Hinđū Festivals

For Hinđū/s partying means celebrating festivals! There are so many Hinđū festivals (त्योहार / पर्व) that they remain busy even during slack season of monsoon. :-)

Đīvālī (दीवाली) aka Đīpāvalī (दीपावली) is the main festival of India. It is the festival of lights. Đhanaŧeras (धनतेरस), Narak Chaŧurđashī (नरक चतुर्दशी), Lakṣhmī Pūjā (लक्ष्मी पूजा), Govarđhan Pūjā (गोवर्धन पूजा) and BhāEE Đūj (भाई दूज) are the days of Đīpāvalī mahāparva (grand festival).

Following are other main tyohaar/s (त्योहार) or parva/s (पर्व) celebrated by most Hinđū/s.

  • Makar San'krān'ŧi (मकर संक्रांति) - Generally celebrated on 14th January
  • Mahāshivarāŧrī (महाशिवरात्री)
  • Holī (होली)
  • Rāmanavamī (रामनवमी)
  • Hanumān Ja`yan'ŧī (हनुमान जयंती)
  • Rakṣhā-ban'đhan (रक्षा-बंधन)
  • Kṛiṣhṇ Janmāṣhtamī (कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी)
  • Gaṇesh Chaŧurŧhī (गणेश चतुर्थी)
  • Piŧṛi-pakṣh (पितृ-पक्ष)
  • Đashaharā (दशहरा)

Following are other tyohaar/s (त्योहार) or parva/s (पर्व) celebrated in some parts of north, west and south-east India.

  • Chhath (छठ)
  • Ŧeej (तीज)
  • Karavā-chauŧh (करवा-चौथ)
  • Gaṇagaur (गणगौर)
  • Jagannāŧh raŧh-yāŧrā (जगन्नाथ रथ-यात्रा)

Kum'bh (कुंभ) melā is held every 12 years and is the most populous gathering anywhere in the whole world. Arđh-kum'bha (अर्ध-कुंभ) is celebrated every 6 years.

More festivals particularly of South and North-East regions of India will be listed here in future!

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