Calendar of Hindu Festivities

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Hindu Calendar

In Hindu Calendar, the day starts with local sunrise and ends with next day local sunrise. As sunrise time is different for all cities, Hindu Calendar made for one city is not valid for any other city. Hence it is important to use location based Hindu Calendar. Further, each Hindu day consists of five elements, which are called angas. These five elements are:
1. Tithi
2. Nakshatra
3. Yoga
4. Karana
5. Var (weekdays)

Panchang

In Hindu Calendar, all five elements together are called Panchang. (pancha - five) + ang - part). Hence Hindu Calendar which shows all five elements for each day is called Panchang. In South India Panchang is known as Panchangam.

Lunar Months

01. Chaitra

02. Vaishakha

03. Jyeshtha

04. Ashadha

05. Shravana

06. Bhadrapada

07. Ashwin

08. Kartik

09. Margashirsha

10. Paush

11. Magha

12. Phalguna

Nakshatras

01. Ashwini

02. Bharani

03. Krittika

04. Rohini

05. Mrigashirsha

06. Ardra

07. Punarvasu

08. Pushya

09. Ashlesha

10. Magha

11. Purva Phalguni

12. Uttara Phalguni

13. Hasta

14. Chitra

15. Swati

16. Vishakha

17. Anuradha

18. Jyeshtha

19. Mula

20. Purva Ashadha

21. Uttara Ashadha

22. Shravana

23. Dhanishtha

24. Shatabhisha

25. Purva Bhadrapada

26. Uttara Bhadrapada

27. Revati

28.

Yoga

01. Vishkambha

02. Priti

03. Ayushman

04. Saubhagya

05. Shobhana

06. Atiganda

07. Sukarman

08. Dhriti

09. Shula

10. Ganda

11. Vriddhi

12. Dhruva

13. Vyaghata

14. Harshana

15. Vajra

16. Siddhi

17. Vyatipata

18. Varigha

19. Parigha

20. Shiva

21. Siddha

22. Sadhya

23. Shubha

24. Shukla

25. Brahma

26. Indra

27. Vaidhriti

 

Karana

01. Kinstughna

02. Bava

03. Balava

04. Kaulava

05. Taitila

06. Garaja

07. Vanija

08. Vishti

09. Shakuni

10. Chatushpada

11. Nagava

 

