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Hinduism: religious celerations and observances

Hinduism: calendar of festivals and religious celebrations around the world for the current 2 months






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Raja*Friday June 15, 2018Hinduism 
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Ratha Yatra*Monday June 25, 2018Hinduism 
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Poson Full Moon Poya DayWednesday June 27, 2018Hinduism 
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Sant Kabir Das*Thursday June 28, 2018Hinduism 
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U Tirot Sing Day*Tuesday July 17, 2018Hinduism 
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Bonalu*Monday August 6, 2018Hinduism 
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Hindu celebration*Saturday August 11, 2018Hinduism 
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Sri Krishna Jayanthi (Janmashtami)*Tuesday August 14, 2018Hinduism 
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Third Onam*Friday August 24, 2018Hinduism 
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Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima)*Saturday August 25, 2018Hinduism 
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Fourth Onam*Saturday August 25, 2018Hinduism 
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Ganesh ChaturthiSaturday August 25, 2018Hinduism 
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Raksha Bandhan**Sunday August 26, 2018Hinduism 
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Ganesh Chaturthi (second day) - NuakhaiSunday August 26, 2018Hinduism 
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Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima)*Monday August 27, 2018Hinduism 
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optional holiday*Monday August 27, 2018Hinduism 
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Sri Krishna Jayanthi (Janmashtami)*Sunday September 2, 2018Hinduism 
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Sri Krishna Jayanthi (Janmashtami)*Monday September 3, 2018Hinduism 
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Ganesh Chaturthi*Thursday September 13, 2018Hinduism 
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Ganesh Chaturthi**Friday September 14, 2018Hinduism 
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Bridge dayFriday September 14, 2018Hinduism 
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Half-day holiday**Monday September 17, 2018Hinduism 
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Teja Dasami*Wednesday September 19, 2018Hinduism 
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Mahalaya Amavasya*Wednesday September 19, 2018Hinduism 
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Durga Puja (Saptami)Thursday September 27, 2018Hinduism 
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Bridge dayMonday October 1, 2018Hinduism 
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optional holiday*Thursday October 4, 2018Hinduism 
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Lakhshmi Puja*Friday October 5, 2018Hinduism 
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Ghatasthapana*Tuesday October 9, 2018Hinduism 
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Bathukamma*Tuesday October 9, 2018Hinduism 
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Maharishi Balmiki's Birthday / Vap Poya*Sunday October 14, 2018Hinduism 
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Durga Puja (Saptami)*Tuesday October 16, 2018Hinduism 
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Batukamma**Wednesday October 17, 2018Hinduism 
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Durga Puja (Astami) - Mahastami*Wednesday October 17, 2018Hinduism 
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Durga Puja Ashtami (Nabami)*Wednesday October 17, 2018Hinduism 
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Mahanavami/Ayudha Puja*Thursday October 18, 2018Hinduism 
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Durga Puja Ashtami (Nabami)*Thursday October 18, 2018Hinduism 
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Vijaya Dashami (Dasera)*Thursday October 18, 2018Hinduism 
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MaharnavamiThursday October 18, 2018Hinduism 
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Vijaya Dashami (Dasera)*Friday October 19, 2018Hinduism 
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Durga Puja (Dashami)*Friday October 19, 2018Hinduism 
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Dashain*Friday October 19, 2018Hinduism 
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Deepavali/Dipabali*Friday October 19, 2018Hinduism 
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Vishvakarman*Saturday October 20, 2018Hinduism 
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Maharishi Valmiki anniversary*Wednesday October 24, 2018Hinduism 
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Lakhshmi Puja*Wednesday October 24, 2018Hinduism 
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Deepavali/Dipabali*Tuesday November 6, 2018Hinduism 
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optional holiday**Tuesday November 6, 2018Hinduism 
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Deepavali/Dipabali*Wednesday November 7, 2018Hinduism 
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optional holiday**Wednesday November 7, 2018Hinduism 
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Lakhshmi Puja*Wednesday November 7, 2018Hinduism 
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Deepavali/Dipabali*Thursday November 8, 2018Hinduism 
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Karkidaka vavu*Thursday November 8, 2018Hinduism 
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Vikram Samvat New Year*Thursday November 8, 2018Hinduism 
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Bhai Teeka/Panchak Yama*Friday November 9, 2018Hinduism 
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Chhath*Tuesday November 13, 2018Hinduism 
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Chhath*Wednesday November 14, 2018Hinduism 
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Regional holiday**Tuesday November 20, 2018Hinduism 
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Hindu festival*Sunday December 9, 2018Hinduism 
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Raja -
Saturday June 15, 2019

Hinduism : The first day of the Raja Sankranti festival is known as Pahili Sankranti, the second day is Raja and third day is Basi Raja.


