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Festivals of April
 
Andhra Pradesh
Ugadi
‘Ugadi’ as the name ‘Yug-Adi’ suggests is celebrated on the first day of the first month of Telugu Year i.e. Chaitram. This day is celebrated as New Year Day by the people of Andhra Pradesh. This day is known for its 'Ugadi Pacchadi' preparation comprising of six tastes (shadruchi sammelan), each standing for a special character a man experiences in life. The ingredients of this preparation, though of different tastes or characters when mixed in definite proportions result in a delicious dish. The underlying idea conveys that the six faces of life mentioned underneath, should be handled by man and balanced in such a way as to make his life a beautiful one on earth.
 
Arunachal Pradesh
Sangken festival
Sangken festival, is an occasion to bathe the images of Lord Buddha ceremoniously. This also heralds the new year and people sprinkle water on each other as a sign of merriment.
 
Bihar
Ramnavami
Sri-Ramnavami is dedicated to the memory of Lord Rama. It occurs on the ninth day (navami). The festival commemorates the birth of Rama who is remembered for his preperous and righteous reign. Ramrajya (the reign of Rama) has become synonymous with a period of peace and prosperity. Mahatma Gandhi also used this term to describe how, according to him, India should be after independence.Ramnavami occurs in the month of March. Celebrations begin with a prayer to the Sun early in the morning. At midday, when Lord Rama is supposed to have been born, a special prayer is performed.
 
Mahavir Jayanti
The Jain community observes the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism with great devotion and on the occasion, special prayers are offered at the Jain temples and shrines. Mahavira Jayanti, as this day is called, falls on the 13th day of the bright half of the month of Chaitra according to the Hindu solar calendar. Mahavira Jayanti is the main Jain festival and is celebrated in March-April.
 
Chattisgarh
Surhul Festival
A festival that has nothing to do with harvest, Surhul Festival is dedicated to the worship of Mother Earth and is held on the day when the Sal Trees flower. The fields are left untouched through the whole day and the farmers offer prayers at the village Sarna (a small forest within the village).
 
Goa
Ramnavami
Ram Navami is a festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Rama, the son of King Dasharath. It was a joyous occasion in Ayodhya all those centuries ago when King Dasharath's heir was finally born. It was like a dream come true for the king as the lack of an heir had troubled him sorely for many years.
 
Beach Bonanza
From mid-April onwards successive Sundays see Colva Beach becoming the scene for this small festival featuring live music, dancing and entertainment.
 
Procession of All Saints
At Goa Vellha on 5th Monday in Lent. Thirty status of the saints are brought out from storage and paraded around the neighboring villages. The main road through Goa Velha generally becomes blocked with the traffic as people from all over Goa are also drawn to the fair.
 
Haryana
Baisakhi
Baisakhi Festival falls on April 13th or April 14th and marks the beginning of the solar year. People of North India, particularly Punjab thank God for good harvest. Visit to Gurudwaras, Vaisakhi processions and traditional performances are the highlights of the day. Baisakhi has special significance for Sikhs as on this day in 1699, their tenth Guru Gobind Singh Ji organized the order of the Khalsa.
 
Himachal Pradesh
Chaitti
According to the vikrami calendar the new year begins in the month of Chaitra. The first day of this month (Chaitra Sankranti) is considered very important and is celebrated all over the state. Two colourful festivals are celebrated during this month . One is Navratri and the other is Ralli Puja. In some corner of the house which faces east a plant is covered with soil and sown with barley seeds, coconut, symbolising the goddess Bhagwati is also placed near it. For nine days the ritual 'puja' is performed there and on the tenth day (Dashami) the barley shoots are distributed all over the village. These shoots are known as Riholi and they are said to symbolise the goddess Durga Bhagwati.
 
Basoa or Bishu
On the first day of the month of Baisakh the aboriginals and the farming folk celebrate the Basoa festival. Three days before the festival, people make little cakes with Kodra (a coarse grain) flour and wrap them up in leaves. After three days the cakes ferment, then on the morning of the festival day people invite the married daughters and other relatives and break and eat these cakes with honey and sweet water flavoured with jaggery. A ritual song is sung on this occasion.
 
Jammu & Kashmir
Baisakhi
Baisakhi Festival falls on April 13th or April 14th and marks the beginning of the solar year. People of North India, particularly Punjab thank God for good harvest. Visit to Gurudwaras, Vaisakhi processions and traditional performances are the highlights of the day. Baisakhi has special significance for Sikhs as on this day in 1699, their tenth Guru Gobind Singh Ji organized the order of the Khalsa.
 
Mahavir Jayanti
On Mahavir Jayanthi, Jain temples are decorated with flags. In the morning the idol of Mahavira is given a ceremonial bath called the 'abhishek'. It is then placed in a cradle and carried in a procession around the neighbourhood. The devotees will make offerings of milk, rice, fruit, incense, lamps and water to the people in procession. Some sections of the community even participate in a grand procession. Lectures are held to preach the path of virtue. People meditate and offer prayers. Donations are collected to save the cows from slaughter. Pilgrims from all parts of the country visit the ancient Jain Temples at Girnar and Palitana in Gujarat on this day.
 
Jharkhand
Belgada Mela Simaria
The probable year of its origin is 1920 and this is principally a cattle fair held in Baisakh purnima.
 