Tithi

01. Pratipada

02. Dwitiya

03. Tritiya

04. Chaturthi

05. Panchami

06. Shashthi

07. Saptami

08. Ashtami

09. Navami

10. Dashami

11. Ekadashi

12. Dwadashi

13. Trayodashi

14. Chaturdashi

15. Purnima

16. Amavasya

Zodiac

01. Mesha

02. Vrishabha

03. Mithuna

04. Karka

05. Simha

06. Kanya

07. Tula

08. Vrischika

09. Dhanu

10. Makara

11. Kumbha

12. Meena

Anandadi Yoga

01. Ananda (Siddhi)

02. Kaladanda (Mrityu)

03. Dhumra (Asukha)

04. Dhata (Saubhagya)

05. Saumya (Bahu Sukha)

06. Dhwanksha (Dhanakshaya)

07. Ketu (Saubhagya)

08. Shrivatsa (Saukhyasampatti)

09. Vajra (Kshaya)

10. Mudgara (Lakshmikshaya)

11. Chhatra (Rajasanmana)

12. Mitra (Pushti)

13. Manasa (Saubhagya)

14. Padma (Dhanagama)

15. Lumba (Dhanakshaya)

16. Utpata (Prananasha)

17. Mrityu (Mrityu)

18. Kana (Klesha)

19. Siddhi (Karyasiddhi)

20. Shubha (Kalyana)

21. Amrita (Rajasanmana)

22. Mushala (Dhanakshaya)

23. Gada (Bhaya)

24. Matanga (Kulavriddhi)

25. Raksha (Mahakashta)

26. Chara (Karyasiddhi)

27. Susthira (Griharambha)

28. Pravarddhamana (Vivaha)

Samvatsara

01. Prabhava

02. Vibhava

03. Shukla

04. Pramoda

05. Prajapati

06. Angira

07. Shrimukha

08. Bhava

09. Yuva

10. Dhata

11. Ishwara

12. Bahudhanya

13. Pramathi

14. Vikrama

15. Vrisha

16. Chitrabhanu

17. Subhanu

18. Tarana

19. Parthiva

20. Vyaya

21. Sarvajit

22. Sarvadhari

23. Virodhi

24. Vikriti

25. Khara

26. Nandana

27. Vijaya

28. Jaya

29. Manmatha

30. Durmukha

31. Hemalambi

32. Vilambi

33. Vikari

34. Sharvari

35. Plava

36. Shubhakrit

37. Shobhana

38. Krodhi

39. Vishvavasu

40. Parabhava

41. Plavanga

42. Kilaka

43. Saumya

44. Sadharana

45. Virodhakrit

46. Paridhavi

47. Pramathi

48. Aananda

49. Rakshasa

50. Nala

51. Pingala

52. Kala

53. Siddhartha

54. Raudra

55. Durmati

56. Dundubhi

57. Rudhirodgari

58. Raktakshi

59. Krodhana

60. Kshaya

 

 


 

Calendar of Hindu Festivities 2007:

January

 

14 - Boghi

15 - Makarsankranti / Pongal

16 - Mattu Pongal

18 - Thai Amavasai

 

February

 

01 - Thai Poosam

16 - Maha Shivaratri / Shiva Jayanti

 

March

 

04 - Holi 

20 - Gudi Padwa / Ugadi / Cheti Chand / Chaitra Sukhladi       

27 - Sri Ramanavami

30 - Hindi New Year       

31 - Mahavir Jayanti

 

April

 

01 - Panguni Uttaram

02 - Hanuman Jayanti

14 - Tamil New Year

15 - Vishu

15 - Bengali New Year

20 - Akshaya Tritiya

29 - Madurai Meenakshi Thiru kalyanam

 

May

 

02 - Sri Kalazhagar vaigai festival / Buddha Purnima / Buddha Jayanti

30 - Buddha(Vaisakhi) Purnima

 

June

 

24 - Aadi Amavasya

30 - Nag Panchami

 

July

 

29 - Guru Purnima

 

August

 

03 - Aadi Peruku

12 - Aadi Amavasai

15 - Aadi Pooram

24 - Varalakshmi Viradham

26 – Onam

31 - Maha Sankadahara Chaturthi

 

September

 

03 - Krishna Jayanthi

15 - Ganesh Chaturthi

 

October

 

10 - Mahalya Amavasai

12 - Navaratri Begins

20 - Saraswati Pooja / Ayudha Pooja

21 - Vijayadasami / Dussehra

 

November

 

08 - Deepavali / Diwali

15 - Skanda Shashti

24 - Thiru Karthikai / Thiruvannamalai Deepam

 

December

 

20 - Vaikunda Ekadasi

24 - Dattatreya Jayanti / Arudra Darsanam

 


 

Calendar of Hindu Festivities 2008:

 

Monday 14 January

Makar Sankrant

Makar Sankrant is the first Hindu festival of the solar calendar year, falling around January 14. It falls at a time when the Sun enters the Zodiac sign of Makar (Capricorn) and when the day and night are of equal duration. Days become longer from this point on so it is a time for celebration.

 

Monday 11 February

Vasant Panchami

Dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and Brahma's wife. The festival marks the beginning of Spring.

 

Thursday 6 March

Mahashivratri

Mahashivratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.

 

Friday 21 March

Holi

The Hindu spring festival of colors.

 

Easter Sunday 23 March

 

Sunday 6 April

Bikarami Samvat - Varsha-Pratipada

The Hindu Spring New Year celebrated particularly in South India.

