Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming fairs and festivals of India in March 2019. If you’re spending time in India in the month of March, then Goa, Rajasthan, and Kerala are the places you must visit.
Upcoming fairs and festivals of India in March 2019:
- International Yoga Festival:
Date: 1 – 7 March 2019
Venue: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
The International Yoga festival is for you if your objective is to get your mind, body, and soul to synchronize. This is a 7-day event that takes place at many ashrams in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. Thousands of people from all over the world come and take part in this festival.
- Parippally Gajamela:
Date: 4 March 2019
Venue: Parippally Kodimoottil Sri Bhadrakaali Temple, Kollam district, Kerala
Gajamela is a festival that is the celebration of elephants observed in a small district in the Indian state of Kerala. ‘Gajam’ means elephant and ‘Mela’ means a fair. India has always been known to be a land where elephants are worshipped and used in wars and in festivals. The Parippally Gajamela is a perfect way to observe India as was read in the old tales.
- Goa Carnival
Date: 2 – 5 March 2019
Goa celebrates its annual carnival with fun and enthusiasm. There are grand dance and music performances and great food to rev up all your senses.
The parade goes through the city of Panjim and other major cities to spread the message of merrymaking. The Goa carnival ends with Red and Black Ball dance and the crowning of King Momo (Ball takes place at Clube National in Panjim).
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- Maha Shivratri:
Date: 4th March 2019
Venue: This festival is celebrated all over India.
Maha Shivratri also known as the Night of Shiva is celebrated on the day when Lord Shiva is believed to have performed his cosmic Tandava dance – the source of the cycle of creation, preservation, and destruction. Devotees worship Lord Shiva to gain release from the cycle of death and rebirth. It is celebrated all over India in every Shiva temple.
- Braj Holi Mahotsav
Date: 16-17 March 2019.
Venue: Bharatpur, Deeg and Kaman in Rajasthan.
The Braj Holi festival is dedicated to Lord Krishna, who is believed to have spent much of his childhood in the Braj region. It is a festival that celebrates the love between Goddess Radha and Lord Krishna. People dress up as Radha and Krishna, sing, dance, and throw colour on each other.
- Painkuni Festival:
Date: 14-23 March 2019.
Venue: Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Trivandrum, Kerala.
This 10-day festival is celebrated by the royal family of Travancore (a former princely state in south Kerala), sees towering fibreglass statues of the Pandavas (characters of Hindu epic, the Mahabharata) placed at the eastern entrance to the temple to pray the Rain God, Indra.
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Date: 20-21 March 2019
Venue: All over India
Holi is a festival that is celebrated all over the country. It is a two-day celebration where on the first-day the victory of good over evil is celebrated by lighting a bonfire which is called Holi or Holika Dahan. On the second day, the festival is celebrated with colours.
- Jaipur Elephant Festival:
Date: 21st March 2019
Venue: Jaipur, Rajasthan
Jaipur Elephant festival is all about showing respect towards all living things. This festival is dedicated to the Indian God Ganesha who is symbolized by the elephant. This festival takes place on the day of Holi. Various cultural programs are organized and the animals are adorned with beautiful ornaments and take part in a ceremonial procession. The city celebrates the festival with colours, music and dance which gives you the opportunity to let loose yourself in the merriment.
- Malanada Kettukazcha: Date: March 22-23, 2019.
Venue: Poruvazhi Malanada temple, Adoor, Pathanamthitta district, Kerala.
At this festival, different temple structures are made, decorated and are carried in a procession accompanied by a traditional orchestra of drums.
Date: March 20-30, 2019
Venue: Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh.
If you’re interested in a traditional tribal festival don’t miss the Myoko festival of the Apatani Tribe. It includes rituals for prosperity, fertility, purification and sacrifice that are done by the priest, and many interesting cultural events such as folk performances and processions are performed.
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