Ratha Yatra -
Monday June 25, 2018

Hinduism : Chariot procession in Puri, one of the most sacred place in India (famous Vishnu temple)


Poson Full Moon Poya Day -
Wednesday June 27, 2018

Hinduism :


Sant Kabir Das -
Friday June 28, 2019

Hinduism : Saint Kabir Das reached the abode of God in Maghar close to Gorakhpur in 1518. However, immediate dispute began regarding the way in which his final rites must be performed. It is believed that both Hindus and Muslims claimed the body to perform the funeral rites. To their utter surprise, Kabir Das stood up and asked them to lift his body and view beneath. Lying there was nothing but a beautiful array of flowers. Devotees and his followers were speechless with Hindus along with some flowers leaving to Varanasi and the rest of the flowers taken by Muslims to Maghar. [festivalsofindia]


U Tirot Sing Day -
Tuesday July 17, 2018

Hinduism : Irot Sing, also known as U Tirot Sing, was one of the chiefs of the Khasi people in the early 18th century. He drew his lineage from the Syiemlieh clan.He was Syiem (chief)of Nongkhlaw, part of the Khasi Hills. His title was Syiem — a constitutional head sharing corporate authority with his Council, generally representatives of leading clans within his territory. Tirot Sing fought against British attempts to take over control of the Khasi Hills [Wikipedia]


Bonalu -
Monday August 6, 2018

Hinduism : Goddess Mahakali is worshiped. Bonalu is an annual festival of Telangana celebrated in Twin Cities Hyderabad, Secunderabad and other parts of Telangana, India. It is celebrated in the month of Ashada Masam, in July/August. Special poojas are performed for Yellamma on the first and last day of the festival. The festival is also considered a thanksgiving to the Goddess for fulfillment of vows.


Hindu celebration -
Sunday August 11, 2019

Hinduism : Thiruvananthapuram Sree Padmanabhaswamy - The seat of acute devotion and compassion


Sri Krishna Jayanthi (Janmashtami) -
Tuesday August 14, 2018

Hinduism : Krishna (literally black , dark , dark-blue ) is a Hindu deity, regarded as an avatar of Vishnu and in some traditions considered the Supreme Being. Krishna is often depicted as an infant or young boy playing a flute as in the Bhagavata Purana or as a youthful prince giving direction and guidance as in the Bhagavad Gita. The stories of Krishna appear across a broad spectrum of Hindu philosophical and theological traditions.They portray him in various perspectives: a god-child, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero and the Supreme Being. Wikipedia


Third Onam -
Friday August 24, 2018

Hinduism : Chodhi: On the third day of Onam celebrations, the pookalam starts growing in its size by adding new layers or designs with at least 4 to 5 different flowers. The day also marks the start of shopping activities. Onam is associated with gifting new clothes, hence from this day onwards people start buying new clothes and jewellery. [Wikipedia]


Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima) -
Saturday August 25, 2018

Hinduism : The annual festival of Raksha Bandhan, which is meant to commemorate the abiding ties between siblings of opposite sex, usually takes place in late August, and is marked by a very simple ceremony in which a woman ties a rakhi — which may be a colorful thread, a simple bracelet, or a decorative string — around the wrist of her brother(s). The word raksha signifies protection, and bandhan is an association signifying an enduring sort of bond; and so, when a woman ties a rakhi around the waist of her brother, she signifies her loving attachment to him. He, likewise, recognizes the special bonds between them, and by extending his wrist forward, he in fact extends the hand of his protection over her.


Fourth Onam -
Saturday August 25, 2018

Hinduism : Vishakam The fourth day of Onam celebrations. Vishakam: considered to be one of the most auspicious days of Onam. In olden days, the markets open their harvest sale on this day, making one of the busiest days in the markets for public. Nowadays, Vishakam marks the start of many Onam-related competitions such as Pookkalam competition. [Wikipedia]


Ganesh Chaturthi -
Saturday August 25, 2018

Hinduism :


