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Festivals of March
 
Arunachal Pradesh
The Ojiyale Festival
Festivals is one of the essential aspect of the socio-cultural life of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. The festivals showcases the culture of the people. As agricultural is the mainstay of the people, the festivals that are celebrated by the people reflect this occupation. The Ojiyale Festival, Arunachal Pradesh is one of the festivals among these. The wanchos celebrate their popular festival, The Ojiyale Festival, Arunachal Pradesh during MArch - April, for a period of six to 21 days.
 
The Mopin Festival
Monpas have a colourful festive heritage. The festivals are related with agricultural practices and religious events.
 
Bihar
Holi
The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'.
 
Chattisgarh
Bhagoria Festival
Held a week ago Holi, a Hindu festival, the Festival that originated in the Bhils dominated Jhabua district allows you to officially elope with your lover. The devotees worship the god of dance Bahgoradav on this occasion.
 
Goa
Shigmoutsav
In the Goan villages celebration of Shigmo Utsav goes on from 9th moon day to full-moon day in the last Hindu month Phalguna. 11th Moon day to the 15th moon day are considered as the peak of festival, during these days people come out in colorful dresses and enjoy the drum beats with dances. Folk groups presents vibrant performances during the celebration.
 
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.
 
Gujarat
Holi
The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'.
 
Haryana
Holi
The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'.
 
Himachal Pradesh
Holi
The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'.
 
Chaitraul
Chaitrual is a popular festival of the Sirmaur area. It is celebrated in the month of Chaitra on a certain day in the bright fortnight of the moon. On this day the walls in the house are cleared, painted and decorated with figures of male animals and crops symbolising plenty. It is also known as festival of pictures. The Harijans are fed and the family deities are taken out into the fields where the people cook a special delicacy known as Poltu. Sometime people place the deity in the middle of the fields and cook a special savoury gruel as offering. As they are driven back, the wheels of the chariots of the gods are brushed with thorny twigs. At some places clay pots are broken to chase away evil spirits.
 
Sajo
This is a festival in which the people bid farewell to the village deities. In the villages the palanquins of the gods are laid open and the doors of temples are closed. It is believed that this is the period when the gods depart for the heavens for a short spell of rest. Floors of the temples are cleaned and polished in the hope that the gods will throw good things from the heaven upon them. This festival comes in the spring month of Magh or Falgun. On this day the many delicacies are cooked and eaten. This day the spirit of the god may descend on his devotees.
 
Faguli
This is the spring time (Falgun) festival of the tribals. In Kinnaur this is connected with Basant Panchami. On this day people shoot arrows at a portrait of Ravana drawn on a paper. The houses are cleaned and the monsoon gods are welcomed by name. There are many local stories about these ritual shooting of arrows at Ravana's portrait. If an arrow hits home it is taken to be a sign of the victory of gods over demons in the heaven. The blowing of conchshells is forbidden because it might divert the attention of the gods engaged in a brave battle against the demons up in the heavens.
 
Jammu & Kashmir
Holi
The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'.
 
Navroz
Jamshed-E-Navroz is the first day of the first month of the Zoroastrian year. Parsis follow the Fasli calendar and their New Year commences with the Vernal Equinox. The festival is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm. The community dutifully follows all the rituals performed during Jamshed-e-Navroze. Parsis offer special prayers on the day savour the fixed menu of the festival and greet each other.
 
Tihar
Tihar is a popular and interesting festival celebrated in Bhadarwah and Kishtwar in the months of Chaitra (March-April). Springs and baulis receive a spring-cleaning followed by worship of nagas (serpents) on the following day. Rice and floral offerings are made during the worship. Sankrant or the beginning of a month (in Bikrami era) is considered to be a sacred day by the Hindus. On this day, women bathe in rivers and observe a day's fast.
 
Jharkhand
Barura Sharif
The traditional history of Jharkhand tells the story of a famous Sufi Saint who came and visited Jharkhand in the latter half of the 18th century. This renowned saint, Data Amir Ali Shah was highly respected by all because of the influence and impact he had on the mass by the virtue of his simplicity, love, humanity, purity and miracles. His shrine is located at the Barura Sharif, on the banks of the river Sat Bahini in Pratappur in Jharkhand. He is respected and all people, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, just the way he served humanity without looking into their caste, creed or religion. The shrine at Barura Sharif is located only 12 kilometers from Pratappur and presents a quiet and picturesque sight.
 
