You know March is here when the days get warm while the nights and mornings still have that slight nip in the air. Named after the Roman god of war, Mars, March is the third month of the year, which marks the official start of the Spring season.
For people in India, March has always been a month of joy and festivities, with one of the most enjoyable festivals, the festival of colours - Holi. Although Holi takes the limelight, the month follows on to host several other important festivals and events.
In this article, we are providing a list of important days and dates in the month of March that holds importance in India and across the world.
Celebrated the night before Holi, Holika Dahan symbolises the triumph of good over evil. Celebrated in India and some parts of Nepal, the festival began with a bonfire on the night of the full moon to cleanse the air of evil things. Holika Dahan's story involves Prahalad, son of asur king Hiranyakashyap and his demoness aunt Holika.
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Holi, a Hindu festival of colours, is celebrated across India and some parts of Nepal with complete zeal and enthusiasm. This festival commemorates the win of good over bad and also honours the love of Hindu deities Radha and Krishna. The festival not just symbolises unity but also is a celebration of spring’s beauty and good harvest.
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Every year, International Women’s Day is followed on 8th March. It is celebrated in honour of the achievement of women, reproductive rights, violence and abuse against women and also in seeking gender equality. International Womens Day is an official holiday in many countries, namely Afghanistan, Ukraine, Nepal, etc. On the other hand, countries like Vietnam, Australia, and Romania don’t follow International Womens Day as an official holiday, but it is widely celebrated.
Ranga Panchami is five days event that also follows Holi. According to the Hindu calendar, Ranga Panchami is observed on the fifth of Chaitra Krishna Paksha.
In Vrindavan, Mathura, and Maharashtra Ranga Panchami is celebrated by playing with colours, culminating the festivities of Holi. Holi because it is dedicated to gods and goddesses to get rid of evil eyes and bless people with positive energy.
According to the Hindu calendar, Gudi Padwa, Ugadi and Cheti Chand are observed on the first day of Chaitra month, marking the new year of Hindus.
Gudi Padwa marks the start of the Marathi and Konkani new year, followed in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu. Ugadi, the South Indian festival, is observed in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Goa. Cheti Chand signifies the Sindhi new year.
On the other hand, Chaitra Navratri also marks the new year, celebrated for nine days to worship goddess Durga and her nine deities. It is observed during Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month according to the Hindu calendar, also known as Vasanta Navratri.
Gangaur, is a Hindu festival signifying the devotion and worship of Gauri or Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva. It is one of the biggest festivals in Rajasthan and is also followed in Gujarat and West Bengal.
This festival also symbolises spring, harvest, marital fidelity and childbearing. This festival is observed by both married and unmarried women. Unmarried women do it for the blessing of a good husband, and married women do Gangaur for welfare, health, the long life of their husbands, and a happy married life.
March, a month of new beginnings with prosperity, joy and positivity, marks the end of winter and the start of spring in India. It is the month of festivals of colours and also marks the beginning of the new year in Hindu culture.
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