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Save Your Dates! The March Festival Calendar Is Here

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March is the time when India comes alive with a joyous mix of feasts and festivals. HolidayIQ Travellers list 10 such events you must travel for.

Save Your Dates! The March Festival Calendar Is Here:

  1. Thrissur (Trichur) (Kerala)
  2. Rishikesh (Uttarakhand)
  3. Aizawl (Mizoram)
  4. Kollam (Quilon) (Kerala)
  5. India
  6. Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Kottayam (Kerala)
  7. Ziro (Arunachal Pradesh)
  8. Arattupuzha temple, Thrissur (Trichur) (Kerala)
  9. Udaipur (Rajasthan)
  10. Goa
  11. Barsana, Kosi (Uttar Pradesh)

1. Uthralikavu Pooram

Uthralikavu Pooramsource: indiachezmoi.wordpress.com

The Uthralikavu Pooram, a traditional Hindu festival held at Sree Rudhira Mahakalikav Temple situated near Wadakkanchery in Thrissur district. Set amidst lush green paddy fields surrounded by undulating hills, you can enjoys the perfect backdrop required to organise a festival of this magnitude of Pooram. Hence, even though the temple looks like a humble village shrine, it transforms itself into a huge stage during the festivities. The highlights of the festival include a magnificent procession of caparisoned elephants, Kuthira Vela (procession of Wooden Horse) and cultural events like drama, Kathakali and traditional dances. HolidayIQ travellers Suraj Eravimangalath from Thrissur shares: “Very beautiful place in Kerala gods own country. It is the 2nd capital of Kerala. Thrissur pooram is the famous festival in Kerala which is conducted in the heart of Thrissur known as Thrissur where the Vadakkumnathan temple is situated. ”

When: March 1, 2016
Where:Sree Rudhira Mahakali Cave Temple, Vadakkanchery, Thrissur

2. International Yoga Festival

International Yoga Festivalsource: internationalyogafestival.com

This week-long yoga meet is organized by the Parmarth Niketan in association with Uttaranchal Tourism and attracts yoga enthusiasts from all over the world. Located in the idyllic Himalayan foothills on the banks of the Ganga, you can attend this camp for daily yoga sessions led by expert teachers, workshops, lectures and live demonstrations. HolidayIQ traveller Jayant Sharma shares: “Parmarth Niketan is the best ashram of Swarg Ashram area and very famous for the evening 'Ganga Pooja'. One can learn yoga and can enjoy the spiritual lectures and morning prayers at 5 am everyday.”

When: March 1, 2016
Where: Sree Rudhira Mahakali Cave Temple, Vadakkanchery, Thrissur

3. Chapchar Kut

Chapchar Kutsource: photodivision.gov.in

Chapchar Kut marks the preparation before the onset of the sowing season and is celebrated during the time when jungles are cleared, bamboos and trees are cut down, and the land is prepared for jhum cultivation. Folk music and traditional dance performances are the major festivities of Chapchar Kut. And people from various tribal communities, from all ages and walks of life come together and participate in this festival. Dressed in traditional attire, different tribal communities compete with each other in dance and music.

When: March 6, 2016
Where: Aizawl, Mizoram

4. Paripally Gajamela

Paripally Gajamelasource: hangouts.co.in

True to its name, ‘gaja’ or elephants are the highlight of this annual event held in months of February/March every year. The Paripally Gajamela is held at the Kodimoottil Sree Bhadrakali temple at Paripally, 23 km from Kollam. A spectacular parade of 50 elephants on the last day culminates the ten-day festival. Elephants are a ‘nercha’ or ‘offering’ to the goddess by her devotees to take her blessings for growth and prosperity in the year ahead. As part of the gajamela, a rich array of cultural programmes that include traditional dance art forms like Kathakali and Mohiniyattam are organised.

When: March 6, 2016
Where: Paripally Kodimoottil Sree Bhadrakali Temple, Kollam

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5. Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratrisource: everfest.com

Celebrated annually in the reverence of God Shiva, It is the day Shiva was married to the goddess Parvati. The Maha Shivaratri festival, also popularly known as 'Shivratri' or 'Great Night of Shiva'. On this day, the planetary positions in the Northern hemisphere act as potent catalysts to help a person raise his or her spiritual energy more easily. The benefits of powerful ancient Sanskrit mantras such as Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra increase greatly on this night.