 

Monday 14 April

Rama Navami

Birthday of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana.

 

Saturday 19 April

Hanuman Jayanti

This festival marks the birth of Hanuman, the Monkey God, friend of Lord Rama.

 

Monday 19 May

Buddha Purnima

 

Friday 18 July

Guru Purnima

Hindu celebration of the ancient Gurus, in particular Sage Ved Vyas. A Guru is seen as a remover of darkness, a teacher. The date is the full moon of the month Asadha.

 

Saturday 16 August

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love. "Raksha Bandhan" means a thread for protection.

Moon Eclipse

 

Sunday 24 August

Janmashtami - Krishna Jayanti

The Janmashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, the most highly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon.

 

Wednesday 3 September

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed God, god of prosperity, prudence and success. Images of Ganesh are worshipped.

 

Monday 29 September

Navaratri (start)

Navaratri (nine nights), dedicated to Durga, symbolises the triumph of good over evil and marks the start of autumn.

 

Thursday 9 October

Dussera

Celebrates Lord Rama's victory over the evil demon Ravana.

 

Tuesday 28 October

Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.

 

Narka-Chaturdashi

On the second day of the Hindu festival of Diwali, it is customary for men to bathe before sunrise. This custom re-enacts the ritual cleansing of Lord Krishna, who had smeared his head with the blood of the filthy demon king, Narkasur, who stole the magnificent earrings of Aditi, the Mother Goddess, and imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of the gods and saints in his disgusting den.

 


 

Calendar of Hindu Festivities 2009:

 

Wednesday 14 January

Makar Sankrant

Makar Sankrant is the first Hindu festival of the solar calendar year, falling around January 14. It falls at a time when the Sun enters the Zodiac sign of Makar (Capricorn) and when the day and night are of equal duration. Days become longer from this point on so it is a time for celebration.

 

Saturday 31 January

Vasant Panchami

Dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and Brahma's wife. The festival marks the beginning of Spring.

 

Monday 23 February

Mahashivratri

Mahashivratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.

 

Wednesday 11 March

Holi

The Hindu spring festival of colors.

 

Friday 27 March

Bikarami Samvat - Varsha-Pratipada

The Hindu Spring New Year celebrated particularly in South India.

 

Friday 3 April

Rama Navami

Birthday of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana.

 

Thursday 9 April

Hanuman Jayanti

This festival marks the birth of Hanuman, the Monkey God, friend of Lord Rama.

 

Easter Sunday 12 April

 

Friday 8 May

Buddha Purnima - Vesak

Buddha’s birthday.

 

Tuesday 7 July

Guru Purnima

Hindu celebration of the ancient Gurus, in particular Sage Ved Vyas. A Guru is seen as a remover of darkness, a teacher. The date is the full moon of the month Asadha.

 

Wednesday 22 July

Sun Eclipse

 

Wednesday 5 August

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love. "Raksha Bandhan" means a thread for protection.

 

Friday 14 August

Janmashtami - Krishna Jayanti

The Janmashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, the most highly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon.

 

Sunday 23 August

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed God, god of prosperity, prudence and success. Images of Ganesh are worshipped.

 

Saturday 19 September

Navaratri (start)

Navaratri (nine nights), dedicated to Durga, symbolises the triumph of good over evil and marks the start of autumn.

 

Monday 28 September

Dussera

Celebrates Lord Rama's victory over the evil demon Ravana.

 

Saturday 17 October

Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.

 

Narka-Chaturdashi

On the second day of the Hindu festival of Diwali, it is customary for men to bathe before sunrise. This custom re-enacts the ritual cleansing of Lord Krishna, who had smeared his head with the blood of the filthy demon king, Narkasur, who stole the magnificent earrings of Aditi, the Mother Goddess, and imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of the gods and saints in his disgusting den.

 

Tuesday 1 December

Shri Dattatreya Jayanti

Celebrates the birth of Adi Guru Dattatreya.

