Festivals and events in march 2014
Posted on Feb 25, 2014 by rohit.mahajan.52 | India | 0 Comments
The Indian states of Kerala and Rajasthan have a lot to offer in terms of festivities and fun! Number of festivals takes place in the month of March in these two states, while Kerala on one hand has many temples and in Rajasthan there is the elephant festival held in Jaipur, which has a lot to offer. The festival of colors, Holi is also celebrated all over the country, especially in Northern India, which is celebrated with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. Let us explore and festivals held in India in March.
1. The Konkan Turtle Festival
The Konkan festival is held generally in the months of February-March, 2014. As the name suggests you will be able to see the newly hatched, endangered Olive Ridely turtles marching into the sea at the annual Turtle Festival. One can get a flavor of the traditional Indian village life as you stop by at the local home stays in the closeby area. The festival is generally held in the state of Maharashtra in the villages of Velas and Ratnagiri.
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2. Goa Carnival
People from all over the world come to celebrate the Goa carnival which is held in the lively state of Goa. This is a very colorful carnival, which originally started as a local feast held by the Portuguese in the 18th century. This is now popular all over the world. As you visit this carnival you will notice plenty of action on the streets right from parades, floats, music, and even masked dances. One can also see the Red and Black Dance, which is more like a formal ball in Panaji, where the dress code is only red and black. The Carnival is held from 1st March -4rth March, 2014. The carnival is held in cities of Panaji, Margao, Vasco and Mapusa, all in Goa.
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3. International Yoga Festival
The International Yoga Festival was held in 2013 from the 1st of March-till the 7th of March. Will be held from the 1st of March- 7th of March. Almost 400 people from 30 different countries came to attend this festival. This was known to be one of the largest yoga gatherings in the world. One can attend classes related to yoga where you will find world class Yoga teachers, in an evening discussions with some of India's leading spiritual leaders. There are events like vegetarian cooking classes and the Yoga Aid Challenge charity fundraiser which are also held. This festival is held in Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, and Uttarakhand.
4. Paripally Gajamela
The Paripally Gajamela is a temple festival of Kerala in which one can see almost 50 highly decorated elephants. The elephants participate in a ritual offering to the temple goddess, by temple devotees, for prosperity. The festival will be held in Paripally Kodimootil Sree Bhadrakaali Temple, which is at hours distance from Trivandrum, in the Kollam district of Kerala. This will be held on the March 2, 2014.
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5. World Living Heritage Festival
This festival is organized by the Royal family of Mewar. They aim at promoting the cultural diversity of the Mewar region.. The festival consists of photo exhibition, food festival, arts and crafts workshops musical concerts, and technical conferences to discuss issues related to the preservation of Living Heritage. The festival will be held from 13th March-16th of March 2014, in Udaipur City Palace Complex, Rajasthan.
6. Chinakkathoor Pooram
The Chinakkathoor Pooram is an elephant pageant, which is held on the last day of the festival at the Sree Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple. One can see 33 decorated elephants. The procession is held in the evening, and is accompanied by drumming and other traditional music. In the first 17 days one can enjoy shadow puppet performances which are held every evening at the temple premises. The festival will be held on 14th March, 2014 in Sree Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple, Palappuram, Palakkad district of Kerala.
7. Thirunakkara Arattu
The Thirunakkara Arattu is a 10 day long popular temple festival of Kerala. One can see a procession of decorated elephants which are accompanied by drummers and other performers. The temple god which is to be bathed is carried out in this procession. Generally nine elephants participate in the Thirunakkara Arattu. Besides the procession one can also see the Kathakali dancers, who perform throughout the night on the third and fourth days of the festival, and folk arts such as the Mayilattom, which is the peacock dance, is done in the temple compound. The festival will be held from March 15-24 each year, in Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Kottayam District, Kerala.
8. Jaipur Elephant Festival
The Jaipur Elephant festival is celebrated in the city of Jaipur. The festival is celebrated on the eve of Holi every year, the Elephants are decorated and paraded around the city. One can also enjoy a game of Elephant polo. One can also enjoy seeing the tug of war between elephants and people. This year the festival will be held on the 16th of March, in 2014.
The Festival of colors, Holi is celebrated with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm and is mostly celebrated in North India. People play with colors and apply colored powder and water on each other, make merry and even dance under water sprinklers. A traditional drink known as Bhang, which is a paste made from cannabis plants is also consumed on Holi. People lit bonfires on the eve of Holi for celebrating the occasion and also for removing the evil spirits. In 2014 the festival of Holi will be on the 17th of March.
10. India Restaurant Week
The India Restaurant Week is again hoping to be back sometime around the month of March. You will get an opportunity to dine at some of India's finest restaurants at a very reasonable price. As always a three course meals will be served. There is a fixed menu, and meals are served. The generally price per meals is expected to be around Rs750-1,200 rupees. The festival will be held in the cities of Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai.
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