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    Women celebrating Bihu in Assam

    April is the time when India is basking in the afterglow of winter, the harvest season has already arrived, and spring greenery begets the flourishing greenery around. People across the country are busy celebrating festivals in April, which majorly comprise of the harvest season and occasions celebrating blooming of flowers. While the enormous amount of energy can be seen in the folks celebrating these festivals, these events also commemorate the centuries-old traditions of the region.

    My favorite pick is the northeastern India, which is an absolute treat to the onlookers. Don’t forget to munch on the festive delicacies that are prepared especially during this period.

    Here are the 10 most fascinating festivals in April that you mustn’t miss out!

    1. Tulip festival, Kashmir

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    Tulip Festival 2018 dates: 1-15 April

    Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is the place where you must be headed in the month of April. Situated in the foothills of the Zabarwan range, the garden overlooks Dal Lake in Srinagar and is the proud host to Asia’s largest Tulip Flower Show. During this period, this part of Kashmir valley is painted in almost every color of a spectrum. Make sure that you spot all the colorful Tulips out there.

    It’s still so cold in Kashmir in April and one can also experience occasional rainfall and snowfall here. Be prepared in advance. Such is the charm of the Srinagar Tulip Garden that it was adjudged as the second best tulip garden in the world by the World Summit Tulip Society.

    Highlights of Tulip festival: Almost 48 varieties of tulips on display

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    2. Baisakhi, Punjab

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    Baisakhi 2018 dates: 14 April

    Baisakhi, primarily celebrated in Amritsar in Punjab, is one of the popular festivals in April to be celebrated in India. The first day of the Nanakshahi calendar is celebrated as Baisakhi. Baisakhi falls in the month of Baisakh every year which happens to be the harvest season of Rabi crop. The archeological significance of Baisakhi is sun’s entry into Mesh Rashi. This particular time is celebrated by different names across India. They are: ‘Rongali Bihu’ – Assam, ‘Naba Barsha’ – Bengal, ‘Puthandu’ – Tamil Nadu, ‘Pooram Vishu’ – Kerala and ‘Vaishakha’ – Bihar

    Highlights of Baisakhi: Harvest of Rabi crop, music, and traditional dance

    Must Read: 15 Popular Harvest Festivals Of India

    3. Mount Abu Summer Festival, Rajasthan

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    Mount Abu Summer Festival 2018 dates: 29-30 April

    The two-day extravaganza celebrated in the picturesque Mount Abu is one of the most talked about festivals in April in India. Summer Festival in Mount Abu celebrates folk and classical music, exhibits the tribal life, and the culture of Rajasthan to the world. Various events are organized in the backdrop of stunning mountains and lakes in Rajasthan’s wonderful hill-station.

    Highlights of Mount Abu Summer Festival: Boat race at the Nakki Lake, folk dance and music program, skating Race, skater’s show, CRPF Band show, horse race, tug of war, Panihari Matka Race, and Deepdan

    Must Read: Top 10 Summer Festivals In India You Shouldn’t Miss In 2018

    4. Bihu, Assam

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    Bihu 2018 dates: 14-15 April

    It’s the time of harvest season in most of the parts of India, and just like everywhere, Assam too celebrates all the hard work that has gone into the crops. Bihu, being one of the most important festivals in April, is characterized by celebrations of a lot of events, and people sitting together to reap the benefits of their hard work! Assam further relies big time on agriculture, which signals how important this festival is for their folks.

    Highlights of Bihu: Dance and music programs, bull-fight, birds fight, setting fire to Mijis – temporary pavilions made of wood, bamboo, and hay

    Must Read: 15 Famous Festivals Of India To Bring Your Life Into A State Of Exuberance

    5. Shad Suk Mynsiem, Meghalaya

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    Shad Suk Mynsiem Festival 2018 dates: 14-15 April

    Another of the popular festivals in April in northeast India, the Shad Suk Mynsiem is celebrated in Meghalaya. Just like most of India is celebrating the harvest time, the Khasi men and women choose to celebrate in their trademark way. This is also known as the Thanksgiving Dance Festival in this part of northeast India. Women, wonderfully decorated in the wonderful silk dress and gold ornament, while men show up in silk dhotis, waist-coats, plumed turbans and traditional ornaments to perform various rites and dance together.