 

Thursday 31 December

Moon Eclipse  

 


 

Calendar of Hindu Festivities 2010:

 

Thursday 14 January

Makar Sankrant

Makar Sankrant is the first Hindu festival of the solar calendar year, falling around January 14. It falls at a time when the Sun enters the Zodiac sign of Makar (Capricorn) and when the day and night are of equal duration. Days become longer from this point on so it is a time for celebration.

 

Wednesday 20 January

Vasant Panchami

Dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and Brahma's wife. The festival marks the beginning of Spring.

 

Friday 12 February

Mahashivratri

Mahashivaratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.

 

Sunday 28 February

Holi

The Hindu spring festival of colors.

 

Tuesday 16 March

Bikarami Samvat - Varsha-Pratipada

The Hindu Spring New Year celebrated particularly in South India.

 

Wednesday 24 March

Rama Navami

Birthday of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana.

 

Tuesday 30 March

Hanuman Jayanti

This festival marks the birth of Hanuman, the Monkey God, friend of Lord Rama.

 

Easter Sunday 4 April

 

Thursday 27 May

Buddha Purnima - Vesak

Buddha’s birthday.

 

Sunday 25 July

Guru Purnima

Hindu celebration of the ancient Gurus, in particular Sage Ved Vyas. A Guru is seen as a remover of darkness, a teacher. The date is the full moon of the month Asadha.

 

Tuesday 24 August

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love. "Raksha Bandhan" means a thread for protection.

 

Thursday 2 September

Janmashtami - Krishna Jayanti

The Janmashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, the most highly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon.

 

Saturday 11 September

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed God, god of prosperity, prudence and success. Images of Ganesh are worshipped.

 

Friday 8 October

Navaratri (start)

Navaratri (nine nights), dedicated to Durga, symbolises the triumph of good over evil and marks the start of autumn.

 

Sunday 17 October

Dussera

Celebrates Lord Rama's victory over the evil demon Ravana.

 

Friday 5 November

Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.

 

Narka-Chaturdashi

On the second day of the Hindu festival of Diwali, it is customary for men to bathe before sunrise. This custom re-enacts the ritual cleansing of Lord Krishna, who had smeared his head with the blood of the filthy demon king, Narkasur, who stole the magnificent earrings of Aditi, the Mother Goddess, and imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of the gods and saints in his disgusting den.

 

Monday 20 December

Shri Dattatreya Jayanti

Celebrates the birth of Adi Guru Dattatreya.

 


 

Calendar of Hindu Festivities 2011

 

Friday 14 January

Makar Sankrant

Makar Sankrant is the first Hindu festival of the solar calendar year, falling around January 14. It falls at a time when the Sun enters the Zodiac sign of Makar (Capricorn) and when the day and night are of equal duration. Days become longer from this point on so it is a time for celebration.

 

Tuesday 8 February

Vasant Panchami

Dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and Brahma's wife. The festival marks the beginning of Spring.

 

Thursday 3 March

Mahashivratri

Mahashivaratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.

 

Sunday 20 March

Holi

The Hindu spring festival of colors.

 

Monday 4 April

Bikarami Samvat - Varsha-Pratipada

The Hindu Spring New Year celebrated particularly in South India.

 

Tuesday 12 April

Rama Navami

Birthday of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana.

 

Monday 18 April

Hanuman Jayanti

This festival marks the birth of Hanuman, the Monkey God, friend of Lord Rama.

 

Easter Sunday 24 April

 

Tuesday 17 May

Buddha Purnima - Vesak

Buddha’s birthday.

 

Friday 15 July

Guru Purnima

Hindu celebration of the ancient Gurus, in particular Sage Ved Vyas. A Guru is seen as a remover of darkness, a teacher. The date is the full moon of the month Asadha.

 

Saturday 13 August

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love. "Raksha Bandhan" means a thread for protection.

 

Monday 22 August

Janmashtami - Krishna Jayanti

The Janmashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, the most highly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon.

