The Third BRICS Film Festival took place in Durban, South Africa, along with the International Durban Film Festival (DIFF).
The last day of the festival (27th July) was celebrated as India Country Day, followed by Awards and Closing Ceremony.
The film festival is aimed at celebrating world-class film productions from the BRICS nations with the objective of inspiring more collaboration from these nations.
Awards won by Indian films in the 3rd BRICS Film Festival, Durban, South Africa:
1. Best Actress: Bhanita Das, Village Rockstars,
2. Best Film: Newton by Amit Masurkar,
3. Special Jury Award: Village Rockstars by Rima Das.
International cricket's governing body, ICC, organised the 'Sano Cricket Curry Festival' in the Japanese city of Sano to promote cricket in the nation.
A cricket match between the Japanese cricket team and an Indian team was held at the event.
The festival also featured cultural events and food from cricket-playing nations like Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Popularly known as the ‘Festival of Chariots’, Rath Yatra festival in honour of Puri’s Lord Jagannath is one of the most awaited festivals of Orissa and is falling on July 14.
This yatra is conducted from Jagannath temple to Gundicha temple.
Apart from Indian, this festival attracts a large number of international tourists in Puri.
The famous 4-day Meghalaya Annual Cultural Festival, "Behdienkhlam", held every year at the small peripheral town of Jowai, Meghalaya.
Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Dr. Jitendra Singh attended the Festival.
The festival witnessed a colourful display of 12 rots or ‘rath’ at the sacred pool, Aitnar.
Sindhu Darshan Festival is celebrated on the bank of Indus River in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Festival is focused at national integration, communal harmony and national pride.
This year mark the 22nd Sindhu Darshan festival and it was started by the former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani in 1997.
The main event of 4th International Yoga Day celebrations will be held at Dehradun in Uttrakhand on 21st of June.
Secretary AYUSH Ministry Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha announced that Dehradun has been selected as the venue for Mass Yoga Demonstration of International Yoga Day.
Mr. Kotecha is in Dehradun to initiate the preparations regarding this mega event.
The Jatra begins in Nepal.
It is believed that the festival started during Malla dynasty. In Nepal, the famous Bisket Jatra is being celebrated in Bhaktapur and other parts of Kathmandu valley.
The nine-day annual festival marks beginning of Nepali new year.
The Jatra begins four days before the start of new year.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have paid tributes to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia on his birth anniversary.
Dr. Lohia dedicated his life to quest for a just, fair and egalitarian society and he remains an inspiration for welfare-oriented governance.
He described Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia as one of the most remarkable personalities of the 20th century.
The socialist leader combined scholarly zeal with a penchant for grassroots level politics and his rich thoughts continue to shape socio-political discourse.
The 44th edition of Khajuraho Dance Festival 2018 was held at Khajuraho temple, a UNESCO world heritage site in Madhya Pradesh. It was inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and was organized by culture department of state government.
Khajuraho Dance Festival is an annual cultural festival that highlights the richness of various Indian classical dance styles. The 6-day festival showcased classical dances including Kathak, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, and Mohiniattam.
World’s largest Ice Festival 'International Ice and Snow Festival' was held in Harbin, China.
This is one of China’s coldest cities in the winter. It is the 34th annual Ice Festival in Harbin, north-east China.
It features sculptures of Moscow’s Red Square and Bangkok’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Goa will be hosting the third edition of the Science Film Festival of India in January 2018.
The festival, titled SCI-FFI Goa, is being organized by the state-based Vidnyan Parishad, Goa Department of Science and Technology.
The competition aims to boost the culture of science films, all the films submitted should be related to science and technology.
President Ramnath Kovind inaugurated the 100th Annual Conference of the Indian Economic Association at Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur of Andhra Pradesh.
The event will be held for four days.
Indian Economic Association is a registered body of Indian economic professionals with an objective of providing a forum for debate and discussion of policy-oriented issues.
The Association currently has 5000 plus members, both individual and institutional.
Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the three days ‘Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage’ in New Delhi.
India is hosting the “Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage” from 8 to 10 December as part of celebrations of 20th anniversary of BIMSTEC.
Seventh edition Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival was held at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju.
The partners for this edition of three-day festival are IGNCA of Union Ministry of Culture in Delhi, Heritage Transport Museum, Gurugram and National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai.
It is special initiative, to promote the oral storytelling tradition which has existed across the world. It is only oral storytelling festival in India.
Nagaland is all set to celebrate the 54th Statehood Day and the 18th Hornbill festival 2017 today at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama. President Ram Nath Kovind who is on a maiden visit to the state will grace the occasion and inaugurated the 10 day State Hornbill festival 2017.
The route leading to Kisama, which is 12Km away from the capital city has been all decked up with decoration to give a festive ride. Tight security arrangement has been made in view of the festival.
Current Affairs President Ram Nath Kovind reached Imphal to inaugurate the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2017 this afternoon. He was accorded a warm welcome at the Imphal Airport by State Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh and his cabinet colleagues.
The 10-day state festival will be opened today at the Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre at Palace Compound in Imphal.
He will open a two-day North-East Development Summit at the City Convention Centre in Imphal.
Around 20 memorandums of understanding(MoU) will be signed with investor companies during the Summit to attract investment in the State to generate employment avenues for the unemployed educated youths of the State.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated Aadi Mahotsav, a fortnight-long Tribal Festival in New Delhi.
The theme of the festival is A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Cuisine and Commerce’.
The festival will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewelry and much more through about 200 stalls.
Over 750 tribal artisans and artists from over 25 States participated in the festival.
The Tribal India cuisine, recreated and presented in delectable for recreated and presented in delectable forms to suit urban tastes by special tribal chefs is a special feature of the festival. In line with the national aspiration to go cashless, all stalls will prefer and promote payments through cards.
The Araku Valley of Andhra Pradesh is hosting the first edition of its Hot Air Balloon Festival.
The Hot Air Balloon Festival is organized by SkyWaltz and supported by Andhra Pradesh tourism.
The festival will feature unique balloons from 13 countries.
The participating countries are India, Australia, USA, Brazil and South Korea.
The Extraordinary shaped balloons like the Seahorse, the Kiwi, the Bee and much more are lined up in the festival.
This festival is being organized to promote tourism.
A large team of over 100 photographers, nature lovers and students from across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana arrived at Araku to capture the scenes of the festival. Araku is known for its coffee plantations, rich cultural heritage, and stunning waterfalls.
The Nordic-Baltic embassies will host the first ever youth film festival of the European nations in Delhi showcasing movies from the region.
The 6-Day long festival will run in collaboration with the India Habitat Centre.
The Nordic-Baltic countries Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden or NB8 are tied together geographically and historically through trade, culture, and many common value systems.
Nagaland is set to host ‘Hornbill Festival’ with the main motive to promote the ‘plastic-free’ mission all around. ‘Hornbill Festival’ will go on for 10 days from December 1 to 10 at the Naga Heritage village Kisama.
He also urged the Hohos to give their best effort towards making the festival a grand success.
Phom further informed that picturesque Kisama has been declared as a ‘Plastic Free Zone’ during the festival and asked the Hohos to propagate and ensure that no plastic is used throughout ten days festival.
The annual ‘Balijatra’ festival was inaugurated by Health and Law Minister Pratap Jena at Gadagadia ghat in Odisha on the banks of river Mahanadi.
The week-long famous fair on an area of 30 acres on the river bank will continue till November 10.
It got the nod from east zone bench of National Green Tribunal for the second time this year.
Four days after Supreme Court banned the sale of crackers in the national capital region, the Punjab and Haryana high court fixed the time slot of 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm for bursting crackers on Diwali in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.
No one will be permitted to burst crackers before 6.30 pm or after 9.30 pm.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in Dussehra celebrations at Red Fort Ground in New Delhi.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu are also expected to take part in the celebrations.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will also take part in Dussehra celebrations with the jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border police at Joshimath in Uttarakhand.
Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra inaugurated the second International Yoga Festival and International Yoga Sports Championship 2017 in which about 300 people from across the world are participating.
The festival is being organized by the Yoga Society of Kashmir at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre that about 300 participants from various parts of India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Canada, Bulgaria, USA, and Nepal are participating in the festival.
The Yoga is enormously beneficial for the growth of a healthy mind and body and Vohra emphasized that learning to practice yoga, especially from a young age helps in developing the required mental and physical discipline which enables the practitioner to lead a wholesome, stress-free and balanced life.
The 413th Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is being celebrated all over Punjab, Chandigarh, and Haryana.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has extended warm greetings to Punjabis living across the globe on the occasion.
His teachings are even more relevant today and should be emulated by one and all for the creation of an egalitarian society, rising above the considerations of caste, color, creed, and religion.
Parsi New Year, Navroz is being celebrated across the world.
The festival is celebrated by follows of Zoroastrianism in Middle-East, USA and South Asian countries such as India and Pakistan.
The vibrant festival began 3,000 years back by the mighty emperor Jamshed, who introduced the new calendar in Persia.
The day is celebrated to gain health, wealth, prosperity, and productivity. Four ‘Fs’ - Fire, Fragrance, Food, and Friendship play an important role in the celebration.
A three-day annual cultural festival named ‘Fete de Puducherry’ organized by the Government of India begins in Puducherry.
The festival is held in association with the South Zone Cultural Centre (Tamil Nadu) every year to bring to focus the multi-faceted cultural features of various states.
The festival holding started since 1985 as part of celebrating Independence Day and also Liberation Day of Puducherry (August 16).
Pakistan hoisted a 400-feet high national flag the largest in its history at the Attari-Wagah border with India to mark the country’s 70th Independence Day.
It is made in Pakistan with 400-feet high and 120 feet by 80 feet in size.
The flag is the highest in South Asia and the 8th highest in the world.
Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa hoisted the flag.
Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot inaugurated Inclusive Independence Day celebrations organized by the National Trust.
Around 2500 people from all walks of life participated in the event along with 500 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
It aims to provide equal access to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by means of Inclusive Education, Inclusive Employment and Inclusive Community Life.
Kerala will be hosting the fifth edition of South India Writers Ensemble (SIWE) at Chengannur, a town in Kerala’s coastal Alappuzha district.
The core theme of the festival this year is ‘tolerance’.
The creative writers, journalists, theatre and film personalities from across the industry will be seen deliberating on the theme.
Dal Lake hosted first ever 'Culture of Cruise', a weekly cultural programme organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Government aimed to bring artists from various fields on one stage.
The innovative programme series brings writers, performance artists, musicians, poets and academics together and offers a program of performances, workshops, talks, forums and debates.
Dachigam, Salim Ali and Hemis are the National Park in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Dree Festival of Arunachal Pradesh is an agricultural festival celebrated with the traditional pomp & gaiety.
It is the biggest festival of the Apatanis and celebrated with zest marked by sacrificial offerings and prayers.
The festival is marked by grand ritual and community feasts served with delicious rice/millet beer.
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the three-day MODI (Making of Developed India Festival) Fest at Kala Academy in Panaji.
The MODI Fest showcases the progress of various policies and programs of the Central Government and its developments in lasts three stages.
The main focus depends on economic and infrastructure development, budget reforms, women empowerment, skill development for youth, Digital India, financial inclusion and incentives for the farming sector.
The 135 JagannathYatra starts from June 25 and ends on July 3 is celebrated every year on AshadhShuklaDwitiya in Odisha.
This yatra includes three majestic chariots Nandighosa (Lord Jagannath), Taladwaja (Balabhadra) and Darpadalan (Subhadra).
Sudarsan Pattnaik has carved beautiful art on RathYatra of Lord Jagannath at the Puri beach in Odisha with message “Let us all immerse in the spirit of unity & brotherhood".