Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Snake boat race, Alleppey, Kerala
14 August’10

Alappuzha is famous for its annual boat race, held on the second Saturday of August every year. The long elegant snake boats, with crews of over hundred men vying to win the coveted trophy, attract spectators from all over. The race goes back in history to 1952 when India's first Prime Minister, Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru, visited Alappuzha and inaugurated the function in which the gigantic snake boats with over 100 rowers in each raced one another. Having gone through the tremendous excitement, on his visit to Alappuzha, of sailing in a snake boat he donated a ‘Rolling Trophy’ to be awarded to the winner of the Snake Boat Races to be held every year. This was later christened, 'Nehru Trophy'. The celebrations that mark this annual event include music and folk dance performances and of course the boat race. From then onwards, year after year, the boat race has grown into Alappuzha`s most important event

Independence Day, All over India
15 August’10
Commemorating the day India attained freedom; Independence Day is celebrated with flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programmes in the state capitals. The Prime Minister's speech at the Red Fort in Delhi is the major highlight. The Delhi skyline gets dotted with thousands of kites taking to the sky this very day. This national festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country.
Onam- Harvest festival of Kerala
23 August’10
Onam is the most important harvest festival of Kerala and is an attraction for thousands of people within and outside the state. Ranging from four days to ten days, all the activities during this season are centered around worshipping, music, dances, sports, boat races and good food. Onam is a time for sports and festivities and in Kerala where one third of the area is low lying, covered with canals, lakes and backwaters; the people take to their boats and country crafts to celebrate. Colourful aquatic festivals are organized along the sacred rive Pamba. It is time to reap the harvest, to celebrate and to rejoice. Women dress up in new saris and heavy jewellery and make elaborate and intricate designs of 'rangolis' (with coloured rice paste) and 'pookkalam' (with flowers) in front of their homes.