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Jigyasha Prasad Jan 17 2014

Which are the famous events and festivals celebrated in March in India?

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March, as we all know, is the month of the year that observes many psychedelic events and festivals, all reflecting a unique colour and flavour of their own. Additionally, the onset of spring makes March the most preferred month for celebration and ebullience. The famous events and festivals celebrated in March in India are listed below:

Holi:



Photo of Holi (by Marco Bellucci)

Referred to as the “Festival of Colours”, Holi is celebrated in many different ways all over India with much zeal and enthusiasm. Throwing fragrant coloured powder at each other, bombarding friends and family with water-filled balloons and serving ‘gujiya’ to further the sweetness of the occasion - Holi observes all this and more. You must participate and not miss playing this festival, if you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.

When: March 17, 2014
Where: All over India

Elephant Festival:



Photo of the Elephant Festival in Jaipur (by Faraz Usmani)

That time is gone when Jaipur - one of the famous places in Rajasthan was only known for camel fairs and festivals; Housing plenty of prized elephants, it has become a stopover of royal heritage. Every year on the eve of Holi, the Elephant Festival in Jaipur observes several elephants dressed and decorated in a riot of colours, parading around the city. Not to miss is the thrilling match of Elephant Polo; you can even witness the tug of war between people and elephants or play Holi on elephant-back; all this seems to be exciting, isn’t it? So, pack your bags and visit this city to participate in this colourful affair.

When: March 16, 2014
Where: Jaipur, Rajasthan

Nauchandi Fair


Photo of Nauchandi Fair (by adityamadhav83)


Held just after the Holi festival, Nauchandi fair attracts approximately 100,000 visitors every year. This fair lasts for a month and observes many religious activities. It’s famous for its crafts. Shopkeepers from North India and UP put up their stalls in the assigned 4 km area. Whether it’s crafts, entertainment or food, you can witness stalls offering anything and everything.


When: March 17, 2014

Where: Meerut, UP


International Flower Festival




Photo of International Flower Festival (by Alvesgaspar)


Organised by the Sikkim Department of Tourism, the International Flower Festival is held every year in Sikkim. It lasts for a month, showcasing an exceptional exhibit of flowers including rhododendrons and orchids. Also, this festival lets you observe plants and flowers native to Sikkim. Home to around 600 species of orchids, 150 varieties of gladioli, 240 species of ferns and trees, this place boasts its horticultural delights to the locals as well as tourists. It’s interesting to learn that this festival lets you indulge in a sinful affair of all the Sikkimese delicacies, served in the food festival (part of the Flower Festival). And, in case you are left with some spare time, you can try Yak Safari and Water Rafting, some of the most interesting things to do while you are here.


When: March 23, 2014 to March 27, 2014

Where: Sikkim


Gudi Padwa:


Photo of Gudi Padwa (by Saloni Desai)

Gudi Padwa or ‘Chaitra Shukla Pratipada’ (in Marathi) is a Hindu Festival that marks the beginning of the New Year and end of the Harvest season. This festival is majorly celebrated in Maharashtra. It is believed that Gudi Padwa was the day when Lord Brahma created the universe. Apart from Maharashtra, this festival's celebration can be seen in Andhra Pradesh as well, where it is known as ‘Ugadi’. The festival begins with Mahalaxmi and Maumbadevi’s ‘aarti’ followed by offering sweets, fruits and flowers at various temples. Many families place Gudi - Brahma’s flag on the right side of their main entrance for accumulating prosperity and good luck for the house. Also, families prepare and consume traditional sweets including Puran Poli and Shrikhand. Some, even prepare Kanangachi Kheer with coconut milk, sweet potato and jaggery to further the occasion. This festival is one of the most famous festivals celebrated in March both by locals as well as tourists owing to all the yummy savouries served this day.


When: March 31, 2014
Where: Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh


International Yoga Festival:


Photo of International Yoga Festival (by Diamond Moutain)

Those of you who are interested in Yoga, must attend the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh. This festival has become one of the famous and largest gatherings in the world, as more than 500 people from across 35 countries participate in this event. From spiritual evening discussions and yoga classes to vegetarian cooking classes, you can be a part of one or all the itinerary this festival encapsulates.

When: March 1 to 7, 2014
Where: Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Konkan Turtle Festival:

Photo of Konkan Turtle Festival (by Giove)

Ever seen a festival of Turtles? Maharashtra lets you witness the unusual annual Turtle Festival - one of the famous festivals celebrated in March in India. Apart from observing newly hatched turtles marching into the sea, you can experience the traditional Indian village life here by stopping over at the local homestays here.

When: February to March, 2014
Where: Velas village, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra

World Living Heritage Festival:



Photo of the World Living Heritage Festival (by S Ballal, Ahemdabad)

The World Living Heritage Festival is celebrated in City Palace - one of the famous places to visit in Udaipur with the aim of promoting and encouraging the cultural diversity of the Mewar Region. It is organised by the Royal Mewar family and observes interesting activities including arts and crafts workshops, exhibitions, conferences, musical concerts and other festivals talking about the preservation of Living Heritage.


When: March 13 to 16, 2014
Where: Udaipur City Palace Complex, Rajasthan


Mardi Gras


The Mardi Gras 2014 is a gay and lesbian festival celebrated annually in New Orleans, Sydney. If you happen to attend this festival, you’ll observe some spectacular parades like Rex, Endymion, Zulu and other festive highlights. You will also witness transgender, bisexula, lesbian and gay parade across Flinders and Oxford Street. From costume parades to pageants, you’ll not be disappointed to attend any of these.


Photo of Mardi Gras (Brad Coy)


When: February 28, 2014 to March 1, 2014

Where: New Orleans, Sydney


Noche de Brujas


Noche de Brujas or Night of the Witches is an international event held in Mexico. It’s believed that Mexico is a spiritual home to wizards and witches. Every year several healers visit this place to perform a mass cleansing ritual to get rid off from the last year’s negative energies. You’ll observe visitors seeking a shamanic consultation to further the occasion. Also, from song and dance performances to stalls displaying and selling amulets, you’ll get to witness all sort of practices.

Photo of Noche De Brujas (by Miventana)


When: March 7, 2014

Where: Mexico


Hanami


One of the picturesque events celebrated in Japan, mainly in Yoshino, is Hanami - an occasion where you can witness cherry trees in full blossom. It’s that time of the year when Japanese are all set to party and picnic amid the blossoming trees after throwing away their reserve. It’s such a grand celebration that National News Services keep a track of the growth through their maps. Good humor, beer bottles, daytime and moonlit parties - all this and more constitutes Hanami.


Photo of Hanami (by Dick Thomas Johnson)


When: End of march

Where: Yoshino, Japan


Now that you have all the information of the famous events and festivals celebrated in March in India with you, you must plan your vacation accordingly. Also, don’t forget to share your travel stories with us.

Cheers!

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