Hindu Festivals, Festivals of Hindu Religion
The life of Hindus is complete with celebrations. The occasions allow them to come together and celebrate their common
customs. Hinduism is the third largest world religion and some of the most popular Hindu festivals. Hinduism is made up of a variety of different religious beliefs and practices. The name ‘Hindu’ comes from the word Indus. Hindu festivals are celebrated as per the Hindu calendar.
This calendar depends on the movement of sun and moon. The festivals are celebrated on different dates, a choice of dates in different years. The people worship at home and have a special room for gods.
A Hindu is a follower of Hinduism. Hinduism is believed to be one of the world’s oldest organized religions. Majority of Hindu people live in India and Nepal. A large Hindu population can be found in various parts of the world. Major Hindu festivals include Diwali, Maha Shiva Ratri, Holi, Dussehra, Rama Navami, Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami, and Navaratri, Diwali and various other festivals.
Diwali – Festival of Lights
Diwali is also known as Deepawali. Diwali is the biggest of all Hindu festival. Diwali is festival of lights. Diwali is celebrated in late Ashwin and ends in early Kartika. The Goddess Kali is also worshiped on this day. The Hindus decorate their houses with lights.
Holi – Festival of love and joy
Holi is a celebration of life and a noisy occasion when Hindus spread each other with the colors of joy. Holi is one of the greatest festivals of Hindus. Holi festival is celebrated among all age of people. Holi is a festival of colors which is celebrated in March. Colors speak louder than words at times.
Navaratri- Nine Nights
Navratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Goddess Durga. This festival is observed twice a year, once in the starting of summer and again at the starting of winter. After 9 divine nights of Navaratri comes Dussehra or Vijayadashami that celebrates goddess Durga’s success. The festival is celebrated over a period of nine nights and 10 days.
Raksha Bandhan – Bond between brother and sister
Rakhi is a special occasion to celebrate the love between brothers and sisters. Rakhi indicates love between brother and sister. On the day of Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie rakhi on the wrists of their brothers and express their love to them. Brother also promises to take care of them. Brothers give their sisters return gifts and good luck for their life.
Janmashtami -Krishna’s birthday
Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great loyalty and interest in India in the month of July or August. The Janmashtami is celebrated in Mathura and Vrindavan, the places where Sri Krishna was born. On Janmashtami, temples and homes are fully decorated with lights. People prayer and religious mantras are sung in the temples for whole night.
Ram Navami- Birthday celebration of Lord Rama
Ram Navami is also known as Sri Rama Navami. It is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Rama. It is ninth day festival called Vasanta Navaratri. It occurs in the month of March begin with a prayer to the Sun early in the morning
Makar Sankranti- Kite Festival
Uttarayan is also known as Makar Sankranti. Makar Sankranti is one of the best occasions for the Hindus and is celebrated in almost all parts of India. Makar Sankranti is also the coming of spring in India. The women wear black sari or black colored clothes on this occasion. Makar Sankranti is known as the day of new good healthy wealthy beginning of the year. Makar Sankranti is a kite festival.