Holi (All over India) - 1st March, 2010
Indians celebrate the festival of vibrant colors every year on the full moon day of Chaitra(March). Thes festival is associated with the mythic saga of Pradlad, an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. Rituals like 'Holika Dahan' is greatly observed by devout Hindus. In west Bengal, the festival is celebrated for two days. The first day is dedicated to offering colors to the God and Goddesses, while the second day (Dhuleti), marks the excitement of fun-lovers.. Sweets like guhija, mathi, malpuas and local drink 'Bhang' are main attractions in Holi.
Gudi Padva (Maharashtra ) - 16th March, 2010
Maharashtrians mark the festival as the beginning of a New Year. The festival spirit fuses in the aura a week prior to the date of Gudi Padva. People decorate their home with colorful rangoli, prepare sweets and traditional neem paste. Believers offer prayer to Lord Brahma, the creator of Universe and perform rituals for long hours. The religious event is also known as Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Ram Navami (All over India) - 23th March, 2010
The auspicious event is dedicated to Lord Rama, who is believed to have formulated the path of devotion and faith for Hindu pilgrims. Ram Navami is declared on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Chaitra. Countless devotees residing in different parts of India devote themselves in chanting Ram Chalisa and performing religious rituals on the very day. Also, at some places in North India, chariot procession, Ram leela and Satsang are organized.
Mewar Festival (Udaipur, Rajasthan) - 18th to 20th March, 2010
This religious festival welcomes the soothing spring season. The festival is greatly celebrated at Udaipur in Rajasthan. Grand procession are held and the Rajasthani folk showcase their cultural extravaganza in the form of entertaining dance and music. Also, breath-taking fireworks and adventure sports competitions are conducted on festival dates.
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