Festivals in March in India 2020 - Celebrating the Diversity Of the Country

A festival of turtles, prophecies, puppets, yoga, quirky versions of Holi and one too many elephant festivals, together, welcome spring to the Indian subcontinent, this March. As various parts of the country, welcome the new season in their way, hue, language, version, parades and traditions, March has enough excuses for you to step out as the sceneries bid farewell to monochrome landscapes and enter the season of many tints.

1. International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh

International Yoga Festival
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When: March 1st to 7th, 2020 
Where:Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Website: www.internationalyogafestival.com
By the Ganges, the birthplace of Yoga hosts one of its most global and awaited celebrations. Spread over a week, IYF sees trainers and experts from over the world, Ganga Arti, speakers, saints and more. Also, the way Rishikesh effortlessly turns from a religious hub to a cluster of cafes outlined by hushed hippie culture will let you open another layer to this one by landing here this Holi. Registrations for IYF remain strictly online.

2. Holi

Holi Festival
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When: March 9th and 10th, 2020
Where: All over India

Holi is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. It starts with lighting a bonfire 'Holika Dahan' to celebrate the victory of good over evil. On the next day, the celebrations involve applying colours to each other. To experience grand Holika Dahan, visit City Palace in Udaipur where the royal family of Udaipur celebrates it with full zest and zeal.

3. Jaipur Elephant Festival

Jaipur Elephant Festival
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When: March 10th, 2020 
Where: Jaipur , Rajasthan

For a March, which has elephant festivals marked all over its calendars here is another colourful, grand and glittering one, a day before Holi. This one, however, managed to stumble over multiple animal rights groups and has also been cancelled due to the same in the past. At the same time, while a festival may take place, the elephants may be missing. There isn't much news at the moment, but make sure you check with the proper authorities before planning your trip around this one.

4. Arattu Festival

Arattu Festival
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When: From March 24th, 2020 
Where: Janardhana Swamy Temple, Varkala

One of the most significant festivals in Kerala, the 5-day Arattu festival is celebrated in the Janardhan Swamy temple with elephant processions, ornamental silk umbrellas and all night kathakali dances.

5. Shigmotsav

Shigmo Festival
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When: March 2020
Where: Goa

Essentially a festival of masses, Shigmotsav marks the coming of the spring season in Goa. Dressed in flashy and colourful traditional costumes, the local folk groups give splendid dance performances. The float parade is the highlight of the festival. If you want to enjoy the true spirit of Goan culture, then join Goa during this festival.

6. Thirunakkara Arattu

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When: March 23rd, 2020
Where: Kottayam, Kerala

Thirunakkara Arattu is a significant festival in Kerala, celebrated in Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple in Kottayam. A 10 - day long celebration where elephant rallies are organised and people dance to the beats of the dummers. Local people perform Folk Arts like Mayilattom (peacock dance), Velakali etc during the celebration. 

7. Hoysala Mahotsav

Hoysala Mahotsav
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When: March 16th, 2020 
Where: Belur-Halebid, Karnataka

With some of the most celebrated artists like Hema Malini, Sudha Chandran, Shobhana, this is a one-day celebration of classical and folk dances and music, as enchanting as its location.

8. Paripally Gajmela

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Paripally Gajmela is the most popular 10 days temple festival in Kerala, where elephant parades are carried out in the most stunning way possible. According to the popular belief held by the local, offerings made to the elephants on these days leads to the fulfilment of all your wishes.
When: March 4th, 2020
Where: Paripally Kodimoottil Bhagavathy Temple, Kollam district, Kerala
Know of more fests that should be on the list? Let us know in the comments section below.

9. Ugadi 


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Ugadi is the time of the year when people of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana usher New Year in festive spirits. Ugadi - a celebration of the oncoming New Year, falls in the Chaitra month of the Hindu calendar, that loosely corresponds to the months of March-April according to the Gregorian calendar. The term Ugadi is said to originate from the Sanskrit word Yugadi, that is a confluence of the term Yuga (era; period) and Adi (the beginning). Yugadi, or Ugadi then literally means the beginning of a new (year) period.
       
           When: March 25th, 2020
           WhereKarnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

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