India - The Land of Festivals

Hinduism is often described as a religion of fasts, feasts and festivals. In India, the celebrations of fairs and festivals form a wondrous and joyful series of events, marking the rites of passage between birth, death and renewal. There are said to be more festivals in India than there are days of the year. There is celebration for every religious occasion, change of season and for every harvest. They are times when people gather together, linked by ties of shared social and religious beliefs. Vibrant colours, music and festivities make the country come alive throughout the year. 

Festivals in India are characterized by color, gaiety, enthusiasm, prayers and rituals. Foreign travelers are struck by the scale and multiplicity of Indian festivals that have evolved in the society. Fairs and festivals are moments of remembrance and commemoration of the birthdays and great deeds of gods, goddesses, hero's, heroine's, gurus, prophet's and saints.

Indian Festival Calendar 2015

Kalash January Kalash

1 Thursday Pausha Putrada Ekadashi
5 Monday Paush Purnima, Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
8 Thursday Sakat Chauth
12 Monday Swami Vivekananda Jayanti
13 Tuesday Lohri
15 Thursday Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Ganga Sagar Snan
15 Thursday Magh Bihu 2015
16 Friday Shattila Ekadashi
20 Tuesday Mauni Amavas
24 Saturday Vasant Panchami
26 Monday Ratha Saptami, Republic Day
27 Tuesday Bhishma Ashtami
30 Friday Jaya Ekadashi

Kalash February Kalash

3 Tuesday Magha Purnima
13 Friday Kumbha Sankranti
15 Sunday Vijaya Ekadashi
17 Tuesday Maha Shivaratri
20 Friday Phulera Dooj
26 Thursday Khatu Shyamji Festival

Kalash March Kalash

1 Sunday Amalaki Ekadashi
5 Thursday Holika Dahan
6 Friday Holi
14 Saturday Basoda, Sheetala Ashtami
15 Sunday Meena Sankranti
16 Monday Papmochani Ekadashi
17 Tuesday Papmochani Ekadashi
20 Friday Surya Grahan
21 Saturday Chaitra Navratri , Gudi Padwa / Ugadi
22 Sunday Gauri Puja, Gangaur, Chetti Chand
25 Wednesday Yamuna Chhath
28 Saturday Ram Navami
31 Tuesday Kamada Ekadashi

Kalash April Kalash

2 Thursday Mahavir Jayanti
4 Saturday Hanuman Jayanti, Chandra Grahan
14 Tuesday Solar New Year, Mesha Sankranti, Baisakhi (Vaisakhi)
15 Wednesday Varuthini Ekadashi, Vallabh Acharya Jayanti
20 Monday Parashurama Jayanti
21 Tuesday Akshaya Tritiya
23 Thursday Ramanuja Acharya Jayanti
25 Saturday Ganga Saptami
27 Monday Sita Navami
29 Wednesday Mohini Ekadashi

Kalash May Kalash

1 Friday World Labour Day
2 Saturday Narasimha Jayanti
4 Monday Buddha Purnima, Ramanuja Acharya Jayanti
5 Tuesday Narada Jayanti
10 Sunday Mother's Day
14 Thursday Apara Ekadashi
15 Friday Vrishabha Sankranti
17 Sunday Vat Savitri Vrat
18 Monday Shani Jayanti
28 Thursday Ganga Dussehra
29 Friday Nirjala Ekadashi

Kalash June Kalash

2 Tuesday Vat Purnima Vrat, Saint Kabir Jayanti
12 Friday Yogini Ekadashi
15 Monday Mithuna Sankranti
28 Sunday Padmini Ekadashi

Kalash July Kalash

12 Sunday Parama Ekadashi
16 Thursday Karka Sankranti
18 Saturday Jagannath Rathyatra
27 Monday Devshayani Ekadashi
31 Friday Guru Purnima

Kalash August Kalash
01 Saturday Shravan Maas
10 Monday Kamika Ekadashi
14 Friday Hariyali Amavasya
15 Saturday Independence Day
17 Monday Hariyali Teej, Simha Sankranti
19 Wednesday Nag Panchami
26 Wednesday Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
28 Friday Varalakshmi Vrat
29 Saturday Raksha Bandhan, Narali Purnima

Kalash September Kalash

1 Tuesday Kajari Teej
5 Saturday Krishna Janmashtami
8 Tuesday Aja Ekadashi
13 Sunday Surya Grahan
14 Monday Hindi Divas
16 Wednesday Hartalika Teej
17 Thursday Ganesh Chaturthi, Kanya Sankranti, Vishwakarma Puja
18 Friday Rishi Panchami
21 Monday Radha Ashtami
24 Thursday Parsva Ekadashi
27 Sunday Anant Chaturdashi, Ganesh Visarjan, Pitru Paksha
28 Monday Bhadrapada Purnima, Chandra Grahan, Pratipada Shraddha

Kalash October Kalash

2 Friday Mahatama Gandhi Jayanti, Lal Bhadur Shashtri Jayanti
8 Thursday Indira Ekadashi
12 Monday Sarva Pitru Amavasya
13 Tuesday Navratri Begins
18 Sunday Saraswati Avahan, Tula Sankranti
19 Monday Saraswati Puja
21 Wednesday Durga Ashtami, Maha Navami
22 Thursday Dussehra, Vijayadashami
23 Friday Papankusha Ekadashi
24 Saturday Papankusha Ekadashi
26 Monday Kojagara Puja, Sharad Purnima
27 Tuesday Valmiki Jayanti
30 Friday Karwa Chauth

Kalash November Kalash

1 Sunday Rajyotsava Day
3 Tuesday Ahoi Ashtami
7 Saturday Rama Ekadashi, Govatsa Dwadashi
9 Monday Dhan Teras, Kali Chaudas
10 Tuesday Narak Chaturdashi, Guru Nanak Jayanti
11 Wednesday Diwali, Lakshmi Puja
12 Thursday Gowardhan Puja
13 Friday Bhai Dooj
16 Monday Vrischika Sankranti
17 Tuesday Chhath Puja
21 Saturday Kansa Vadh
22 Sunday Devutthana Ekadashi
23 Monday Tulasi Vivah
25 Wednesday Kartik Purnima

Kalash December Kalash

3 Thursday Kalabhairav Jayanti
7 Monday Utpanna Ekadashi
16 Wednesday Vivah Panchami, Dhanu Sankranti
21 Monday Mokshada Ekadashi, Gita Jayanti
24 Thursday Dattatreya Jayanti
25 Friday Margashirsha Purnima

All Hindu festivals have a deep spiritual importance or high religious significance. All great Hindu festivals have religious, social and hygienic elements in them. In every festival there is bathing in the morning before sunrise in the river or tank or well. Every individual will have to do some Japa, prayer, Kirtan, recitation of Sanskrit verses and meditation.

Indian Festivals are much more than celebrations. They are windows into the history of rich Hindu legends. They reveal the mind and philosophy of a nation through the different ages. Festivals have a cultural and social aspect which many feel transcends even their spiritual significance. They bring people together in friendship and love, and help heal broken relationships.