Have You Heard About These Unusual and Uncommon Festivals Of India

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India is a land of different culture, traditions, festivals, and languages. In our country, every day different kind of festivals is celebrated. While some of it we all know very well, but few of it is very weird and unusual. The celebration that includes in these uncommon festivals are bizarre and will shock you to the core. So, here is the list of few of such festivals below:

1. Lathmar Holi–Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh:

Lathmar Holi is celebrated 4 to 5 days before Holi festival in Vrindavan, Nandgaon, and Barsana. In this festival, Women of Barsana beats men of Nandgaon with lathis.

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Lathmar Holi is somewhat a nice showdown between men of Nandgaon (Krishna’s town) and ladies of Barsana (Radha’s town) close Vrindavan. The legend has it that amid the days going before Holi, Krishna went to his beloved Radha and wound up prodding her companions. The ladies of Barsana responded by pursuing down Krishna with sticks (lathis). From that time men and ladies of these towns reproduce the celebrated occasion each year as women beat up men with long sticks.

2. Rural Olympics–Kila Raipur, Punjab:

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Lifting of bricks with teeth, pulling vehicles with hair, and lifting plows with mouth are the activities that happen in the event.
The event takes place in the Kila Raipur village (20 km from Ludhiana) which happens every year. It covers games and sports activities like horse racing, aerobatics, bullock cart race, and other rural sports.

3. Bhagoria Festival–Khargone & Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh:

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Marriage fair is conducted on a large scale where youngsters choose their partner and elope with them so that they can be accepted by the society later and called as man and wife. It may sound you disgusting but it is all true. The festival is mainly celebrated in Khargone and Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh.

The celebration has huge haat set up, which goes about as a marriage swayamvar where youngsters go accomplice chasing. The weeklong celebration additionally denotes the coming of the spring season and is taken an interest by a colossal number of the group. The Bhagoria Festival is celebrated on March, 4-5 days before Holi.

4. Theyyam–Kerala:

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Theyyam is celebrated in October – May every year. In the festival, people dance while wearing a crown of hair of length 10-12 meters, walking fire embers, wearing coconut fronds, and performing with burning wicks of wire tied around the waist. It is celebrated in most of the parts of Kerala.

5. Thaipoosam–Tamil Nadu:

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Thaipoosam is celebrated in February. In this event, the devotees of Lord Muruga pierce their lips with spears, pierce mouth with sharp metal objects, and hook their skin to chains as they try to pull the chariot in order to pay regards to the deity.

Thaipusam is another unusual festival of India celebrated in Tamil Nadu mostly in the temples of Lord Muruga. The priests and other chosen ones are required to perform activities like walking on burning coal.

Surprised enough! Did you knew about these festivals?? Do let us know in the comment section below.

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