When: March 7, 2016
Where: Shiva Temples across India

6. Thirunakkara Arattu

Thirunakkara Arattusource: easeyourtravel.wordpress.com

Thirunakkara Arattu symbolises and reflects the tradition and culture of a typical Kerala village. Right from the commencement of the festival with the 'kodiyettu' (flag hoisting) on the first day of Meenam (of the Malayalam month calendar) till the culmination of the celebrations ending with the 'arattu' (bathing of the Idol) on the 10th day, thousands of people gather to attend the Thirunakkara Arattu Festival. Thirunakkara Sree Mahadeva Temple is situated on top of the Thirunakkara hill in Kottayam and is one of the most sacred Shiva temples in Kerala. HolidayIQ traveller Amal from Batam shares: “Anybody who enjoy visiting old temples and like beaches should visit this place. The 'Parikrama' around the temple offers a great sea view. Behind the temple is rocky bed, splashed with water due to high tide.”

When: March 23, 2016
Where: Kottayam

7. Myoko

Myokosource: youtube.com

If you're interested in a traditional tribal festival off the beaten track, don't miss the Myoko festival of the Apatani Tribe. It includes rituals for prosperity, fertility, purification and sacrifice performed by the village shaman or priest, and many interesting cultural elements such as folk performances and processions. HolidayIQ traveller Anup recommends visiting Ziro in the month of March for their Myoko rituals.

When: March 20-30, 2016
Where: Ziro

8. Arattupuzha Pooram

Arattupuzha Pooramsource: keralatourism.org

Thrissur Pooram festival is considered to be 200 years old. Before Thrissur Pooram, the largest temple festival in Thrissur taluk was Arattupuzha pooram at Arattupuzha. The festival features the processions of lavishly decorated elephants from various neighbouring temples, drum concerts, parasol exchanges and the dazzling fireworks.

When: March 22, 2016
Where: Arattupuzha Temple, Thrissur

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9. Mewar Festival

Mewar Festivalsource: paperblog.com

The Mewar Festival welcomes the arrival of spring. At Gangaur Ghat on the banks of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, images of Goddess Gauri are transferred onto boats amidst much singing and celebrating, and taken out onto the lake. The festival continues with a plenty of singing, dancing and cultural programs, and finishes off with a huge display of fireworks. It's a fantastic opportunity to see a range of traditional musical instruments being played. HolidayIQ traveller Arvind Arya from Banswara shares: “In Udaipur City Palace is the best place because of its history of Mewar ruler, other is pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake best place during sunset and night time because of its view.”

When: March 22-24, 2016
Where: Udaipur, Rajasthan

10. Shigmo

Shigmosource: digitalgoa.com

Goa's biggest spring festival, Shigmo, is the state's version of Holi. It's a Hindu festival that's filled with bright decorations, singing, dancing, and colours. One traditional dance that's often performed is the Ghode Modni martial arts horse dance.

When: March 7-20, 2015
Where: Goa

11. Holi

Holisource: wikimedia.org

Entire India, especially the northern part of the country, breaks out into a pageant of colours on Holi day. The festival is to commemorate the advent of spring. People smear coloured powders on their friends and neighbours and drench each other with coloured water. Song, dance and merriment rules the day. Special sweets are made and the intoxicating drink of bhang is consumed with gay abandon. Visit any town or village in North India and you will be dragged into the festivities by welcoming people. HolidayIQ traveller Gaurav Gattani shares: “Govardhan, Barsana and Nandgaon are the must visit places during Holi.” The women of Barsana village near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh beat up men from neighboring Nandgaon village with sticks, in what's known as Lathmar Holi celebrations. Lathmar Holi takes place around a week before the main day of Holi. It's worth getting to Barsana a couple of days in advance of Lathmar Holi so that you can also experience Laddoo Holi festivities there. Sweets are thrown around and spiritual songs related to Radha and Krishna are sung.

When: 23rd March 2016
Where: Mathura-Vrindavan

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