Learning Resource Centre (Library) @ Kendriya Vidyalaya, Madurai

Icon

Any Time Any Where Information 4U

HINDU FESTIVALS – AN INTRODUCTION

It’s been said often enough that Hindus celebrate everything. So they do. The birth of gods, death of asuras, victory of the gods, marriage of the gods, the new year, new months, full moons, new moons, harvests, birthdays, initiations, marriages, deaths, anniversaries – you name the event, and it is reason for music, dance, processions, and what have you.

And there is the religious bit lurking behind it all. The reasons for this lie deep, in the origin of Hinduism as an organic religion. Its followers have over time considered anything, animate or inanimate, to be sacred and aspects of divinity.

That is also why even secular events like harvests take on religious overtones, with the patron deity presiding over the festivities. As soon as something happens, there is a kind of thanksgiving to the divine that follows it.

Apart from the universally celebrated festivals like Dussehra, Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi, there are others that are observed in specific communities or geographical areas. Hindu holidays are also confined to particular regions by the importance a certain god enjoys.

Worship of Kartikeya (as during the festival of Skanda Shashti) is predominant in Tamil Nadu, where the god is considered a patron of the region. Onam is a good example of a festival that is celebrated solely by Keralites. Another interesting aspect of Onam is that it is perhaps the only major Hindu festival that celebrates the reign of an asura king, although a benevolent one.

The profusion of legends and the contradictions inherent in them is reflected in festivals too. Travel around the country, and you will hear people tell you a variety of legends involving different gods behind a single festival. Besides, you will also find versions of the same festival being celebrated under different names in different regions.

All this adds that facet of unending novelty and constant change to the strikingly colourful kaleidoscope that is India. You might end up thinking the thought: “The more things change, the more they remain the same”, which is something often said about India and its magical agelessness.

With so many holy days and more than 20 major hindu festivals, the calendar should be liberally sprinkled with them. But it isn’t so. There is a distinct festival season, which runs from late August through December. This is when there is a fever of celebrations, with a string of important festivals following one another in a rush.

But the major festivals are not the only ones that the people celebrate. Browse through the Hindu almanac, and you will find a mention of holiness or sacredness against almost every day of the year. Most of the lesser festivals are lesser because they have a private rather than public face. There are rituals for phases of the moon, solar and lunar eclipses, days of the week, a person’s auspicious star or zodiac sign.

 

 

 

 Hindu Festivals Calendar 2010

 

 JAN 2010

 

 13  Wednesday  Lohri

 

 14  Thursday  Makar Sankranti

 

 14  Thursday  Pongal

 

 15  Friday  Mauni Amavasya

 

 20  Wednesday  Vasant Panchami

 

 FEB 2010

 

 12  Friday  Mahashivratri

 

 MAR 2010

 

 01  Monday  Holi

 

 01  Monday  Hola Mohalla

 

 16  Tuesday  Bikrami Samvat (Hindu New Year)

 

 24  Wednesday  Ram Navmi

 

 30  Tuesday  Hanuman Jayanti

 

 APRIL 2010

 

 13  Tuesday  Baisakhi

 

 MAY 2010

 

 16  Sunday  Akshaya Tritiya/ Akha Teej

 

 JUNE 2010

 

 11  Friday  Ganga Dussehra

 

 JULY 2010

 

 13  Tuesday  Rath Yatra

 

 25  Sunday  Guru Poornima

 

 AUG 2010

 

 23  Monday  Onam

 

 24  Tuesday  Rakhi /Raksha Bandhan

 

 SEP 2010

 

 02  Thursday  Sri Krishna Janmashtami

 

 11  Saturday  Ganesh Chaturathi

 

 OCT 2010

 

 08  Friday  Navratras begin

 

 17  Sunday  Dussehra

 

 25  Monday  Karva Chauth

 

 NOV 2010

 

 03 Wednesday  Dhan Teras

 

 05  Friday  Diwali

 

 06  Saturday Govardhan Puja

 

 07  Sunday  Bhai Duj

Advertisements

Filed under: RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Dear Visitors,

This is the official blog of Library and Media centre of Kendriya Vidyalaya, No.1, Madurai. This is an attempt to provide online service to the users community with the motive of 'Any time information' ' Anywhere information'. Feel free to express your comments and suggestions.

50 Years of KVS

Library blog visits:

  • 3,910,914 users

Thank You, On-line readers

Our library blog gets going with more than 12,00,000 hits. Whole- hearted thanks to all the students, staff and friends who made this great thing to happen. Keep giving your support for our growth. Thanks Apenty from your K.Ramasamy, Librarian

Contact Particulars

08608973149
Lunch: 11:30 am - 12:oo noon
II Saturday and Sunday - Holidays

Joyful NBW Celebrations 2013

National Book Week, 14-20 Nov.2013

KVS Foundation Day Dec. 15, 2013

GokulashtamiDecember 15th, 2013
Let this Rama Navami bring more devotion in our reading degree !!!

