Last Updated: 22nd March, 2019

Festivals of India, April - 2019

Fairs / Festivals April 2019
Month Festival Place
April 06, 2019 Gudi Padwa South India
April 06, 2019 Ugadi South India
April 06 - 14, 2019 Navratri Northern India
April 14, 2019 Ram Navami Northern India
April 14, 2019 Baisakhi Punjab
April 14, 2019 Tamil New Year Tamil Nadu
April 15, 2019 Naba Barsha West Bangal
April 15, 2019 Vishu Kerala

 

April in India is indeed a time for new beginnings as most states of the country celebrate their New Year as per the Hindu Lunar Calendar. Here is a peek at the important festivals of April:

Ugadi/Gudi Padwa:

When: April 6th, 2019

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.


Navratri

When: April 6th- April 14th, 2019

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
2019 06 - April Saturday

 

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!
Shubhkamnaayen!
Kabhi na ho dukhon se saamna
Pug pug Maa Durga ka ashirvaad mile!
yahi hai hamaari taraf se Navratri ki shubhkaamna !

Ram Navami

When: April 14th, 2019

Ram Navami is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Rama. It is celebrated all over India with great religious fervour.

Celebrations: People conduct puja at home on the occasion of Ram NAvami. Processions are taken out in Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Rama. In Bhadrachalam in Andhra Pradesh a ceremonial wedding of Ram and Sita is organised.

Ram Navami Messages

May Lord Ram Shower his blessings on you and your Family !
I wish joy, Harmony and Prosperity on
Ram Navmi for you and your Family.
Wishes on Ram navami!
Ram jinka nam hai,Ayodhya jinka dham hai,Aise raghunandan ko,hamara pranam hai Aapko aur apke parivarko Ram Navami ki hardik shubhkamnaye..
Shri Ram
Jai Ram
Jai Jai Ram
Happy Rama Navami
May Lord Rama bless you with Success, Happiness and Peace on the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami. Happy Rama Navami

 


Baisakhi

When: April 14th, 2019

Baisakhi is celebrated in Punjab as a harvest festival, as well as New Year and the commemoration of the Khalsa foundation. The festival is celebrated throughout Punjab and especially in Amritsar as people flock to the Golden Temple.

Celebrations: Bhangra, dancing to folk music, fairs, langar and feasting mark the occasion of Baisakhi. The entire state of Punjab dons a carnival-like look with street processions showcasing the colourful and rich heritage of Punjab.

Baisakhi Messages

Mere Dostan te Saheliyon nu
Mere verre te parjaya nu
Mere peena te jijeyan nu
Mere walo vaisakhi di lakh lakh wadhaayi hove ji
"Khalsa Mero Roop Hain Khaas, Khalsey Main Hun Karu Niwas"
Khalsa Panth De Sajna Diwas Di Lakh Lakh Wadhayi hove ji
Rabb Har Saal Ehoji Baisakhi Lyaavey
Mennu milyaa meraa maahi mele vich Rabb har saal ehoji baisakhi lyaavey Baisakhi
Bhangre paaea, Gidhe paaea
Aao sare milke Baisakhi da tyohaar manaaea
Tuhanu sareyan nu Baisakhi de tyohaar de lakh-lakh wadai hove ji...
Rab kare Baisakhi da tyohaar tuhade atte tuhade pariwaar lae bahut saiyaan khusiyan le ke aawe.
Happy Baisakhi...

 


Puthandu-Tamil New Year

When: April 14th, 2019

Tamil people celebrate Tamil New Year on 14th April every year, in the first month of the Tamil solar calendar called Chitterai. People of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India, Sri Lankan Tamils and Indian Tamils of Sri Lanka, and Tamils in Malaysia, Singapore, Réunion and Mauritius celebrate Puthandu

Celebrations: The evening before Puthandu, a tray containing fruits, betel leaves and arecanut, gold/silver jewellery, coins/money, flowers and a mirror is placed, and on the morning of the New Year, the family members see this tray first which is supposed to bring good luck for the rest of the year. There are fairs and exhibitions held all over Tamil Nadu. People wear new clothes, visit the temple and attend the reading of the alamanac. Rangoli or Kolams adorn the front of all the houses and there are family gatherings with great feasts.

Tamil New Year Messages/SMS

Let this Puthandu bring peace and affluence in the lives of all your family members.
May this Puthandu be a grand one for all of us.
Let this Puthandu usher a Good Year, both materially and religiously.
Puthandu Vazhtukal! Let the year be a delightful one – overflowing with pleasant things in each of its days.
From this Puthandu let’s take a step forward with hope and dreams in our minds. Make the most dare things possible in life.

 


Poila Baisakh- Bengali New Year

When: April 15th, 2019

Poila Baisakh / Naba Barsha is the celebration of Bengali New Year, and is celebrated on the first day of the month of Baisakh which is the first month of the Bengali Calendar.

Celebrations: The front of the houses is adorned with rangolis called alpanas. People wear new clothes and greet each other with “Shubho Naba Borsho”. It is the year ending for all business establishments, and new accounts are opened on this auspicious day. There are family get-togethers featuring the mouth watering delights of Bengal including sweets, vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

Bengali New Year Messages

Bochor seser jhora pata
bollo ure eshe,
Ekti bochor periye gelo
haoyar sathe vese,
Natun bochor asche taake
jotno kore rekho,
Swapno gulo sotti kore
vison valo theko.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Misti alor jhikimiki sobuj ghase ghase,
snighdho haway duliye matha fuler koli hase,
Pakhir gane poribese mayabi ek dhoa,
dilam tomay subho nababorsher chhoya.
Bondhu tomar bhalobas har janala khola rekho,
Moner akash meghla hole amay kintu deko....
Jhor bristi katiye abar dekhabo alor hasi,
Ami achhi, thakbo jeno tomar pasa-pasi.
Shubho Poila Boisakh!
Wishing a blessed and prosperous
Bengali New Year to you and your family.
Subho Poila Boisakh!
Let this year be one that brings you
peace, joy and fulfillment.
Happy Poila Boisakh!

 


Vishu Kani-Kerala New Year

When: April 15th, 2019

Vishu Kani is the Kerala New Year and falls in the month of Medam as per the Malayalam calendar. Vishu is celebrated to commemorate the killing of the demon Narakasura on this day by Lord Krishna. Another belief says that the Demon King Ravana never allowed the Sun God to rise from the East. It was after his death that the Sun God rose in the East for the first time on the day of Vishu.

Celebrations: Vishu is celebrated with great fervour by the Hindus of Kerala. Vishu Kani literally means the first sight in the morning. The people of kerala believe that on the day of Vishu it is auspicious to see a tray laden with raw rice, fresh lemon, golden cucumber, coconut, jack Fruit, Kanmashi Kajal, betel leaves, Cassia fistula, Kerala's state flower, areca nut, metal mirror, holy texts, coins and currency notes. People wear new clothes and have a feast of Sadhya, the traditional Kerala lunch consisting of 22 courses.

Vishu SMS

Let's usher the new beginning and banish all our worries. Happy Vishu to all!
Vishu promises of a new beginning and a fresh start. May this Vishu also bring new hopes to your life!
May this festival fill your life with blessings of wellbeing and happiness! Wish you a very Happy Vishu.
It's time to spread love and wish for a new start. Wishing you a happy Vishu!
Let's welcome Vishu with new hope at heart and with great enthusiasm, anticipation and eagerness.