2023 Hindu Holidays and Rich Elements for Holiday Preparation
There are many Hindu religious festivals around the world. Festivals usually celebrate events in Hindu mythology, usually in line with seasonal changes.
The festive season is widely celebrated. The onset of the famous Diwali marks the beginning of lighting 'diyas', beautifying homes, offering gifts and visiting friends and family. Similarly, the Holi festival is described as the 'Festival of Colors", with its magnificent rain dance and the 'gulaal'.
Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a spear so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.
Pongal is one of the most popular harvest festivals of Tamil Nadu.
Maha Shivaratri is the great night of Shiva, during which followers of Shiva observe religious fasting and the offering of Bael (Bilva) leaves to Shiva. Mahashivaratri Festival or ‘The Night of Shiva’ is celebrated with devotion and religious fervor in honor of Lord Shiva, one of the deities of Hindu Trinity.
Holika Dahan is celebrated by burning Holika, an asura.
Hanuman Jayanti is the celebration of the birth of Hanuman, Rama's loyal devotee. Hanuman is known for his great strength, power and his immortal devotion towards Lord Rama.He is considered to be as one of the most powerful Hindu gods in India.
Akshaya Tritiya is a very popular festival celebrated every year by Hindus and Jains. It is considered one of the most important days of the Hindu community because it was the day when the main Parasurama was born.
Akshaya Tritiya is the main symbol of the festival, and the Hindu community believes it will never be empty and produce an unlimited amount of food on demand.
Puri Rath Yatra
Ratha Yatra is the main Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath. This festival is a symbol of equality and integration.
Krishna Janmaashtami is the Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Krishna. It is actually called as Krishna Jayanthi. Sri Krishna is considered as the one of the most powerful human incarnations of the Lord Vishnu.
Onam is the harvest festival of Kerala. It falls during the month of Chingam and lasts for ten days. The festival is marked by various festivities, including intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunches, snake boat races, Onappottan, Kaazhchakkula in Guruvayoor, Puli Kali, Kaikottikkali etc.
Vishwakarma Jayanti is a day of celebration for Vishwakarma, a Hindu god, the divine architect. He is considered as swayambhu and creator of the world.
Chhath is a festival dedicated to the Sun God for bestowing the bounties of life and fulfilling wishes. During Chath, devotees worship God Surya early in the morning.
Kartika Purnima is celebrated on the Purnima day or the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik. It is also known as Tripuri Purnima and Tripurari Purnima. It is sometimes called Deva-Diwali or Deva-Deepawali, the festival of lights of the gods.
Gita Jayanti / Geeta Jayanti
Gita Jayanti is birthday of Bhagvad Gita, the sacred text of Hindus.