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January 2019

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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April 2019

Gudi Padwa/Ugadi/Cheti Chand

6 April, 2019

Gudi Padwa or Cheti Chand First Day of waxing moon of Chaitra (Hindu calendar). Gudhi Padwa / ChetiChand is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu Lunar month of Chaitra, and is celebrated as New Year’s Day by Marathis, Konkanis and Sindhis . According to the Brahma Purana, this is the day on which Brahma created the world.  

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Vaishakhi/Nepali New Year

14 April, 2019

INDIA Baisakhi It falls on April 13, though once in 36 years it occurs on April 14th. The Sikhs celebrate this festival as a collective birthday of their tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, who founded the Khalsa (the Sikh brotherhood) in 1699. Sikhs visits gurdwaras (Sikh temples) and listen to kirtans (religious songs) and discourses. After the prayer, kada prasad (sweetened semolina) is served to the congregations. The function ends with langar, the community lunch. Processions are taken out. Mock…

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Ram Navami

14 April, 2019

Ram Navami Lord Rama was born on the ninth day of the Hindu month. Ram Navami is celebrated with religious fervour. On this day, people observe fast. Many devotees fast for nine days. On Ram Navami day, all the Ram temples are beautifully decorated. The idols of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman are adorned with new clothes, jewellery and flowers. Devotees visit various Ram temples and offer sweets, flowers and fruits.

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Mahavir Jayanti/Narsimha Jayanti

17 April, 2019
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May 2019

Bali Saraswati Day

11 May, 2019

Knowledge is very important for Balinese. Every Saniscara, Umanis, Wuku Watugunung, they celebrate Saraswati Day, the knowledge day. It is based on the Pawukon (Balinese calendar) system and the Saniscara (seven day cycle). The name Saraswati came from "Saras" meaning flow and "wati" meaning a women. So, Saraswati is symbol of knowledge, its flow (or growth) is like a river and knowledge is very interesting, like a beautiful women. Saraswati is the Goddess of Knowledge, symbolized by a beautiful woman…

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Pagerwesi Day Bali

15 May, 2019

The Day of Wisdom Pagerwesi is the day when the Balinese strengthen their minds and souls against evil forces. Pagerwesi is also called "rerainan gumi" by the Balinese and means the holiday for everyone from every background - from the families of priests to the common families. The Balinese celebrate the Pagerwesi ceremony every six months according to the Balinese pawukon calendar, the celebration is usually three days after Saraswati. Pagerwesi derives from the two Balinese words pager and wesi, which means fence and iron. The…

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