Festivals of India, March - 2018

Fairs / Festivals March 2018
Month Festival Place
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

When: 18th - 26th March, 2018

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.


Year Date Day
2016 8th - April Friday
2017 28 - March Tuesday
2018 18 - March Sunday


Navratri SMS

Maa ka parv aaya
Hazaaron khushiyan laaya
Shubh navratri!
Maa Durga aapko
Bal, buddhi, sukh, aishwarya aur sampannta pradaan karen!
Jai mata di!
Navratri ki hardik shubhkamnayen!
Nav deep jalen
Nav phool khilen
Roz maa ka ashirvaad mile
Is navratri aapko wo sab mile jo aapka dil chaahta hai!
Kabhi na ho dukhon se saamna
Pug pug Maa Durga ka ashirvaad mile!
yahi hai hamaari taraf se Navratri ki shubhkaamna !

Ugadi/Gudi Padwa:

When: March 18th, 2018

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.


When: 20th March, 2018

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.

Year Date Day
2016 21 - March Monday
2017 21 - March Tuesday
2018 20 - March Sunday

Ram Navami

When: 25th March, 2018

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.


Year Date Day
2017 15 - April Friday
2017 5 - April Wednesday
2018 25 - March Sunday