 

Thursday 1 September

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed God, god of prosperity, prudence and success. Images of Ganesh are worshipped.

 

Wednesday 28 September

Navaratri (start)

Navaratri (nine nights), dedicated to Durga, symbolises the triumph of good over evil and marks the start of autumn.

 

Thursday 6 October

Dussera

Celebrates Lord Rama's victory over the evil demon Ravana.

 

Wednesday 26 October

Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.

 

Narka-Chaturdashi

On the second day of the Hindu festival of Diwali, it is customary for men to bathe before sunrise. This custom re-enacts the ritual cleansing of Lord Krishna, who had smeared his head with the blood of the filthy demon king, Narkasur, who stole the magnificent earrings of Aditi, the Mother Goddess, and imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of the gods and saints in his disgusting den.

 

Saturday 10 December

Shri Dattatreya Jayanti

Celebrates the birth of Adi Guru Dattatreya.

 


 

Calendar of Hindu Festivities 2012

 

Saturday 14 January

Makar Sankrant

Makar Sankrant is the first Hindu festival of the solar calendar year, falling around January 14. It falls at a time when the Sun enters the Zodiac sign of Makar (Capricorn) and when the day and night are of equal duration. Days become longer from this point on so it is a time for celebration.

 

Saturday 28 January

Vasant Panchami

Dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and Brahma's wife. The festival marks the beginning of Spring.

 

Monday 20 February

Mahashivratri

Mahashivaratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.

 

Thursday 8 March

Holi

The Hindu spring festival of colors.

 

Friday 23 March

Bikarami Samvat - Varsha-Pratipada

The Hindu Spring New Year celebrated particularly in South India.

 

Sunday 1 April

Rama Navami

Birthday of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana.

 

Friday 6 April

Hanuman Jayanti

This festival marks the birth of Hanuman, the Monkey God, friend of Lord Rama.

 

Easter Sunday 8 April

 

Saturday 5 May

Buddha Purnima - Vesak

Buddha’s birthday.

 

Thursday 3 July

Guru Purnima

Hindu celebration of the ancient Gurus, in particular Sage Ved Vyas. A Guru is seen as a remover of darkness, a teacher. The date is the full moon of the month Asadha.

 

Thursday 2 August

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love. "Raksha Bandhan" means a thread for protection.

 

Friday 10 August

Janmashtami - Krishna Jayanti

The Janmashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, the most highly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon.

 

Wednesday 19 September

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed God, god of prosperity, prudence and success. Images of Ganesh are worshipped.

 

Thursday 16 October

Navaratri (start)

Navaratri (nine nights), dedicated to Durga, symbolises the triumph of good over evil and marks the start of autumn.

 

Wednesday 24 October

Dussera

Celebrates Lord Rama's victory over the evil demon Ravana.

 

Tuesday 13 November

Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.

 

Narka-Chaturdashi

On the second day of the Hindu festival of Diwali, it is customary for men to bathe before sunrise. This custom re-enacts the ritual cleansing of Lord Krishna, who had smeared his head with the blood of the filthy demon king, Narkasur, who stole the magnificent earrings of Aditi, the Mother Goddess, and imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of the gods and saints in his disgusting den.

 

Friday 28 December

Shri Dattatreya Jayanti

Celebrates the birth of Adi Guru Dattatreya.

 


 

Calendar of hindu Festivities 2013:

 

Monday 14 January

Makar Sankrant

Makar Sankrant is the first Hindu festival of the solar calendar year, falling around January 14. It falls at a time when the Sun enters the Zodiac sign of Makar (Capricorn) and when the day and night are of equal duration. Days become longer from this point on so it is a time for celebration.

 

Sunday 27 January

Kumbha Mela (start)

In 2013 from 27th January to 25th February the Purna Kumbha Mela will be going held in Allahabad which occurs after every 12th years.

 

Friday 15 February

Vasant Panchami

Dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and Brahma's wife. The festival marks the beginning of Spring.

