List of Festivals
This lists all
festivals and festivals with Vrat.
Aamalaa Navamee or Aamalaa Naumee
see Akshaya Navamee
Falls on Kaarttik Krishn Ashtamee. Keep fast this day for the
welfare of the son. Normally it comes just one week before Deepaavalee,
it falls on the same day as Deepaavalee falls. This Vrat is observed by
women who have a son.
Akshaya Navamee or Akshaya Naumee
Falls on Kaarttik Shukla Navamee. Some people say that it is the starting
day of Sat Yug, and some say that it is the starting day of Tretaa Yug.
All kinds of Karm have eternal fruits on this day, that is why one should
do all good Karm on this day, and never any bad Karm.
Akshaya Triteeyaa or Akshaya
Teej or Aakhaa Teej
Falls in Vaishaakh Shukla Teej. Keep fast on this day. It is believed that
fruits of all the Karm done on this day never finish, that is why people must do
all Punya Karm on this day.
Falls on Bhadrapad Shukla Chaturdashee.
Falls on Jyeshth Amaavasyaa. Vat Saavitree Vrat for married women. Keep
fast for the welfare of husband.
Falls in the month of Kaarttik
Bhaaee Doyaj, or Bhaiyaa Dooj
Falls on Kaarttik Shukla Doyaj. This day Yam went to Yamee's house and had
food there. Women hear brother and sister's story and wait for their
brothers to come to their house to feed them.
Falls on the last five days of Kaarttik Maas. Keep fast on these days.
Dashaharaa or Vijayaa Dashamee
Falls on Aashwin Shukla Dashamee. Raam's victory over Raavan.
Falls on Kaarttik Amaavasyaa. Many women keep fast on this day, of course
not all Lakshmee and Ganesh Jee are worshipped on this day. People light
as mny lamps as they an, eat sweets, distribute sweets to their relatives
and friends and wake up the whole night waiting for Lakshmee to come. They
spend the night playing card games.
Falls on Kaarttik Krishn Trayodashee. People worship Lakshmee, buy brass
utensils, gold, or silver today.
Falls on Bhaaadrapad Shukla 4th to celebrate as Ganesh's birthday.
Celebrated on Chaitra Shukla 1 as Yugaadi (Beginning of the Yug day)
Falls on Aashaadh Poornimaa. Keep fast this day, because of Poornimaa, as
well as Guru Poornimaa. People worship Guru on this day.
Falls on Shraavan Shukla Teej. Celebrated by girls and women, especially
by married girls and women.
Falls on Bhaadrapad Shukla Teej. Keep fast (for married women) for
the welfare of the husband.
Hoee Ashtamee see
Falls on Phaalgun Poornimaa. Keep fast this day. In northern India women
keep fast on this day for the welfare of their sons (as they keep on Ahoee Ashtamee).
It is one of the four important and famous festivals (other three are Rakshaabandhan,
Dashaharaa, and Deepaavalee) celebrated in Northern India, especially in Mathuraa and
Vrindaa Van. This is said to be the Shoodra's festival. People play with all types of
colors, distribute sweets and savory dishes. All kinds of enmities are resolved this
Falls on Kaarttik Shukla 4th. This is a Vrat day. This festival is celebrated by married
women for the welfare of their husband. Keep fast till night for husband. Food and water
is taken only after seeing the Moon this day.
Fall on Bhaadrapad Krishn Ashtamee. Keep fast for Krishn's birthday.
Kumbh fair is the biggest and the largest fair of the world. Millons of
people take bath in Gangaa River on this occasion.
Mahaa Shiv Raatri
Shiv Raatri Vrat
Falls on Maagh Shukla 14th. Keep fast on this day for Shiv Jee .
Always falls on 13th or 14th January. This day Soorya Bhagavaan turns
Northward, towards Makar Raashi (Capricorn) from Kark Raashi (Cancer).
People take a dip in Gangaa River. Kumbh also falls on this day.
Falls on Shraavan Krishn Panchamee. Women worship Naag on this day.
Falls on Kaarttik Krishn Chaturdashee. Narakaasur was killed on this day.
He got the boon that whoever will take bath after massaging oil on his
body, he will go to Swarg; that is why people massage oil on their body
and take bath in the morning.
Falls two times a year - Chaitra Shukla Pratipadaa to Chaitra Shukla
Navamee; and Aashwin Shukla Pratipadaa to Ashwin Shukla Navamee. Keep
fasting and worship nine Devee.
A festival of Keralites, celebrated in August-September months
Makar Sankraanti is called Pongal in southern Indian states.
Falls on Chaitra Shukla Navamee, and is celebrated as Shree Raam's birthday
Celebrated mostly in Northern India, on Shraavan Poornimaa
Falls on Maagh Krishn Chaturthee. Keep fast and worship Ganesh Jee.
Sankraanti falls on the
day when the Sun transits in another Zodiac Sign. Normally this falls on
13th or 14th of every Gregorian calendar month. This day is good for Daan
(donations) and any kind of Dharm Karm.
Falls on Aashwin (Kuaar) Poornimaa. This is a Vrat day. This is supposed
to be a big Poornimaa. It is believed that the Moon appears with his 16
Kalaa (in full) on this day and showers Amrit. So white sweets, made from
milk (rice Kheer and Chivadaa)
are kept under the moonlight the whole night and eaten next day morning.
Thus they collect Amrit the whole night. Many people believe that seeing
in this night increases the eye sight, so they put the thread in the
Falls on Phaalgun Krishn Trayodashee. Keep fast on this day. A great
day of Shiv.
Mostly celebrated in Southern India and Sri Lankaa. It is mostly Tamil
festival. It falls in November month.
Thai Poosam festival is special to Tamil Naadu and is celebrated on Tamil
Month Thai Poornimaa falling in January-February months.
Falls on Maagh Shukla Panchamee. Devee Saraswatee is worshipped today.
People wear lemon or yellow color clothes and offer yellow color flowers
to friends and relatives. Yellow color sweet rice is cooked in houses.