The fairs and festivals that are celebrated with great enthusiasm and color in the month of April play a significant role in promoting tourism of India. They offer you an opportunity to experience the glorious culture of India. Each festival is celebrated with equal fervor by different groups of people and communities. These fairs and festivals display the rich culture and ritual of the country through various festivities like Baisakhi, Mahavir Jayanthi, Budh Purnima and many more. There is a wide array of vivid festivals in India that are held during the month of April.
Celebrated on 13 April or 14 April in the states of Punjab and Haryana, Baisakhi is a harvest festival and has special importance for the Sikhs. It is celebrated with gusto and gaiety by the farmers. Being a spiritual festival, people dressed in colorful outfits offer prayers in Gurudwaras on this day. During this time, you can scout the lively celebrations and cultural performances.
A folk dance festival from the state of Assam, Bihu is celebrated three times in a year amid lush green forests. The most famous of the three is Bohaag Bihu held during the middle of April. The others being Kati Bihu and Magh Bihu. There are many customs and rites associated with each of the Bihu fairs. It tenders travelers an opportunity to scout Assam at its best.
Dating back to the pre-independence time when the country was under the control of British people, Easter is one of the most important occasions among Christians globally. Songs, dances and street dramas are presented during the Easter festival. Overall, Easter is a superb event for having a great time.
The most important festival of the Jains, it is celebrated to honor the birth of Lord Mahavir. Mahavir Jayanthi is celebrated all over the world at the end of March or early April. Girnar and Palitana are the two main places where Jains from far and wide pay a visit. There are no extravagant celebrations during this festival, rather silent prayers are being offered.
A religious Hindu festival observed on the 9th day of the month of Chaitra, Ram Navami is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal. On this auspicious day, people visit shrines, listen to tales about Ram and chant mantras. Many pilgrims keep fast during the occasion to do the sacred pooja. Ujjain, Ayodhya and Rameshwaram are the three most important places where huge celebrations take place to mark the event of Ram Navami.
It is held on the 14th of April when the people of Punjab celebrates Baisakhi, Bengal celebrates Naba Barsha and Assam celebrates Bihu. The main feature of this festival is Sadya, a feast made by the women of the house. Many other dishes are made on this day using mangoes, jackfruits and pumpkins. It is a New Year celebration, and visiting of shrines during the occasion is considered to have special importance.
Celebrated with traditional, spiritual fervor all over the world, Budh Purnima is also hailed as Vaisakh puja in india. The festivities include reading of Buddhist scriptures, prayers and sermons. The devotees also tender candles, incense sticks, fruits and flowers to Buddha's statue. One can also head off to Bodh Gaya, the place where Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment, to celebrate this festival.
The most famous temple festival of Kerala, Pooram is the best place for those who want to experience classic entertainment and royal culture of India amidst the thrilling blend of solemnity and pomp. It is a colorful festival in which scores of people take part; a performance during the festival that deserves a special mention is the dance of parasols atop elegantly decorated elephants.