Festivals In May


Eid al-Fitr was originated by the Islamic prophet Muhammad. According to certain traditions, these festivals were initiated in Medina after the migration of Muhammad from Mecca. Anas, a well-known companion of the Islamic prophet, narrated that, when Muhammad arrived in Medina, he found people celebrating two specific days in which they entertained themselves with recreation and merriment. At this, Muhammad remarked that Allah had fixed two days of festivity: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

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Akshay Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya, also known as Akti or Akha Teej, is an annual Hindu and Jain spring festival. It falls on the third tithi (lunar day) of the bright half (Shukla Paksha) of the month of Vaisakha. It is regionally observed as an auspicious day by Hindus and Jains in India and Nepal, as it signifies the “third day of unending prosperity”.

The festival’s date varies and is set according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar. It falls in April or May of every year in the Gregorian calendar.

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Budhha Purnima

Buddha’s Birthday (also known as Buddha Jayanti, also known as his day of enlightenment – Buddha Purnima, Buddha Pournami) is a Buddhist festival that is celebrated in most of East Asia and South Asia commemorating the birth of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Gautama Buddha, who was the founder of Buddhism. According to Buddhist tradition, Gautama Buddha was born c. 563–483 BCE in Lumbini. Although based on stone inscriptions his birthplace might have been Odisha or Uttar Pradesh.

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Gujarat Festival in May

May 03, Monday Shahadat-e-Hazarat Ali (Muslim Shiya)
May 07, Friday Maha Prabhuji’s Praktyotsava
May 13, Thursday Eid-Ul-Fitr
May 14, Friday Bhagvan Shree Parshuram Jayanti
May 17, Monday Shankaracharya Jayanti
May 23, Sunday Zarthost-no-Disho (Parsi Shahenshahi)
May 26, Wednesday Guru Arjundev’s Martyrdom day, 2nd Shawaal, Buddha Purnima
May 29, Saturday Shavuoth (Yahudi)

Places to Visit in May

Mandavi Beach

About the location: The Mandvi beach is a golden-brown sprawl of sand along the southern tip of Kutch district in Gujarat. It lies south of Bhuj, the main junction. The beach lies along the namesake town that was once a thriving port for India. The fort wall of the erstwhile trading hub still runs along the old part of town. The calm beach is a refreshing addition for travelers to the town. Evenings are particularly great with the sunset and the bustle of snack stalls and balloon sellers.

Brief History: Mandvi city was founded in 1580 by the Rao of Kutch, Khengarji. Being an integral part, the skill of the Gujarati sailors was valued by many at that time. Even Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who discovered the Europe-to-India sea route in 1497, was accompanied by a Gujarati sailor.