Raksha Bandhan -
Sunday August 26, 2018

Hinduism : The annual festival of Raksha Bandhan, which is meant to commemorate the abiding ties between siblings of opposite sex, usually takes place in late August, and is marked by a very simple ceremony in which a woman ties a rakhi — which may be a colorful thread, a simple bracelet, or a decorative string — around the wrist of her brother(s). The word raksha signifies protection, and bandhan is an association signifying an enduring sort of bond; and so, when a woman ties a rakhi around the waist of her brother, she signifies her loving attachment to him. He, likewise, recognizes the special bonds between them, and by extending his wrist forward, he in fact extends the hand of his protection over her. a holiday for women only


Ganesh Chaturthi (second day) - Nuakhai -
Sunday August 26, 2018

Hinduism :


Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima) -
Monday August 27, 2018

Hinduism : The annual festival of Raksha Bandhan, which is meant to commemorate the abiding ties between siblings of opposite sex, usually takes place in late August, and is marked by a very simple ceremony in which a woman ties a rakhi — which may be a colorful thread, a simple bracelet, or a decorative string — around the wrist of her brother(s). The word raksha signifies protection, and bandhan is an association signifying an enduring sort of bond; and so, when a woman ties a rakhi around the waist of her brother, she signifies her loving attachment to him. He, likewise, recognizes the special bonds between them, and by extending his wrist forward, he in fact extends the hand of his protection over her.


Optional holiday -
Monday August 27, 2018

Hinduism : Raksha Bandhan


Sri Krishna Jayanthi (Janmashtami) -
Sunday September 2, 2018

Hinduism : Hindu celebration of the birthday of Sri Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Sweets, fruits and milk products are available in abundance. Sri or Shree: A prefix denoting auspiciousness


Sri Krishna Jayanthi (Janmashtami) -
Monday September 3, 2018

Hinduism : Hindu celebration of the birthday of Sri Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Sweets, fruits and milk products are available in abundance. Sri or Shree: A prefix denoting auspiciousness


Ganesh Chaturthi -
Thursday September 13, 2018

Hinduism : During ten days, Hindus must prepare the celebration at home: their house must be cleaned up and purified, in particular at the place where the Ganesh statue wil be put. Those who participate in the procession, end and highlight of this celebration, also prepare their costume. Various religious ceremonies are celebrated. On the tenth day, the celebration culminates. Streets of main cities, especially Mumbaï (Bombay) are the field of extraordinary popular demonstrations. In this day, giant elephant idols are preceded by dancers and musicians.


Ganesh Chaturthi -
Friday September 14, 2018

Hinduism : During ten days, Hindus must prepare the celebration at home: their house must be cleaned up and purified, in particular at the place where the Ganesh statue wil be put. Those who participate in the procession, end and highlight of this celebration, also prepare their costume. Various religious ceremonies are celebrated. On the tenth day, the celebration culminates. Streets of main cities, especially Mumbaï (Bombay) are the field of extraordinary popular demonstrations. In this day, giant elephant idols are preceded by dancers and musicians. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Bridge day -
Friday September 14, 2018

Hinduism :


Half-day holiday -
Monday September 17, 2018

Hinduism : Viswakarma day, the deity of the creative power that holds the universe together all offices to close at 02:00


Teja Dasami -
Wednesday September 19, 2018

Hinduism : Observed by the Jat community on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India, dedicated to a local deity named Tejaji. The popular belief is that Tejaji used to rescue people from snake bites. He is worshipped by people to escape from deadly snake bites. People also pray to the deity for the speedy recovery of people who had been bitten by poisonous snakes. Fairs are held in temple towns that have temples dedicated to Tejaji.


Mahalaya Amavasya -
Wednesday September 19, 2018

Hinduism : This day of Pitr Paksha or Mahalaya Amavasya has great significance and importance for all Hindus in all parts of the world. It is the annual festival for worshipping and propitiating the spirits of our ancestors, with devout prayers for peace and spiritual tranquility.


Durga Puja (Saptami) -
Thursday September 27, 2018

Hinduism :


Bridge day -
Monday October 1, 2018

Hinduism :


Optional holiday -
Thursday October 4, 2018

Hinduism : Pitru Paksha - Mohaloya


Lakhshmi Puja -
Friday October 5, 2018

Hinduism : The third day of the Tihar Festival of Lights is called Laxmi puja . This is the day when Nepalis worship the goddess of wealth. On this day, early in the morning the cow is worshipped. Tika is put on her head and a garland around her neck, and then she feasts with delicious food. A cow also symbolises wealth and she is the most holy animal for Hindus.


Ghatasthapana -
Tuesday October 9, 2018

Hinduism : First day of the Hindu Dashain Festival. Kalash, (holy water vessel) symbolizing the goddess Durga often with her image embossed on the side is placed in the prayer room.


