Delhi Festivals in March
Holi is probably the most popular and celebrated festival in India. It is commonly called the festival of colours but is actually a spring festival meant to commemorate the advent of spring season in March and to seek blessings from God for a good harvest and fertile land. It is celebrated during the month of Phaguna on a full moon day accompanied with vibrant colours thrown at each other playfully, dance, music and lots of fun. This festival is also associated with the eternal love of Lord Krishna and Radha. Social taboos are overlooked and a drink called 'Bhaang' is prepared from milk and sweets are both mixed with opium. Young, Old, Men and Women, all enjoy this drink and the sweets. Other delicacies and savouries like Gujhias and Papris are also consumed.
Holla Mohalla is a very common festival in Punjab equally celebrated amongst Punjabis in Delhi during the month of March. This festival brings together the community under one roof filled with an atmosphere love, care and sharing. This day is dedicated to the Sikhs who were martyred during battle against enemies of their land. Sikhs visit the Gurudwara early morning to offer prayers and attend the ritual bathing of the Guru Granth Sahib with Milk and Water after which the Holy Statue is placed on a platform and respected. Kar Seva and Kirtans are performed, the Prasad is consecrated and served to everyone and after the prayer session, the community is served lunch at the common hall. The evening is filled with cultural programmes like the martial art skill with sword fighting and mock battles are exhibited by the Nihang Sikh Army founded by Guru Gobind Singh accompanied by a storytelling session about the life, wisdom and valour of the Ten Sikh Gurus starting from Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh and followed by dance, music and poetry sessions.
The Garden Tourism Festival
The Garden Tourism Festival is organised during the month of March or towards the end of February by the Delhi Ministry of tourism in Talkatora Stadium and lasts for four to five days. It also marks the spring season when the gardens are filled with fresh and newly blossomed flowers and trees with new greener leaves. Garden lovers and tourists are drawn to this festival every year to view the array of different colourful flowers ranging from a variety of Rose species, Dahlias, Bonsai and many more. Painting competitions are also organised for children along with a number of cultural programmes to entertain the visitors.