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  Hindu Festivals, Hindu Marriages
Known as the "Festival of Lights," it symbolises the victory of good over evil, and lamps are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for mankind.
This festival occurs at the onset of spring.
In Hinduism, Ganesha (when used to distinguish lordly status) (or "lord of the hosts," also spelled as Ganesa and Ganesh, often also referred to as Ganapati) is one of the most well-known and venerated representations of God.
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  Indian Festivals
This is the spring festival celebrated in reverence of Goddess Saraswati.
This is one of the oldest Hindu festivals occurring in the month of Kartik, which commemorates the return of Rama to Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years.
This ten-day festival, celebrated in Maharashtra during the bright half of Bhadrapad, commemorates the birth of Ganesha.
www.webonautics.com /ethnicindia/festivals/hindu_festivals.html   (254 words)

 The Hindu December Dilemma -- Beliefnet.com
Hindus in America have chosen both routes: Some participate in the holiday season to keep their children happy and treat Christmas as a secular festival, while others feel they should not celebrate it at all, since it is not their festival.
Two decades ago many Hindu immigrants felt more compelled than they do today to participate in Christmas festivities, since their children were young and wanted to be a part of whatever the mainstream was doing.
For Hindus from India, Christmas is a familiar festival: It's a national holiday and non-Christians celebrate it as a festive occasion with holiday parties.
www.beliefnet.com /story/181/story_18134_1.html   (738 words)

Hindus particularly like the stories about when Krishna was a cow herd and played on a flute to entertain the milkmaids.
This is the spring festival that celebrates the wheat harvest.It usually occurs somewhere between February and March.
It is a nine day festival to worship the mother goddess and her victory over the buffalo demon.
www.ict.mic.ul.ie /websites/2002/Patricia_Dooley/Festivals.htm   (1174 words)

 Hindu Festivals - Deepavali, Dassera and Holi
Festivals arose out of some necessity of day-to-day life of the hazy past and were later transformed into customs, due to which they obtained a changeless character.
Hence it was quite natural to look upon a festival that was observed at the end of one harvest season and the beginning of a new one, as a festival heralding the beginning of a new year.
Holi is one of the few festivals that has yet to acquire the character of being a religious and private festival along with being a public occasion for rejoicing which all festivals are.
www.hindubooks.org /sudheer_birodkar/hindu_history/festivals1.html   (5602 words)

 Hindu Holidays, Hindu Calendar 2007, Hindu Festivals Calender 2007, Hindu Holiday India
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.
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.
festivals.iloveindia.com /hindu-festivals.html   (483 words)

 Hindu Festivals
(5) NAGASA,VITI is a festival in honour of the Nagas.
This festival is observed by all Saktass, or worshippers of the female principle and is held in especial honour of Durga, the wife of Siva.
It is at this festival that women especially of the Smartha sect especially worship the moon, with a view to the obtaining of such blessings as male offspring, long life and prosperity.
www.oldandsold.com /articles38/hindu-10.shtml   (7228 words)

 Hindutva Series : Hindu Festivals - Deepavali, Dassera and Holi
And this is why Hinduism is called a Living Idea, guided by the sum total of human wisdom that is not considered to be embodied in one person, or one book, or one period of human history.
Many of our festivals, we are told, owe their origin to acts of the Gods; the birth of Lord Rama (Ramnavami), his return from exile (Diwali), the birth of Lord Krishna (Krishnastami or Janmastami) and so on.
The Third Hindu tradition associated with the celebration of Deepavali is that of the slaying of the Demon Narakasura by Lord Sri Krishna.
hindutva.org /festivals1.html   (7140 words)

 Festivals of Nepal
The festival of "Gai Jatra" (the procession of cows) which is one of the most popular festivals, is generally celebrated in the Nepalese month of Bhadra (August-September).This festival has its roots in the belief that the god of death, Yamaraj, must be feared and hence worshipped.
This festival is mast impressively observed by all the Tibetan-speaking populations.
This festival, commemorating the marriage of Sita to Ram, is particularly celebrated in Janakpur.
www.nepalhomepage.com /society/festivals/festivals.html   (1805 words)

 Hindu Festivals
There are major festivals and numerous minor ones, as well as those that are celebrated on a local or regional basis, which are celebrated differently according to the location, or even named differently.
There are different festivals to celebrate the various incarnations of God, as well as those that honor the seasons, harvests, relationships, and certain principles of the Vedic culture.
It is during these nine nights of festivities that the goddess is worshiped in Her different forms of Durga, Lakshmi and then Sarasvati.
www.stephen-knapp.com /hindu_festivals.htm   (5467 words)