 

Sunday 10 March

Mahashivratri

Mahashivaratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.

 

Wednesday 27 March

Holi

The Hindu spring festival of colors.

 

Easter Sunday 31 March

 

Thursday 11 April

Bikarami Samvat - Varsha-Pratipada

The Hindu Spring New Year celebrated particularly in South India.

 

Saturday 20 April

Rama Navami

Birthday of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana.

 

Thursday 25 April (Moon Eclipse)

Hanuman Jayanti

This festival marks the birth of Hanuman, the Monkey God, friend of Lord Rama.

 

Saturday 25 May

Buddha Purnima - Vesak

Buddha’s birthday.

 

Monday 22 July

Guru Purnima

Hindu celebration of the ancient Gurus, in particular Sage Ved Vyas. A Guru is seen as a remover of darkness, a teacher. The date is the full moon of the month Asadha.

 

Wednesday 21 August

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love. "Raksha Bandhan" means a thread for protection.

 

Wednesday 28 August

Janmashtami - Krishna Jayanti

The Janmashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, the most highly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon.

 

Monday 9 September

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed God, god of prosperity, prudence and success. Images of Ganesh are worshipped.

 

Saturday 5 October

Navaratri (start)

Navaratri (nine nights), dedicated to Durga, symbolises the triumph of good over evil and marks the start of autumn.

 

Monday 14 October

Dussera

Celebrates Lord Rama's victory over the evil demon Ravana.

 

Sunday 3 November

Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.

 

Narka-Chaturdashi

On the second day of the Hindu festival of Diwali, it is customary for men to bathe before sunrise. This custom re-enacts the ritual cleansing of Lord Krishna, who had smeared his head with the blood of the filthy demon king, Narkasur, who stole the magnificent earrings of Aditi, the Mother Goddess, and imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of the gods and saints in his disgusting den.

 

Monday 16 December

Shri Dattatreya Jayanti

Celebrates the birth of Adi Guru Dattatreya.

 


Calendar of Hindu Festivities 2014:

 

Tuesday 14 January

Makar Sankrant

Makar Sankrant is the first Hindu festival of the solar calendar year, falling around January 14. It falls at a time when the Sun enters the Zodiac sign of Makar (Capricorn) and when the day and night are of equal duration. Days become longer from this point on so it is a time for celebration.

 

Tuesday 4 February

Vasant Panchami

Dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and Brahma's wife. The festival marks the beginning of Spring.

 

Friday 28 February

Mahashivratri

Mahashivaratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.

 

Monday 17 March

Holi

The Hindu spring festival of colors.

 

Monday 31 March

Bikarami Samvat - Varsha-Pratipada

The Hindu Spring New Year celebrated particularly in South India.

 

Tuesday 8 April

Rama Navami

Birthday of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana.

 

Tuesday 15 April

Hanuman Jayanti

This festival marks the birth of Hanuman, the Monkey God, friend of Lord Rama.

 

Easter Sunday 20 April

 

Wednesday 14 May

Buddha Purnima - Vesak

Buddha’s birthday.

 

Saturday 12 July

Guru Purnima

Hindu celebration of the ancient Gurus, in particular Sage Ved Vyas. A Guru is seen as a remover of darkness, a teacher. The date is the full moon of the month Asadha.

 

Sunday 10 August

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love. "Raksha Bandhan" means a thread for protection.

 

Sunday 17 August

Janmashtami - Krishna Jayanti

The Janmashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, the most highly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon.

 

Friday 29 August

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed God, god of prosperity, prudence and success. Images of Ganesh are worshipped.

 

Thursday 25 September

Navaratri (start)

Navaratri (nine nights), dedicated to Durga, symbolises the triumph of good over evil and marks the start of autumn.

 

Saturday 4 October

Dussera

Celebrates Lord Rama's victory over the evil demon Ravana.

 

Thursday 23 October

Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.

