4-March (Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti)
Dayanand Saraswati, born on 12 February 1824 was a Hindu religious leader who is well known as the founder of the Arya Samaj, a Hindu reform movement of the Vedic tradition. He was a profound scholar of the Vedic period and Sanskrit language. He was the first to give the call for Swarajya as "India for Indians" – in 1876 which was later taken up by Lokmanya ‘Bala gangadhar Tilak’. He expired on 30 October 1883 at the age of 59.
7-March (Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri)
Mahashivaratri is the most significant festival for millions of Lord Shiva worshippers in India. Lord Shiva devotees celebrate the festival with faith and reverence. They observe fast on the day. Shivaratri is celebrated on the 6th night of the dark Phalgun (Feb or March) month every year. On the auspicious day, devotees keep vigil all night. Mahashivaratri marks the night, when Lord Shiva performed the ′Tandava′. On this day Shiva devotees observe fast and offer fruits, flowers and sacred bel leaves on Shiva Linga.
23-March (Holika Dahana)
Holika Dahan, popularly known as ‘Chhoti Holi’, is a Hindu festival which is usually observed in the month of February or March. The festival celebrates the death of Holika, who dies in her attempt to kill Prahlada, son of hirnyakashyap. Holi is a two day festival where the eve of Holi is known as Holika Dahan or Holika. It is also called as ‘kama dahana’.
24-March (Holi/ Dolyatra)
Holi, amongst the most distinct culturally-rooted festivals of India, evokes the spirit of the spring season. The way Holi in India stirs up excitement among people, no other festival can. Holi festival is famously associated with colours and water balloons.
The festival of Dolyatra is celebrated with pomp and dignity in the state of West Bengal. It is essentially a festival of colours, just as Holi. Dolyatra is so special in West Bengal for the fact that it is the last festival of Bengali Year. It celebrates the legend of Radha and Krishna which says that Lord Krishna expressed his love to her beloved Radha on the day of Dolyatra.