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Hindu Festivals

Festivals play are very large part in the day to day life of Hindus and they portray and rich cultural traditions of the country. In Hindu tradition, a festival is observed with prayers and different rituals such as fasting, decorating the deities, cooking special dishes, community fairs, etc. The festivals usually commemorate special events from Hindu mythology but this often coincides with seasonal changes or agricultural cycles such as the sowing or harvest season.

Festivals are celebrated highlighting different facets of the local culture and vary across the different geographic regions of the country. The same festival is often celebrated in different ways across the country. Given below is a collection of Hindu festivals, highlighting their significance with explanations of the different rituals involved while celebrating it.

Hindu Festivals Celebrated

Maha Shivaratri

Mahashivarathri is celebrated in krishna paksha on chathurdashi thithi in the month of Maga(Febrauary or March), is dedicated to worshiping Lord Shiva.
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Varamahalakshmi

Varamahalakshmi festival is the most auspicious festival celebrated by married woman to commemorate Goddess Mahalakshmi.
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Mangala Gowri

Mangala Gowri Puja, or Shravana Mangala Gowri Puja, is an important Vrata observed by married women.
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Swarna Gowri

Gowri festival is celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi. Goddess Gowri, wife of Lord Shiva, the mother of Lord Ganesha and Lord Subramanya is worshiped throughout India.
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Ganesha Chaturthi

Ganesha Festival is a day on which Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, resurrected to life on earth with the head of elephant.
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Makara Sankranthi

The name Makara Sankranthi is know because the sun enters the Makara rashi (Capricorn) and sankranthi is the movement of sun from one zodiac sign to another. On this day Lord surya Deva(God Sun) is worshipped.
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Ugadi

This festival is celebrated on Chaitra Shukla Prathama, the beginning day of a Samvathsara (Year). Hence it is a New Year Day.
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Sreeramanavami
This festival is celebrated on the ninth day of chaitra month as it is celebrating as the birth of Rama.
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Ayudha Pooja
Ayudha Puje is an integral part of the Navratri festival a Hindu festival which is traditionally celebrated in India. The festival falls on the ninth day.
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Upakarma
This festival is performed by men. This festival is celebrated on Shravana full moon day and celebrated by followers of Rig veda and Yajur veda.
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Kedara Gowri
Kedareshwara or Kedara Gowri is celebrated all over India. This is one of the performed by devotees of Shiva irrespective of their caste, creed or social status. There is a legend behind the Kedara.
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NagaPanchami
This festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of the lunar day in the month of Sravana. This festival is celebrated for wishing their brothers to be happy. Vysyas celebrate this festival as Raksha bandhan.
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Phala Gowri
This festival is celebrated on the Shravana Amavasya day i.e. before Swarna gowri. This festival is celebrated by the married for the wellbeing of their children.
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Anantha Padmanabha
This festival is celebrated on Baadrapada Chaturdashi. This is also known as Anantha Chaturdashi.
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Mahalaya Amavasya
This is celebrated as Pitra paksha in the month of bhadrapada. Pitra paksha is dedicated to ancestors believing that ancestors who has expired have food on this day and they are remembered and worshipped.
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Dussehra
Among the most popular of all festivals, it symbolises the triumph of good over evil. Every region observes this 10-day festival in a special way. In the North, 'Ram Lila' recitations and music recall the life of the legendary hero, Rama.
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Durga Festival
Durgapuja, over the years, has outgrown its religious connotations to a large extent as people all over the India celebrate it with gusto.
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Deepavali
The festival of lights is one of the most beautiful of Indian festivals. It comes 21 days after Dussehra and celebrates the return of Rama to Ayodhya after his 14-year exile.
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Onam
Onam Festival falls during the Malayali month of Chingam (Aug - Sep) and marks the homecoming of legendary King Mahabali. Carnival of Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala culture and tradition.
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Krishna Janmashtami
Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami as it is popularly known in North India, is a festival full of joy and gaiety. It celebrates with great pomp and show, the birth of Lord Krishna who was born more than 5000 years ago in the 28th year of Dwapur Yug.
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Holi
Holi or Phagwah (Bhojpuri) is an annual and popular Hindu spring festival. It takes place over two days in the later part of February or early March.
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