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Indian festivals(holidays)

If you know something about some indian festival (holiday) can you describe it please?



1. Makara Sankranti: Hindus consider the sun king of the planets. Makara Sankranti is the celebration of the sun's journey to the Northern Hemisphere.

2. Vasant Panchami day puja (worship) is devoted to Sarasvati, the Goddess of Learning. She bestows the greatest wealth to humanity--the wealth of knowledge.

3.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.

4.Holi or Phagwah is a popular spring festival. Holi commemorates the slaying of the demoness Holika by Lord Vishnu's devotee Prahlad. Thus, the festival's name is derived from the Sanskrit words "Holika Dahanam", which literally mean "Holika's slaying"

5.Shri Rama Navami: This festival celebrates the birth of Lord Rama who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

6.Hanuman Jayanthi: This celebrates the birth of Hanuman,Hanuman was the Avatara of Lord Siva. He was born of the Wind-God and Anjani Devi. He is also called by the names Pavanasuta, Marutsuta, Mahavira, Bajrangabali and Pavankumar.

7.Raksha Bandan: This celebrates the love of a sister for her brother. On this day, sisters tie a rakhi, a colorful bracelet made of silk thread, on the wrist of their brothers to protect them against evil influences.


8.Krishna Janmashtami: This is the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna, 8th avtar of lord vishnu, who told bhagvat gita to arjuna during mahabharat..
9.Navaratri: Navaratri or the nine sacred nights dedicated to the Mother Goddess are celebrated in the month of October-November. Navaratri includes the Sarasvati Puja and the Durga Puja festivals. "Nava" means nine and "ratri" means night. So Navaratri literally means nine nights.
10.Dusshera, also known as Vijaya Dashami, is celebrated on the tenth day of Navaratri. This signifies the victory of Lord Rama over the demon Ravana, which is often observed with special celebrations and the burning of the effigy of Ravana. celebrated as the victory of good on evil
11.Karva Chauth: This is a fast undertaken by married Hindu women who offer prayers seeking the welfare, prosperity and longevity of their husbands
12.Deepavali: Deepavali, or Diwali as it is popularly called, is the festival of lights. It symbolizes the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness.

January 2013

01 Tuesday English New Year
13 Sunday Lohri
14 Monday Uttarayana Sankranti
26 Saturday Republic Day

February 2013

14 Thursday Vasant Panchami

March 2013

10 Sunday Maha Shivaratri
26 Tuesday Holi/Holika Dahan
27 Wednesday Rangwali Holi

April 2013

11 Thursday Gudi Padwa , Ugadi
14 Sunday Solar New Year , Baisakhi , AmbedkarJayanti
19 Friday Rama Navami

May 2013

25 Saturday Buddha Purnima

July 2013

10 Wednesday Jagannath Rathyatra

August 2013

15 Thursday Independence Day
20 Tuesday Raksha Bandhan
28 Wednesday Krishna Janmashtami

September 2013

09 Monday Ganesh Chaturthi

October 2013

02 Wednesday Gandhi Jayanti
12 Saturday Durga Ashtami , Maha Navami
13 Sunday Dussehra
22 Tuesday Karwa Chauth

November 2013

02 Saturday Narak Chaturdashi
03 Sunday Diwali/Lakshami Puja
04 Monday Gowardhan Puja
05 Tuesday Bhaiya Dooj
08 Friday Chhath Puja

December 2013

25 Wednesday Merry Christmas

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