Best Entries : Drawing and Book cover Designing Competition

Come on Readers, Let's celebrate the books

Library Tweets

  • Over 1000 Class 1 Forms Issued at KV No.1 Narimedu wp.me/pYEHW-10lTweeted on 2 years ago
  • Special Coaching for Slow Learners at KV No.1 Narimedu wp.me/pYEHW-10jTweeted on 2 years ago
  • 16/11/2013: Pravin, Dharani and Team from IX C presented a humorous skit on ' Tongue Twisters and Pallindromes'. (NBW 2013)Tweeted on 3 years ago
  • 16/11/2013: Srivathsan of Class XI A1 presented a speech on ' Does fiction reading help you anyway'. (NBW 2013)Tweeted on 3 years ago
  • 16/11/2013: A book quiz was conducted by Ram Balaji and Madhan Krishna of VIII A. ( NBW 2013).Tweeted on 3 years ago
  • 15/11/2013: Monisha Raghunathan and Ramajayam of Class IX D presented a heap of funny titles in the inaugural ceremony.Tweeted on 3 years ago
  • 15/11/2013: Aarthi of Class XI B shared the news about ' Library of Congress' - the largest library in the world.Tweeted on 3 years ago
  • 15/11/2013: Gayathri and Sandhya of Class IX C delivered a talk on ' Prolegomena to National Book Week'.Tweeted on 3 years ago
  • 15/11/2013: Inauguration of National Book Week, 2013 in KV Narimedu, Madurai at 9:00 am. Principal Shri.C.Muthiah inaugurated the NBW 2013.Tweeted on 3 years ago
  • Class X : Summative Assessment 1 - Sample Papers wp.me/pYEHW-ZoTweeted on 3 years ago

Goodreads

Your Suggestions

Mail your suggestion to ramasamylibkvm@gmail.com

Call the Librarian

08608943149

CATEGORIES OF INFORMATION

CALENDER OF POSTS

August 2010
M T W T F S S
« Jul   Sep »
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031  

Blog developed and maintained by K.Ramasamy, Librarian, KV Madurai

Happy New Year 2014

National Book Week, 14-20, Nov.2013

Happy Book Week , My dear Readers !!! Expand your horizon of knoweledge via books........all through.......always....all ways

National Book Week, Nov.14-20, 2013

National Book Week, 2013

Read this Blog in Hindi

Read this Blog in Tamil

National Book Day upto

World Book DayNovember 20th, 2013
Let this World Book Week bring more goodness in our library use habits !!!

New Arrivals

Del.icio.us Bookmarks

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 581 other followers

RSS NDTV India News

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Cricketnext

RSS Blog for Scouts & Guides

  • Amendments made on 30/11/2014 – Guide Section
    Amendments made on 30/11/2014 – Guide Section Please click the following link to get amendments made in APRO III Guide section on 30/11/2014. APRO Part III – Guide SectionFiled under: AMENDMENTS Tagged: AMENDMENTS, APRO, guide section
  • Amendments made on 30/11/2014 – Scout Section
    Amendments made on 30/11/2014 – Scout Section Please click the following link to get the amendments made in APRO Part II – for scouts APRO Part II – Scout SectionFiled under: AMENDMENTS Tagged: AMENDMENTS, APRO, SCOUT SECTION
  • E-Books on Compass
    Two books on Compass 1) js_s_map-and-compass 2) mapcompassFiled under: 97.E-BOOKS ON SCOUTING, COMPASS Tagged: COMPASS, MAPPING, scout quiz
  • Scout Quizzzzzzzzzzzzz
    BADEN POWELL AND SCOUTING 1. Who is the founder of Scouting / Guiding? Lord Baden Powell of Gilwell. 2. Where was Baden-Powell born? When? In Gilwell, on Feb 22, 1857. 3. What the full name B.P? Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell. 4. Who was B.P’s mother? Daughter of the British Admiral W. T. Sonyth. 5. Who […]
  • Scout Quiz Questions 4 U
    Some Scout Quiz Questions to Ponder………. I Set 1. What was Baden-Powell’s Christian name? Robert Richard Rupert 2. In which year was B-P born? 1847 1857 1927 3. What was the name of the town in South Africa BP saved whilst in the Army? Mafeking Mafeprince Mafequeen 4. On his return to England, BP wrote […]
%d bloggers like this: