Makar Sankranti or
||Pongal is one of the most
popular harvest festival of South India, mainly Tamil Nadu and Andhra
Pradesh. Pongal falls in the mid-January every year and marks the
auspicious beginning of Uttarayan – sun's journey northwards. Pongal
festival lasts for four days. Celebrations include drawing of Kolam,
swinging & cooking of delicious Pongal.. This day is coinciding with
(also called Saraswati Puja by
Biharis) is celebrated for the blessing of
goddess of wisdom
and the arts.
is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community. The word
Thaipusam is derived from the Tamil month name Thai and Pusam, which
refers to a star that is at its highest point during the festival. The
festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a spear so
he could vanquish the evil demon
is the great night of Shiva,
followers of Shiva observe religious
fasting and the
offering of Bael (Bilva)
leaves to the Shiva.
or Phagwah is a popular spring festival.
Holi commemorates the
slaying of the demoness Holika by Lord
Prahlad. Thus, the festival's name is derived from the Sanskrit
words "Holika Dahanam", which literally mean "Holika's slaying"
is celebrated in Goa as
one of the prominent festivals of the
Konkani Hindu community.
is the Hindu festival of
worship and dance. In Sanskrit the term literally means "nine
nights". During this festival the forms of
Shakti are worshipped.
is the celebration of the birth of
is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month, and is celebrated
as New Year's Day by
Marathis and the
Konkanis. According to the
this is the day on which
Brahma created the world.
(meaning "the start of an era" in
Telugu and Kannada)
is the New Year's Day for the
Telugus. It takes place on the same day as
||Vishu is a Hindu festival
celebrated in Kerala.
is the celebration of the birth of Hanuman, Rama's loyal devotee.
(mid-April, also called Bohag Bihu), the most popular Bihu celebrates
the onset of the Assamese New Year (around April 15) and the coming of
||The marriage of
Parvati is celebrated
as Sitalsasthi. It is celebrated as a carnival. Where people and artists
from different walks of life participate making it more beautiful and
bringing out the true colour of life.
is observed in
Maharashtra. Pournima means "full
moon." Women pray for the prosperity of their husbands by tying
threads around a banyan
is a Scheduled Caste/Tribe and Backward Caste celebration of Mother
Goddess (Pochamma, Yellamma etc) in the Telangana Region. Caste based
festivals are common in this region.
is a festival which takes place during the months of September and
October in some regions of Telangana, originally in Ranga Reddy, Medak
and Warangal Districts.
is the festival associated with
is the day devotees offer puja (worship) to their
Guru. This was also the
day when Vyasa, author
of the Mahabharata
puja performed by married
to seek the blessings of
goddess of wealth
is a harvest festival, celebrated mainly in the Indian state of Kerala.
Like many other religious festivals in India, Onam is celebrated by
people across all castes and faiths.
is a festival celebrated mainly in northern Indian states. Rakhi is a
special occasion to celebrate the chaste bond of love between a brother
and a sister.
Janmaashtami is the Hindu festival celebrating
the birth of Krishna. It is actually called as Krishna Jayanthi. The
date falls not only on the eight day of the waning moon, but always on
is celebrated in
Andhra Pradesh, and
Gowri is worshipped for her ability to bestow courage to her
Newly wed couples are invited to the house of the groom's parents
and served with
varieties of food.
is the celebration of the birth of
is celebrated to welcome the new rice of the season. This is an
agricultural festival mainly observed by people of Western Orissa (Kosal).
is the Hindu festival of worship and dance. In Sanskrit the term
literally means "nine nights". During this festival the forms of Shakti
is the Hindu celebration of good over evil.
which means "row of lights/lamps" is called "Divali" in North India,
Deepa means lamp and in Hindi a lamp is mostly called a Diya or Di. The
festival is celebrated on the occasion of
Lord Krishna and his wife
a demon Narakasura.
Another story says the festival is celebrated for the return of
Sita to the kingdom
fourteen years of exile.
also referred to as Bhai dooj, is the ceremony performed by
Hindus, generally, on the second day of
Deepavali. It is celebrated among brothers and sisters and is
similar to Raksha Bandhan, except there is no tying of rakhi
||A unique festival is
celebrated in Varanasi this day which is called Dev Devali. The Kartik
Purnima festival also coincides with the
light festival and
Guru Nanak Jayanti
is mainly observed in Bihar
and Terai, but is also
celebrated elsewhere. It is a festival dedicated to the
Sun God for bestowing the bounties of life and fulfilling wishes.
is a festival that
Oriya. It is held on the eighth day of the month of
older female relatives pray for the prosperity of their eldest child.
The festival is followed by rituals and recitations of the
(also Zatra and jatra) refers to the
pilgrimage festivals celebrated at
Hindu temples. Idols and
are taken out on special procession in a palkhi (a
palanquin) or a chariot called the rath. Every temple
observes this festival once a year on the traditional day.
is a very ancient festival of lights celebrated by Tamil Hindus on the
full moon day of Karthikai month (November/December). This occurs on the
day when the moon is in conjunction with the constellation Karthigai
(Pleiades) and purnima. It is the same as Kartik Poornima but
since Tamils follow the Hindu Solar calendar with correction for
precession of the equinoxes, the Tamil date matches the actual
is a modern Hindu festival celebrating Lord
Five-Faced Maha Ganapati—Lord of Categories.
||The Purna (complete) Kumbh
takes place every twelve years. The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mella is
celebrated every six years. The normal Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 4
years. The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela which comes every 12 'Purna Kumbh
Melas', or 144 years.