India Festivals

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India Holidays and Festivals

Jan 01New Year's DayJan 14Makar Sankranti / PongalJan 26Republic Day
Feb 14Maha ShivaratriMar 02HoliMar 18Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
Mar 25Ram NavamiMar 29Mahavir JayantiMar 30Good Friday
Apr 30Budhha PurnimaMay 01Labor DayJun 16Eid-ul-Fitar
Jul 14Rath YatraAug 15Independence DayAug 22Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
Aug 25OnamAug 26Raksha BandhanSep 03Janmashtami
Sep 13Vinayaka ChaturthiSep 21MuharramOct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
Oct 19Dussehra / DasaraNov 07Diwali / DeepavaliNov 21Milad un Nabi
Nov 23Guru Nanak's BirthdayDec 25Christmas

 


Diwali /Deepavali 

Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

Deepa means lamp and in Hindi a lamp is mostly called a Diya or Di. The festival is celebrated on the occasion of Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama killing a demon Narakasura. Another story says the festival is celebrated for the return of Rama and Sita to the kingdom of Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile.


Maha Shivratri

Celebrated every year around February- March. Shivratri is celebrated on a moonless night. according to Hindu mythology, Shivratri symbolises the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Many also believe Shivratri is the night when Lord Shiva performed the Tandava Nritya- the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction.

Ram Navmi

Ram Navmi celebrates the birth of Rama or Ramachandra. The festival is celebrated on the ninth day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Chaitra.

Hanuman Jayanti

Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Lord Rama and is worshipped for his unflinching devotion to him. From early morning, devotees flock to Hanuman temples to worship him. Hanuman Jayanti is an important festival of Hindus. Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy.

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan or ‘Rakhi‘ is a special occasion to celebrate the chaste bond of love between a brother and a sister, by tying a sacred thread around the wrist.

Janmashtami

The Krishna Janmashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, one of the most popular Gods in the Hindu pantheon. Krishna is perceived by most Hindus to be an avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu, who is regarded as the highest avatar. It is believed that all other deities are manifestations of him.

Navratri

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The date changes as per lunar calendar. Navratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi are worshipped.