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Hindu Festivals In India

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Want to know about Hindu Festivals In India ? Read our easy-to-read article it includes the date and best place to celebrate these festivals.

In India, you'll find a bewildering diversity of religions and races, a colourful mosaic of people of all religions. Almost every festival has its own reason for taking place.

There are various festivals celebrating harvests, commemorating historical figures and events, and honouring gods. As part of most celebrations, rituals of prayer are done.

The rituals include the decoration of the home, the wearing of new clothing, the eating of food, and the playing of music and dancing.

In our culture, festivals are expressions of the celebration spirit. It is a time when family and friends come together to celebrate the holiday. They are a time for enthusiasm and gaiety.

As well as being a time for women to socialise, they are also a time for women to enjoy themselves. Many of these festivals feature special foods that women can partake in during their celebrations.

Top 20 Hindu Festivals In India Upd 2022 List With Dates

Diwali

As part of this festival, celebrated twenty-one days after Dussehra and celebrating Rama's return to his hometown Ayodhya following fourteen years in exile.

Diwali celebrates Rama's return while Dussehra celebrates his victory over Ravana. Diwali is celebrated over the course of 5 days. It will be celebrated on October 23,24,25,26, and 27, respectively in the year 2022.

Holi

Holi, which is celebrated in the spring, is known as the festival of colours. Hindus wear colourful clothing and sprinkle the coloured powder on one another, completely covering themselves. It is held during a time of full moon in February or March when the festival lasts two days.

Since Holika was burnt in a fire while trying to kill Prahlad, the festival is a celebration of good in the face of evil. It was celebrated on March 18, and 19 in the year 2022.

Navratri - Durga Pooja

The nine-night and 10-day Navratri festival is a significant Hindu celebration. It is believed that Goddess Durga takes nine forms during Navratri.

Mahishasura was killed by Goddess Durga during Sharadiya Navratri. In multiple religious texts, Durga appears as different characters when she kills Mahishasura. According to Rambha Kalpa, Ugrachandi, the 18-handed form of Durga, defeated Mahishasura.

Navratri fast lasts 9 days.

  • Hatasthapana: Monday, September 26.

  • Durga Ashtami: Monday, October 3.

  • Maha Navami: Tuesday, October 4.

  • Navami Homa for October 4 (Tuesday).

Shivratri

A Hindu's most important festival is Maha Shivaratri. Shivratri (also known as Maha Shivaratri) is a festival commemorating Lord Shiva. Traditionally, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were married on this day. On this day, people worship Lord Shiva and observe a fast for one day.

Poison is also believed to have come out of the great ocean when it was churning. It was capable of destroying the whole universe. Rather than annihilating the entire world, Lord Shiva drank the poison. Shivaratri, therefore, can be considered an offering to the deity.

Shivratri lasts for a single day. Maha Shivaratri in 2022 takes place on Saturday, March 1.

Dussehra

Dussehra literally means taking away ten sins and refers to the killing of Ravana, a demon with ten heads. During Dussehra rituals, the ten weaknesses and the bad qualities of a person are intended to be dispelled.

Dussehra and Vijayadashami are considered synonymous in India. As per the Hindu lunar calendar, both terms refer to Shukla Paksha Dashami, a Hindu festival observed within Ashwin month.

Since the festival of Dussehra falls after Navratri and Durga Puja, it is usually celebrated after Navratri and Durga Puja are over. On the tenth day of Devi Paksha, this festival is observed. It is celebrated for 24 hrs. Dussehra will fall on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Janmashtami

Most Krishna temples celebrate Krishna Janmashtami on this day. Most Krishna temples are located in Krishna-related cities. Hindu temples celebrate Krishna Janmashtami on this day.

The celebration of Janmashtami takes place in the cities and towns associated with Lord Krishna. As a family celebration, Krishna Janmashtami is observed in Mathura, Vrindavan and Dwarka. It generally takes two days to celebrate Janmashtami in most places.

Day 1 is Krishna Janmashtami.

Day 2 is Dahi Handi.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesha Chaturthi is one of the most important Hindu festivals. Observed in commemoration of Lord Ganesha's birth anniversary, Ganesha Chaturthi is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

Ganesha's birth was related to the Shukla Chaturthi festival, which falls in the month of Bhadrapada in Ganesha Purana and the Skanda Purana.

As per Shiva Dharma, however, Lord Ganesha was born during Krishna Chaturthi, which occurs in the month of Magha. The celebration will take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 (August 31 this year).

Kumbh Mela

There are about a billion people gathered for the Kumbh Mela, which is also known as the largest religious gathering in the world. The festival is celebrated by gatherings of people taking holy baths in the river by the side of which the Mela is held, especially on certain auspicious days.

Between one and three months are dedicated to the festival. In 2025, the Maha Kumbh Mela will take place at Prayagraj (formerly known as Allahabad). Millions of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world attend Kumbh, the largest religious assembly in the world.

Raksha Bandhan

A tale narrating the power of sacred thread ties to Indra, resulting in his victory over demons, can be attributed to Goddess Indrani as the origin of Rakhi.

Raksha Bandhan will take place on August 11 in 2022. During the Hindu festival of Rakhi, brothers have to wear the Rakhi till the day of Krishna Janmasthami, which occurs eight days after the festival.

