Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Snake boat race, Alleppey, Kerala

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

Commemorating the day India attained freedom (15th August); 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.

On 15 August 1947, India attained freedom from the British rule. Every year, August 15 is celebrated as the Independence Day in India. This national festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country.

The preparations begin a month in advance. Roads are decorated with flags and buntings. Buildings of national importance are illuminated.

Teej Festival—All over North India

Teej is held on Third day of the moonlight fortnight of the Hindu Month of Shravan (Mid-July to Mid-August) and marks the advent of the monsoons. Swings are hung from trees and decorated with flowers. Women, colourfully attired, swing on them and sing songs in celebration. Song & dance mark the gaiety of the Teej Festival.

Raksha Bandhan- The Thread of Love festival

Rakshabandhan or Rakhi which is celebrated on a full moon day in the month of Sravan (August) is a day when brothers and sisters reaffirm their bonds of affection. It is usually a festival of the Hindus though today people from different religions participate as well. Sisters tie colourful threads or rakhis on their brother's wrists. The brothers in turn promise to protect their sisters and give them gifts.

Janmashtami—Birthday of Lord Krishna, North India

Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna is celebrated all over India in the month of August/September on the eighth day in the month of Bhadon according to the Hindu calendar with great devotion and zeal.

The Janmashtami of Mathura and Vrindavan, the places where Lord Krishna had spent his childhood, are famous all over the world. Devotees from across the world reach these pious places to celebrate Janmasthami. On this auspicious occasion, temples and homes are beautifully decorated and illuminated. Night long prayers are offered and religious hymns are sung in temples. Devotional songs and dances mark the celebration of this festive occasion all over Northern India.

The temples especially in Vrindavan witness an extravagant and colourful celebration on this occasion.