Festivals of India Listed in Hindu Calendar 2014

India is a land of many cultures and religions. India is a mixture of different castes, religions, languages, traditions and cultures. And with different cultures and religions, there are different festivals celebrated in India every year. While some festivals are celebrated regionally, others are celebrated nationally, the whole country as one, united and liberated. Each festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and Great Spirit.Here we listed out major Festivals in India based on Hindu calender 2014

Fetivals of india
January 2014
Pausha Putrada Ekadashi
Date:11 Day: Saturday

Ekadasi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of waning and waxing phase of moon in traditional Hindu calendar. It is believed that by fasting on Putrada Ekadasi one is relieved of all the sins committed. The greatness of this Ekadasi was explained to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna and is found in the Bhavisyotara Purana.

Pongal,Makar Sankranti
Date:14 Day: Tuesday
It is celebrated with pomp in southern parts of the country as Pongal, and in Punjab is celebrated as Lohri & Maghi.Rajasthan & Gujarati not only look reverentially up to the sun, but also offer thousands of their colorful oblations in the form of beautiful kites all over the skyline. The Festival introduces kite enthusiasts world-wide to the intriguing beauty and cultural diversity of India.

Paush Purnima
Date:16 Day: Thursday
Purnima means the full moon day and believed to be a very auspicious day in Hindu religion. Paush Purnima is the day of full moon that falls in Paush month according to Hindu calendar.

Sakat Chauth
Date:19 Day: Sunday
Each lunar month in Hindu calendar has two Chaturthi Tithis. The one after Purnima or full moon (this period is known as Krishna Paksha) is called asSankashti Chaturthi and the one after Amavasya or new moon(this period is known as Shukla Paksha) is called as Vinayaka Chaturthi. Sankashti Chaturthi vrat is observed to be free of dangers, Deity of this vrat is Sri Vighnavinayak Ganeshji. Vinayaki Chaturthi fast is observed throughout the day of Vinayaki Chaturthi. 'Sri Sidhhivinayak' is the Deity of this vrat.

Shattila Ekadashi
Date:27 Day:Monday

Shattila Ekadashi, also known as Sattila Ekadashi or Tilda Ekadashi, is observed usually in the month of January during the waning phase of the moon. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Shattila Ekadashi is performed on the 11th day in the month of Magh, in North India and Paush, in other regions, as per the traditional Hindu calendar. The name Sat-Tila has been derived from 'til' which means sesame seeds which are donated to the poor and hungry. The devotees also consider it highly auspicious to bath in water mixed with sesame seeds.

February 2014

Vasant Panchami
Date:04 Day:Tuesday
The significance of the day lies in the worship of Goddess Saraswati, symbol of wisdom and also the onset of spring season.According to the popular belief, the origins of this festival lie in Aryan period. Aryans came and settled in India through Khyber Pass, crossing the Saraswati River among many others.

Ratha Saptami
Date:06 Day:Thursday
Ratha Sapthami is a very auspicious day in the Hindu calendar. The Sun god travels in the north and south directions in a year. These are called Uttarayanam(the first half of the year) and Dakshinayanam(the second half of the year). The first half is considered most auspicious than the second half of the year. This is the day that Surya was born to sage Kashyapa and his wife Adithi.

Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti:
Date:24 Day:Monday

The celebration basically consists of the commemoration of this great individual who had once led the journey of the country towards modernism and liberal thinking.

Maha Shivaratri
Date:27 Day:Thursday
Maha Shivratri, which literally translates to "great night of Shiva" is a Hindu festival largely celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture.
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