Festivals of India 2014
Indian Festivals celebrated by varied cultures and through their special rituals add to the colours of Indian Heritage. Some festivals welcome the seasons of the year, the harvest, the rains, or the full moon. Others celebrate religious occasions, the birthdays of divine beings, saints, and gurus (revered teachers), or the advent of the New Year. A number of these festivals are common to most parts of India. However, they may be called by different names in various parts of the country or may be celebrated in a different fashion... Read More
India is a fascinating land of festivals where each festival is marked with a deep philosophical implication and presents an unmatched diction to the splendor of that particular carnival. April is the month of changing seasons as we drift into summers. It coincides with the months of Chaitra and Baisakh of the Hindu Lunar Calendar and brings with it some significant festivals.
April takes off with April Fool’s Day, its observed on the first of April every year with people pulling pranks and jokes on friends and family in good spirit to celebrate the essence of this historical festival.
The nine-day festival of Durga Maa, Chaitra Navratris, beginning at the end of March this year, continues into the the first week of April coming to an end on Ram Navami.Its celebrated with immense fervor and devotions by Hindus. Hanuman Jayanti is another important Hindu festival that falls in this month and it commemorates the birth of Lord Hanuman.
The Jain festival, Mahavir Jayanti celebrating the birth of Lord Mahavir, the founder of Jainism is another very important festival celebrated in April with tremendous devotion by the Jain community. Another important Sindhi festival Cheti Chand also known as Jhulelal Jayanti is celebrated in this month to commemorates the birth of Lord Varun (Water God) – Jhulelal. The Christian festivals Good Friday and Easter also falls in April.
The Sikh festival of Baisakhi, the Tamil festival of Puthandu, the Assamese festival of Bohag Bihu and the Malayalam festival of Vishu, are all observed around the same time in mid-April and are celebrated as the New Year Day of these states.
April also observes some important UN days like , World Haemophila Day, Word Heritage Day and Earth Day that are dedicated to a particular social cause. Programmes and events are organized all over the world to raise awareness amongst people regarding these significant causes.
Aside from all the festivals celebrated for their various religious importance, the blooming month of April is also a host to severals fairs organized in different states to celebrate the festivals and the changing season. The Mewar Festival and Gangaur festival in Rajasthan, Tulip Day of Jammu and Kashmir and Attuvela Mahotsavam in Kerala are some fairs and carnivals held in this glorious month of April.
Explore and enjoy the panorama of Festivals / Fairs / Melas in the month of April.