Bathukamma -
Tuesday October 9, 2018

Hinduism : Floral festival celebrated predominantly by the Hindu women [Wikipedia]


Maharishi Balmiki's Birthday / Vap Poya -
Sunday October 14, 2018

Hinduism : (ca. 400 BC?)[1] is celebrated as the poet harbinger in Sanskrit literature. He is the author of the epic Ramayana, based on the attribution in the text of the epic itself. He is revered as the Adi Kavi, which means First Poet, for he discovered the first śloka i.e. first verse, which set the base and defined the form to Sanskrit poetry. (Wikipedia)


Durga Puja (Saptami) -
Tuesday October 16, 2018

Hinduism : Seventh day of the Dashain festival. Fulpati, which means sacred flowers and leaves , is collected for three days from the jungle. The jamara (a six inch tall yellow grass) and kalash (holy vessel) to be used by the Royal Family are brought from the ancestral palace (the original royal palace used during Prithivi Narayan Shah's reign) in Gurkha in a three-day parade complete with military regiment and priests. Date confirmed in 2018


Batukamma -
Wednesday October 17, 2018

Hinduism : Batukamma is a beautiful flower stack, arranged with seasonal flowers, in seven concentric layers, of potter’s clay like a cone. Batuku in Telugu means live/life, and Amma means mother, hence Batukamma, is celebrated for the glory of Goddess Gauri (meaning fair or white) - the patron Goddess of womanhood.(Wikipedia) in the region of Telangana region only


Durga Puja (Astami) - Mahastami -
Wednesday October 17, 2018

Hinduism : The main festival in Bengal in tribute to goddess Durga. Bengalis celebrate with new clothes and other gifts which are worn on the evenings when the family goes out to see the pandals (temporary structures set up to venerate Durga). date confirmed in 2018


Durga Puja Ashtami (Nabami) -
Wednesday October 17, 2018

Hinduism : Eighth day of Dashain. This is the day for animal sacrifices in homes all over the country. Some orthodox Hindus fast on this day and others who don't favor animal sacrifice offer vegetables like bottle gourds and radishes, coconuts, or eggs.


Mahanavami/Ayudha Puja -
Thursday October 18, 2018

Hinduism : An integral part of the Dasara festival (festival of triumph), a Hindu festival. It is also called Astra Puja . In simple terms, it means “Worship of Implements. Wikipedia date confirmed in 2018


Durga Puja Ashtami (Nabami) -
Thursday October 18, 2018

Hinduism : On the tenth day of Dashian, Dashami, the eldest of the family will give tika to all others. Parents will do this for their children and married children will visit their parents for this occasion. http://home.kabelfoon.nl/~eijkfj/engels/e-dashian.htm


Vijaya Dashami (Dasera) -
Thursday October 18, 2018

Hinduism : The victory of Durga on evil forces, the destruction of Vasanas (subjectivity, selfishness, desires...) and the achievement of the deepest Self. Dominance of Saraswati (pure science) over Lakshmi (applied science)


Maharnavami -
Thursday October 18, 2018

Hinduism :


Vijaya Dashami (Dasera) -
Friday October 19, 2018

Hinduism : The victory of Durga on evil forces, the destruction of Vasanas (subjectivity, selfishness, desires...) and the achievement of the deepest Self. Dominance of Saraswati (pure science) over Lakshmi (applied science)


Durga Puja (Dashami) -
Friday October 19, 2018

Hinduism : The main festival in Bengal in tribute to goddess Durga. Bengalis celebrate with new clothes and other gifts which are worn on the evenings when the family goes out to see the pandals (temporary structures set up to venerate Durga). date confirmed in 2018


Dashain -
Friday October 19, 2018

Hinduism : The victory of Durga on evil forces, the destruction of Vasanas (subjectivity, selfishness, desires...) and the achievement of the deepest Self. Dominance of Saraswati (pure science) over Lakshmi (applied science)


Deepavali/Dipabali -
Friday October 19, 2018

Hinduism : The Light festival starts with festivities. The week celebrates 1.Dhanteras, 2.Kali Chaudas, 3.Deepavali, 4.Navu-Varsha (new year), 5.Bhai-beej. The Vai cast is mainly concerned. May last several days


Vishvakarman -
Saturday October 20, 2018

Hinduism : Personification of creation and the abstract form of the creator God according to the Rigveda. He is the presiding deity of all Vishwakarma (caste), engineers, artisans and architects.[1] He is believed to be the Principal Architect of the Universe , and the root concept of the later Upanishadic figures of Brahman and Purusha. [Wikipedia]


