A QUICK LOOK AT THE FESTIVALS OF INDIA
|Lohri, Bhogi, Bhogali Bihu||Harvest festival celebrated in Punjab, Haryana, Tamilnadu and Assam.
(Winter Solstice) Makara Sankranti.
The day is governed by the movement of the Sun from Cancer to Capricorn.
|Vasanta Panchami (February – March)||Vasantha Panchami is the spring festival.
In Bengal, Sarasvati the goddess of learning and art is worshipped.
|Shivaratri (February – March)||Lord Shiva is revered, to release the devotee from the cycle of birth and rebirth.
In Kashmir, the festival is held for 15 days; the thirteenth day is observed as Herath, a day of fast, followed by a family feast.
|Holi (February – March)||Prahlad the son of Hiranyakasipu watches his demon aunt Holika, on fire by divine intervention. Holi is a festival of colour and high spirits. The bonfire suggests the destruction of the evil.|
|Mahavir Jayanthi (March -April)||The twenty-fourth tirthankara, Mahavira was born on this day. Jain shrines in Girnar and Palitana in Gujarat create a center of attention.Jain pilgrims on this day gather here to pay respect to their god.|
|Rama Navami (March – April)||Rama Navami (March – April)|
|Vaisakhi (April – May)||The Hindu year begins in some parts of the sub-continent.
For the Sikhs, on this day Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa, in 1699.
|Buddha Jayanthi (April – May)||Siddhartha (Buddha) was born on the full moon day of Vaisakha in 563 B.C. at Lumbini in Nepal.|
|Id-ul Fitr||The festival marks the end of Ramzan, with the new moon-the ninth month of the Muslim year. The holy Koran was discovered in this month. A fast is observed every day during this month, prayers are offered in mosques and Idgahs.|
|Raksha Bandhan (July – August)||The consort of Indra ties a rakhi (silken talisman) around Indra’s wrist wishing him victory. Sisters tie rakhi on the wrist of their brothers.|