India’s Famous Festivals and Events in April 2020

The month of April is a sign of a new life. For many, spring is a recreational season. You can feel the energy in nature itself with trees, plants, animals and the eloquent insects coming into life after a torrid and harsh winter. People all over the globe cherish this time with Spring Breaks. This year, you should live this invigorating season with the festivals of India.

India is perhaps the best country to feel the energy of celebration with a mix of culture. After Holi, a carnival of jovial colours in March, the people of India are fastening their seat belts for some amazing celebrations in the month of April. Join them to savour a feast for you and your family.

Here, take a look at major upcoming festivals and events of India in April.

1. Tulip Festival, Srinagar

Date: 11th April – 17th Apr 2020

Location: Srinagar

Venue : Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Srinagar

Our very own Srinagar challenges the elegance of the popular tulip field in Amsterdam. Kashmir just cannot let the world relax when it comes to pristine beauty. Its annual tulip festival is well worth the reason to travel Srinagar. Given that tulips bloom for only a period of 2 weeks makes it a visit to the land of paradise a necessity. Spread over 5 hectares and an overlooking Dal Lake, the festival will overwhelm you with some florid loveliness. Crimson, golden, striped, purple, streaked, red, orange are just a few of the glorifying range the festival showcases. The fragrance of the occasion will definitely spell-bound you.

Tulip Festival, Srinagar

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2. Mopin Festival, Arunachal Pradesh

Date: 5 April, 2020

Location: Arunachal Pradesh

You may have read countless stories of the captivating North-East Indians but every time a new story brings a series of unthinkable adventure. The story of Mopin festival in Arunachal Pradesh resembles so. The people of Along-Basar-Bame celebrate Mopin as a harvest festival and as a measure to keep the evil spirits away. It involves a folklore dance “popir dance” performed by some very skilful local tribes’ women. The locally made rice wine (apong) during the festival is a pleasure that comes once in a while.

Mopin Festival, Arunachal Pradesh

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5. Attuvela Mahotsavam, Kerala

Date: 7 – 8 Apr, 2019

Location: Kerala

Another Keralan delight. This time we shift our focus from elephants to temples and waterways. Attuvela Mahotsavam is an engrossing water carnival that has its root connected to a legend in which Goddess of Kodungalloor is welcomed in the state with her sister. The event starts with festooned and illumined models of the temples of Kerala floating across the water bodies. The moving entourage is supported with the temple music playing inside each of the models. The lightening of the replicas combines with the dusky evenings to reciprocate a heavenly view. The spectacle is widely adored by the people of Kerala and definitely calls for a visit.

Attuvela Mahotsavam, Kerala India

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6. Bihu

Date: 14 Apr – 20 Apr 2020

Location: Assam

Equivalent to Baisakhi is Bihu, which is celebrated in Assam around April 14, 15 and 16, in the north eastern region of India. As celebrated in Mid April, it is called Bohag Bihu. It signifies the commencement of Assamese New Year and the approaching of spring season. It is celebrated for 7 days through folk music, bihu dance, merriment and feasting.

Bihu Fesival

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7. Tamil Puthandu – Tamil New Year

Date: 14 April 2020 (Every Year)

Location: Throughout Tamil Nadu

On the day after Vernal equinox, the Tamil New Year is celebrated. This is the first day of the first month of Tamil Hindu calendar. The day starts with kanni – at the dawn, families place a large mirror and in front of it, a tray is filled with tropical fruits, coconut, gold ornaments, fruits, cash, beetal leaves and other auspicious things. People have to see the reflection of this tray through the mirror. The temples will be glowing with special rituals, food feast, flower decoration and much more.

Tamil Puthandu - Tamil New Year

Kumbakonam district celebrates the New Year with a grand temple car festival. Visit Madurai during this day to witness the cosmic marriage of Lord Sundereswara with Goddess Meenakshi. It is celebrated as Chitthirai festival and the temple of Madurai Meenakshi Amman will be surrounded by stalls and fair grounds filled with simple games. The iconic delicacy of this festival is maanga pachadi, a sweet-bitter-sour chutney made with raw mango, jaggery and neem flower.

Manga Pachadi
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8. Baisakhi Mela, Punjab

Date: 13 April 2020

Location: Amritsar

Baisakhi is a harvest festival and it marks the beginning of the Sikh religion. It’s an old saying in India that the Punjabis know how to celebrate. Add Baisakhi Mela to their incorporated revelling DNA and you will witness one of the most heartfelt and wildly distinguished festivals in India. Being a harvest festival, Baisakhi itself rejoices life in its core form.

