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iXiGOers Mar 11 2013

Which are the most popular events and festivals in March?

Aloke Bajpai Mar 11 2013
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Here are some of the most popular events and festivals in March. This month is one time in India when along with the colourful blooms of spring, the nation comes together to celebrate kaleidoscopic events and festivals, each unique in colour, flavour, essence and beauty, just like the flowers.

1. Thirunakkara Mahadeva Festival at Kottayam

A star amongst the slew of Kerala’s Temple Festivals, the festival at Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple draws people from far and wide, to enjoy the cultural experience that is on offer. This is one opportunity to buy beautiful handcrafted items from across the state, to be amazed by the eyebrow twitch of the seasoned Kathakali dancers, to click postcard perfect shots of elephant’s decked in magnificent fineries and soak in all the brilliance of local customs.

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The 10 day celebrations conclude with the bathing ceremony of Lord Shiva which is preceded by a grand procession. Lord Shiva is also known as ‘Attaru’ locally, also giving the name of ‘Attaru Utsav’ to these celebrations.

2. Holi Tango Festival at Pondicherry

How about giving Holi an all new spin this year, literally? Move over gulals and pichkaris, Auroville (16 km from Pondicherry) has it’s own way of celebrating the festival of colours, the Tango way. This is surely one of the famous celebrations in Pondicherry.

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This is basically a three day event, but the Auroville runs regular classes on Tango as well, in case you decide to fall in love with the art, and stay on longer. For reaching Auroville, you can take a flight to Chennai or Pondicherry, depending on availability and make the remaining journey by rickshaw or taxi.

3. Elephant Festival at Jaipur

Celebrated on Holi Eve, the Elephant Festival in Jaipur sees the Pink City decked in a riot of colours! On display are the huge animals, carefully adorned and intricately painted, making for a truly mesmerising sight. This festival commences with an impressive procession of folk dancers, horses, camels, and elephants.

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You can also enjoy a thrilling match of Elephant Polo, enroll for a tug of war with an elephant or click away at the Elephant Show if you are here during this time.

4. Muziris Biennale at Kochi

This one is purely for the art lovers and art collectors. Spread out around Kochi and Muziris are the best works of numerous artists, Indian and International. The art displays include film, installation, painting, sculpture, new media and performance art.

One of Venues (by Ranjith Siji)

As the organisers put it, through the celebration of contemporary art from around the world, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale seeks to invoke the historic cosmopolitan legacy of the modern metropolis of Kochi, and its mythical predecessor, the ancient port of Muziris.

5. Jhanda Fair at Uttarakhand

The historic Guru Ram Rai Darbar at Dehradun is the site of the annual Jhanda Fair celebrations which take place on the fifth day after Holi. The festival commemorates Guru Ram Rai, the founder of Dehra Dun. Devotees come from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and Delhi to join the celebrations, which are launched with the hoisting of a new jhanda (standard) at the site.

6. Holi in India

Last but not the least comes the festival of Holi, one that is celebrated with a lot of vigour and enthusiasm every spring, all over the country. Mythology has it that this festival is celebrated to rejoice at the destruction of demon Holika at the hands of Lord Vishnu.

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In the meadows of Dayara Bugyal above Uttarkashi, Holi is uniquely celebrated using buttermilk in place of water. Kumaon’s Khari Holi and Baithaki Holi also see holiyars start the festivities with classical songs in temples. For many, Holi is also synonymous with great food, in the form of yummy Gujias, Thandai and Ladoos. Also check out the various ways of celebrating this colourful festival in India.

With all these exciting festivals and events around the corner, March is surely the time to gear up for some fun!

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