The Indian subcontinent is welcoming spring as we are almost in the middle of March. In India, March has a lot to offer including Holi, the festival of colours, Jaipur’s Elephant Festival, Arattu festival, Ugadi, Yoga Festival. There are many places to visit in March in India because this diverse nation welcomes this new season in many ways. From north to the south corner of India, you will experience the festivity of March as there are many festivals celebrated in different parts of India.
1-Rejuvenate Your Soul In Rishikesh’s International Yoga Festival
Rishikesh has considered the birthplace of Yoga, and every year it hosts the much-awaited yet global celebration in the first week of March. Yoga trainers and experts from the corners of the world gather in the Ganges to rejoice in this festival. From Ganga Arti to spiritual speaking sessions by prominent saints, Yoga scholars participate in numerous activities. Rishikesh has magnetised a large number of overseas travellers who have contributed significantly to transforming this spiritual place into a hippie culture hub containing a cluster of cafes.
2-Experience The Enthusiasm of Holi Across India
Holi is one of India’s most popular festivities. It begins with burning a ‘Holika Dahan’ bonfire to commemorate the triumph of virtue over evil. The next day, the celebrations include painting each other in different colours. To witness a big Holika Dahan, go to City Palace in Udaipur, where the Udaipur Royal Family celebrates this festival passionately. Apart from that, you can visit Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh) to experience a different kind of zeal during the Holi.
3-Elephant Festival in Jodhpur
A day before Holi, Jodhpur witnesses a glittering and colourful Elephant festival. However, you will miss elephants, and other animals in the carnival as numerous animal rights organisations and activities have claimed it cruelly against animals. The festival was cancelled previously for the same reason. If you are planning a trip to Jodhpur, particularly for Elephant Festival, you must check the festival’s status from authorities once.
4-Explore Goa In March For Shigmotsav
Shigmotsav, a celebration of the masses, celebrates the arrival of the spring season in Goa. Local folk groups performed spectacular dances, and the float parade is the main attraction. Join Goa during this event if you want to experience the genuine essence of Goan culture.
5-Witness Folk Dance In Kerala’s Thirunakkara Arattu
Thirunakkara Arattu is a significant event in Kerala that is held at the Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple in Kottayam. A ten-day event in which elephant rallies are held, and people dance to the drummers’ rhythms. Locals perform folk arts such as Mayilattom (peacock dance), Velakali, and others during the event.
6-Enjoy Classical Dance Performances In Hoysala Mahotsav
Belur-Halebid (Karnataka) hosts this one-day celebration known for its classical dance and music performances. Renowned classical dance artists such as Hema Malini, Shobhna Raj Singh and Sudha Chandran have performed in this festival.
7-Temple Festival Of Paripally Gajmela
It is a ten-day celebration organised in Bhagavathy Temple in Kerala’s Kollam district. The festival is famous for its stunning elephant parade. As per mythology, the elephant is considered a pious animal in this region, and during this festival, people make offerings to the elephant to fulfil their wishes.
8-Be A Part Of Ugadi In South India
The term ‘Ugadi’ represents the time of year when people in South India celebrate the New Year in a cheerful mood. Ugadi – a festival of the approaching New Year – happens in the Hindu calendar’s Chaitra month, which roughly corresponds to the months of March and April in the Gregorian calendar. The name Ugadi is said to derive from the Sanskrit word Yugadi, which is a combination of the terms Yuga (Era) and Adi (the beginning). Yugadi, or Ugadi, thus denotes the start of a new period.
9-Arattu- The Umbrella Festival Of Kerala
One of the highly-celebrated festivals of Kerala, Arattu is a five-day celebration organised in Janardhan Swamy Temple. Elephant Parade and all night Kathakali dance performances are the highlights of this celebration. Moreover, the local people walk through the street in an orderly manner carrying exquisitely decorated umbrellas.
India is a land of festivals and for sure, there would be no other country in the world with such a large number of celebrations and festivals. In this write-up, we have covered the Indian festival celebrated in the month of March. The diversity and cultural richness of India can be measured by these festivals. The best thing about Indian festivals is, they are celebrated in different ways in different parts of India.
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