 

Narka-Chaturdashi

On the second day of the Hindu festival of Diwali, it is customary for men to bathe before sunrise. This custom re-enacts the ritual cleansing of Lord Krishna, who had smeared his head with the blood of the filthy demon king, Narkasur, who stole the magnificent earrings of Aditi, the Mother Goddess, and imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of the gods and saints in his disgusting den.

 

Friday 5 December

Shri Dattatreya Jayanti

Celebrates the birth of Adi Guru Dattatreya.

 


 

Calendar of Hindu Festivities 2015:

 

Wednesday 14 January

Makar Sankrant

Makar Sankrant is the first Hindu festival of the solar calendar year, falling around January 14. It falls at a time when the Sun enters the Zodiac sign of Makar (Capricorn) and when the day and night are of equal duration. Days become longer from this point on so it is a time for celebration.

 

Saturday 24 January

Vasant Panchami

Dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and Brahma's wife. The festival marks the beginning of Spring.

 

Tuesday 17 February

Mahashivratri

Mahashivaratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.

 

Friday 6 March

Holi

The Hindu spring festival of colors.

 

Saturday 21 March

Bikarami Samvat - Varsha-Pratipada

The Hindu Spring New Year celebrated particularly in South India.

 

Saturday 28 March

Rama Navami

Birthday of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana.

 

Saturday 4 April

Hanuman Jayanti

This festival marks the birth of Hanuman, the Monkey God, friend of Lord Rama.

 

Easter Sunday 5 April

 

Sunday 3 May

Buddha Purnima - Vesak

Buddha’s birthday.

 

Friday 31 July

Guru Purnima

Hindu celebration of the ancient Gurus, in particular Sage Ved Vyas. A Guru is seen as a remover of darkness, a teacher. The date is the full moon of the month Asadha.

 

Saturday 29 August

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love. "Raksha Bandhan" means a thread for protection.

 

Saturday 5 September

Janmashtami - Krishna Jayanti

The Janmashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, the most highly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon.

 

Thursday 17 September

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed God, god of prosperity, prudence and success. Images of Ganesh are worshipped.

 

Tuesday 13 October

Navaratri (start)

Navaratri (nine nights), dedicated to Durga, symbolises the triumph of good over evil and marks the start of autumn.

 

Thursday 22 October

Dussera

Celebrates Lord Rama's victory over the evil demon Ravana.

 

Wednesday 11 November

Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.

 

Narka-Chaturdashi

On the second day of the Hindu festival of Diwali, it is customary for men to bathe before sunrise. This custom re-enacts the ritual cleansing of Lord Krishna, who had smeared his head with the blood of the filthy demon king, Narkasur, who stole the magnificent earrings of Aditi, the Mother Goddess, and imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of the gods and saints in his disgusting den.

 

Thursday 24 December

Shri Dattatreya Jayanti

Celebrates the birth of Adi Guru Dattatreya.

 


 

Calendar of Hindu Festivities 2016:

 

Thursday 14 January

Makar Sankrant

Makar Sankrant is the first Hindu festival of the solar calendar year, falling around January 14. It falls at a time when the Sun enters the Zodiac sign of Makar (Capricorn) and when the day and night are of equal duration. Days become longer from this point on so it is a time for celebration.

 

Friday 12 February

Vasant Panchami

Dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and Brahma's wife. The festival marks the beginning of Spring.

 

Tuesday 8 March

Mahashivratri

Mahashivaratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.

 

Wednesday 23 March

Holi

The Hindu spring festival of colors.

 

Easter Sunday 27 March

 

Friday 8 April

Bikarami Samvat - Varsha-Pratipada

The Hindu Spring New Year celebrated particularly in South India.

 

Friday 15 April

Rama Navami

Birthday of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana.

 

Friday 22 April

Hanuman Jayanti

This festival marks the birth of Hanuman, the Monkey God, friend of Lord Rama.

 

Saturday 21 May

Buddha Purnima - Vesak

Buddha’s birthday.

