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December 2018

Dhanu Sankranti

16 December
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Geeta Jayanti

18 December
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Galungan Bali

26 December

BALI. GALUNGAN AND KUNINGAN Celebrating the victory of good against evil Galungan is a Balinese holiday which celebrates the victory of dharma over adharma (the triumph of good over evil). It marks the time when ancestral spirits of deceased relatives visit the Earth. The last day of the celebration is Kuningan, when they leave earth. The spirits of deceased relatives return to visit their former homes and the Balinese have a responsibility to be hospitable and welcoming to their past…

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January 2019

Kuningan Bali

5 January, 2019

BALI. GALUNGAN AND KUNINGAN Celebrating the victory of good against evil Galungan is a Balinese holiday which celebrates the victory of dharma over adharma (the triumph of good over evil). It marks the time when ancestral spirits of deceased relatives visit the Earth. The last day of the celebration is Kuningan, when they leave earth. The spirits of deceased relatives return to visit their former homes and the Balinese have a responsibility to be hospitable and welcoming to their past…

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Bali Siwa Ratri

5 January, 2019

SIWA RATRI Night of Siwa Siwa Ratri, often referred to as the ‘night of Siwa’, is an auspicious time for introspection and meditation, during which the Balinese pray for forgiveness of their earthly sins and for support and strength from the god Siwa (Shiva) in order to reach their higher selves. Part of these rituals involve fasting and staying awake all night, so Siwa Ratri is also known as the longest night. Siwa Ratri is celebrated during the new moon…

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Lohiri

13 January, 2019

Lohri Lohri is one of the most zestful festivals of Punjab and always falls on 13th January. Lohri is essentially the festival of agriculturists. In January the weather is cold and what better way than to light the bonfire, which forms the essence and focal point of Lohri. The dancers perform Bhangra around fire. The boys and girls collect material for the bonfire from individual houses by singing special Lohri songs. Women apply Mehndi on their hands and feet. First…

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Pongal/ Makar Sankranti/ Maghi/ Maghe Sankranti

14 January, 2019

Pongal Pongal is the most important festival celebrated in Tamilnadu. This is a harvest festival honouring the sun god and the god of rain, Indra. Pongal is the thanks-giving for the plentiful paddy crop. The actual date for Pongal celebration is 14th January, same as Maha Sankranti. It lasts for four days Makar Sankranti The festival of Makar Sankranti falls on 14th of January every year. This day is celebrated as a festival right from the times of the Aryans…

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Maghi/Maghe Sankranti

15 January, 2019

Maghi/Maghe Sankranti Maghe Sankranti is celebrated on the first day of Magh. Nepali people celebrate it as the beginning of the auspicious month of Magh.  The festival is a harbinger of longer and relatively warmer days in comparison to the cold month of Poush. On this day, the sun is believed to start moving toward the Northern Hemisphere. In that sense, Maghe Sankranti is similar to solstice festivals in other religious traditions. Hindus celebrate this festival by taking ritual dip in holy river…

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February 2019

Vasant/Basant Panchami

10 February, 2019

Basant Panchami This is the celebration of the beginning of spring season. Saraswati, the goddess of learning is worshiped on this day. People wear new yellow coloured clothes. It is a very joyous festival. People in the north of India fly kites. A specialty of this day is sweet rice with almonds, cashews and resins.  

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Nityananda Trayodasi

18 February, 2019
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March 2019

Maha Shivratri/SIwa RATRI

4 March, 2019

INDIA. Maha Shivratri Maha Shivaratri Shivaratri is a very auspicious day, symbolising the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. The festival comes sometime in February or March. It is the most significant festival for Kashmiri Pandits. People in the North keep fast on Shivaratri day and go to the Shiva Temple to worship by pouring milk and water on the Shiva Linga. BALI. SIWA RATRI Night of Siwa Siwa Ratri, often referred to as the ?night of Siwa?, is…

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Hari raya Nyepi Bali Hindu New Year

7 March, 2019

BALI. Nyepi The day of silence across Bali The month of March brings Nyepi - the day of silence throughout the whole of Bali. In the Balinese lunar calendar (Saka), Nyepi is New Year's Day. It is a day wholly dedicated to rest, staying in, turning off the lights and keeping quiet for 24 hours. It is one of the biggest and most unique ceremonies of the year, where staying in and resting is enforced by law. It is practiced…

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Dhulendi/Holika Dahan/Chhoti Holi

20 March, 2019

INDIA. Holi The festival of Holi is celebrated in early March. Originally a festival to celebrate good harvests and fertility of the land, Holi is now a symbolic commemoration of a legend from Hindu Mythology. Bonfires are lit on street corners to cleanse the air of evil spirits and bad vibes, and to symbolise the destruction of the wicked Holika, for whom the festival was named. On the following day people throw coloured water and apply Gulal –coloured powder on…

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Holi/Fagu Purnima

21 March, 2019

INDIA. Holi The festival of Holi is celebrated in early March. Originally a festival to celebrate good harvests and fertility of the land, Holi is now a symbolic commemoration of a legend from Hindu Mythology. Bonfires are lit on street corners to cleanse the air of evil spirits and bad vibes, and to symbolise the destruction of the wicked Holika, for whom the festival was named. On the following day people throw coloured water and apply Gulal –coloured powder on…

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Gaura Purnima

21 March, 2019
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