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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


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