Indian Festivals in August 2017 and the Best places to celebrate in Australia

Raksha Bandhan

Monday, 7th August 2017

Raksha Bandhan Thread Ceremony Time = 15:34 to 20:04

Duration = 4 Hours 29 Mins

Pradosh Time Raksha Bandhan Muhurat = 17:21 to 20:04 (As per DrikPanchang website)

Raksha Bandhan is observed on the full moon day in the month of Shravana (Hindu Calendar), which typically falls in August. This is a festival that celebrates the bond of love between brothers and sisters. On Raksha Bandhan day, girls will tie the sacred thread of Rakhi on her brother’s (Her own brother or someone she would like to consider as brother) wrist.  It is a ceremonial expression of her adoration for her brother. Brother in return will protect his sister even at the expense of his life.

One good example for the power of Rakhi from history is, Queen Karnavati of Chittor sent a Rakhi to the Mughal Emperor Humayun when she was threatened by Bahadur Shah of Mewar. Humayun abandoned an ongoing military campaign to ride to her rescue”.

So tie Rakhi on someone you consider as your brother, this August. Rakhi can be bought from Indian grocery shops across Australia during the Raksha Bandhan Time.

Krishna Janmashtami

Tuesday, 15th August 2017

Krishna Janmashtami is a festival that celebrates the birth of Hindu God Sri Krishna. The best place to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami in Australia is at Hare Krishna Temples.

This festival is not something that is celebrated with fanfare but rather with prayers. If you have never been to a Hare Krishna Temple, this is the best time to be. Most Australian Capital Cities have Hare Krishna Temples.

Krishna Janmashtami Celebrations in Australia


Hartalika Teej

24th August 2017

Teej refers to the monsoon festivals, observed particularly in western and northern states of India and Nepal. This festival is dedicated to Indian Goddess Parvati.. Teej Festivals are observed by woman to celebrate Monsoon. This festival is celebrated by woman of all faiths. On Hartalika Teej girls play on swings that are set up under trees or open courtyards During Teej, in-laws, husbands and other family members give gifts, typically new clothes and accessories, to girls and women. Boys fly kites. prepare churma and sweets especially ghevar at their home.

You can join celebrations for Haryali Teej in Sydney if you wish to

Ganesh Chathurthi

25th Friday 2017

Put it nice and simple, it is the birthday celebration of Hindu God, Ganesha or Ganapathy. Ganesh is worshipped as the God of Wisdom, Prosperity and Good fortune. This is a ten-day festival with Ganesha idol worshipped with chants and prayers, either privately at home or at public places.  On the tenth day, the idol is carried in a public procession and immersed in nearby waterbody such as river or lake. It is believed that Ganesha will return to Mount Kailasa to Parvati and Shiva.

To find the best places to celebrate Ganesh Festival click the below link.

Ganesh Festival 2017 in Adelaide

Ganesh Chathurthi Festival in Melbourne 2017


Thiruvonam is on 4th September 2017. Onam is a ten-day festival so it will begin in August.

In Australia most Onam celebrations are in August so we don’t want you to miss out. Onam is celebrated in the Southern state of Kerala in India. Everyone joins the celebration irrespective of cast and creed.

To know more about the celebration, click this link.


Below you can find links for Onam Celebrations in Australia.

Onam Celebrations 2017 in Melbourne


Onam Celebrations in Sydney 2017







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