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Kanika Nevatia Feb 04 2014

Which are the famous Events and festivals celebrated in June around the world?

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The month of June is that time of the year when everyone is looking forward to a long vacation that offers only festivity and celebration on display. And when you talk about all this and more, what exactly you need is a well planned itinerary of some of the famous events and festivals celebrated in June across the world; So take your pick!

Hemis Festival:

One of the religious and famous festivals of Ladkah, is the Hemis Festival that observes the visitation of many locals as well as tourists in June. The festival falls on the tenth day of the Tibetan Lunar month and is covered as a two-day affair. It is usually celebrated at Hemis Gompa - one of the richest and biggest Buddhist Monasteries in Ladakh, where many artists and ‘lamas’ perform the Masked Dance, illustrating the triumph of good over evil. The outfits are quite impressive including brocade dresses and intensely tinted masks. Also, the resonance of cymbals, drums and trumpets further the spirit of the festival. It’s interesting to know that this festival also observes, celebrating the birth anniversary of the spiritual leader and founder of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, Padmasambhava.



Photo of Hemis Festival (by rajkumar1220)

When: June 18, 2014 to June 19, 2014
Where: Hemis Gompa, Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir)

Urs of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti:

Urs (the death anniversary) of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti is considered to be the largest Muslim fair in India. It is held at the Dargah of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti in Ajmer. Hundreds and thousands of pilgrims come here to offer prayers. This festival spans for six days and commences with the hoisting of a white flag by the representative on the tomb. From adorning the tomb at its best to reciting poetry and singing qawwalis, everything is observed as a part of the ceremony. Just outside the dargah, you will see ‘tabarukh’ (sweet rice garnished with condiments and dry fruits) being served. The foot of the dargah is lined with a busy ‘bazaar’, encapsulating embroidered rugs, flowers, prayer caps and decorative chadars - some of the famous souvenirs in Ajmer; also, the bazaar furthers the liveliness of the fair.




Photo of Urs of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti (by Mujeerkhan)

When: June 2014
Where: Ajmer, Rajasthan

FIFA World Cup:

Known to be one of the famous international men’s football tournaments, FIFA World Cup 2014 is going to be the 20th FIFA World Cup, scheduled in Brazil. It was in 2007 that Brazil was elected as the host nation for the event. Apart from the host country, all World Champion teams including Italy, Germany, England and several others have qualified for the competition. It is expected that a total of 64 matches will be played in some of the famous cities in Brazil. For the first time, the tournament will make use of the goal-line technology or Goal Decision System - a method used to detect whether the ball has crossed the goal line or not. This event is going to be one big thing for avid football lovers.



Photo of FIFA World Cup (by Brazilian Government)

When: June 12, 2014 to July 12, 2014
Where: Brazil

The Chicago Blues Festival:

Programmed as an educational tool, the Chicago Blues Festival offers a deep understanding of the American Society. Known for being the largest Music Festival in Chicago, it has been acknowledged for providing a cross cultural experience to its visitors. Spanning for three days, the festival is flocked by many Blues fans who lift the event up with their spirit and enthusiasm. This festival has seen many renowned artists perform at the event, including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, Buddy guy and many others. This time Dr. John, Bettye Lavette and Aaron Neville are being expected to perform at the 31st annual Chicago Blues Festival.



Photo of the Chicago Blues Festival (by Alessandro Porretti)

When: June 13, 2014 to June 15, 2014
Where: Millenium Park & Grant Park, Chicago

Istanbul Shopping Fest:

Incepted in the year 2011, the Istanbul Shopping Fest is celebrated annually in Istanbul. It was initially promoted with the aim of projecting Istanbul as one of the best cultural, shopping and entertainment destinations across the world. With its massive discount exhibitions and sprees, live and entertaining musical concerts, this fest has become one of the famous festivals celebrated in June. Stopovers including the Grand Bazaar, Capitol Shopping Centre, the Egyptian Spice Market and Sapphire Bazaar are going to serve as a shopping hub offering on display antiques, spices and artefacts. It’s interesting to note that the shopping centres will remain open 24*7 for all the shopaholics. So, let yourself loose and bag your wishlist home.



Photo of Istanbul Shopping Fest (by espiritu_protector)

When: June 2014
Where: Istanbul, Turkey

Father’s Day:

Celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year in India, Father’s Day is observed as an event of honoring fathers and acknowledging their contribution towards the family. This day also observes, celebrating paternal bonds and the position of fathers in the society. The concept of having Father’s Day as an event was put to execution in the 20th century in the Unites States to complement Mother’s Day. From greeting cards to interesting items, you’ll see kids gifting anything and everything to appreciate the care and support of their fathers.



Photo of Father's Day (by Kiefer.Wolfowitz)

When: June 15, 2014
Where: India

Now that you have a well prepared list of famous events and festivals celebrated in June, you can plan your trip accordingly. Also, you can explore some of the best places to visit in June, just in case you plan to extend your vacation by a week or so.

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