recreational events are organized for tourists and locals. This is one of the best festivals in August 2021 India that you ought to explore!

Where: Chennai, Tamil Nadu

What’s special: Heritage walks, food walks, bike tours and photo exhibitions.

Dates for Madras Week 2021: 20th August- 27th August

8. Tarnetar Fair

Another spectacular August festival is Tarnetar fair, held near the temple of Triniteshwar Mahadev in Gujarat. The fair was originally organized as a searching place for a spouse for tribal communities. This is a typical rural fair, where one can see and experience brave stunts, magic shows, tribal dance and music, camel rides tattoo stalls, merry-go rounds and local food and handicraft shops. If you wish to witness this buzzing and fascinating tribal feast, fret not! Gujarat Tourism offers comfortable tented accommodations and other facilities for all.

Where: Tarnetar Village, Surendranagar, Gujarat

What’s special: Performances of jodia pava (double flutes), rahado folk dance.

Dates for Tarnetar Fair 2021: 8th September – 10th September

9. Covelong Point Surf, Music And Yoga Festival

As one of the most spectacular and one of its kind cultural festivals in August in India; Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival attracts thousands of music and health enthusiasts every year. This cultural feast features a variety of events and shows like performances of Indian and International musicians, screening of world cinema, national level surfing competition and meditation workshops. People joining this festival will be surely spoiled with choices of activities to indulge in. From chilling at the beach, checking out organic food stalls to taking part in kayak races and beach volleyball matches; there is something for everyone.

Where: Covelong Point Social Surf School, Kovalam Village, Chennai

What’s special: Yoga on the beach, water gun fights and healing music therapies.

Dates for Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival 2021: NA

10. Krishna Janmashtami and Dahi Handi

Most Important Festivals in India during August 2021
Photo: Times of India

This festival is celebrated at a grand scale in India and some parts of the world to commemorate the birthday of Lord Krishna. The day is also called the Gokulashtami in some places and in Maharashtra it is known as Govinda. This is one of the joyous occasions celebrated with much vigor and there are kids who dress up like Krishna to narrate his life story.

Where: Mumbai, Maharashtra

What’s Special: The Dahi Handi where the clay pot is filled with curd and hung over with a thread. Young boys make a human pyramid and hit the pot with a stick.

Date Of The Festival: August 30, 2021

11. Bonderam Festival

This is an annual festival which is celebrated every year on the fourth Saturday of August. It is a traditional flag festival that started off from the disputes over the property in various parts of the village. There were flags used to mark boundaries till the rival groups knocked them down. In the present day, they make a representation of that incident by hosting mock fights and street parades.

Where: Divar Island, Off the coast near Panjim, Goa

What’s Special: The vibrant parades hosted by the locals to enjoy a great time making a parody of the incident which happened years ago.

Date Of The Festival: NA

12. Ganesh Chaturthi

This is one of the famous festivals of India which is celebrated with much vigour for around 11 days. This festival commemorates the birth of Lord Ganesha. This festival starts at a grand scale where gigantic statues are decorated and worshipped. Even statues of Lord Ganesha are brought home for 10 days and by the end of it is submerged in the water.

Where: Mostly in states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh

What’s Special: Celebrated at a grand scale and brings positivity

Date Of The Festival: September 10, 2020

13. Chakradhar Samaroh

Most Important Festivals in India during August 2021
Photo: A Soul Window

This is a 10-day classical music festival that happens on an annual basis during the Ganesh festival. This soothing celebration takes place to honor the king and musician Chakradhar Singh of Raigarh which is known as the cultural capital of Chattisgarh. He is known for writing many books on music and dance and also introduced a new form of Kathak.

Where: Raigarh, Chattisgarh

What’s Special: The light and sound show

Date Of The Festival: NA

14. Onam

This is a 10-day long harvest festival that is celebrated in Kerala with much vigor. The festival is known for celebrating the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. During this festival, the locals decorate the entrance of the houses with flowers arranged in a beautiful manner. Alongside that, it is celebrated with other festivities like buying new clothes, and a plethora of dishes served on a banana leaf.

Where: Kerala

What’s Special: Snake boat race, dancing

Date Of The Festival: August 12th to 23rd, 2021

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