Festivals are an important part of our lives; they represent the beauty of our culture and our age old traditions. India is one of the most religiously and ethnically diverse nations in the world and almost every state in our country has their own traditional festival and feast associated with it. Every festival has its own special goodies –sweet has to be mandatory, because festivals are celebrated and are happy moments and Indians will never allow any happy moment to pass without serving something sweet to eat.So, many festivals actually turn into a festival of sweets.Thats our tradition. India is a country where every religion celebrates some or the other festival and every change of season calls for a festival.
Each and every festival is celebrated uniquely in different ways according to the ritual and beliefs.
While during the Hindu festivals of Holi and Diwali, people of all faiths get together, giving the message of brotherly love and celebrating the victory of good over evil, similarly, during the Holy month of Ramzan; people forget their differences (if there are any) and embrace and greet each other on Eid. They partake of the feast together in all the festivals. Gifts are exchanged. Similarly, all faiths of people celebrate Christmas and recall the sacrifices made by Jesus Christ for the betterment of humanity. With equal fervor, the birthdays and death anniversaries of our great leaders are also celebrated.
While festivals play a very important role in bringing people from different religions together, they also help in making people forget their problems since festivals are full of fun and happiness.
When we celebrate festivals, we also stay connected to our culture. In this section of Astroyogi, you will get to learn about the major festivals celebrated in India. You will learn which festival falls on which day and what will be the auspicious time for doing pooja during these festivals.Also, how that particular festival is to be celebrated, which deity is to be worshipped and how. You will also learn the story behind the celebration of the festival. And more. You can find the answers to many of your questions here.
While you can get detailed information about the major festivals in our section, at the same time you can refer to information about the coming festivals from the monthly calendar.
This Festival is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the Lord Shani. The son of Lord Surya, Lord Shani also rules the planet Saturn and a day of the weekRead More ➜
The festival of Guru Purnima is mostly a common celebration among Buddhists, Hindus and Jains. Following the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated every year on tRead More ➜
Celebrated on the third day of the Hindu month of Shravan, according to the Hindu Lunar calendar, the festival of Hariyali Teej is celebrated by married womeRead More ➜
Naag Panchami. The festival where snakes are worshipped in the form of supreme deities. Naag Panchami commences with Naga Chaturthi which is followed by NagaRead More ➜
Onam is the harvest festival of Kerala. It is also called ‘ Thiruvonam’ and is celebrated enthusiastically every year, for 10 days between the moRead More ➜
In India, the festival that reinforces the bond between a brother and sister is Raksha Bandhan. Every sister waits to tie the sacred thread, called ‘RaRead More ➜
In Hindu mythology, the 8th carnation of Vishnu, Sri Krishna, is the only one who appears in different colors in every stage of his earthly life.Read More ➜
Ganesh Chaturthi or ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’, is celebrated throughout India, but is the most awaited festival for Maharashtrians. It is a 10 day HindRead More ➜
Pitru Paksha, also known as Shraadh, is a 16-lunar day period in the Hindu Calendar, which is dedicated for the ancestors. The eldest son in a Hindu family pRead More ➜
The most popular festival in the Indian state of West Bengal, Durga Puja, also called Durgotsav, is an annual Hindu festival during which devotees revere GodRead More ➜
In India, most of the festivals give you a message of the victory of good over evil in one way or the other, but the most important festival that marks thisRead More ➜
The festival of Dhanteras marks the first day of the grand celebrations for Diwali. It is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the Krishna Paksh, which is theRead More ➜
Everyone knows about Diwali or Deepavali—a festival that is celebrated by Hindus in India. It is one of India’s biggest festivals. Diwali means &Read More ➜
According to the Hindu calendar, the festival of Govardhan Pooja, also called Annakut , falls on the first lunar day in the month of Kartik, which correspondRead More ➜
Bhai Dooj or Bhaiya Dooj is a Hindu festival that is celebrated by all women by praying for the long life of their brothers and in return receive gifts. TheRead More ➜
With a vast mix of different cultures and traditions, India is quite a salad bowl. There is a very famous, and very ancient ritual that is still practiced byRead More ➜
One of the most important and widely celebrated festivals in the Sikh community is the festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti. Devotees celebrate the festival to comRead More ➜
According to Hindu scriptures, Mythological texts,Shastras etc the Hindu calendar suggests some festival or ritual to be performed every month. Out of all ofRead More ➜
Nothing gives us more motivation than the start of a new year. According to the Gregorian calendar, New Years Day is celebrated on January 1Read More ➜
Agriculture has been a deep-rooted part of the Indian society. The festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated across the country in different ways, with peoplRead More ➜
Pongal is one of the most important festivals in all Tamil-speaking provinces which mainly includes the state of Tamil Nadu, Union Territory of Puducherry anRead More ➜
A popular Hindu festival, Vasant Panchami, also called Basant Panchami, is celebrated on the fifth day of the month of ‘Magh’ which corresponds tRead More ➜
Lord Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity, is also also known by other names like Kalyankari, Baba Bholenaath,, Shiv Shankar, Shiv ji, Neel Kanth,RRead More ➜
Although every festival has its own charm, the festival of Holi is unique because of the colors it involves…green, yellow, red, pink and all their hueRead More ➜
The Friday before Easter, celebrated as Good Friday, is the day on which Christians annually pay homage to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Christian comRead More ➜
Ramzan is the Islamic holy month of fasting by Muslims worldwide.
Although worshipping Allah or God, can be done at any time during the year and no spRead More ➜
Also known as Gudi Padva, the festival of Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of the civil year for the Hindus.
The festival is most commonly celebrated inRead More ➜
Navratri is a major festival celebrated by the Hindus in India with much pomp and gaiety. In this festival, people worship the nine different forms of the GoRead More ➜
While states like Maharashtra, celebrate their Lunar New Year’s Day as Gudi Padwa, people of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana celebrate it as URead More ➜
Vaisakhi is a historical religious harvest festival in Sikhism and Hinduism. It is also known as Baisakhi, Vaishakhi or Vaisakhi. Vaisakhi festival will be cRead More ➜
Ram Navami is one of the most important Hindu festivals of India which falls in the ‘ Shukla Paksha’ on the ninth day of the month of Chaitra corRead More ➜
Also known as Mahavir Janma Kalyanak, the festival of Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Lord Mahavir. Lord Mahavir was the twenty-fourth, and last, TirRead More ➜
The birth of the Vanara God, Hanuman Jayanti, also known as Hanumath Jayanti, is celebrated to worship Lord Hanuman.
The Monkey God or Maruthi, is a dRead More ➜
Christmas festival is celebrated in most countries of the World. This festival is celebrated in memory of God’s only son, who came to this earth as HisRead More ➜