List of Festivals of India

List of famous festivals of India:-

There is a history attached with each and every festivals that people celebrate in India. Diwali is celebrated when Lord Ram came back from the long time spent in jungle and people of Ayodhaya ignited diyas in the happiness of his return from the jungle after 14 years.India is a Multi-Religious country with various cultures and their special rituals adds glow to Indian heritage. With overall population of more than 1.18 billion, festival starts from welcoming the New Year, the rains and the full moon day. Behind each festival, there is different history present.

List of Indian Festivals: A Complete List and descriptions of major Hindu festivals

Major Hindu FestivalsHindu Lunar Day of ObservanceCivil date (1991)Descriptions
Makar Sankranti or PongalMakar Sankranti or Pongal marks the transition of the Sun into Makar rasi. It marks the gradual increase of the duration of the day.Pongal is the first day of Uttarayana and coincides with the beginning of the Tamil month of Thai.14-JanPongal is one of the most popular harvest festivals of southern India, mainly Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Vasant PanchamiFifth day of the waxing moon of Magh (Hindu Calendar)20-JanVasant Panchami (also called Saraswati Puja by Bengalis, Oriyas and Biharis) is celebrated for the blessing of Saraswati, goddess of wisdom and the arts.
Thaipusam or KavadiThe full moon day of the Tamil month of ThaiJan / FebThaipusam 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 near the location of the moon during the festival. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a spear so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.
Maha ShivaratriThirteenth night of the waning moon of Magh (Hindu Calendar)12-MarMaha Shivaratri is the great night of Shiva, during which followers of Shiva observe religious fasting and the offering of Bael (Bilva) leaves to Shiva.
HoliFull moon of the Phalgun month (Hindu Calendar)1-MarHoli 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"
ShigmoFeb -MarShigmo is celebrated in Goa as one of the prominent festivals of the Konkani Hindu community.
Vasant NavratrimovesNavratri 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, and effigies are burned.
Rama Navami24-MarRama Navami is the celebration of the birth of Rama.
Gudi PadwaFirst Day of waxing moon of Chaitra (Hindu Calendar)23-MarGudi Padwa 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 Brahma Purana, this is the day on which Brahma created the world.The date keeps changing every year in the month of march.
Ugadi24-MarUgadi (meaning "the start of an era" in Telugu and Kannada) is New Year's Day for the Kannadigas and Telugus. It takes place on the same day as Gudi Padwa.
Vishu14-AprVishu is a Hindu festival celebrated in Kerala. It falls around April 14 of the Gregorian year.
Tamil New Year14-AprThe Tamil New Year follows the Nirayan vernal equinox. it falls around April 14 of the Gregorian year.
Hanuman Jayanti30-MarHanuman Jayanti is the celebration of the birth of Hanuman, Rama's loyal devotee.
BihuVaisakha The first month of Hindu CalendarApr 14-15Rongali Bihu (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 Spring.
SitalsasthiSixth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Jyestha (Hindu Calender)JunThe marriage of Shiva and Parvati is celebrated as Sitalsasthi. It is celebrated as a carnival, in which people and artists from different walks of life participate, making it more beautiful and bringing out the true colour of life.
Vat PournimaFull moon of Jyeshta (Hindu Calendar)movesVat Pournima is observed in Maharashtra. Pournima means "full moon." Women pray for the prosperity of their husbands by tying threads around a banyan tree.
BonaluAugBonalu is a celebration for a Mother Goddess ( such as the goddesses Pochamma, Yellamma, etc.) in the Telangana Region.
BathukammaSep / OctBathukamma is a festival celebrated during the months of September and October in some regions of Andhra Pradesh, originally in Ranga Reddy, Medak and western Warangal Districts.
Rath Yatra13-JulRath Yatra is the festival associated with Jagannath.
Raja ParbaThe second day(Raja Shankranti) signifies beginning of the solar month of MithunaJulRaja Parba is a four day long festival. It inaugurates and welcomes the agricultural year all over Orissa.
Guru PurnimaFull moon of Ashadh (Hindu Calendar)25-JulGuru Purnima is the day devotees offer puja (worship) to their Guru. This was also the day when Vyasa, author of the Mahabharata was born.
Mahalakshmi VratamovesMahalakshmi Vrata is a puja performed by married Hindu women to seek the blessings of Mahalakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Onam23-AugOnam 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.
Raksha BandhanFull moon of Shravana (Hindu Calendar)24-AugRaksha Bandhan 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.
Krishna JanmaashtamiEighth day of waning moon of Shravana (Hindu Calendar)Sep 1-2Krishna 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 Rohini Nakshatra.
Gowri HabbaMovesGowri Habba is celebrated in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. Gowri is worshipped for her ability to bestow courage to her devotees. Newly wed couples are invited to the house of the groom's parents and served with varieties of food.
Ganesh ChaturthiFourth day of the waxing moon of Bhadrapada (Hindu Calendar)11-SepGanesh Chaturthi is the celebration of the birth of Ganesh.
NuakhaiFifth day of the waxing moon of Bhadrapada (Hindu Calendar)12-SepNuakhai is celebrated to welcome the new rice of the season. This is an agricultural festival mainly observed by people of Western Orissa (Kosal).
NavarathriFirst nine nights of the waxing moon of Ashvin8-OctNavarathri is the Hindu festival of worship and dance. In Sanskrit the term literally means "nine nights". During this festival the forms of Shakti are worshiped.
VijayadashamiTenth day of waxing moon of Ashvin (Hindu Calendar)17-OctVijayadashami is the Hindu celebration of good over evil.
DeepavaliNew moon of Ashvin (Hindu Calendar)5-NovDeepavali which means "row of lights/lamps" in Tamil and Sanskrit 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 Satyabhama killing a demon Narakasura. Another story says the festival is celebrated for the return of Rama and Sita to the kingdom Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile.
Bhai doojSecond day of the waxing moon of Kartik (Hindu Calendar)7-NovBhai dooj, also referred to as Bhaubeej, 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 involved.
Kartik Poornima15th of the Full moon day of Kartik (November-December)MovesA unique festival is celebrated in Varanasi this day which is called Dev Devali. The Kartik Purnima festival also coincides with the Jain light festival and Guru Nanak Jayanti
ChhathNov 11-12Chhath 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.
PrathamastamiAfter 8 days of Kartik PurnimaPrathamastami is a festival that originated in Oriya. It is held on the eighth day of the month of Agrahayana, when older female relatives pray for the prosperity of their eldest child. The festival is followed by rituals and recitations of the Glory of Mahalakshmi and Shashti devi.
YatraOct - MarYatra (also Zatra and jatra) refers to the pilgrimage festivals celebrated at Hindu temples. Idols and murtis 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.
Karthikai DeepamNov / DecKarthikai Deepam is an 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; however, since Tamils follow the Hindu Solar calendar with correction for precession of the equinoxes, the Tamil date matches the actual constellation.
Pancha GanapatiA Winter Solstice celebration that lasts five days.Dec 21-25Pancha Ganapati is a modern Hindu festival celebrating Lord Ganesha, the Five-Faced Maha Ganapati Lord of Categories.
Kumbh MelaA pilgrimage made every four years to the Ganges riverJul27-Sep7The Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years, and is an ordinary large Kumbh Mela. The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mella, a smaller Kumbh Mela, is celebrated every six years. The normal Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 4 years. The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela, a special large Kumbh Mela, occurs every 12 'Purna Kumbh Melas', or 144 years.
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