List of Hindu festivals

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There are a great number of Hindu religious festivals held throughout the world. A festival may be observed with acts of worship, offerings to deities, fasting, feasting, vigil, rituals, fairs, charity, celebrations, Puja, Homa, aarti etc. The festivals typically celebrate events from Hindu mythology, often coinciding with seasonal changes. There are many festivals which are primarily celebrated by specific sects or in certain regions of the Indian subcontinent.

Terminology[edit]

Utsava[edit]

'Utsava' is the Sanskrit word for Hindu festivals, meaning 'to cause to grow 'upward'.[citation needed] Uthsava or Utsava or Utsav is derived from the Sanskrit word, Utsava. The Sanskrit word Utsava comes from the word "ut" meaning "removal" and "sava" which means "worldly sorrows" or "grief".[1]

Observance periods (tithi)[edit]

In the Hindu calendar dates are usually prescribed according to the lunar calendar. In Vedic timekeeping, a tithi is a lunar day.

Sublists[edit]

List and descriptions of major Hindu festivals[edit]

Upakarma means Janivarada Habba

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago
  2. ^ [1], Pongalfestival.org.
  3. ^ Friedrichs, Kurt (1994). "Sarasvatī". In Schuhmacher, Stephan; Woerner, Gert. The Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion: Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Zen. Boston: Shambala. p. 306. ISBN 0-87773-980-3. The goddess of ... scholarship ... She is also the patron of the arts, especially of music. 
  4. ^ Kent, Alexandra. Divinity and Diversity: A Hindu Revitalization Movement in Malaysia. University of Hawaii Press, 2005. (ISBN 8791114896)
  5. ^ Hume, Lynne. Portals.
  6. ^ http://www.mahashivratri.org/mahashivaratri-festival.html
  7. ^ http://www.hindupedia.com/en/Rama_Navami
  8. ^ http://www.indiaonlinepages.com/festivals/hanuman-jayanti.html
  9. ^ http://www.calendarlabs.com/holidays/india/janmashtami.php
  10. ^ http://www.webonautics.com/ethnicindia/festivals/navarathri.html

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