We follow our faiths and celebrate festivals associated with our faiths.
Festivals are occasions to revive our beliefs, uplift our traditions and cultures. We all love peace and happiness and approach of festival brings joy to all from individual to the the lowest unit of our society that is family and in whole to the entire society.
Festivals also called Utsav, Utsava or Observance
Utsava (“ut” meaning “removal” and “sava” which means “worldly sorrows” or “grief”)
A festival may be observed with acts of worship, offerings to deities, fasting, feasting, vigil, rituals, fairs, charity, celebrations, Puja, Homa, aarti etc.
|Festival||Date/tithi of observance /Description|
|Makar Sankranti /
|This marks the transition of the Sun into Makar rasi, first day of Uttarayana. Celebrations include a drawing of Muggulu, Kolam, swinging & the cooking of delicious Pongal, new cloths|
|Vasant Panchami / Saraswati Puja||Fifth day of the waxing moon of Magh.
Celebrated for the blessing of Saraswati (Goddess of wisdom)
|Maha Shivaratri||Maha Shivaratri is the great night of Shiva, during which devotees observe fasting, offer Bael (Bilva) leaves to Shiva and perform ritual worship, Abhishek am (with milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and water) to Shiva Lingam.
– Chanting of “Om Namah Shivaya’
– Nightlong jaagran and fasting is observed in Shiva temples where large number of devotees spend the night singing hymns and devotional songs in praise of Lord Shiva.
– Following morning devotee break their fast by partaking prasad offered to the deity.
|Holi||Spring festival. Holi commemorates the slaying of the demoness Holika by Lord Vishnu’s devotee Prahlad.
– “Holika Dahanam”, which mean “Holika’s slaying”
– Full moon of the Phalgun month.
|Rama Navami||Rama Navami is the celebration of the birth of Rama.
Devotees perform the marriage of Lord Rama and Sita to commemorate this event, since this day is also the day they got married.
|Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Chetichand||Gudi Padwa / ChetiChand is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month, and is celebrated as New Year’s Day by Kannadas, Telugus, Marathis, Konkanis, Sindhis .|
|Vishu||Vishu is celebrated in Kerala. It falls around 14 April.|
|Tamil New Year||The Tamil New Year follows the Nirayan vernal equinox. It falls around 14 April.|
|Hanuman Jayanti||Hanuman Jayanti is the celebration of the birth of Hanuman, Rama’s loyal devotee. People carry processions and prayed for good health and good luck.|
|Bihu||Rongali Bihu, the most popular festival celebrated the onset of the Assamese New Year (around 15 April) and the coming of Spring.|
|Bonalu||Bonalu is a festival celebrated for a Shakti- Mother Goddess (Gram Devatha) such as the goddesses Pochamma, Yellamma, etc.) in the Telangana.|
|Bathukamma||Bathukamma is a festival celebrated during the months of September and October in Telangana.|
|Rath Yatra||Chariot festival of lord Jagannath (Vishnu)|
|Guru Purnima||On Guru Purnima devotees worship their Guru. This was also the day when Vyasa, author of the Mahabharata was born.
Full moon of Ashadh
|Mahalakshmi Vrata||Mahalakshmi Vrata is a puja performed by married Hindu women to seek the blessings of Mahalakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity.|
|Onam||Onam is also known as Vamana Jayanthi, celebrated by the people of Kerala. The festival commemorates the Vamana avatar of Vishnu and the subsequent homecoming of the legendary Emperor Mahabali. It falls during the month of Chingam (August–September) and lasts for ten days.|
|Raksha Bandhan||Falls on full moon of Shravana – Raksha Bandhan is a special occasion to celebrate the chaste bond of love between a brother and a sister.|
|Krishna Janmaashtami||Krishna Janmaashtami is the birth of Krishna. The date falls not only on the eight day of the waning moon of Bhadrapad, but always on Rohini Nakshatra.|
|Ganesh Chaturthi||Ganesh Chaturthi is the celebrated as the arrival of Ganesh on the earth with great fervor on Fourth day of the waxing moon of Bhadrapada|
|Navarathri||Festival of worshipping Goddess Durga, Parvati in nine – day period from the new moon day to the ninth day of Ashvin.
Devi is worshipped as : Durga (Adi Shakti); Kali, Jagdamba, Annapurna, Sarvamangala, Bhairavi, Chandika, Lalita, Bhavani and Tara
|Vijayadashami||Day after Navrathri is Vijayadashami and is the celebration of good over evil.|
|Deepavali||Deepavali means “row of lights/lamps” also called “Diwali”. 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 dooj||Bhai dooj, is the ceremony 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 Poornima||Karthik month is special for Shiva and on monday devotees fast and visit temples. Karthika Poornima is special day where devotees light 365 vattulu (lights) and enjoy festive time. 15th of the Full moon day of Kartik (November–December)|
|Chhath||Chhath is a festival dedicated to the Sun God for bestowing the bounties of life and fulfilling wishes.|
|Kumbh Mela||The Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every 12 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.|