Hindu Festivals

Hindu Festivals Celebrated

Festivals play are very large part in the day to day life of Hindus and they portray and rich cultural traditions of the country. In Hindu tradition, a festival is observed with prayers and different rituals such as fasting, decorating the deities, cooking special dishes, community fairs, etc. The festivals usually commemorate special events from Hindu mythology but this often coincides with seasonal changes or agricultural cycles such as the sowing or harvest season.

Festivals are celebrated highlighting different facets of the local culture and vary across the different geographic regions of the country. The same festival is often celebrated in different ways across the country. Given below is a collection of Hindu festivals, highlighting their significance with explanations of the different rituals involved while celebrating it.
Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri

Mahashivarathri is celebrated in krishna paksha on chathurdashi thithi in the month of Maga(Febrauary or March), is dedicated to worshiping Lord Shiva.
Swarna Gowri

Swarna Gowri

This festival is celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi. Goddess Gowri, wife of Lord Shiva, the mother of Ganesha and Lord Subramanya is worshiped throughout India.
Kedara Gowri

Kedara Gowri

Kedareshwara or Kedara Gowri is celebrated all over India. This is one of the performed by devotees of Shiva irrespective of their caste, creed or social status.
Mahalaya Amavasya

Mahalaya Amavasya

This is celebrated as Pitra paksha in the month of bhadrapada and it is dedicated to ancestors believing that ancestors who has expired have food on this day.
Ugadi

Ugadi

This festival is celebrated on Chaitra Shukla Prathama, the beginning day of a Samvathsara (Year). Hence it is a New Year Day.
Ganesha Chaturthi

Ganesha Chaturthi

Ganesha Festival is a day on which Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, resurrected to life on earth with the head of elephant.
Sreeramanavami

Sreeramanavami

This festival is celebrated on the ninth day of chaitra month as it is celebrating as the birth of Sri Rama.
Mangala Gowri

Mangala Gowri

Mangala Gowri Puja, or Shravana Mangala Gowri Puja, is an important Vrata observed by married women.
Upakarma

Upakarma

This festival is performed by men. This festival is celebrated on Shravana full moon day and celebrated by followers of Rig veda and Yajur veda.
Varalakshmi

Varalakshmi

Varamahalakshmi festival is the most auspicious festival celebrated by married woman to commemorate Goddess Mahalakshmi.
Phala Gowri

Phala Gowri

This festival is celebrated on the Shravana Amavasya day i.e. before Swarna gowri. This festival is celebrated by the married for the wellbeing of their children.
Phala Gowri

Ayudha Pooja

Ayudha Puje is an integral part of the Navratri festival a Hindu festival which is traditionally celebrated in India. The festival falls on the ninth day.
Makara Sankranthi

Makara Sankranthi

This festival is performed by men. This festival is celebrated on Shravana full moon day and celebrated by followers of Rig veda and Yajur veda.
Dussehra

Dussehra

Ayudha Puje is an integral part of the Navratri festival a Hindu festival which is traditionally celebrated in India. The festival falls on the ninth day.
Onam

Onam

Onam Festival falls during the Malayali month of Chingam (Aug - Sep) and marks the homecoming of legendary King Mahabali. Carnival of Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala culture and tradition.
NagaPanchami

NagaPanchami

This festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of the lunar day in the month of Sravana. This festival is celebrated for wishing their brothers to be happy. Vysyas celebrate this festival as Raksha bandhan.
Durga Festival

Durga Festival

Durgapuja, over the years, has outgrown its religious connotations to a large extent as people all over the India celebrate it with gusto.
Deepavali

Deepavali

The festival of lights is one of the most beautiful of Indian festivals. It comes 21 days after Dussehra and celebrates the return of Rama to Ayodhya after his 14-year exile.
Anantha Padmanabha

Anantha Padmanabha

This festival is celebrated on Baadrapada Chaturdashi. This is also known as Anantha Chaturdashi.
Holi

Holi

Holi or Phagwah (Bhojpuri) is an annual and popular Hindu spring festival. It takes place over two days in the later part of February or early March.
Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami as it is popularly known in North India, is a festival full of joy and gaiety. It celebrates with great pomp and show, the birth of Lord Krishna who was born more than 5000 years ago.

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