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Fairs / Festivals April 2015
Month Festival Place
April 5, 2015 Mopin Festival Arunachal Pradesh
April 14, 2015 Baisakhi Punjab
April 14, 2015 Naba Barsha West Bangal
April 14, 2015 Rongali Bihu Assam
April 15, 2015 Vishu Kerala
April 15 to 22, 2015 Kadammanitta Padayani Kerala
April 18, 2015 Sankat Mochan Musical Festival Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh


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 April every year- adding a little more fervor to the life.
  • Hindu New Year: The Hindu new year is celebrated on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. This day is celebrated all across India by Hindus with varied traditions and celebrations. In Maharashtra, it is celebrated as Gudi Padwa. In Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh it is celebrated as Ugadi. As Navroz in Kashmir and baisakhi in Punjab. In Bengal as Naba Barsha, In Assam as Rongali Bihu, In Tamil Nadu as Puthandu, In Kerala as Vishu and as Cheti chand by Sindhis. It was believed that on this auspicious day Lord Brahma, the creator of this Universe had created life on Earth. Hence, this day is of great Importance for all Hindus. Every Hindu family celebrates this festival in their own glorious and pious ways as per their region and indulges in prayers and festivities on this day.

  • Baisakhi: As per the Nanakshahi calendar, Baisakhi, the harvest festival of rabi crop of north India, is celebrated on first day of vaisakh month. On this auspicious occasion farmers thank the mother nature for abundant harvest and pray to god for prosperity in the years to follow. On the Dawn of Baisakhi, farmers visit gurudwara/temples, to take a dip in holy river and then celebrate the whole day with their family by making merry.It is also celebrated as the founding day of Khalsa Panth, sikh religious army. Fairs and fêtes are organized throughout the region to celebrate this auspicious festival with grandeur.

  • Vishu : The first day of the traditional Malayalam New Year, falling in the second week of April, is celebrated as Vishu in Kerala. To mark the beginning of another prosperous year, prayers are offered to Lord Vishnu in temples and home. This festival is celebrated with great zest and zeal among malayalees regardless of their religion or sect. An offering of rice,linen,cucumber, betel leaves,matal mirror ,holy text and coins in an uruli(bell metal vessel) is offered to god.

  • Naba Barsha (Bengali New Year): Naba Barsha or Poila Baisakh is celebrated as the New Year by the Bengalis’ in India. This festival usually falls on 13th or 14th April every year as per English calendar. People clean and decorate their houses and adorn their entrance with elaborate Alpanas(rangoli). An earthen Pot decorated with Swastika is placed in the center of this Rangoli. The Pot is filled with holy water and Mango leaves which is symbolic of prosperity for the year ahead. The eve of Poila baisakh is celebrated as Chaitra sankranti. Ladies clad in Traditional Bengali Saris and men wearing dhoti kurta participate in processions of Prabhat Pheri in the morning. People greet each other by saying, "Shubho Nabo Barsho",

  • Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu : Rongali Bihu or bohag bihu is a festival of great importance and significance to Assamese. It marks the beginning of new year for the people of Assam. As such there are three Bihus celebrated in Assam, out of which Rongali Bihu is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu New year. It also marks the onset of the Spring season as well as harvest season in assam.Thats why it is even more significant for Assamese to celebrate Bihu. The enthusiasm of the people is a treat for all eyes which they express beautifully in the form of traditional dance, songs, and food. On the first day, cattles and livestock are given a ceremonial bath while singing ritual songs and then they are adorned with a paste of turmeric and black gram. New ropes are tied in place of the old ropes.


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