Festivals in India
Many festivals are observed in April and all occasions are observed with equal respect and devotion among different communities within India.
Festivals in April
Here is a list of the festivals celebrated in April.
- Easter (1th April 2018) - This day is celebrated as the day when Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter is also known as the season of the Church Year. Easter is also the end of the Lent season that is one of fasting, prayer, and penance.
- Baisakhi (14th April 2018) - This is the festival that marks the commencement of the Solar year. It is an important festival among Sikhs and is also celebrated in many other states of North India. This is a time for the harvest of crops which is celebrated by a joyous performance of the traditional Punjabi dance of bhangra and gidda.
- Tamil New Year (14th April 2018) - This festival is also known as the Puthandu. On the day of the New Year, there are feasts in every Tamil home. Apart from the entrance, each corner of the house is decorated with kolams or motifs that are drawn with powdered rice.
- Poila Baishak (15th April 2018) - This is the first day of the Bengali calendar and is celebrated as the Bengali New Year in both West Bengal and Bangladesh as well as the Bengali communities residing in Indian states of Assam and Tripura. There is traditional feasting and people wear new clothes. Shop owners and traders also observe this festival as an auspicious day to commence their yearly business.
- Akshaya Tritiya (18th April 2018) - Also known as Akha Teej, Akshaya Tritiya is a very auspicious day that is celebrated on the 3rd day after the Amavasi that is no moon day. In 2018, April 18 will be celebrated as the Akshaya Tritiya. The word "Akshaya" means 'that which never diminishes'. It is believed to be the perfect day for starting new ventures, for events like marriages, for investing or purchasing precious valuables like diamond and gold.
- Thrissur Pooram (26th April 2018) - This is one of the biggest and colorful among all the temple festivals in Kerala. Richly decorated elephants from various temples across Kerala are paraded on the streets in stately grandeur. There is also a display of fireworks and music concerts consisting of traditional drum music.
- Buddha Purnima (29th April 2018) - This festival is a celebration of the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. It is perhaps one such festival among many others in India that is celebrated by Buddhists in a peaceful manner with a great deal of devotion and respect. Buddhist scriptures are read by the monks in monasteries apart from prayers and sermons that are held. Celebrations are held in Bodh Gaya and Sarnath. Houses and temples are decorated with colorful lanterns and lamps and offerings of fruits flowers candles and incense are made to Lord Buddha.