 Hindu Festivals - Janmastami, Mahashivratri, Sri-Ramnavami, Nagpanchami and Ganesh Chaturthi
Although this festival is observed in all parts of the country, it is celebrated with maximum fervour in Maharashtra where it is celebrated both publicly and privately.
The world according to Hindu mythology and cosmogony, rests on the head of Sheshnaga, and when he shakes his head we have earthquakes (This explanation, of course is for the devout).
The reason for this plethora of festivals is the pantheonic and assimilative character of Hinduism due to which the festivals devoted to the countless number of deities normally find general acceptance among the Hindus from all parts of the country.
www.hindubooks.org /sudheer_birodkar/hindu_history/festivals2.html   (6017 words)

 Festivals of India - Hindu Festival Calendar 2007
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.
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.
Festivals have a cultural and social aspect which many feel transcends even their spiritual significance.
www.rudraksha-ratna.com /festivals.html   (268 words)

 atSriLanka - A Comprehensive Travel and Tourism portal of Sri Lanka
Hindu festivals also fill the festive periods in Sri Lanka with its distinctly colorful ceremonies, making the Hindu shrines across the country full of emanating faith and happiness of people.
The main Muslim festivals are the Milad-un-Nabi or the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in December, Id-ul-Fitr marking the end of the holy fasting during the month of Ramadan, and the Haj festival when Muslims make their pilgrimages to the holy Muslim shrine in Mecca.
The festival is when the two major ethnic groups in Sri Lanka, the Sinhalese and the Tamils jointly celebrate this happy time, but in different styles according to their original tradition.
www.atsrilanka.com /festivals.html   (852 words)

 Manas: Culture, Festivals of India, Diwali
It is colloquially known as the "festival of lights", for the common practice is to light small oil lamps (called diyas) and place them around the home, in courtyards, verandahs, and gardens, as well as on roof-tops and outer walls.
The celebration of the festival is invariably accompanied by the exchange of sweets and the explosion of fireworks.
Everywhere, it signifies the renewal of life, and accordingly it is common to wear new clothes on the day of the festival; similarly, it heralds the approach of winter and the beginning of the sowing season.
www.sscnet.ucla.edu /southasia/Culture/Festivals/Diwali.html   (215 words)

 -- Beliefnet.com
Hinduism is rambunctious, open, public, full of festivals and free of guilt.
Hindu festivals were spectacles of light and color.
I had fun celebrating Hindu festivals, the weekly bhajan gave me memories that I carry to this day, and my family's traditions have led me to install a puja room in a cupboard in one corner of my New York apartment.
www.beliefnet.com /story/7/story_785_1.html   (640 words)

 Hindu Fasts & Festivals
The Hindu personifies it for the sake of worship.
This is the spring festival of the Hindus.
This is the keynote of the Pongal festival.
www.sivanandadlshq.org /download/hindufest.htm   (20438 words)

 Hindu Festivals- Hindu Festivals India- Hindu Festival Calendar- Hindu Festivals 2006- Hindu Holidays
Hindu festivals in India includes Hindu festivals calendar and various Hindu festivals in 2006.
It is a well known fact that India is a land of fairs and festivals.
There are numerous Hindu festivals that are celebrated throughout the year.In Hindu religion both animate and inanimate are considered sacred and that is the reason why we have hundreds of festivals and fairs in Hindu Calendar every year.
festivalsinindia.net /hindu-festivals.html   (121 words)

 Bawarchi: Indian Festivals
These colourful and happy festivals bind the people of the nation across various states and religions in a unique way and provide a spectacle that cannot be be experienced anywhere else in the world.
Holi is the most colourful festival of the Hindus and falls on the Full moon day in the month of Phalgun according to the Hindu Calendar which is the month of March as per the Gregorian Calendar.
The festival of Dassera, also known as Vijayadashmi, is one of the fascinating festivals of India and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm for ten continuous days.
www.bawarchi.com /festivals   (1044 words)

 Hindu Fasts & Festivals
Hinduism is the only religion in the world which has emphasised to such an extent the motherhood of God.
This is the spring festival of the Hindus.
This is the keynote of the Pongal festival.
sivanandaonline.org /graphics/ebooks/swami_sivanandaji/downnload/hindu_fasts_festivals.html   (15334 words)

