India, being a land of multi-cultural diversities, lets everyone appreciate and experience the heterogeneity of cultures, fairs and festivals. A long list of vivid festivals welcome spring to the Indian subcontinent. March gives enough excuses for you to wander as everyone bids adieu to monochrome sceneries and welcomes the season of hues galore.
This March has in store something from all genres and styles, to keep you on your toes, all around the month and you will absolutely love it! Here is a list of the handpicked favorites.
1. International Yoga Festival
From 1st to 7th March, by the Ganges, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh hosts one of the most awaited global celebrations. Stretching over a week, the festival witnesses the yoga trainers and experts across the world who come and disperse their knowledge among everyone. Also, must-attend is the mystical Ganga Arti on the Ghats of the river Ganga that mesmerizes one and all.
2. Lathmar Holi
According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna came to Radha’s village to tease her, when he was chased away by the women of Barsana, where the only temple dedicated to Radha exists. Hence, Holi in Barsana UP is not mere a festival of color, but also lets women playfully hit men with sticks, while the men sing songs to tease them. The festival will happen on 13th & 14th March this year, so, this one is not to be missed ladies and gentlemen!
3. Jaipur Elephant Festival
Elephant festivals cover all over the calendar for March, one of these is the Jaipur Elephant Festival. The polychromatic, grand event takes place on the day of Holi, 13th March in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The Elephant Festival was initiated keeping in mind the heaps of tourists flooding the Pink City. Marked by a range of interesting activities, Jaipur’s day-long Elephant Festival is an event that should not be missed.
Goa’s biggest spring festival and their way of celebrating Holi is Shigmo. The 14-day long show of Goan ethnicity and mythology is displayed at the annual Shigmo parade from 16th to 31st March in various parts of Goa. This festival marks the change of seasons, with local dances, parades, drums and colors all around.
5. Paripally Gajamela
A dazzling and extortionate cavalcade of elephants, a ceremonial shadow puppet show, live orchestra and countless cultural practices meet at Paripally Kodimootil Sree Bhadrakaali Temple, Kollam to actualize the perfect Kerala festival. You can feast your eyes with the state’s popular elephant festival, Paripally Gajamela on 5th March.
So guys, March on! Celebrate and have fun.