Holi
The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'
 
Karnataka
Ugadi
The New year festival or Ugadi comes close on the heels of Holi. While the strong colors of Holi start fading away, the freshness of spring lingers on with sprightliness all around. The flame of the forest (trees with bright red flowers that blossom during holi) are in full bloom signifying an affluent season.It is believed that the creator of the Hindu pantheon Lord Brahma started creation on this day - Chaitra suddha padhyami or the Ugadi day. Also the great Indian Mathematician Bhaskaracharya's calculations proclaimed the Ugadi day from the sunrise on as the beginning of the new year, new month and new day.
 
Karaga
Held at the renowned Dharmaraya Swamy Temple in Bangalore, the Karaga festival is a celebration of goddess Shakti. The festival, which starts on the full moon day of Chaitra and lasts for nine days, derives its name from the earthen pot in which the goddess is invoked. Started by a Tamil-speaking community of gardeners called Thigalars, the Karaga festival is a fiesta of spectacular rituals and processions. Just after dusk on the Karaga day, a priest of the Dharmaraya temple sets out from the temple precariously balancing an earthen pot bedecked with flowers.
 
Kerala
Thitambu Nritham
Thidambu Nritham is a form of dance associated with temple festivals. Believed to be over 600 years old, a typical Thidambu Nritham features a man carrying the decorated image of the presiding deity of the temple. Wearing a skirt of pleated cloth, a silk vest, ornaments and a decorated head gear called Ushnipeetam the dancer moves around outside the sanctum sanctorum. Various stages of dancing are involved and the dancer is usually accompanied by a group of artistes, playing percussions and couple of men holding traditional brass lamps.
 
Arattupuzha_pooram
Arattupuzha is a culturally significant village located in Thrissur district of Kerala. This village, about 15 km from the town of Thrissur is renowned for the annual festival called Arattupuzha Pooram. It is a festival that takes place with the Sree Sastha Temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, as the nerve centre. It is believed that during the festival period, Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity at the Sree Sastha Temple is visited by gods and goddesses of the neighbouring villages
 
Attuvela_Mahotsavam
The Attuvela Mahotsavam is a grandiose water carnival as opposed to many of usual temple festivals celebrated in God's own country, Kerala where elephants play an important role and is a centre of attraction.The festival is continued for two days. The Attuvela Mahotsavam is associated with the Elankavu Bhagavathy temple, sited at Vadayar village 3 kilometers far from Vaikom, of Kottayam district in Kerala. Goddess Bhagavathy is installed and worshipped in this temple. The festival is celebrated in ‘Meenam' month of Malyalam calendar which corresponds to March-April of Gregorian calendar.
 
Thirunakkara Arattu
The 10 day Thirunakkara Arattu is another of Kerala's famous temple festivals. As is the norm with these festivals, the highlight is a procession of decorated elephants. Accompanied by drummers and other performers, they carry the temple god to be bathed. Nine elephants usually participate in the Thirunakkara Arattu. Other attractions of the festival are traditional Kathakali dancers, which perform throughout the night on the third and fourth days of the festival, and folk arts such as the Mayilattom (peacock dance) in the temple compound.
 
Uthralikavu Pooram
This Kerala temple festival is dedicated to the Goddess Kali. In the evening, be delighted by rituals and folk art performances under the glow of traditional temple lamps. The highlight of the Uthralikavu Pooram is an all night elephant pageant, backed by resounding traditional drumming.
 
Madhya Pradesh
Bahgoriya
Bhagoria Haat is the colorful festival of the Bhils and the Bhilalas. This festival is held particularly in the district of West Nimar and Jhabua and the ‘haat' is held actually in the nature of a mass ‘Svayamvara' or a marriage market.
 
