March comes on a happy note with delightful summer weather and a lot of festivals. Every year, Indians rejoice in festivals with joy and lustre. Events also get lined up as festivities come around and people look for various plans to extend their weekends. And traversing across India in March can be a good decision as one can observe loads of festivities and culture on exhibit.
Nativeplanet brings you the list of festivals and events that is commemorated in March 2021 in India. Have a look!
Another unique way to celebrate the festival of colours or Holi is Lathmar Holi. Holi is generally celebrated by throwing colours at one another! However, Lathmar Holi has a different tradition; where women use bamboos to sue men away when they charge at them with colours. The ground becomes a fun battlefield where men, women and children engage in the celebration of colours and at the same time show off their agility with the bamboo. This is an extremely fun festival to be part of but you will have more fun if you are in the audience. Another compelling reason to be part of this festival is its amazing assortment of food both sweet and savoury.
Date: 24th Mar 2021
Location: Barsana and Nandgaon, Mathura
Jaipur Elephant Festival
Jaipur Elephant Festival is commemorated to appreciate and praise the Earth's biodiversity and all living beings in it. This festival is dedicated to the Indian deity Lord Ganesha. During the festival, many cultural programs take place, and the animals are adorned with beautiful ornaments. The city comes alive with colour, music and dance, which compels you to lose yourself in the merriment.
Date: 28 March 2021
Celebrated in the ancient temples of Hoysala (built in the 12th century), Hoysala Mahotsav is a magnificent extravaganza of music and dance. You can find interesting carvings, sculptures and other architectural features in this temple. The festival focuses on traditional performance arts and fine arts.
Date: Not Confirmed
Location: Hoysala Temples and Halebidu Karnataka
International Yoga Festival
Rishikesh, the province that bestowed the world the healing power of Yoga, celebrates world yoga week in style. Rishikesh is one of the most serene places on earth. With the Ganga river flowing by its side, this city with its numerous temples gives tranquillity to people from all walks of life. If your objective is to get your mind, body and soul to sync, The International Yoga Festival is your event! This is a week-long event that takes place at many ashrams in Rishikesh. Experience this rejuvenating festival at the ashram that calls out to you.
Date: 7 - 13 March 2021
Vairamudi Festival is one of the most lively festivals celebrated in Karnataka. The famous diamond crusted ancient crown of the King of Mysore is used to adorn the main deity of the temple and thus, this festival is also called the Diamond Crown Festival. The temples will be decorated and many processions will take place during this festival and also its premises will have many shops selling souvenirs and toys.
Date: Not Confirmed
Location: Cheluvanarayana Temple of Melkote, Karnataka
Bharatpur becomes more colourful during the Brij festival. This festival is associated with colour, song and dance. Raslila dance is an iconic dance celebration performed during the festival, as people dress as Lord Krishna and Radha and take part in dance performances. If you visit the Banganga River in the morning, you can find many rituals and people taking a holy dip.
Date: 24 - 25 March 2021
Location: Bharatpur, Rajasthan
This festival indicates the end of winter after the Full Moon night of the last winter month. The eve of Holi is celebrated with a bonfire, which is a symbolic representation of burning everything evil from the previous year. However, the bonfire starts after sunset. According to mythology, the festival of Holi celebrates the death of Holika, the demon aunt of Prahalada, who burnt to death while trying to kill the child.
Date: 28 - 29 Mar 2021
Location: Throughout India
Celebrated by the tribes of the region, the Myoko Festival is a festival of fertility, sacrifice, and honour. Animals are sacrificed to the god, and the shaman of the village recites rituals while newlywed women take part in the process. The main elements of this festival are dance, music and cuisine. You can enjoy martial art performance, fireworks, drum performance and more cultural programs. The festival represents the time of paddy sowing.
Date: 16 Mar - 4 Apr 2021
Location: Ziro of Arunachal Pradesh
Kochi - Muzhiris Biennale
It is an extravaganza of contemporary art celebration in the country. This international festival takes place on the island of Fort Kochi. During Kochi - Muzhiris Biennale, art forms like sculptures, contemporary paintings, and installations, are showcased to the audience. More than 12 venues are set up and around 76 artists will be participating in this festival, this year.
Date: 12 Dec 2020 - 10 Apr 2021
Location: Fort Kochi