 BBC - Schools - Hindu Festivals
Hinduism is made up of a variety of different religious beliefs and practices which originated near the river Indus in India.
Some of the key Hindu festivals are Diwali, Holi, Navaratri (celebrating fertility and harvest), Raksha Bandhan (celebrating the bond between brother and sister) and Janmashtami (Krishna's birthday).
Hindus believe that every action has an effect and there is a cause for everything.
www.bbc.co.uk /schools/religion/hinduism   (514 words)

 Hindu Mysticism, Festivals, Pilgrimages
Mysticism, but no "Prophecies": No incarnation of a Hindu god has ever been prophesied, unlike Jesus who was prophesied for 2,000 years before his birth, with 300 prophecies fulfilled to the letter in Jesus Christ..
Shortly afterwards, Ganesha is honored with the festival of Ganesha Charurti.
Every devout Hindu hopes at least once in his life to visit the "holy city" (Benares), or the sacred source of the Ganges at Gaumukh.
biblia.com /theology/hindu-myst.htm   (623 words)

 Hindu Festival, Hinduism Festival
This festival is one of the many festivals which have been celebrated since the vedic period.
Though the festival of Dipavali has undergone some changes, in due course of time, yet it has continued to be celebrated since the time immemorial.
The festival of brother and sister Bhaiyya Dooj is celebrated on the 2nd day of the Shukla Paksha of the Caitra Month, and the 2nd day of Shukla Paksha of the Kartik Month.
www.indhistory.com /hindu-festival.html   (4380 words)

 Hindutva Series : Hindu Festivals - Janmastami, Mahashivratri, Sri-Ramnavami, Nagpanchami and Ganesh Chaturthi
Festivals originated in pre-historic times in the form of occasions for rejoicing after a successful hunt, or victory in war.
Hence Hindu History is a prototype of how human civilization would have looked, if civilization all across the globe had been allowed to develop in its natural state.
And this is why Hinduism is called a Living Idea, guided by the sum total of human wisdom that is not considered to be embodied in one person, or one book, or one period of human history.
www.hindutva.org /festivals2.html   (6794 words)

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Hinduism is a polytheistic religion, believing in many gods.
Most of the festivals in Hinduism are centered on one or more gods.
Each of the Hindu festivals are celebrated in a similar manner.
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 Hindu Festivals Deepavali Onam Ganesh Chaturathi Holi Pongal Indian Festivals India Informations About India India ...
The spirit of Pongal, the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu, is giving thanks to God for a bountiful harvest as people prepare a special dish called 'Sarkkarai Pongal' and pray for the blessings of the Sun God.
It is a bright and colourful festival that celebrates the bounties of nature and a year of good harvest.
It is a festival of nine nights, during which we worship goddess of shakti.
www.explore2india.com /festivals/Hindu-festivals.html   (823 words)

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Hinduism is rich in its unique festivals and customs which are being celebrated through centuries.
From Diwali the festival of lights to Holi the festival of colors to Rakshabandhan, a special festival for brothers and sisters, Hindu festivals are colorful, fun yet with a deep social and religious significance.
www.hindu-festivals.com   (179 words)

 Indiaoz Hinduism - Hindu Festivals Significance - Vasant Panchami
Hindu temples are full of activities on this day.
Hinduism has taken into account special significance of seasons and interwoven that with religious festivals e.g., Makar Sakranti, Vasant Panchami.
Vasant Panchami is a festival full of religious, seasonal and social significance and is celebrated by Hindus all over the world with verve and new sense of optimism.
www.indiaoz.com.au /hinduism/festivals/vasant_panchami.shtml   (502 words)

 The Hindu : Festivals which are more than a celebration
Begun in 1975, the Khajuraho Dance Festival was one of the earliest of its kind with a pan-Indian perspective, which explored the importance of ambience for a dance festival.
Apart from the in-festival presentations, were the out-of- performance dialogues, where over a cup of coffee in the unpretentious dining hall of the Payal guest house, or under the large peepul tree just beside the Madras Coffee house, one tried to catch up on art gossip.
Another such dance festival which draws its appeal from the venue, is the annual Ganga Mahotsava, held at Benares on the banks of the Ganga, the specially built stage on stilts projecting out to the flowing river, its waters glistening under the night lights.
www.hindu.com /2000/12/02/stories/09020705.htm   (1140 words)

 Hindu Festivals for Kids
Most Hindu festivals are linked with the movements of the sun, moon and seasonal changes.
Makar Sankrant is the first Hindu festival of the solar calendar year, falling on January 14 every year.
A festival to remember the story of the god, Rama, who resued his wife, Sita, from Ravana, a wicked demon king.
www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk /Homework/religion/hindufestivals.htm   (544 words)

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