2010 Calendars: Religions: Hindu
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Hindu Holidays 2010
Makara Sankranti (Hindu)
January 14, 2010
Makar Sankranti (harvest festival also known by other various names) is the only Hindu festival which is based on the Solar calendar rather than the Lunar calendar. The festival is celebrated by taking dips in the Ganges river or any river and offering water to the Sun god. In Tamil Nadu this is popularly called Pongal, and special prayers and offerings are given the Sun to thank him for the harvest.
Vasant Panchami (Hindu)
January 20, 2010
Vasant Panchami (also called Saraswati Puja by Bengalis) is celebrated for the blessing of Saraswati, goddess of wisdom and the arts.
Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
February 12, 2010
Maha Shivaratri is the great night of Shiva, followers of Shiva observe religious fasting and the offering of Bael (Bilva) leaves to the Shiva.
March 01, 2010
Holi or Phagwah is a popular spring festival. Holi commemorates the slaying of the demoness Holika by Lord Vishnu's devotee Prahlad. Thus, the festival's name is derived from the Sanskrit words "Holika Dahanam", which literally mean "Holika's slaying".
Shigmo is celebrated in Goa as one of the prominent festivals of the Konkani Hindu community there.
Vasant Navratri (Hindu)
Navratri is the Hindu festival of worship and dance. In Sanskrit the term literally means "nine nights". During this festival the forms of Shakti are worshipped.
Rama Navami (Hindu)
March 24, 2010
Rama Navami is the celebration of the birth of Rama.
Gudi Padwa (Hindu)
Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month, and is celebrated as New Year's Day by Marathis. According to the Brahma Purana, this is the day on which Brahma created the world.
Ugadi (meaning "the start of an era" in Kannada) is the New Year's Day for the Kannadigas and Telugus. It takes place on the same day as Gudi Padwa.
Vishu / Tamil New Year (Hindu)
Vishu is a Hindu festival celebrated in Kerala. The Tamil New Year follows the nirayan vernal equinox. These festivals falls around April 14 of the Gregorian year.
Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
March 30, 2010
Hanuman Jayanti is the celebration of the birth of Hanuman; Rama's loyal devotee.
Vat Pournima (Hindu)
Vat Pournima is observed in Maharashtra. Pournima means "full moon." Women pray for the prosperity of their husbands by tying threads around a banyan tree.
Bonalu is a celebration of Mother Goddess, and is celebrated in Telangana Region.
Rath Yatra (Hindu)
July 13, 2010
Rath Yatra is the festival associated with Jagannath.
Guru Purnima (Hindu)
July 25, 2010
Guru Purnima is the day devotees offer puja (worship) to their Guru. This was the day when Vyasa; author of the Mahabharata was born.
Mahalakshmi Vrata (Hindu)
Mahalakshmi Vrata is a puja performed by married Hindu women to seek the blessings of Mahalakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity.
August 23, 2010
Onam is a harvest festival, celebrated mainly in the Indian state of Kerala. Like many other religious festivals in India, Onam is celebrated by people across all castes and faiths.
Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)
August 24, 2010
Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrated mainly in northern Indian states. Rakhi is a special occasion to celebrate the chaste bond of love between a brother and a sister.
Krishna Janmaashtami (Hindu)
September 02, 2010
Krishna Janmaashtami is the Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Krishna.
Gowri Habba (Hindu)
Gowri Habba is celebrated in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. Gowri is worshipped for her ability to bestow courage to her devotees. Newly wed couples are invited to the house of the groom's parents and served with varieties of food.
Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)
September 11, 2010
Ganesh Chaturthi is the celebration of the birth of Ganesh.
October 08, 2010
Navarathri is the Hindu festival of worship and dance. In Sanskrit the term literally means "nine nights". During this festival the forms of Shakti are worshiped.
Vijayadashami is the Hindu celebration of good over evil.
November 05, 2010
Diwali is the abbreviation of the Sanskrit word "Deepavali", which means "row of lights". 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. (More Info: Diwali on the Net
Bhaubeej, also referred to as Bhai dooj, is the ceremony performed by Hindus, generally, on the second day of Diwali. It is celebrated among brothers and sisters and is similar to Raksha Bandhan, except there is no tying of rakhi involved.
Kartik Poornima (Hindu)
A unique festival is celebrated in Varanasi this day which is called Dev Devali. The Kartik Purnima festival also coincides with the Jain light festival and Guru Nanak Jayanti.
Chhath is unique to Bihar and Terai, but is also celebrated elsewhere. It is a festival dedicated to the Sun God for bestowing the bounties of life and fulfilling wishes.
Prathamastami is a festival that originated in Oriya. It is held on the eighth day of the month of Agrahayana, when older female relatives pray for the prosperity of the eldest child. The festival is followed by rituals and recitations of the Glory of Mahalakshmi.
Yatra (also Zatra and jatra) refers to the pilgrimage festivals celebrated at Hindu temples. Idols and murtis are taken out on special procession in a palkhi (a palanquin) or a chariot called the rath. Every temple observes this festival once a year on the traditional day.
Pancha Ganapati (Hindu)
Pancha Ganapati is a modern Hindu festival celebrating Lord Ganesha the Five-Faced Maha GanapatióLord of Categories.
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