We’re into the third month of the year (I know, where’s the time flown?!), and it may be time to take a short break. Winter is finally ebbing away, and it’s time for India’s glorious Spring! Take a short break this month, and indulge yourself in some of India’s finest and most colour fairs and festivals.
Eternal Mewar Holika Dahan
What: Celebrate the day before Holi, the festival of colours, by lighting bonfires to ward of evil spirits. Spend the eve in the company of the Royal Family at the City Palace in Udaipur, participating in an ages old tradition towards the festival of Holi. Don’t miss the royal procession, and the burning of the Holika effigy in a truly majestic manner!
Where: Across India
What: Holi is the festival of colours! It is celebrated across the country, and sees people from all over participating. Festivities include dousing each other with powder colours, water, and dancing merrily, or at specially organized Holi parties! Another essential part of the Holi celebrations are Bhaang, a potent drink created from Cannabis paste. Holi is easily the most carefree festival celebrated in India.
What: This is a 10 day long festival, one of Kerala’s famed temple festivals. A procession of decorated elephants, Kathakali performances, the traditional Peacock Dance, and general levity make this one of Kerala’s favourites. The most enjoyable days for visitors are the third and fourth days of the festivities!
Where: Arunachal Pradesh
What: This little known festival is celebrated by the Apatani Tribe and goes on for a month! An authentical tribal festival, you will get to witness traditional rituals for prosperity, fertility and fortune performed by the village shaman, accompanied by folk dances and great joy. If you’re looking for an unusual and unique festival flavour this March, Myoko is the one to check out!
Where: Across Maharashtra
What: Gudi Padva is celebrated as the Maharashtrian New Year. Traditionally, it is believed that it was on this day that Brahma (a Hindu God) created the Universe. Celebrations accompanying this festival include spring cleaning homes, vibrant rangolis, and new clothes. Families gather together to celebrate with dance, music, and traditional Maharashtrian sweets like Pooran Poli and Shreekhand. The festival is also celebrated in South India as ‘Ugadi.’