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2020 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'.

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Makarsankranti / Pongal

Pongal is one of the most popular harvest festivals of Tamil Nadu.

Thaipusam / Kavadi

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.

Vasant PanchamiL

Vasant Panchami (also called Saraswati Puja by Bengalis and Odias) is celebrated for the blessing of Saraswati, goddess of wisdom and the arts.

Maha Shivaratri

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

Holika Dahan is celebrated by burning Holika, an asura.

Holi

Holi or Phagwah is a popular spring festival. Holi commemorates the slaying of the demoness Holika by Lord Vishnu's devotee Prahlad.

Ugadi / Gudi Padwa / Telugu New Year

Ugadi is the New Year's Day for the people of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states in India.

Ramanavami / Rama Navami

Rama Navami is a spring Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of lord Rama.

Tamil New Year

The Tamil New Year follows the Nirayan vernal equinox. it falls around 14 April of the Gregorian year.

Bengali New Year / Bihu

Rongali Bihu (mid-April, also called Bohag Bihu), the most popular Bihu celebrates the onset of the Assamese New Year (around 15 April) and the coming of Spring.

Vaisakhi / Baisakhi / Vishu

Vishu is a Hindu festival celebrated in Kerala. It falls around 14 April of the Gregorian year.

Hanuman Jayanti

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

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.

Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima is the day devotees offer puja (worship) to their Guru. This was also the day when Vyasa, author of the Mahabharata was born.

Nag Panchami

Naga Panchami is a traditional worship of snakes or serpents.

Varalakshmi Vrat

Varamahalakshmi Vrata is a festival to propitiate the Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu, one of the Hindu Trinity.

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrated mainly in the states of northern India. Rakhi is a special occasion to celebrate the pure love between brothers and sisters.

Krishna Janmashtami

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.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is the celebrated as the arrival of Ganesh on the earth.

Onam

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 Puja

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.

Navaratri

Navaratri is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights and is celebrated every year in the autumn.

Dussehra

Vijayadashami also known as Dasahara, Dusshera, Dasara, Dussehra or Dashain is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navratri every year.

Sharad Purnima

Sharad Purnima is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin, marking the end of the monsoon season.

Karva Chauth

Karva Chauth is a one-day festival celebrated by Hindu women four days after purnima in the month of Kartika.

Dhanteras

Dhanteras, also known as Dhanatrayodashi or Dhanvantari Trayodashi, is the first day that marks the festival of Diwali in India and the festival of Tihar in Nepal.

Diwali

Diwali, Divali, Deepavali or Dipavali is the festival of lights. Observances includes Diya and lighting, home decoration, shopping, fireworks, puja (prayers), gifts, feast and sweets.

Bhai Dooj

Bhai Dooj / Bhau-Beej / Bhai Tika / Bhai Phonta is a festival celebrated celebrated among brothers and sisters and is similar to Raksha Bandhan.

Chhath Puja / Chhath

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.

Kartik Poornima

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.
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