Maharishi Valmiki anniversary -
Wednesday October 24, 2018

Hinduism : Celebrated as the poet harbinger in Sanskrit literature. He is the author of the epic Ramayana, based on the attribution in the text of the epic itself.[2] He is revered as the Adi Kavi, which means First Poet, for he discovered the first śloka i.e. first verse, which set the base and defined the form to Sanskrit poetry. The Yoga Vasistha is attributed to him. A religious movement called Valmikism is based on Valmiki's teachings as presented in the Ramayana and the Yoga Vasistha. Wikipedia


Lakhshmi Puja -
Wednesday October 24, 2018

Hinduism : The third day of the Tihar Festival of Lights is called Laxmi puja . This is the day when Nepalis worship the goddess of wealth. On this day, early in the morning the cow is worshipped. Tika is put on her head and a garland around her neck, and then she feasts with delicious food. A cow also symbolises wealth and she is the most holy animal for Hindus.


Deepavali/Dipabali -
Tuesday November 6, 2018

Hinduism : Light festival starts with festivities. The week celebrates 1.Dhanteras, 2.Kali Chaudas, 3.Deepavali, 4.Navu-Varsha (new year), 5.Bhai-beej. The Vai cast is mainly concerned. May last several days. date is confirmed in 2018


Optional holiday -
Tuesday November 6, 2018

Hinduism : Diwali Indian community only


Deepavali/Dipabali -
Wednesday November 7, 2018

Hinduism : The Light festival starts with festivities. The week celebrates 1.Dhanteras, 2.Kali Chaudas, 3.Deepavali, 4.Navu-Varsha (new year), 5.Bhai-beej. The Vai cast is mainly concerned. May last several days


Optional holiday -
Wednesday November 7, 2018

Hinduism : Diwali Hindu community only


Lakhshmi Puja -
Wednesday November 7, 2018

Hinduism : The third day of the Tihar Festival of Lights is called Laxmi puja . This is the day when Nepalis worship the goddess of wealth. On this day, early in the morning the cow is worshipped. Tika is put on her head and a garland around her neck, and then she feasts with delicious food. A cow also symbolises wealth and she is the most holy animal for Hindus.


Deepavali/Dipabali -
Thursday November 8, 2018

Hinduism : The Light festival starts with festivities. The week celebrates 1.Dhanteras, 2.Kali Chaudas, 3.Deepavali, 4.Navu-Varsha (new year), 5.Bhai-beej. The Vai cast is mainly concerned. May last several days


Karkidaka vavu -
Thursday November 8, 2018

Hinduism : Bali Pratipadā is the fourth day of Deepavali (Diwali), the Hindu festival of lights. It is celebrated in honour of the notional return of the (Daitya)-king Bali to earth. [Wikipedia]


Vikram Samvat New Year -
Thursday November 8, 2018

Hinduism : Historical and official Hindu calendar of Nepal, Eastern anf Western India. It uses lunar months and solar sidereal year.


Bhai Teeka/Panchak Yama -
Friday November 9, 2018

Hinduism : Called Bhaubeej in India, this is a Bhai Bij legend in Hindu mythology: after slaying Narkasur, Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra who gave him a warm welcome with sweets and flowers. She also affectionately applied tilak on Krishna's forehead. Since then the custom of celebrating Bhaubeej or Bhai Bij started. Carrying forward the Bhaubeej ceremony in traditional style, sisters' perform arti of their brother and apply a red tika on the brother's forehead. This teeka ceremony, on the occasion of Bhai Bij signifies sister's sincerest prayers for the long and happy life of her brother. In return brothers bless their sisters and treat them with Bhaubeej or cash gifts.


Chhath -
Tuesday November 13, 2018

Hinduism : Dedicated to the Hindu Sun God, Surya, also known as Surya Shashti.


Chhath -
Wednesday November 14, 2018

Hinduism : Dedicated to the Hindu Sun God, Surya, also known as Surya Shashti.


Regional holiday -
Tuesday November 20, 2018

Hinduism : Namami Barak festival in Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj


Hindu festival -
Sunday December 9, 2018

Hinduism : Sakela is the main festival of Kirat which is celebrated twice a year distinguished by two names Ubhauli and Udhauli. Sakela Ubhauli is celebrated during Baisakh Purnima (full moon day in the month of Baishak) and Sakela Udhauli is celebrated during the full moon day in the month of Mangsir.