As we all wait for the spring season in March after the cold and chilly winter people in different parts of the country begin celebrating the most fun-packed festivals. The festivals in March in India are colorful, high-spirited, and filled with a lot of fun. Here is a list of vibrant and fascinating Indian festivals in March. It’s your chance to be a part of these festivals and witness the diversity of this incredible nation.
Top 11 Festivals In March In India
Who isn’t fond of festivals? Nothing brings people together as festivals do. Also, one cannot ignore their cultural significance. Here are 11 festivals in March 2019 in India you must be a part of. Take a look:
1. Mewar Holika Dahan
Holi is primarily a 2-day festival in India. Day 1 includes a huge bonfire at night. It is the next day that people play the festival of color. On the eve of Holi, there is a huge bonfire on the City Palace ground in Udaipur. This marks the burning and fading away of all the evils and negativities. The king of Mewar himself graces the occasion of the Dahan. This is one of the most popular Indian festivals in March 2019.
Key attractions: A rally accompanied by royally decorated elephants and horses and a regal band starting from Manek Chowk residence.
Date: 20 March
2. Lath Maar Holi
Lathmar Holi is celebrated in a unique style in Barsana and Nandgaon towns of Mathura. It is believed mythologically that Krishna once came to Barsana to tease Radha and was playfully beaten by her and her companions. Hence, Holi is celebrated here by playfully beating the men with bamboo sticks. This is one of the most unique Hindu festivals in March. Make sure to visit Mathura in March around the time of this festival to learn about its cultural significance.
Where: Barsana and Nandgaon, Mathura
Key attractions: The fun and exciting Holi battle where ladies beat up men with bamboo sticks and men in return throw colors and sing songs to tease them. Undoubtedly an exclusive version of Holi.
Date: 15 March
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3. Rangon Ki Holi
Holi is one of the most famous and immensely bright and vibrant festivals in March – celebrated to mark the triumph of Prince Prahlad over Holika. Holi eve is celebrated by huge bonfire known as Holika Dahan; the next day people celebrate with dry and wet colors, share sweets and happiness. In Shantiniketan, West Bengal, Holi is celebrated as Basanta Utsav or Dol Utsav. Here, the festival is celebrated with dry colors or gulal, traditional Bengali songs, and dance performances and carnivals.
Where: Pan India
Key attractions: Gulal and wet colors sprayed through water guns, jet sprays, and water-filled balloons. In Vrindavan, Holi is celebrated with flowers. In Basanta Utsav, one must not miss the morning procession- known as ‘Prabhat Feri’ where local girls and boys in traditional attire explore the streets, singing and dancing in joy.
Date: 20 March – 21 March
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4. International Yoga Festival
This is one of its kind festivals in March 2019 India in Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh. More than 500 yoga enthusiasts, trainers, and orators from 30 countries gather here to attend the yoga sessions and take part in talk shows and discussions. Make sure to visit Uttarakhand in March around the time of this festival. This excursion will prove to be a very relaxing experience.
Where: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Key attractions: Discussions by spiritual leaders, cooking classes and global yoga sessions by renowned yoga practitioners like Swami Chidanand Saraswati, Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerth, Swami M.M. Asanganandji, Swami Avdheshanand Giri, Pranav Pandya
Date: 1-7 March
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5. Chapchar Kut Festival
Chapchar Kut is a harvest festival of bamboo shoots, celebrated to mark the drying up process and subsequent cultivation. This is one of the incredible cultural festivals in March in India, where the local people wear their traditional outfit, dance, and sing, play drums, gongs, and cymbals. Carnivals are also held along with stalls of local food, flower shows, and handicrafts.
Key attractions: The bamboo dance is the main attraction of the festival. In this dance, men tap the bamboo and open and close them in rhythmic beats as the women step in and out elegantly to the beats of bamboos.
Date: 1 March
6. Parippally Gajamela
Paripally Gajmela is one of the most incredible temple festivals in Kerala. The 10-day event witnesses parading of up to 50 caparisoned elephants. After that, a host of cultural programmes are organized on the premises of the temple. According to the belief of the locals, an offering made to the elephants satisfies the deity and grants all the wishes of the devotees. This is one of the fascinating festivals in March.
Where: Paripally Kodimoottil Bhagavathy Temple, Kollam district, Kerala
Key attractions: Richly decorated elephants’ parade
Date: 5 March
7. Chettikulangara Bharani
This is one of the stunning festivals of March in India, celebrated in Chettikulangara temple. The festival is devoted to Goddess Bhagavathy. The celebration also showcases a grand procession around the countryside, and offerings of rice and coconuts made to God, fireworks, music, dance and gala decorations. If you want to learn more about why this festival is celebrated and its cultural significance, head to Kerala and get a firsthand experience.
Where: Alleppey, Kerala
Key attractions: Kettukazhcha- a rally of radiantly decorated structures
Date: 11 March
8. Jaipur Elephant Festival
This festival coincides with Holi, where elephants are ornamented with robes, jhools, and beautiful paintings. Grand processions of stunningly decorated elephants, camels, and horses are seen along with amazing musical performances. In the end, the best-decorated elephant is rewarded. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most gorgeous festivals in March in Rajasthan.
Key attractions: Elephant polo, Elephant race, and the tug-of-war between Elephant and men and women
Date: 21 March
In Goa, Shimotsav is celebrated to mark the change of season. Goans bid farewell to winter and welcome the spring season. Around this festival, the whole state gets soaked in merriment with parades, local dances, folk music, flutes, and drum beats. This is one of the most popular festivals in March in 2019. If you want to learn more about the cultural and religious significance of this renowned festival, head to Goa in March. You will not regret this trip.
Key attractions: Floating parade on the final day
Date: 21 March
10. Thirunakkara Arattu
Thirunakkara Arattu is one of the most fascinating Indian festivals in March, celebrated in Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple in Kottayam. This is one of the most stunning 10-day long temple festivals of Kerala, where a gala rally of elephants is organized along with traditional drummers to take God for holy bath. Local people perform folk arts like Mayilattom (peacock dance), Velakali etc in the evening.
Where: Kottayam, Kerala
Key attractions: All day long Kathakali dance performances and traditional Mayilattom or peacock dance
Date: 24 March
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Myoko is one of the most spectacular Indian festivals in March celebrated by the tribes of Ziro. This festival is organized by the Apatani Tribe to honor prosperity, purification, fertility, and sacrifice. Locals in their traditional attire sing and dance in merriment and cook delicious local food. This festival holds a lot of importance for the Indians. Make sure to participate in it, we promise you will have a fun time.
Where: Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
Key attractions: Folk performances, martial art, fireworks and drums.
Date: 31 March
Further Read: 15 Famous Festivals Of India
Now you know what’s going on in the month of March across India, pick your choices and plan accordingly. We are sure that you will have a unique experience altogether. If you’re feeling inspired, go ahead and book a trip to India at the earliest to avail exciting deals at discounts. Haven’t you heard: the early bird catches the worm? Celebrate these Indian festivals in March and have a fun time.