Karnataka
Sri Ramanavami
Ram Navami is a festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Rama, the son of King Dasharath. It was a joyous occasion in Ayodhya all those centuries ago when King Dasharath's heir was finally born. It was like a dream come true for the king as the lack of an heir had troubled him sorely for many years.
 
Kerala
Parumala Perunnal
Parumala Perunnal, the glorious festival celebrated in Kerala is one of the most famous celebrations held in the evergreen state of India. Parumala Perunnal in Kerala is celebrated at Parumala St. Peter's & St. Paul's Orthodox Church, Parumala, Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta. Parumala Perunnal Kerala is a festival where life at Kerala comes to halt. Parumala Perunnal Kerala is celebrated at a convenient place making it easier for the tourists to reach the place and find grace in the occasion
 
Maharastra
Gudi Padwa
This festival marks the beginning of New Year in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka.This festival is known as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra.Gudi Padwa is considered one of the four most auspicious days in the year when people start new ventures.It is believed that Lord Brahma, created the world on this day and so he is worshipped specially at this time.Lord Vishnu too is said to have incarnated as Matsya, the fish, on this day.
 
Manipur
Cheiraoba - The Manipur NewYear
During the festival, people clean and decorate their houses and prepare special festive dishes which are first offered to various deities. Celebrated during the month of April, a part of the ritual entails villagers climbing the nearest hill tops in belief that it will enable them to rise to greater heights in their worldly life. The Pangals (Manipuri Muslims) also observe it.
 
Meghalaya
Shad-Suk Mynsiem
This colorful festival of Meghalaya is in fact a thanksgiving festival celebrated during the season of spring all over Khasi hills. The beautiful maidens adorn themselves in traditional finery and men-folk in vibrant colored costumes participate with much enthusiasm in the traditional dance to the accompaniment of drum beats and other musical instruments.
 
Orissa
Chaita Parva
Chaita Parva is one of the most celebrated tribal festivals in Orissa. Replete with animal sacrifices, singing, drinking and dances, Chaita Parva is also your gateway to discover the age-old traditions of tribal communities in Orissa, India, before most of them disbanded to join the modern world.Tourism of Orissa offers you a chance to explore Orissa through its intriguing tribal festivals and fairs on your tour of festivals in Orissa.
 
Punjab
Baisakhi
Dancing is one of the most prominent aspects of Baisakhi celebrations in Punjab. Most popular form of dance for the occasion is Bhangra and Gidda, the folk dance for men and women respectively. To celebrate the harvest festival of Baisakhi men and women dress themselves in traditional attire and get together in open fields and dance to the fast paced beat of the dhol.
 
Rajasthan
Mewar Festival
An exhilarating welcome to spring, this festival is a visual feast with Rajasthani songs, dances, processions, devotional music and firework displays. It is celebrated in the romantic city of Udaipur during the Gangaur Festival. A procession of colourfully attired women carrying the images of the goddess Gauri make their way to the Lake Pichola. An unusual procession of boats on the lake offers a fitting finale to this splendid celebration.
 
Tripura
Ker and Garia Pujas Puja
Ker and Garia Pujas: Ker and Garia Pujas are traditional tribal festivals of Tripura. Ker is celebrated two weeks after Kharchi Puja. The guardian deity of Vastu Devata is Ker the literal meaning of which is boundary or specified area. A large piece of bamboo when curved and twisted in a particular fashion takes the image of Ker. It is believed that in the ancient times, rulers used to perform this Puja for the general wellbeing of the people of the state. There are two age old beliefs which lie behind the ritualistic incantation of a specified boundary for the Ker Puja. The first one is to protect the interest of the people from any calamities, diseases, misfortunes and destitution. The other is to protect people against any external aggression. Offering and sacrifices constitute an important aspect of Ker Puja.
 
Ganga Puja
After Navanna; the festival of new rice, Ganga Puja is celebrated in March-April every year. This is another remarkable tribal festival. Ganga, it may be recalled, is one of the fourteen deities of the land. Like Garia Puja, this too is a community festival. People gather by the streamside, pare three piece of bamboo into beautiful flowers, the villagers then build a temple with bamboos in the middle of the stream, and the ageless rituals take place amidst joy and splendour. God is propitiated by the sacrifice of goats, buffaloes and ganders to save the people from any epidemic.
 
Uttar Pradesh
Barabanki Mela
Dewa Sharif is a pilgrimage town that is situated just 40 odd Kilometers from Lucknow and 12 kilometers from the district headquarter of Barabanki. This pilgrimage site has a special place in the history of Awadh because of its efforts towards secularism in an otherwise communally volatile province. The place is renowned as the birthplace of Hajji Waris Ali Shah who was to influence the lives of many generations of people with his message of universal love for humanity.
 
Uttrakhand
Harela and Bhitauli
On the first day of the navaratris (nine day holy period) of the month of Chaitra women fill baskets with soil and sow seven types of grains in them. The grains germinate symbolizing the future harvest. These yellow leaves, called Harela, are cut on the tenth day and people put them on their heads and behind their ears. During the month of Chaitra (March-April) brothers send presents to their sisters. These presents are called Bhitauli.
 
The Jageshwar Fair
This fair is held on the fifteenth day of the month of Baishakh (late March or early April) at the Shiva temple in Jageshwar. During the fair people take holy dips in the Brahma Kund (pool) and worship Lord Shiva. On this day, fairs are also held in many other places.
 
 
 
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