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Fairs / Festivals March 2015
Month Festival Place
March 05, 2015 Holi All India
March 06, 2015 Rangwali Holi All India
March 22, 2015 Gudi Padwa Maharashtra
March 22, 2015 Ugadi South India
March 21, 2015 Nowruz .
March 21 to 29, 2015 Navratri All India
March 23, 2015 Navreh Kashmir
March 22, 2015 Jhulelal Jayanti All India
March 29, 2015 Ram Navami All India

India is known all over the world for its cultural and traditional festivals. Every month a festival celebration is commemorated. Since India is a secular country with diverse religions, languages, cultures, people are involved in many festivities. People of different religion have different cultural and traditional festivals. Certain festivals are celebrated by all the Indians throughout the nation. Every festival is unique in rituals and beliefs.

Here is a look at the festivals that take place in India in March every year- adding a little more fervor to the life.

  • Holi or Holika Dahan:The Indian mythology of Prahlad and Hiranyakshyap led to the tradition of Holika Dahan on the eve of rangwali Holi. As per the mythology, there was a powerful Demon king, Hiranyakshyap who considered himself God. However his own son Prahlad worshiped Lord Vishnu much against his father’s wishes. Hiranyakashyap then requested his sister Holika , Who had a blessing to enter fire unharmed,to get rid of his son. But, Prahlad came unscathed from fire in this evil connivance and Holika died. Since then, this day is celebrated as Holika Dahan with lightning of a bonfire, in which “Upali” are burnt as a symbol of burning all the negativity from one’s life.

  • Rangwali Holi: The day after Holika Dahan is celebrated as Rangwali Holi in all four corners of India. People apply ‘Tilak of Gulal’ and hug each other cheering “Holi hai bhai Holi Hai, Bura na mano Holi Hai”. Kid’s play with paint balls and water guns. This festival marks the onset of spring bringing warmth in air. It arouses the feeling of Unity among people of different caste, creed and religion. It is a marvelous chance of forgiving all the past feuds and start afresh with blessings of our loved ones. There is a scientific reason as well, to Holi celebrations. Since it falls in spring season, the transitional phase of winter and summer, to make the climate change acceptable by the body, this festival of colors is celebrated .

  • Shivaji Jayanti: Birth anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj, a great Maratha warrior, is magnificently celebrated as Shivaji Jayanti . It is celebrated on a large scale all over Maharashtra. Numerous programs celebrating the Grandeur of this great Maratha leader, who carved out a strong established state with compelling civil and religious administration, are organized throughout Maharashtra. He was tolerant of all Religions and sects in his empire.

  • Gudi Padwa or Ugadi: Ugadi is celebrated down south while Gudi Padwa is celebrated in Maharashtra .Gudi Padwa or ugadi is the Marathi name for Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. Celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month, it marks the onset of the New Year of Hindu calendar. Kalash Sthapana, in the temples and homes are done on this day. It is a belief that Lord Brahma commemorated the creation of world and is worshipped with immense devotion on this occasion . Leaving the past behind and beginning anew with positive intention is one of the key facet of Ugadi.

  • Nowruz : 21 March is recognized as the International Day of Nowruz,that marks the New Year and the arrival of spring with a message of peace for all as per Iranian tradition. Nowruz is an ancient celebration of renewal of life.It is a reminder of the ethics and pursuits that bind us all together, in mutual understanding, harmony and peace.

  • Navratri : A felicitous hindu festival celebrated all around the globe but of utmost importance for the North Indian and Bengali communities in India. On this auspicious occasion , Goddess Durga is worshipped with immense faith and fervor. The term 'Navratri' literally means ‘nine nights’ and during these nine days and nights, nine forms’ of Goddess Durga are worshipped. It symbolizes the victory of divine over evil. The traditional dance form of Dandiya and Garba Raas are the best part of these festivities.

  • Navreh: Kashmiri Pandits celebrate Navreh as their New Year. It is a reflection of their archaic social, indigenous, cultural and religious values and ushers them into the freshness of the New Year. It is the first day of the Saptrishi Samvat of the lunar year as well as the first day of the spring and 'Navratri'. It affirms the onset of spring season, 'Sonth' in Kashmir.The festival of 'Navreh ' also proclaims the beginning of 'Satya Yug', the first of the four golden epochs of Hindus.

  • Jhulelal Jayanti: The Birth anniversary of Water God, Jhulelal, is called Cheti Chand. It is celebrated on the first day of Chet,first month of sindhi calendar. The festivities begin with the worship of Lord Jhulelal and Bahranor. Chej, a folk dance of sindhi’s is performed by men on sindhi music. This festival is celebrated with Great pomp and show among Sindhi Community in India.

  • Ram Navami: The Birth Anniversary of Lord Rama is Celebrated as Ram Navami in India.It symbolizes the arrival of mystical power on earth. This day begins with the worship of sun, symbolizing power. A traditional festival, it is celebrated with much gaiety and fervor in India. Every year this festival falls on the ninth day of chaitra month of shukla paksh. On this auspicious day, people take bath in the Saryu River of the Ayodhya for the atonement of body and soul.

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