|Fairs / Festivals March 2018|
|March 1st, 2018||Holika Dahan||All India|
|March 2nd, 2018||Holi||All India|
|March 20th, 2018||Nowruz||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 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.
Holi, the festival of colours is celebrated all over India with great fervour to welcome the season of spring. Mathura, Vrindavan and Nandgaon in Uttar Pradesh are the bastions of Holi celebrations. Based on the love legends of Radha and Krishna, it is believed that Krishna played with water colours with the Gopis in Vrindavan. The day before Holi is Holika Dahan, when a bonfire is lit to burn all the evil and to bring in positivity. It is believed that on this day, the Demon Holika sat on a pyre with Prahalad to kill him, and instead she herself perished in the fire.
Celebrations: People celebrate holi with water balloons and dry colours called Gulal. In many places pyramid-type arrangement is made with a pot of buttermilk hung very high up in the street. Men climb up this pyramid to break the pot, in the same way as Lord Krishna did when he was a child. On this day people forget their enmity towards each other and revive age old friendships. In Haryana Holi is celebrated as 'Dulandi Holi', in Shantiniketan as 'Basant Utsav' and in West Bengal as 'Dol Yatra'. 'Hola Mohalla' at Anandpur Sahib, is held the day just after Holi.
The day after Holika Dahan is celebrated as Rangwali Holi in all four corners of India. People apply ‘Tilak of Gulal’ and hug each other cheering “Holi hai bhai Holi Hai, Bura na mano Holi Hai”. Kid’s play with paint balls and water guns. This festival marks the onset of spring bringing warmth in air. It arouses the feeling of Unity among people of different caste, creed and religion. It is a marvelous chance of forgiving all the past feuds and start afresh with blessings of our loved ones. There is a scientific reason as well, to Holi celebrations. Since it falls in spring season, the transitional phase of winter and summer, to make the climate change acceptable by the body, this festival of colors is celebrated .
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|
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.