India is truly incredible as it offers year-round festivity, joy and fun. No matter, whichever is the month, there are several occasions, festivals and events to let joy and gaiety prevail.
1) Holi – Holi, the color of festivals is the much-awaited annual festival celebrated across India with flower petals, colors, water and paint. The festival marks the victory of good over the evil and to celebrate it people smear and throw colors over one another, spray water and make merry.
The entire day is enjoyed in drenching one another in the colored water and coloring one another with different colors amid loud songs and festivity. A few people sing songs while others dance to their tunes. They distribute sweets and hug each other to increase brotherhood.
This day creates several unique scenes of coloring one another, with groups of people dancing and running after one another in the streets to drench each other and apply colors. They held one another and throw them in water tanks. People from their rooftops throw water over others, who are indulged in dancing and playing Holi in the streets.
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With all colored, drenched and dancing with amazing color clouds formed over them from colors thrown in the air, it results in an exciting environment all around, which everyone loves to record as videos and capture in their shutterbugs besides taking hundreds and thousands of selfies throughout the day. Tourists from far off places come to Vrindavan, Mathura, Barsana, Braj, Jaipur and several other places to partake in the festival and capture the mesmerizing moments to store them as lifelong memories. And all this has made Holi as one of the most happening Festivals in North India.
This year Holi is on 10th March 2020.
2) International Yoga Festival: International Yoga Festival is celebrated throughout the country on 1st March every year. Tourists from more than 80 countries throng to India to participate in this festival and attend yoga classes. Besides yoga, this day observes spiritual discourse, Indian classical dance workshops, vegetarian cookery classes and several other events associated with Indian ancient traditions and culture. It is one of the most sought after Festivals in India.
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand and Varanasi are the epicenters of the International Yoga Festival, wherein the entire day is spent in yoga and other related activities.
3) Chapchar Kut: Chapchar Kut is celebrated as a harvest festival exclusively in Aizwal, the capital city of the Northeastern Indian state Mizoram. This festival is named after bamboo. It is celebrated to enjoy the harvest of bamboo that is cut and dried for burning or further cultivating. The festival witnesses a unique dance, known as ‘Cheraw’, the traditional bamboo dance and is performed by the local people. The women dance by jumping between the bamboo sticks while men sit on the ground and beat the bamboo sticks together while making a matrix of them.
Also, there are several other dance performances throughout the entire day along with displays of traditional handicrafts, flower shows, concerts and other activities. Several colorful stalls for traditional local delicious food further add spice to the occasion.
4) Attukal Pongala: Attukal Pongala is celebrated in Trivandrum, situated in the south Indian state of Kerala. It is one of the famous South India festivals, often visited by several tourists. This day is marked with community cooking of special offerings for the goddess Attukalama. All the ladies cook this special offering individually in a large gathering. The gathering is so large, that it made the festival enter the Guinness world record for being the largest Women gathering cooking together clocking to 1.5 million in 1997. And from then, the figure is increasing year over year.
Besides these festivals, there are many other festivals like Ezhara Ponnana, a spectacular possession of golden elephants celebrated in Kerala, Chinakkathoor Pooram, another colorful possession of decorated elephants with traditional drumming celebrated in Kerala, and the Eternal Mewar Holika Dahan celebrated in Rajasthan that draws thousands of tourists to partake in them.
5) Ganguar: Ganguar, the festival of processions of beautiful ladies dressed in colourful traditional clothes carrying idols of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, the main Hindu Deity draws tourists from across the world.
It is celebrated to commemorate Goddess Parvati coming home with her concert Lord Shiva for 18 days to bless her friends with fortune and marriage.
The entire place wears a festival look with sparkling decoration and huge idols of Gods stalled on both sides of the roads with music carrying on for the entire day. The long queues of well-dressed women wearing traditional clothes, with hands full of colored-stones studded bangles, following dancing women amid local musical bands transform the entire environment to give it a heavenly look.
Tourists and other visitors come from far off places to visit Udaipur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Nathdwara and Bikaner, the hotspots of Ganguar festival, to witness and click the grandiose and magnificence of this centuries-old festival.
Vue India Tours, an established Travel and Tour company provides several exciting packages for Indian Festivals in March. They, however, also provide various packages of different tours to India.