India is known to host a broad range of religious festivals that are filled with songs, prayers, parades, activities and colours. You will find festivals that celebrate different events and religion from Hinduism to Christianity. So if you’re looking to experience their festivals for the first time, we recommend some of their best traditional festivals below.
Diwali is one of their most famous festivals, and it is also called the festivals of lights. The festival celebrates their legendary God called Lord Rama. The celebration lasts for five days in which they observe in different names including Diwali, Govardan Puja, Bhai Duj or Choti Diwali.
Ooty Summer Festivals
The Ooty festival is celebrated in the Botanical Garden during the month of May. You will find live music, flower shows, activities, fairs, traditional arts and sports activities to keep you entertained throughout the day.
Onam is one of the longest festivals that can last up to ten days. They celebrate their new year with plenty of foods, new clothes, visiting temples and showcasing some of their traditional dances. They also have a boat event that involves rowing of boats with some background drums music.
The Ramzan Eid is a celebration for ending a fasting season. The event usually occurs after a new moon is seen after the month of fasting. It is celebrated by the Muslims in which they will visit a mosque anywhere around the world and celebrate the event.
Holi stands for the festivals of colours. It represents the victory of good and bad through celebrating colours. Holi is celebrated all around India every March when the full moon is shining. The fun part about this festival is you get to smear each other’s face with a paint of colours in which they call it as ‘Abir’.
The 2017 Jersey Festival is expected to be one of the biggest festival events on the Island. With new artist and bands on set, you’ll sure be able to enjoy your the live music on the day. This year lineup starts from the famous Two Door Cinema Club, Happy Mondays, Pendulum and much more. There’s a wide variety of music genre including rock, hip hop, rap, indie electronic and more.
Two Door Cinema Club
The Two Door Cinema Club is known for their music style of indie rock. The band started up in 2007 with three members from Alex Trimble, Kevin Baird and Sam Halliday. They are an Irish band, but their songs are most popular in the USA and UK. They have performed in some of the biggest festivals in the UK including the Reading Festival. Their music career has also been continuously improving since 2010. Furthermore, the band was selected he best Irish Album of the year back in 2010. By 2012, they became the second best album in the UK. The most recent album was published last year in 2016 which includes the song ‘Bad Decisions’ and ‘Are We Ready’.
The band was formed back in the 80s in Greater Manchester with five members but have later on added two new members to the group. Playing the theme of English alternative rock, they eventually became very successful during the late 80s and 90s. In 1990 they had sold more than 350,000 copies of their album called Pills ‘n’ Thrills’ and have since continued to influence many other bands during the era.
If you’re into metal music, then you are in for a treat! Pendulum is a six man band that produces a unique mix of metal with DnB. They don’t normally just stick to one genre as their style has been influenced by a wide range of music type but adding their love for heavy metal into the mix. The band is expecting to wow their audience with their intense music bass.
Deciding what to pack for a festival will depend on how long you’ll be staying in the event. If you’re only staying for 2-3 days, you will only have to pack lightly. However, if you’re staying longer than three days, then you might need to pack more essentials. Packing your food is extremely important as you want to avoid spending your money on the food stalls that are overpriced.
Food should be the first thing on your list to pack, so you won’t get hungry or end up buying some random foods in the festival. Ideally, you should bring food that you can quickly throw in a BBQ. The best meat to bring are hotdogs or burgers as they don’t go off too quickly compared to a chicken or a steak. We also recommend bringing a disposable BBQ as they are lightweight, portable and of course disposable. Bringing a portable cooker or kettle is ideal if you are staying longer. In this case, you can also bring some food that will last longer like a tinned food, packed noodles and some snacks too.
Don’t forget to bring your tent and your sleeping bags. If you want to pack lightly, we advise on buying a packable tent or an inflatable mattress. However, if you have your car and are looking to stay longer, then there is no harm bringing a bigger tent and a comfortable sleeping bag.
Most camping sites would have a tap water available on site, so you won’t have to worry about bringing your own bottled water unless you don’t like drinking from a tap. When it comes to alcoholic beverages, you can bring your drinks but make sure that they are stored in a plastic bottle as most campsites do not allow any glass bottled drinks on site.
Clothes and hygiene needs
Most festivals are held in summer, so bringing some clothes that are suited for hot weather is ideal. Clothing pieces including a sandal, hat. Trainers and a lightweight poncho are the basics that you should have in your bag. Lastly, don’t forget to pack your hygiene essentials as most camping sites will have a shower facility.