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A celebration of spring

Issue 02, 2019

A celebration of spring

India Perspectives |author

Issue 02, 2019


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The month of April marked the beginning of the Indian new year. It was also the month when harvest festivals were observed across the country. Here’s a glance at how India celebrated through vibrant rituals and dances in these festivals

Celebrated in the state of Assam, Rongali Bihu marks the beginning of the Assamese new year and also the harvest season. During the festival, people adorn traditional attire and perform the Bihu dance. In picture-Children pose for a picture during Bihu celebrations in Assam
A dancer performs Bihu dance during a workshop in Guwahati, Assam
Gangaur is celebrated across Rajasthan with great fervour by women, who worship Lord Shiva’s wife Gauri. It is the celebration of spring, harvest and marital bliss. In picture-Women participate in Gangaur festival in Udaipur, Rajasthan
Folk artists perform during the Mewar festival in Udaipur
Women holding small idols of Shiva and Gauri during Gangaur festival in Rajasthan
Celebrated by the Konyak people of Nagaland, the Aoling festival marks the arrival of spring and includes prayers for a good upcoming harvest. In picture-A Konyak man during the Aoling festival in Nagaland’s Mon district
People in traditional clothes take part in a procession to celebrate the Marathi new year, Gudi Padwa, at Mumbai’s Girgaon area
People in traditional clothes take part in a procession to celebrate the Marathi new year, Gudi Padwa, at Mumbai’s Girgaon area
People in traditional clothes take part in a procession to celebrate the Marathi new year, Gudi Padwa, at Mumbai’s Girgaon area
One of the major festivals of Sikhs, Baisakhi marks the time of harvest of rabi crops. People perform bhangra and gidda as they get drenched in the festive spirit. In picture-Girls run across a wheat field on the outskirts of Amritsar, Punjab, on the eve of Baisakhi

Devotees light candles on the occasion of Baisakhi at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab

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