Festivals

Festivals are an integral part of every religion around the world.  Different religions and cultures celebrate their own set of festivals for various reasons.  Legends, tales and sentiments are associated with festivals.

Festivals are a time to celebrate life with food; shopping, outings, and family get together, rituals and prayers.  It is something to look forward to, which perks up an otherwise mundane life.

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Hindu Festivals
Hindus celebrate festivals throughout the year.  The Hindu calendar of different regions informs the dates on which the festival falls.  Some of the reasons for celebrating festivals are to herald the seasonal change, harvesting time, remembering saints, mythological events and birth of valiant mythological figures.  Giving and sharing are two valuable values that are practiced during Hindu festivals. The 12 months in the Hindu calendar and the festivals celebrated in each of these months are:

  1. Chaitra (March – April)
  2. Vaishākh (April – May)
  3. Jyaishtha (May – June)
  4. Āshādha (June – July) – From 9th July to 6th August 2013
  5. Shrāvana (July – August) – From 7th August; Ending on: 3rd Sept (2013)
  6. Bhādrapad (August – September)
  7. Āshwin (September – October)
  8. Kārtik (4th October – 1st November 2013)
  9. Mārgashīrsha (November – December)
  10. Paush/Pushya (3rd December 2013 – 15th January 2014)
  11. Māgh (January – February)
  12. Phālgun (February – March)

Pooja or Vratha/Religious observance celebrated throughout the year:

  1. Shri Sathyanarayana Swamy Vratha
  2. Udaka Shanthi Pooja

Hindu festival, rituals and pooja related general information are as follows:

    1. Aarathi
    2. Aarathi Songs Lyrics: Lakshmi, Gowri, Ganesha, Tulasi Devi, Saraswathi Prarthana
    3. Gejjevastra
    4. Kalasha
    5. Mangala Drowya and Pooja items
    6. Manthrakshathe
    7. Morada Bagina
    8. Panchamrutha
    9. Shankranthi Yellu
    10. Thorana
    11. Visarjana Manthra
    12. Habbada Adige
    13. Hoovilya
    14. Upanayana

Buddhist Festivals

  1. Buddha Poornima in Vaishakh (April – May)

Jain Festivals

  1. Mahavir Jayanthi in Chaitra (March – April)

Christian Festivals

  1. New Year – January 1st
  2. Valentine’s Day – February 14th
  3. Easter – Good Friday
  4. Thanksgiving
  5. Halloween
  6. Christmas – December 25th

Muslim Festivals

  1. Ramzaan
  2. Bakrid
  3. Moharram
  4. Id Milad

Sikh Festivals

  1. Guru Nanak Jayanthi

National and State Festivals of India

  1. Republic Day of India – January 26th
  2. May Day – May 1st
  3. Independence Day – August 15th
  4. Teacher’s Day – September 5th
  5. Gandhi Jayanthi – October 2nd
  6. Karnataka Rajyotsava – November 1st
  7. Children’s Day – November 14th

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