|Fairs / Festivals March 2018|
|March 1st, 2018||Holika Dahan||All India|
|March 2nd, 2018||Holi||All India|
|March 18th-26th, 2018||Navratri||All India|
|March 18th, 2018||Gudi Padwa||Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & Maharashtra|
|March 18th, 2018||Ugadi||Andhra Pradesh & Maharashtra|
|March 20th, 2018||Nowruz||All India|
|March 25th, 2018||Ram Navami||All India|
|March 29th, 2018||Mahavir Jayanti||All India|
|March 31st, 2018||Hanuman Jayanti||All India|
March in India is a month for spring festivals, with various parts of the country welcoming the season of love in their own unique way. Let’s take a look at the festivals coming up in the month of March.
Chaitra Navratri is a nine-day festivity which starts on the first day of Hindu Luni-Solar calendar. Since Rama Navami falls on the ninth day of this festival, it is also known as Ram Navaratri. This Navaratri is more popular in the Northern part of India.
Celebrations: People observing this Navaratri fast the nine days with total abstinence from non-vegetarian food and alcohol. The nine days are dedicated to the nine forms of Goddess Shakti. On the ninth day Kumari pooja is done where 9 young girls symbolising the nine forms of Goddess Shakti are invited for puja. The prasad consists of puri, black chana and halwa.
|2016||8th - April||Friday|
|2017||28 - March||Tuesday|
|2018||18 - March||Sunday|
Ugadi and Gudi Padwa are the festivals to usher in the New Year in the month of Chaitra Shukla Pratipada as per Hindu Lunar Calender, and is celebrated by the people in the Deccan region including Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Celebrations: In Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh Ugadi is celebrated with great fanfare. The day begins with a ritual oil bath and prayers. Families then don new clothes and visit the temple to offer prayers. The almanac for the New Year is recited and prediction for the year is made by the family priest. There is an extended family reunion with a sumptuous feast of the local cuisine including Bevu Bella, a mixture of six ingredients symbolising sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, and surprise. In Maharashtra, the Gudhi, adorned in bright green or yellow cloth is hoisted outside the house where everyone can see it. The Gudhi symbolises victory of King Shalivahana over Sakas, Brahma’s Flag, the Brahmadhvaj, and Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana and his return to Ayodhya. . The people of Maharashtra spring clean the house before this festival and adorned in traditional wear There are many parades held in Mumbai with saree-clad women riding motor bikes and floats depiting the culture of Maharashtra. Apart from Puran Poli and Shrikhand, the feast also includes a neem paste.
21 March is recognized as the International Day of Nowruz,that marks the New Year and the arrival of spring with a message of peace for all as per Iranian tradition. Nowruz is an ancient celebration of renewal of life.It is a reminder of the ethics and pursuits that bind us all together, in mutual understanding, harmony and peace.
|2016||21 - March||Monday|
|2017||21 - March||Tuesday|
|2018||20 - March||Sunday|
Ram Navami is a Hindu festival which marks the birth of Lord Rama, who was the son of Dashrath, King of Ayodhya. As per the Vedic scriptures, Lord Rama was the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is said Lord Rama was born in the 'Treta Yug', which is the second time span, in which the establishment of Dharma took place. This is why Lord Ram is sometimes referred as “Maryada Purushottam Ram”. The day is marked to celebrate the greatness of the Lord as a son, husband and a king who adhered to Dharma.
Ram Navami is a spring festival and is celebrated on the ninth and final day of the Chaitra Navratri. It is a very popular festival and is celebrated among the Hindus across the world. This year Ram Navami will be celebrated on March 25, 2018.
To mark this day, the followers of Lord Rama recite bhajans, religious hymns, hold kirtans or read the Hindu epic 'Ramayana'. People believe that Lord Rama showers his blessings and good luck so they keep fasts throughout the day and make delicious dishes at night. People clean their houses and decorate them in a unique way. The festival is celebrated with full fervor and enthusiasm.
In some parts of southern India, this day is celebrated as the marriage day of Lord Rama and Sita.
In other parts of India, a religious chariot procession is organized by the devotees in which a chariot is beautifully decorated with flowers and garlands and the statues of Lord Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman are kept inside. It is to celebrate and remember the peaceful days of Lord Ram's reign. Sweets are prepared and distributed to people in the temples and other public places. This festival marks the victory of good and defeat of evil and also the establishment of the Dharma after removal of Adharma.
|2017||15 - April||Friday|
|2017||5 - April||Wednesday|
|2018||25 - March||Sunday|