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October 2018

Navaratri ends / Maha Navami

17 October

Maha Navami usually falls on the ninth day of Navratri. Peace and knowledge is celebrated and goddess Saraswati, the patron of knowledge, learning, music and arts is honoured. Warriors thank, decorate and worship their weapons, offering prayers to Saraswati. Musicians honour their musical instruments, play them and offer prayers. Farmers, carpenters, smiths, pottery makers, shopkeepers and all sorts of tradespeople similarly decorate and honour their equipment, machinery and tools of trade. Students visit their teachers, express respect and seek their…

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Dusshera

19 October

Dusshera is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navratri every year. It celebrates Sri Rama's victory over Ravana. Towering effigies of Ravana are burnt with fireworks symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. Dusshera begins the preparation for Deepavali, the festival of lights, one of India's most important and widely celebrated festivals.

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Sharad Purnima

23 October

Sharad Purnima is considered to be the most beautiful night of the year. It is celebrated on the full moon night of the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin when the full moon is especially bright. The most famous Sharad Purnima night of all occurred around 5000 years ago. On this particular evening, as the moon rose on the eastern horizon, the whole sky was tinged with a reddish hue. The forests were filled with fragrant flowers and a cool breeze…

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Karwa Chauth

27 October

Karwa Chauth is a festival celebrated by women on the fourth day of the waning moon in the month of kartika. On this day, women fast and pray for the long lives of their husbands. The fast begins at dawn and fasting women traditionally do no housework for the duration of the festival. In many regions, women dress themselves beautifully in auspicious colours like red, gold or orange. The day is spent in the company of friends and relatives. In…

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November 2018

Dhan Teras

5 November @ 12:00 am
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Diwali

7 November @ 12:00 am
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Bhai Dooj

9 November @ 12:00 am
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Chhath Puja

13 November @ 12:00 am
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Kartik Poornima

23 November @ 12:00 am
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December 2018

Dhanu Sankranti

16 December @ 12:00 am
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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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