Hindu festival

Hindu festival

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This list of Hindu festivals summarizes festivals observed in Hinduism.

Utsava and observance

Uthsava or Utsava or Utsav is derived from the Sanskrit word, Utsava. The Sanskrit word Utsava comes from the word "ut" meaning "removal" and "sava" which means "worldly sorrows" or "grief".[1]

A festival may be observed with acts of worship, offerings to deities, fasting, feasting, vigil, rituals, fairs, charity, celebrations, Puja, Homa, aarti etc. They celebrate individual and community life of Hindus without distinction of caste, gender or class.

Observance periods (tithi)

In the Hindu calendar dates are usually prescribed according to the lunar calendar. In vedic timekeeping, a tithi is a lunar day.


The festivals typically celebrate events from Hindu mythology, often coinciding with seasonal changes. There are festivals which are primarily celebrated by specific sects or in certain regions of the Indian subcontinent.

List and descriptions of major Hindu festivals

For 2014 dates, please see Indian Holidays 2014

Diwali/Divali otherwise known as the festival of lights represents the Ramayana. On the night of Diwali everyone lights their houses and the street with Diya candles to fight off darkness and lead the way for Rama and Sita. People celebrate this day as new year just like December 31. Just to pray for prosperity and peace at their home and office.


External links

  • Hindu Festivals
  • Hinduism Today magazine's coverage of Hindu festivals
  • A Collection of Hindu Festivals Covered by TheHolidaySpot
  • Indian Holidays 2014

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