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Did You Know the Fascinating History Behind These Indian Festivals?

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India is melting pot of various cultures and religions, which means there is no dearth of festivals to celebrate. But did you ever wonder about the meaning behind these festivals celebrated in April? Join HolidayIQ and INTACH in the search of #NextBigHeritageDestination. But with your help. Here is some inspiration and how you can participate!

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Did You Know the Fascinating History Behind These Indian Festivals?:

  1. Nagaland
  2. Arunachal Pradesh
  3. Udaipur (Rajasthan)
  4. Punjab
  5. Mumbai (Maharashtra)

Day 1. Aoling Festival, Nagaland

Aoling Festival, Nagalandsource: easeyourtravel.wordpress.com

Once upon a time the Konyak tribe in Mon were known as 'those violent headhunters with tattooed faces.' Warriors were marked with tattoos for killing their enemy and taking their head as trophies. The Aoling festival marks the arrival of spring. Read more about it here.

Preeti Hiremath: Visit to Nagaland during Aoling Festival gives an insight into tribal fest, their life style. This is celebrated by Konyak tribe who were head hunters!! Don't get scared they are no more into this practice. Their festive, dressing, dancing and singing were unusual.

Surjit Sengupta from Guwahati talks about his stay at Hotel Metsuben. He says: “It is a great experience for me, hotel is good & room services is great, the food was really tasty and the hotel location is very wonderful.”

When: April 1 to 6, 2016
Where: Mon, Nagaland

Day 2. Mopin Festival, Arunachal Pradesh

Mopin Festival, Arunachal Pradeshsource: theholidayscout.com

Mopin is the harvest festival of the hospitable Galo tribe, focused on the worship of goddess Mopin. It's celebrated to drive away evil spirits, and bring prosperity to the tribe. The beginning of festival is marked by smearing rice powder on each others faces, followed by a ritual of animal sacrifice.  

Abhishek Singh recommends Hotel Gakyi Khang Zhang for a budget stay. He says: “Hotel Gakyi is the one of the best hotels in Tawang it is in the new market. Very nice location and they arrange permit also. This is a medium budget hotel. Rooms are good and restaurant serves good Chinese food.”

When: April 5, 2016
Where: Siang, Arunachal Pradesh

Day 3. Mewar Festival, Udaipur

Mewar Festival, Udaipursource: paperblog.com

The history of the Mewar festival dates back to the time when Udaipur was under the rule of Sisodia dynasty. According to the folklore, once Maharana Udai Singh met a holy man who was meditating on a hill that provided a panoramic view of the Pichola lake. The holy man blessed the king and advised to build a palace at the place. The Mewar festival marks this event and the advent of spring. The festival is especially meant for women who dress the idols of Isar (Lord Shiva) and Gangaur (Goddess Parvati).

Milind Kamat talks about the great food and service of Ramada Udaipur Resort. He says: “Tops in every aspect of hospitality. Large rooms with balconies, good decor and good service. The breakfast spread was sumptuous and well-made.”

When: April 9-11, 2016
Where: Udaipur, Rajasthan

Day 4. Baisakhi, Punjab

Baisakhi, Punjabsource: peachmode.com

The history of Baisakhi begins with the martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru. Aurangzeb wanted to spread Islam throughout India and Guru Teg Bahadur stood for the rights of the Hindus and Sikhs and thus was publicly beheaded by Aurangzeb. After his death his son Guru Gobind Singh became the tenth Sikh Guru. In order to instill courage and strength among his fellow men, Guru Gobind Singh called on the historic Baisakhi Day congregation of Sikhs. The modern version of the festival marks the onset of spring and the founding of Khalsa brotherhood.

Rahul Sinha from Delhi talks about his stay at Best Western Merrion. He says: “Good hotel, luxuriant, extraordinary, nice location. Fine dining, buffet extraordinary, excellent service with on top of pleasing behaviour.”

When: 13th April 2016
Where: Punjab


Day 5. Gudi Padwa, Mumbai

Gudi Padwa, Mumbaisource: intoday.in

There are various legends surrounding Gudi Padwa, one such legend according to Brahma Purana says that Lord Brahma recreated the world after a devastating flood. The era marked the beginning of Satyug. The word ‘padwa’ is the first day of a lunar month or the first day after no-moon day (Amavasya). 

Manan Vohra talks about excellent stay at Taj Lands End. He says: “Great room, awesome view of the sea and impeccable service. Right from check-in to check-out the staff is very helpful. The customer experience standards at The Taj, are probably the best in the world. The buffet breakfast comes with a great choice for Indian and Western foods.”

When: April 8, 2016
Where: Mumbai, Maharashtra

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