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Throwback: Festivals of June in India

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COVID -19 has brought a halt to festivals to observe safety and social distancing.  The following festivals are unique and most states in India are not observing these festivities. Here is a throwback to help you relive the vibrant festivals from yesteryears.

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The Ambubachi Mela, Assam

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This mela is held in the famous Kamakhya Temple at Guwahati, in Assam. Usually held on the 22nd of June, reports say it will not be held for the first time in six centuries due to safety owing to coronavirus.

Sindhu Darshan Festival, Ladakh

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The icy landscape of Ladakh erupts in colours for the Sindhu Darshan Festival that falls on 12th June. The three-day celebration has multi-faith followers pay homage to the holy Sindhu river, the fount of the civilization in Leh with dances and musicals.

Saga Dawa, Sikkim

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Keeping its borders closed to battle coronavirus does not stop memories of the month-long festival of Saga Dawa in Sikkim in June. The festival upholds the Buddhist principle of nirvana and would be marked by processions on the full moon with chants and prayers.

The Sao Joao Feast of St John, Goa

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The Sao Joao Feast of St John is observed in Goa and falls in the second fortnight of June. It’s a joyful festival with young men jumping into ponds and water bodies to pick gifts thrown in as competitions, processions, and feasting. Locals also prepare sweets and offerings.

Rath Yatra, Puri

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Rath Yatra is the biggest juggernaut that is held at the eponymous Jagannath Temple in Puri in Odisha that falls on 23rd June. Reports say the raths have been under construction but the temple has been closed due to the pandemic for now.