 

Tuesday 19 July

Guru Purnima

Hindu celebration of the ancient Gurus, in particular Sage Ved Vyas. A Guru is seen as a remover of darkness, a teacher. The date is the full moon of the month Asadha.

 

Thursday 18 August

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love. "Raksha Bandhan" means a thread for protection.

 

Thursday 25 August

Janmashtami - Krishna Jayanti

The Janmashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, the most highly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon.

 

Monday 5 September

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed God, god of prosperity, prudence and success. Images of Ganesh are worshipped.

 

Saturday 1 October

Navaratri (start)

Navaratri (nine nights), dedicated to Durga, symbolises the triumph of good over evil and marks the start of autumn.

 

Tuesday 11 October

Dussera

Celebrates Lord Rama's victory over the evil demon Ravana.

 

Sunday 30 October

Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.

 

Narka-Chaturdashi

On the second day of the Hindu festival of Diwali, it is customary for men to bathe before sunrise. This custom re-enacts the ritual cleansing of Lord Krishna, who had smeared his head with the blood of the filthy demon king, Narkasur, who stole the magnificent earrings of Aditi, the Mother Goddess, and imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of the gods and saints in his disgusting den.

 

Tuesday 13 December

Shri Dattatreya Jayanti

Celebrates the birth of Adi Guru Dattatreya.

 


 

Calendar of Hindu Festivities 2017

 

Saturday 14 January

Makar Sankrant

Makar Sankrant is the first Hindu festival of the solar calendar year, falling around January 14. It falls at a time when the Sun enters the Zodiac sign of Makar (Capricorn) and when the day and night are of equal duration. Days become longer from this point on so it is a time for celebration.

 

28 January - 5 February

Magha Gupta Navratri

 

Wednesday 1 February

Vasant Panchami

Dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and Brahma's wife. The festival marks the beginning of Spring.

 

Friday 24 February

Mahashivratri

Mahashivaratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.

 

Monday 13 March

Holi

The Hindu spring festival of colors.

 

28 March - 5 April

Chaitra Navratri

 

Wednesday 5 April

Rama Navami

Birthday of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana.

 

Friday 11 April

Hanuman Jayanti

This festival marks the birth of Hanuman, the Monkey God, friend of Lord Rama.

 

Friday 14 April

Bikrami Samvat - Varsha-Pratipada

The Hindu Spring New Year celebrated particularly in South India.

 

Easter Sunday 16 April

 

Wednesday 10 May

Buddha Purnima - Vesak

Buddha’s birthday.

 

24 June - 2 July

Ashadha Gupta Navratri

 

Saturday 8 July

Guru Purnima

Hindu celebration of the ancient Gurus, in particular Sage Ved Vyas. A Guru is seen as a remover of darkness, a teacher. The date is the full moon of the month Asadha.

 

Monday 7 August

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love. "Raksha Bandhan" means a thread for protection.

 

Tuesday 15 August

Janmashtami - Krishna Jayanti

The Janmashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, the most highly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon.

 

Friday 25 August

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed God, god of prosperity, prudence and success. Images of Ganesh are worshipped.

 

Thursday 21 September

Maha Navaratri (start)

Navaratri (nine nights), dedicated to Durga, symbolises the triumph of good over evil and marks the start of autumn.

 

Saturday 30 September

Dussera

Celebrates Lord Rama's victory over the evil demon Ravana.

 

Thursday 19 October

Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.

 

Narka-Chaturdashi

On the second day of the Hindu festival of Diwali, it is customary for men to bathe before sunrise. This custom re-enacts the ritual cleansing of Lord Krishna, who had smeared his head with the blood of the filthy demon king, Narkasur, who stole the magnificent earrings of Aditi, the Mother Goddess, and imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of the gods and saints in his disgusting den.

 

Sunday 3 December

Shri Dattatreya Jayanti

Celebrates the birth of Adi Guru Dattatreya.

 

 

 

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