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Hindu Festivals Calendar


Hindu Festivals 2018

14 January
Makar Sankranti
A mid-winter Hindu festival celebrated to mark the transition of the Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn during the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere.
In Tamil Nadu Makar Sankranti or Sankranthi is known as Pongal. In Gujarat and Rajasthan Makar Sankranti is known as Uttarayana. In Haryana and Punjab Makar Sankranti is known as Maghi.

14 February
Maha Shivarati
Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated before the arrival of spring that marks the “Great Night of Shiva,” a Hindu deity. It is a major celebration in Hinduism, a solemn remembrance of overcoming darkness and ignorance.

2 March
Holi
Holi is also known as festival of Colours is celebrated by Hindus all over the world

25 March
Rama Navami
The birthday of Rama.

26 August
Raksha Bandan
Also known as Rakhi. The name Raksha Bandhan means “the bond of protection”. This festival celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters.

2 September
Krishna Jayanti
The birthday of Krishna.

9 October ends on 18 October
Navaratri
Also known as Durga Puja or Dusserah

7 November
Diwali
Also known as Deepawali. Diwali, the festival of light, extends over five days and celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.

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