The culture of Punjab becomes its purest form during the festival with folklore music and Bhangra. People celebrate this festival with folk dance and music along with variety of food. Tough it is celebrated in all over the country; you can witness the best of this celebration at the Golden Temple of Amritsar. You can feel the thumping energy of people engraved in blissful enthusiasm. The multitude of cuisines in its saga of feast makes the festival an idyllic favourite.

Baisakhi Mela, Punjab

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9. Kadammanitta Padayani, Kerala

Date: 15 Apr – 24 Apr 2019

Location: Kerala

South India is never far from boasting off its celebrations. When the north oozes in its loud dramatic festivities, the south soothes itself with a mesmeric merriment of its local festivities. Kadammanitta Padavani is an event annually carried forward by the locals of Kerala. Kerala has always been attached with liberty, and this event’s dance form substantiates the same.

Padayani originated from the depth of Travancore and involves a rhythmic synchronisation between melodious folklore music and heavy drumming. The use of various masks engraving Kalan (God of death), Yakshi (fairy), Pakshi (birds) and Bhairavi (Kali) reminisces the core Hindu mythology.

Kadammanitta Padavani, Kerala

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10. Mahavir Jayanti

Date: 6th April 2020

Location: Uttar Pradesh, India

It is one of the major festivals of the Jain community. Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated as the birth of Mahavira (the last Tirthankara). According to the Gregorian calendar, it is observed either in March or April. On this day, abhisheka (a ceremonial bath) of the statues of Mahavira takes place. People following Jainism, do charity in the name of Mahavir, they offer prayers and meditate in the temples.

Mahavir Jayanti Festival

11. Good Friday

Date: 10 April 2020

Location: India

Good Friday is celebrated in all over the world and India also observes the same on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It is celebrated by the Christians to mark the suffering, passion and death of Lord Jesus during his crucifixion on the cross. On this day, the Christians fast, pray, repent and meditate.

Good Friday Festival

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12. Easter

Date: 1th2 April 2020

Location: India

The Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. It is considered as the well-attended Sunday service every year. According to Christian belief, Easter is the day when Jesus raised from death. It is believed that Jesus paid penalty through his death, burial and resurrection for the sin of his followers and disciples.

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13. Sankat Mochan Music Festival, Varanasi

Date: 12 Apr 2020

Location: Varanasi

The holy city Varanasi will never be behind when it comes to revelries. The Hanuman Jayanti in April brings an arrival of Sankat Mochan Music festival in the city toured by the river Ganga. The people who consist of the locals, pundits, and tourists come in tandem to highlight the musical event held from dawn till dusk. The participatory dance shows are just the evidence of how much raw energy this place has. The rituals consisting of aartis and the sights of monkeys looting fruits creates a euphoric pleasure which can only happen in Banaras. The carnival of Lord Hanuman just never ceases to boggle the onlookers.

Sankat Mochan Music Festival Varanasi

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14. Goa Food and Cultural Festival, Panaji

Date: To be Announced

Location: Goa

Goa is like the adrenaline state of India. You can feel the part of its history the moment you land. Its Food and culture festival is just an anecdote of the liveliest place in India. The food carnival is place spread with multi-national cuisines, sea foods, Goan specials, and also the homemade food. Cooking competitions, exotic cocktails and live feni distillation make up for a great time. Adding to that, many of the musical bands of India and foreign add to the cultural fiesta. The Goa festival lives up to its expectations and fashions a long lasting memory of its influence in the minds of people.

Goa Food and Cultural Festivals Panaji

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15. Thrissur Pooram, Kerala

Date: 3 May 2020

Location: Kerala

Kerala is always associated with elephants. Thrissur Pooram is the place you should visit this April if you want to come closer to the enriching performance of man, elephant and music! As many as 30 elephants are decorated with every possible kind of traditional supplies. It becomes a visual treat to see how these lavishly bedecked elephants assemble in the tunes of 250 musical artists. Ornamental displays and drum concerts add to the appeal of the event. The ecstatic firework display as the sun takes a dip into the waters closes the evening with emphatic satisfaction.

Thrissur Pooram, Kerala

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As you can see, the arrival of April carries such vigour and colour into our senses. Be proactive and start to plan your days as these enchanting events only happen annually and you are too special to miss any of it.

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