    Highlights of Shad Suk Mynsiem Festival: Dance and music function at Weiking ground

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    6. Aoling Festival, Nagaland


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    Aoling Festival 2018 dates: 1-6 April

    A popular festival in April to be celebrated in the Mon district of Nagaland in North East India, Aoling is the festival of the ferocious Konyak Tribes – headhunter tribes of Nagaland. They now spend most of their time doing agriculture activities, drinking alcohol, smoking opium, also hunting, which is done occasionally. They celebrate the festival to mark the beginning of spring festival every year. Various tourist circuits are organized by the operators showing the best of this part of India to the people during this time. It’s so colorful and vivid out there!

    Highlights of Aoling Festival: Regional dance and activities performed by men and women of Konyak Tribes

    Suggested Read: 10 Festivals That Show The Cultural Diversity Of Manipur

    7. Chithirai Festival, Tamil Nadu

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    Chithirai Festival 2018 dates: 18 April – 03 May

    One of the most popular festivals in April to be celebrated in South India, Chithirai Festival spans for almost 2 weeks! The festival commemorates the wedding of Lord Shiva (Sundareswarar) and Goddess Meenakshi (Lord Vishnu’s sister). Starting with the flag hoisting ceremony, there are plenty of processions carried out during the festival. Post the wedding of the divine couple, the celebration moves to Kallazhagar Temple in Alagar Hills close to Madurai.

    It is here that Vishnu is celebrated as the elder brother of Goddess Meenakshi. The moment Lord Kallazhagar enters the Vaigai river the give gifts to the married couple (Shiva & Meenakshi) makes the highlight of the festival.

    Highlights of Chithirai Festival: Coronation and precession of goddess Meenakshi, the procession of temple chariots, celestial wedding of Shiva and Meenakshi, entry of Lord Kallazhagar in the River Vaigai

    8. Ooty Mariamman Temple Festival & Coonoor Mariamman Temple Festival, Tamil Nadu

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    Celebrated in the Mariamman Temples of Ooty and Coonoor, this festival commemorates Mother Durga who represents three powers called Itcha Sakti, Gnana Sakti, and Kriya Sakti. People come together to organize the festivities by holding processions across Ooty and Coonoor. And it is a visual treat to the eyes of everyone present around.

    Highlights of Ooty Mariamman Temple 2018 Festival: Procession of Goddess Mariamman

    9. Kadammanitta Padayani, Kerala

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    Kadammanitta Padayani 2018 dates: 14-21 April

    Celebrated on the first day of the month of Medam as per the Malayalam calendar, this week-long festival in Kerala is organized when it is believed that the sun comes in the constellation of Aries, as per the western calendar. During the festive time, there are plenty of events organized in Kerala which celebrates the rich culture and traditions of the state.

    Highlights of Kadammanitta Padayani: Magnificent display of skills, dècor, traditions, and color

    10. Thrissur Pooram, Kerala

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    Thrissur Pooram 2018 dates: 26 April

    The most important of the Pooram festivals to be celebrated in South India, Thrissur Pooram is celebrated widely participated by people from all the castes and sects of Hindu religion. The festivities are confined to the temples of Devi (goddess) and Sastha (divine combination of Shiva and Vishnu) and ten other deities from the nearby temples who all worship the presiding deity of Thrissur.

    This festival’s celebration almost 2-century-old and is indeed a treat to the eyes and the ears. It is believed that this festival was introduced in the late 18th century by Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of the erstwhile Cochin State.

    Highlights of Thrissur Pooram: Procession of elephants, music performance, and the magnificent display of fireworks

    India is a country of glorious diversity and the month of April has kept plenty of hidden happiness for you. Time to celebrate the festivities with family and friends!

    Further Read: 10 Uncommon & Unusual Festivals In India

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