Delhi Festivals in August
Friendship Day is also a recent addition to the festivals celebrated in Delhi. It falls on the first Sunday of August when people exchange a hand of gratitude to their friends for being their pal, ears to listen to their woes and joyous moments, shoulder to cry on or just a pat on the back when needed and sometimes for being eye openers when you go wrong. True friends are remembered and appreciated on this day.
Independence Day is celebrated across the Country on 15th August every year to commemorate the Day India finally got Independence and also to remember the martyrs who sacrificed their lives so that today we can enjoy an independent life. The Indian National Flag is hoisted and honoured by saluting and singing the National Anthem accompanied by cultural programmes. The evening sky is seen filled with Kites of different colour and size to symbolise freedom. Schools, Colleges, Offices and Shops are closed; however, a few grocery shops are seen opened but only towards the evening.
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated to commemorate the relationship of a brother and sister. It falls on Shravan Purnima or the full moon day of the Hindu Shravan month which comes in August. Brothers and sisters express their love and respect for each other and the day begins with the sisters taking a bath early morning followed by an 'Aarti' performed in front of their brother and then a 'Rakhi' or a 'decorated thread' is tied around their brother's fist to strengthen their bond, trust and love and then apply a tilak over his forehead and feed him with sweetmeats. The brother in turn gives money and a small gift to his sister and promises to protect her throughout her lifetime.
Janmashtami, also known as 'Gokulashtami', 'Krishnashtmi' and 'Sri Krishna Jayanthi' is when devotees celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. This day falls on August or September as per the English Calendar when Lord Krishna was born on the 8th dark fortnight during the month of Sravana to King Vasudeva and Queen Devaki Devi under the 'Rohini Nakshatram' star. People dress up traditionally and perform the Raas or dance with religious fervour.