Maharastra
Holi
Holi is a vibrant festival in Maharashtra. It is a carnival of colors and costumes. Men wear new clothes at the day's end while along the day they play colors with their loved ones, friends and family members. Moreover the gourmets find an excellent opportunity to gratify their taste buds from the exquisite delicacy known as Puranpoli.To the inhabitants of Maharashtra the festival of colors is commonly known as the Shimga or the Rangpanchami. This carnival is very popular among the fisher folks and is accompanied with merry making and drinking. While they dance the fisher folks are relieved of all their pains and qualms; they seem to incarnate into a new rhythm of life.
 
Ellora Festival
Ellora Festival is mainly a festival of dance and music, which is held every year in the month of March.The festival is organized against the magnificent backdrop of World famous Ellora cave temple. Ellora festival showcases the best talents and is a best way to feel the magnificent caves, which narrates of centuries old history and culture. The MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation) organizes the annual event in which well-known artists present their music and dance. The venue surrounded by 1,400 years old cave and rock cut temples provide a perfect ambience to enchant the Gods, Goddesses and art lovers.
 
Mizoram
Chapchar Kut
Chapchar Kut is celebrated in the month of March. It is the start of spring and nature starts playing with colour. This heralds the festive mood in the lives of Mizos and they prepare themselves to celebrate Chapchar Kut, the festival of happiness. It is considered to be the most important traditional festival of Mizoram and is celebrated with great pomp and splendour.
 
Orissa
Holi
The tradition followed in Orissa is quite similar to that of West Bengal with only minor region specific changes. For instance, Holi assumes the name of 'Dol Purnima' here also, but instead of placing the idols of Krishna and Radha on the swing they place the idol of Lord Jagannath. This is so because of the famous temple of Jagannath at Puri. Besides, Jagannath is only a synonym of Krishna.The palanquin - with the idol of Lord Jagannath on it is taken out in a procession around the main streets of the city. Devotees take turn to swing it while women dance around it and sing devotional songs. All this while men keep spraying coloured water and colour powder, 'abeer' at them.
 
Punjab
Holi
In Punjab and Haryana, Holi is celebrated in a yet interested way. The brides of the families hang a pot of buttermilk high up in the streets and challenge to their brothers-in-law, who try to get to break the pot by forming a human pyramid. Women try to stop them by beating them with their saris rolled up as ropes. This mock-drama is staged to commemorate the playful pranks of child Krishna, who would steal milk, butter and curd from the maids' houses. In the evening, the brothers-in-law bring sweetmeats for the women of the house for their contribution in keeping the family united. The color play also takes place simultaneously.
 
Martyr Festival
Martyrs- Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were the prominent personnel who sacrificed their lives to save the country from the British Rule. They were educated, modern, and with a modern outlook; they did not believe in the policy of Non-Violence as sermonized by Gandhi.They earnestly believed that the country can only be saved from the grasp of the British domination by the policy of Extremism and they were engaged in active struggle against the British. So, they were hanged on 23rd March and this day is observed with reverence and admiration.
 
Hola Mohalla Anandpur Sahib
Holla Mohalla is an annual festival celebrated in Punjab in the month of March. This Sikh festival is magnificently celebrated at Muktsar and Anandpur Sahib. It stretches on for three days. Holla Mohalla is also a community event uniting people in an atmosphere of caring and sharing. The festival also reminds of the gallantry of Sikhs who struggled with the enemies of the land. The festival begins with early morning prayers at the gurudwaras. People sing kirtans and perform kar seva. Other cultural activities are ceremoniously performed in the evening.Holla Mohalla witnesses special programmes of songs and stories about the life, wisdom and valor of the ten Sikh gurus. Music, dance and poetry competitions are also organized at various venues. Holla Mohalla festival ends with a procession through major gurudwaras of town.
 
Rajasthan
Elephant Festival
The Elephant Festival is a unique event held annually in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Groomed to perfection, glittering in gold, row upon row of elephants catwalk before an enthralled audience. The elephants move gracefully in procession, run races, play the regal game of polo, and finally participate in the spring festival of Holi. It is festival time for the elephants.
 
