Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world started between 2300 B.C and 1500 B.C. It consists of philosophies and Vedas. Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata and Ramayana are the holy books of Hindus. These books have the philosophies of moral dilemmas, right way of living and various eternal principles. Let us have a look at the various Hindu festivals celebrated in India.
14.01.2021: Makar Sankranti/ Pongal
Makar Sankranthi is the harvest festival which is celebrated throughout the country. In South India, it is celebrated as Pongal at the end of winter. It is the thanks giving day to Sun and other animals which help for agricultural abundance. They worship Sun on this day with various vegetables, cereals and fruits which were grown because of Sun.
11.03.2021: Maha Shivaratri
Maha Shivaratri is celebrated yearly in order to honor Lord Shiva. It is celebrated by world wide by Hindus in the dark half of each lunar month on the new moon day. People celebrate this with feasts and fair. Special prayers, devotional songs and chanting slogans occur throughout the night.
It is the festival of colors or festival of love. It is celebrated at the full moon day of March. This festival spread colors to gain lots of positivity. People celebrate this festival with full of joy and enthusiasm with their friends and family and also light up bonfire. It is believed that it creates a triumph of good over the bad.
It is the beginning of new year according to the Hindu lunar Calendar. It is celebrated by most of the people of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. People celebrate this festival by making sweets, feasts and going to temple.
14.04.2021: Tamil New year
It is the beginning of the new year according to the Tamil Calendar. In this festival people used to engage themselves in prayers, offering food to poor and needy. People like to buy gold or other costly things in this day as it symbolizes the blessings of God Lakshmi.
21.04.2021: Rama Navami
It is the born day of Lord Shri Ramachandra, the king of Ayodya. Hindu Purana says that he has born to kill Ravana as he was the king of inquity. Shri Rama is one of the noblest and humble person born ever. People used to celebrate this festival by offering prayers in temples.
It is the festival celebrated by the people who speak Malayalam. It is the day of joy and happiness. It is believed that the king Mahabali is visting the people of Kerala every year. People make sweets and feast and express their happiness by sharing it to others.
It is the festival celebrated by all the Hindus throughout the world. It is the born day of Lord Krishna. He gave the great Bhagavad Geetha which is the narrative framework of Lord Krishna and the warrior Arjuna. He had born to demolish the cruel rule of his uncle Kans and to protect the people. People celebrate this festival by making sweets and worship Lord Krishna in this day. They also go to temple by chanting slogans and take part in various devotional activities.
10.09.2021: Ganesh Chaturthi
Lord Ganesha is the first and foremost God of Hindus, that everyone wishes to worship. It is born day of Ganesh and thus celebrated as Ganesh Chathurthi. It is celebrated like a carnival throughout the country especially in Mumbai. People worship him with great devotion and enthusiasm and take part in various cultural events make sweets and dissolve his statues in seas, oceans, and water resources.
14.10.2021: Maha Navami/ Ayudha Pooja
It is one of the important festival of Hindus. It is commonly knowns as Saraswathy Pooja or Ayudha Pooja. It is celebrated in all over India as Goddess Durga had been killed Mahishasura with a great penance of nine nights. People worship Goddess Durga for nine days and the idol is decorated with various costumes and lights.
It is the day after Maha Navami. It is celebrated as the post celebration after the death of the devil by Goddess Durga. It is celebrated in all over India especially in Karnataka. Various cultural events are conducted during this day.
It is one of the famous Hindu festival. It is also called as festival of lights and people used to light up crackers and eat as well share sweets to their relatives, friends and family. It is believed that in this day Narakasura was killed by Krishna and also the return of Ram and Sita from exile.
These are the famous Hindu festivals which are going to be celebrated in this year like every year.