News at 9 | Events: Seize the summer with these festivals!

News at 9 | Events: Seize the summer with these festivals!

From Germany’s Oktoberfest and the International Flower Festival in Sikkim to the Mount Abu Festival in Rajasthan, explore India’s diverse culture with these summer festivals in top stories of the day.

Oktoberfest To Return In 2022 After Virus Hiatus (Sept 17-Oct3)

Germany’s iconic Oktoberfest beer festival will once again take place in Munich in 2022 after being cancelled two years running due to the coronavirus, the city’s mayor said Friday. The Oktoberfest would be held “without conditions or restrictions”, Munich mayor Dieter Reiter told a press conference. The festival will be held from September 17 to October 3.

Mount Abu Summer Festival, Rajasthan (May 17, 18)

A collaborative effort of Rajasthan Tourism, Municipal Board and Mount Abu and District Administration, the Mount Abu Summer Festival is an annual celebration offering a special mix of culture. It provides a wide range of activities and competitions that are held throughout the day, such as ballad singing, folk dance, boat race and much more. Whether it’s adventure you’re looking for or serene view, it has something for everyone.

International Flower Festival, Sikkim (Till May 31)

Celebrated to create awareness about flowers and plantation of the region, the International Flower Festival is a month-long affair that takes place in May at White Hall in Gangtok, Sikkim. Several flower shows are conducted to display species such as gladioli, roses, orchids, alpine plants and trees, creepers, climbers and ferns. Other than the festival, May is also an ideal time to visit the state, as it’s known for its beautiful Nature trails!

Also Read: East Sikkim | Travel Guide

Summer Festival, Himachal Pradesh (June 1-9)

Celebrated by the locals on a grand scale, Shimla Summer Festival is attended by tribal people, budding artists and tourists, to mark the advent of the season. For the people of the Himalayas, this festival is a way to mark a successful harvest season. Shimla, which was the summer capital during the British Raj, started this festival in order to boost tourism of the state around 59 years ago. The Ridge Maidan is the venue where several activities such as music festival, flower shows, sports tournament takes place.

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