Ram Navami

Since the days of Lord Rama, Rama Navami has been celebrated. Hindus have been celebrating the birth anniversary of Lord Rama for ages, but there is no historical record of the exact year in which this festival was celebrated.

There will be a Rama Navami celebration on March 30 (Thursday) in the year 2023. However, it will last only one day.

Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti has significance due to Surya transiting in Makar Rashi and Uttarayana has significance because Surya begins his northern journey after his six-month southern journey.

Lord Surya (sun god) is worshipped on this day of Sankranti (also known as Sankranthi). Makar Sankranti is the most significant among all Sankranti(s) because of its religious significance, although there are twelve in the Hindu calendar.

January 15 (Sunday) is Makar Sankranti in 2023. Only one day is celebrated.

Vasant Panchami

The Hindu division of the day states that Goddess Saraswati is worshipped in the early morning time, which is called Purvahna time.

Vasant Panchami is celebrated in Sravana Purnima, the Hindu festival dedicated to the goddess Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning, music, arts and wisdom. Shri Panchami and Saraswati Puja are both known as Vasant Panchami in West Bengal.

Vasant Panchami will be celebrated on January 26 (Thursday) in 2023. It is a one-day festival.

Hanuman Jayanti

Throughout the epic Ramayana, Lord Hanuman is the central figure and an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. As a result, the origin of the Hanuman birthday celebration dates back to the time of Lord Rama.

Lord Hanuman's birthday is celebrated as Hanuman Jayanti. Lord Hanuman devotees hold this day in high regard. Mata Anjana and Kesari are the parents of Lord Hanuman.

In addition to being the son of Vayu Deva, he is also described as the god of the wind. April 06 (Thursday) is the date of the 2023 Hanuman Jayanti. The festival lasts for one day.

Onam

Kerala people celebrate Onam, a Hindu festival, every year. Festivals like this are particularly significant and popular among Malayalam-speaking Indians living abroad as well as in India.

Onam celebrations last almost twelve days. According to Hindu calendar divisions, Onam is typically associated with Thiruvonam day.

During the Madhyahna and Nakshatra portions of the day, Nakshatra Thiruvonam is predominant. This year's event will take place between August 30th and September 9th.

Vaisakhi

In the Punjab region, all Punjabis celebrate the ancient harvest festival of Vaisakhi, regardless of their religious beliefs. Vaisakhi is an important day for Punjabi people, especially Sikhs. Sikhs also celebrate Visasakhi as part of their Hindu solar calendar.

The Sikh community celebrates Vaisakhi as a harvest celebration as well as a religious occasion. On Vaisakhi, Sikhs commemorate the day when the Khalsa was formed (the pure one). The celebration will take place on April 14th, 2023, and last one day.

Teej

Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva were united during the festival of Teej. Women celebrate this event. The festival is most popular in north India. There are three types of this festival: Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej, and Hartalika Teej. The main one is Teej.

It will be celebrated on Sunday, 31 July 2022. It lasts for one day with mela.

Naag Panchami

Nag Panchami, which occurs during Shukla Paksha Panchami during Sawan month, is celebrated during this time. Two days after Hariyali Teej falls on Nag Panchami day. The English calendar currently places Nag Panchami in July and August.

Nag Devta is worshipped on this day and snakes are offered milk. Women also pray for the well-being of their families and brothers on this day. August 2, 2022, will be the date. It will last one day.

Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima is scheduled for 13 July 2022. Today, we honour the teachers in our lives, aka 'gurus'. It falls during the Hindu month of ''Ashada'', on the full moon day.

Ved Vyasa, the author and character of Mahabharata, celebrates his birth anniversary on this day. Teachers and mentors are honoured on this day. Ashada is the month on which it falls.

Chhath

A festival called Chhath Puja is dedicated to Surya, the Sun God, who is the god of energy, force, and life. The festival promotes well-being, prosperity and progress.

Among other names for this puja,
it has been referred to as Surya Shashti, Chhath, Chhathi, Chhath Parv, Dala Puja, and Dala Chhath.

On Sunday, October 30, 2022, there will be Chahath Puja. This will be a one-day festival.

Gudi Padwa

In the lunisolar Hindu calendar, Gudi Padwa marks the first day of the month. Surya Siddhanta is an ancient treatise that forms the basis for many Hindu calendars.

Lord Surya revealed the Surya Siddhanta treatise to mankind according to Hindu beliefs. It is therefore impossible to date the origin of Gudi Padwa.

The Marathi calendar begins with Gudi Padwa, the New Year. This Marathi New Year is also known as Gudi Padwa. It takes place on the first day of the Chaitra month.

The date for Gudi Padwa in 2023 is Wednesday, March 22. It is a one-day festival.

Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What is the greatest festival of the Hindus?

There are two important Hindu festivals celebrated around the world. There are two festivals celebrated in India: Diwali, the festival of light, and Holi, the festival of colours.
 

Q2. Difference between Ram Navmi and Durga Pooja?

Chaitra Navratri occurs in March or April each year and will conclude with Ram Navami on April 11 this year. Chaitra Navratri culminates with the two most auspicious days. In Hinduism, they are known as Ashtami and Navami.

Q3. What is the story behind Deepavali?

Diwali marks Rama's triumphant return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile - and the heroic rescue of Princess Sita from Ravana, who kidnapped her - following an interlude during which the evil queen plotted to place him in exile.

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