Let’s beat the heat of April with great festivals around the corner. There are far too many festivals and events in April to celebrate to keep you busy and take your mind off the heat. Here’s the list of a mix of arts, culture, music, food festivals and festivals happening in various places across India.
Check out the best festival events in your city in the month of April:
It is one of the biggest festival of Kashmir. The Tulip is celebrated during this season for the flowering tulips. Srinagar is known for the largest Tulip garden in Asia. The festival features cultural programs such as Kashmiri folk songs, handicrafts, handlooms and traditional Kashmiri cuisine. There are more than 500 varieties of tulips to see.
Date: 25/03/2018 – 15/04/2018
Location: Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Srinagar, Kashmir. It’s located in the foothills of Zabarwan range, overlooking the Dal Lake.
2. The Aoling Festival Of the Konyak Tribe:
Konyak tribes celebrate this festival after completing sowing of seeds each year. The Aoling Festival, which marks the beginning of spring season and known for the Nagaland new year is very a very popular festival in Nagaland.
Date:1 Apr 2018 – 6 Apr 2018
3. Sankat Mochan Music Festival
A traditional Music festival, Sankat Mochan Music Festival was first time was held in 1923 and since then it has attracted many well known classical singers, musicians and dancers to perform from all over India. The celebration is the part of the Hanuman Jayanti.
Date: 4th to 9th April 2018
Location: Sankat Machan Hanuman temple, Varanasi Uttar Pradesh.
Baisakhi is a harvest festival in Punjab. It is celebrated as Punjabi new year as it was on this day that Guru Gobind Singh ji laid the foundation of Panth Khalsa. It is celebrated with huge pomp and show with feasting, Bhangra dancing, folk music and many fairs. A major celebration organized at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Date: April 14, 2018.
Location: Throughout the state of Punjab, particularly in Amritsar.
Rongali Bihu is one of the main festivals of Assam, North East India. Bihu festival is divided into three parts, such as Bohag Bihu, Rongali Bihu, and Kongali or Kati Bihu. A three-day long celebration, the festival signifies the time of harvest and generally falls in the second week of April. The day also marks beginning of Assamese New Year. Various cultural programs are held and special sweets are prepared like Lazarus, Pitha, etc. which are also low in fat.
Date:April 14-16 ,2018
Location: Assam, Noth East India.
6. Kadammanitta Padayani
Named after a village in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, Kadammanitta Padayani is a ten day long festival generally celebrated in April/May, starting from first day of Medam, a Malayalam month.Padayani, a famous dance form of Kerala is performed at the temple of Goddess Kadammanitta and you can witness extreme devotion, energy and color all around.
Date: April 14-21, 2018.
Location: Kadammanitta Devi Temple, Pathanamthitta district, Kerala.
7. Bhandara Festival
A unique festival in itself, the Bhandara festival resembles Holi. Celebrated 2 to 3 times in a year, the festival takes place on Somvati Amavasya. Dedicated to Lord Khandoba, a renowned fold deity, the festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm and devotees can be seen singing, dancing and throwing turmeric all around.
Date: April 16, 2018.
Location: Khandoba temple in Jejuri, about 1.5 hours southeast of Pune in Maharashtra.
8. Chithirai Festival
Chithirai Festival, one of the longest festivals which lasts about a month, is celebrated to unite Vishnavites and Shaivites as also by re-enacting the wedding of Lord Sundareswarar with Goddess Meenakshi. The festival attracts millions of devotees and the city of Madurai witnesses huge energy and celebrations all around.
Date: April 18-May 3, 2018.
Location: Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
9. Thrissur Pooram
It is one of the grandest festivals of Kerala temples, Thrissur Pooram with a unique attraction of 30 colorful decorated elephants and ensemble of 250 musicians. The huge festival is a kind of cultural event which runs through the night with cheerful celebrations.