Category: Festivals

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Ramadan

Ramadan, is the holiest month in the Islamic year and muslims around the world practice sawm/siyam, or fasting, for the entire month of Ramadan. Fasting during Ramdan is one of the five pillars of Islam and one of the highest forms of Islamic worship. WHEN IS...

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Indian festival Calendar – 2015

Indian Festival Calendar 2015 – Rich in it’s cultural inheritance, festivals are an essential part of our Indian community.They reflect the diversity of celebrations in a multi-cultural, multi- religion nation which values sentiments, respects traditions and fosters community living. Indian festivals are so vast in number and...

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Baisakhi or Vaisakhi Festival

Baisakhi marks the ripening of the Rabi crop and is celebrated in the month of Vaishakh (April-May). After harvesting of the winter crops, farmers of northern states of Punjab and Haryana celebrate this day as the beginning of another year. Vaishakh months of April and May are filled with festivals...

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Lohri – Harvest Festival

Lohri – Harvest Festival – of Punjab and Haryana is also referred as the bonfire festival. Huge bonfires are lit to thanks the God for abundant crops. WHEN IS LOHRI CELEBRATED? Lohri – Harvest Festival is celebrated on 13th of January during the month of Paush...

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Makar Sankranti – Harvest festival

Makar Sankranti marks the end of cold winter days and beginning of warm and longer days for the harvest season. WHEN IS MAKAR SANKRANTI CELEBRATED? This festival is celebrated on 14th of January in the month of Magha when the sun passes through the winter solstice,...

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Pongal – Harvest Festival

In Tamil Nadu- Sankranti is known by the name of ‘Pongal’. It is the most popular harvest festival to the farmers of South India. Pongal festival lasts for four days. FIRST DAY IS BHOGI/BOGI Observed as the cleaning day where houses are cleaned, painted and decorated with...

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Basant Panchami – Festival of Spring

The name itself signifies the festival BASANT/VASANT which means SPRING and PANCHAMI means FIFTH i.e. The fifth day of Spring. WHEN IS BASANT PANCHAMI CELEBRATED ? It Falls on Panchami of the Sukal Paksh ( Waxing moon) in the month of February. It is celebrated with...

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Mahashivratri

As the name indicates this festival is celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva, the third God of the Hindu Trinity.  WHEN IS MAHASHIVARATRI CELEBRATED ? Every month in Hindu calendar has listed the thirteenth day of the darker half of the month as Shivaratri i.e....

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Holi – Festival of colors

Holi also known as Basantutsav (Spring Festival) is the festival of colors which is celebrated across India with great cheer and gaiety. WHEN IS HOLI CELEBRATED? Holi falls on a full moon during the month of Phalgun some time in March. Holi festival marks the end...

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Navratri

Navratri means- Nav = nine ; Ratri = nights. Nine nights of worshiping Shakti also known as Mother Durga. Wish You All A Happy Vikram Samvat 2072, celebrated as  Gudi  Padwa in Maharashtra,  Ugadi  in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.  Baisakhi  in Punjab, Cheti  Chand in...

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Gangaur Festival

Gangaur or Mewar festival is performed in the honor of Mother Gauri. In the word Gangaur ‘Gan is a synonym for lord Shiva and ‘Gaur’ or ‘Gauri’ for Goddess Parvati (the consort of Lord Shiva). WHEN IS GANGAUR CELEBRATED? In Rajasthan, Gangaur festival’s spirited celebration gets underway...

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Ram navami – Birth of Shri Ram

Shri- Ram is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Ramnavami commemorates the birth of Rama who incarnated himself in a human form on this day and took birth in Ayodhya. WHEN IS RAM NAVAMI CELEBRATED? Ram Navami falls on the ninth day (navami) of a bright fortnight in the...

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Gudi Padwa – Festival of Spring

Gudi Padwa ia a Maharashtrain spring festival. According to Marathi calendar it marks the New Year’s Day for Maharashtrians. WHEN IS GUDI PADWA CELEBRATED? Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu month- Chaitra in March/April which also represents the onset of spring or...

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Hanuman Jayanti

Hanuman Jayanti, also known as Hanumath Jayanti, is the auspicious day and is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman, the monkey god. Hanuman Jayanti is an important festival and Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy. Hanuman chalisa are recited and prayers are offered. It is believed...

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Good Friday

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This day is marked with prayers, fasts and penance. Observed on a Friday just before Easter, it is a public holiday in India. LEGEND ASSOCIATED WITH GOOD FRIDAY According to Christian legend, Jesus Christ hailed from Nazareth, a...

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Easter Sunday in India

Easter is the oldest of all Christian festivals. It’s the day when devotees celebrate Jesus Christ rising from the dead and they recall the widely believed Christian legend of – resurrection of Christ. It has been called a movable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year,...

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Teej Festival

On the occasion of Teej, Goddess Parvati is worshiped by seekers for martial bliss and happiness. Teej is also referred as the festival of swings. WHEN IS TEEJ CELEBRATED? Teej is held every year during the Hindu Month of Shravan (July or August) and marks...

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Karwa Chouth

It is the most important fast observed by the women of North India. Karwa Chouth is a fast undertaken by married Hindu women who offer prayers seeking the welfare, prosperity, well-being, and longevity of their husbands. It is said to have an extraordinary observance rate among...

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Dusshera or Vijayadashami

Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi, is one of the fascinating festivals of India and is celebrated all around India with great fanfare. Where “Vijaya” stands for victory and “Dashami” stands for tenth day. Dusshera is observed as the victory of good over evil which is...

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Dhanteras

Dhanteras marks the beginning of the five day Diwali festival. It’s the first day when the festivities begin. The word Dhanteras comes from a sanskrit word Dhan which means wealth and teras means “the thirteen day”. Dhanteras is also referred as “Dhantrayodashi” or “Dhanwantari Triodasi”.God...