India Festivals

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India Holidays and Festivals

Jan 01New Year's DayJan 14Makar Sankranti / PongalJan 26Republic Day
Mar 04Maha ShivaratriMar 21HoliApr 06Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
Apr 13Ram NavamiApr 17Mahavir JayantiApr 19Good Friday
May 01Labor DayMay 18Budhha PurnimaJun 05Eid-ul-Fitar
Jul 04Rath YatraAug 12Bakri Id / Eid ul-AdhaAug 15Raksha Bandhan
Aug 15Independence DayAug 24JanmashtamiSep 02Vinayaka Chaturthi
Sep 10MuharramSep 11OnamOct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
Oct 08Dussehra / DasaraOct 27Diwali / DeepavaliNov 10Milad un Nabi
Nov 12Guru 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.