Gangaur Festival
The Gangaur Festival is the colourful and most important local festival of Rajasthan and is observed throughout the State with great fervour and devotion by womenfolk who worship Gauri, the consort of Lord Shiva during July-Aug. It is the celebration of monsoon, harvest and marital fidelity in Jaipur.Gan is a synonym for Shiva and Gaur which stands for Gauri or Parvati who symbolises saubhagya (marital bliss). Gauri is the embodiment of perfection and conjugal love which is why the unmarried women worship her for being blessed with good husbands, while married women do so for the welfare, health and long life of their spouses and a happy married life.
 
Sikkim
Holi
The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'
 
Tamil Nadu
Arubathimoovar Festival
This 8th century Pallava temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated in the traditional part of Chennai at Mylapore. The main deity, Lord Shiva, is worshipped as "Kapaleeshwarar" and Goddess Parvati as "Karpagambal". The temple is very famous and attracts thousands of devotees especially during festival days.The bronze idols of the 63 Nayanmars, the saints who were devotees of Lord Shiva are placed within the Kapaleeshwarar Sannadhi. The Nayanmars glorified Lord Shiva with enchanting hymns. In March - April during the Arubathimoovar festival all the Nayanmars are taken in a colourful procession through the streets of Mylapore.
 
Tripura
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
Holi
Celebrations in UP are not just restricted to Mathura and Vrindavan. Rather, every nook and corner of the state gets wrapped in the multitude hues of the Holi. In this rather, conservative state Holi gives license to the youth to mingle freely and give colourful expressions to their feelings for each other.Not to be missed are the mouthwatering delicacies the state has for the festival. Gujiaya, mathri, dahi badas are a must besides many others festival goodies.
 
Ramnavami
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. In northern India especially, an event that draws popular participation is the Ramnavami procession. The main attraction in this procession is a gaily decorated chariot in which four persons are dressed up as Rama, his brother Laxman, his queen Sita and his disciple Hanuman.People observe a waterless (nirjala) fast on this day. Arti at noon, the time of Lord Rama's birth, is performed in all Ram mandirs in India and abroad. The festival is celebrated with great eclat especially in four major pilgrim places, namely, in Nasik, Tirupati, Rameshwar and Ayodhya
 
Uttrakhand
Phool Dei
Phool Dei is celebrated on the first day of the month of Chaitra in mid March and on this day young girls conduct most of the ceremonies. In some places this festival is celebrated throughout the month with the advent of spring.
 
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.
 
Khari Holi and Baithaki Holi
The uniqueness of the Kumaoni Holi lies in its being a musical affair, whichever may be its form, be it the Baithki Holi, the Khari Holi or the Mahila Holi. The Baithki Holi and Khari Holi are unique in that the songs on which they are based have touch of melody, fun and spiritualism. These songs are essentially based on classical ragas. No wonder then the Baithki Holi is also known as Nirvan Ki Holi. The Baithki Holi begins from the premises of temples, where Holiyars (the professional singers of Holi songs) as also the people gather to sing songs to the accompaniment of classical music.
 
West Bengal
Holi
Holi by the name of Basant Utsav is celebrated with fervour in the state of West Bengal. The tradition of Vasantotsav, meaning Spring Festival was started by poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Shantiniketan, the University he founded. What is appreciated is the grace and diginified manner in which Vasant Utsav is celebrated in West Bengal as compared to boisterous Holi witnessed in most parts of India. Boys and girls joyfully welcome Spring, the season of hope not just with colours but with songs, dance, chanting of hymns in the serene ambiance of Shantiniketan. Anybody who got a chance to witness this elegant way of celebrating Holi in Bengal remembers it with fond memory for the rest of his life.
 
Mahavir Jayanti
Bhagwan Mahavira is an ideal in Jainism who taught the world the essence of life. He taught all of us the right way of living the life.The day of his birth is celebrated in a massive procession around the cities. The jains make offerings of milk, rice, fruit, incense, lamps and water to the poor people that day. All sections of the community 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 and to help poor people by providing them food. Pilgrims from all parts of the country visit the ancient Jain Temples at pawapuri, Kundalpur and Parsvanath on this day.
 
 
 
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