Although March is a very colourful month for festivals in India, including the famous Holi Festival, April is just as vibrant. Indeed, April rhymes with warm days and reminds us that summer is on its way, but it’s also a great month to enjoy the best of India through festivals and fairs. If you are in India in April 2017, here are some dates to put on your calendar. These are some of the celebrations you do not want to miss!
Celebrating the beginning of spring, Baisakhi festival is the occasion for farmers to thank God for the harvest that just ended and to pray for prosperity for the year ahead. Mostly celebrated in the state of Punjab and considered as the New Year’s Day, people normally wake up early and take a bath in the holy water. Women and men are dancing, music is playing and community lunch is being distributed. It is a good day to enjoy the beautiful state of Punjab and most particularly the great city of Amritsar.
When: April 14th 2017
Considered as one of the most important temple of Kerala and of South India, Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple is home of Painkuni Festival. It is your chance to be amazed by huge handmade figurines made of fibre glass and representing the Pandavas, the five sons of Pandu in the epic Mahabharata. This 10 days festival is a great way to immerse yourself in Indian Culture. The last day is dedicating to the ceremony of the idols in the sea, also known as the arattu.
When: April 10th, 2017
Where: Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Kerala
Chithirai Festival is a unique festival lasting for two weeks in Madurai. Reenacting the wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Meenakshi (Lord Vishnu’s sister), it represents the biggest celebration in the city and it reunites people from different castes. Festivities are taking place in the streets as well as around Meenakshi Temple. It is also a great way for travellers from around the world to understand better Indian traditions related to Hinduism. Since it is a long festival, it starts in April and it ends in May.
When: April 29th to May 10th 2017
Where: Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Rajasthan is well known for being a vibrant state with colourful traditions, festivals and fairs. One of the most important fair in Rajasthan is Mahaveerji Fair and it is celebrated during the month of April. If you happen to be around then, you should definitely put this one on your calendar. It is held at the Mahaveerji Temple where devotees go to meditate and to participate to what is called “Ashta Argha”, a ritual where many donations like rice, sandalwood and saffron are made. It is mostly popular in the Jain community.
When: April 9th, 2017
Where: Mahaveerji Temple, Rajasthan
Celebrated by the Konyak tribe, Aoling Festival is very different from other festivals in India. Different kind of rituals are made during this 6 days celebration such as animals sacrifices, dancing and feasting. Since it represents the beginning of spring and it marks the start of Konyak New Year, agricultural activities are taking place and one day is reserved for cleaning houses. As a traveler, this is something you do not want to miss. It gives you an opportunity to be part of a cultural treasure and to discover the picturesque Indian Northeast states.
When: March 31st – April 12th, 2017
Where: Mon, Nagaland
Starting on the eve of the new moon (called Amavas), this colourful and traditional fair attracts around 60 000 people every year. People from different villages come to celebrate and dance and sing until they are too tired to keep going. You will see dazzling costumes worn by both women and men and drums players giving the best shows. Visitors can also enjoy handicrafts and local arts.
When: April 11th, 2017
Where: Sabarkantha District, Khed Brahma Taluka, Gujarat
If you are a fan of good blues and entertaining live music, this festival will be a lot of fun for you. Not only can you enjoy the best music shows, but you will also be helping a great cause. Indeed, this festival is hosted by the Genesis Foundation helping underprivileged children who are suffering from different kind of health issues. Since it is in the state of Himachal Pradesh, you will also be enjoying the greatest views over the green hills. It’s the perfect combination for a successful festival!
When: April 14th-16th, 2017
Where: Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh
One of the best way to experience the festive state of Goa is to take part of the Goa Food and Cultural Festival during the month of April. Enjoy the best Goan cuisine, including seafood and many drinks. Beautiful fireworks are concluding the Festival on the last day.
When: April 6th to 10th, 2017
Where: Goa state