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A festival is an event centering on and celebrating some unique aspect of the community.

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Which scripture mentions the prohibitions on food consumption in Chaturmas?

The term Chaturmasya means four months. The term Chaturmasya Vrata is a Vrata to be observed for a period of four months. The Poornima (full moon day) in the month of Ashadha is called ‘Guru Poornima’...
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Which scripture mention Lord Rama reached Ayodhya on Kaartika Amavasya (Deepawali) after 14 years of exile?

Deepawali is the one of the main festival of India. It is celebrated because Lord Rama has reached Ayodhya on this day after gaining victory over Ravana (mainly in northern part of India). Deepawali ...
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Why do we worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh on Diwali?

Diwali the festival of lights is mainly celebrated as on this day Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya after completing their 14 year exile. But generally everywhere we find that we worship Lord Ganesha and ...
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Is there any mention to avoid non vegetarian food on every Hindu festival?

It is mentioned across Hindu scriptures to avoid non vegetarian food on certain days or months, which may include some festivals also. But, is there any mention to not eat non vegetarian food on ...
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Hindus observe Nava Ratris twice in a year. What is the logic and theory behind the same?

Hindus observe Nava Ratris twice in the same calendar year. One is associated with Rama Navami (ie birth of Lord Rama) and the other is with Lord Rama's victory over Ravana. But why do we worship the ...
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Why do women observe Holika vrata?

Holika was Hiranyakashipu's sister and tried to kill Prahlad. Then, why do women observe holika vrata and worship holika wood before lightning fire in it? Note: Poornima also falls on the Holi day ...
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Why Holika died inside fire, in spite of a boon?

King Hiranyakashipu tried many ways to kill his son Prahlada. Holika was his sister with a boon that a fire can not burn/harm her. To kill Prahlada in fire, Hiranyakashipu asked her sister's help. ...
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Which scripture mentions Lord Parshurama was born on Akshaya Tritiya?

The Drikpanchang says that Parshuram Jayanti falls on Shukla Paksha Tritiya in the month of Vaishakha also known as Akshay Tritiya. It is believed that Parashurama was born during Pradosh Kala and ...
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How is Akshaya Tritiya celebrated?

Akshaya Tritiya is an important Hindu festival and I have seen people buying jewellery and other items on this "auspicious day". How is Akshaya Tritiya celebrated in the world? To be more specific, I ...
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What is the relation of Vasant Panchami with Goddess Saraswati?

Tomorrow is Vasant Panchami and my Bengali friends shall be celebrating Saraswati Puja. I wanted to know if the worship of Saraswati is mentioned in any scripture on this particular day.
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Why date of any “Hindu festival” changes every year? [duplicate]

'Christmas' occurs on 25th December every year. But why the dates of Hindu festivals vary from year to year? Are there any references of this in Hinduism?
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Are there Pan-Indian Hindu festivals dedicated to Vishnu or Narayana?

Janmashtami and Ram Navami are dedicated to Vishnu's avataras and are Pan-Indian. But are there any such festivals dedicated to Vishnu or Narayna?
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Mentioning of Rakhi in Mahabharata

Consider the following paragraph from raksha-bandhan.com Raksha Bandhan finds a mention in Mahabharata when Lord Krishna advised Yudhishthir to perform the ceremony to protect himself and the army ...
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Festivals observed on basis of solar cycle

Apart from Sankrantis, are there any other festivals that are observed on the basis on solar cycle and hence fall on the same date every year?
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Which Hindu scriptures mention Indradwaja or Brahmadwaja?

In Maharashtra, Hindu new year (Gudi Padawa) is celebrated by raising gudhi (much like a flag). When did this custom started? The popular explanation is that Gudi is the symbol of 'Brahm dhwaj' or '...
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Why people worship Goddess Ganga during Makar Sankranti?

Is there any reason or story behind people worshipping Goddess during Makar Sankranti?
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Varalakshmi Vratham

Today world is celebrating the Varalakshmi vratham. What is the significance of this? Has it been mentioned in devi bhagavatham? What is the procedure to perform this vratham? Also explain the ...
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Why does Makar Sankranti follow English calendar?

Why does Makar Sankranti always happens to be on Jan 14th / 15th, while all other Hindu festivals depend on size of moon like Chaturthi, Amavasya, Poornima etc. Are there any more Hindu festivals ...
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Why are festivals not celebrated for one year after a person's death?

Why are festivals not celebrated after the death of a family member for a full year? What is the reason?
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Relation between Laxmi poojan and returning of Lord Rama on the same day

Is it just a coincidence or is there any relation between Lord Rama returning to Ayodhya from 14 years of exile and the worshipping of Goddess Laxmi on the same day i.e. Diwali
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Who was Chhati Maiya?

There is a festival in Bihar named Chhat Puja in which people go to rivers, take bath and worship Lord Surya. They also worship a goddess called Chhati Maiya and that is why this festival name is ...
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Who is the goddess Ahoi worshipped on Ahoi Ashtami?

Today is Ahoi Ashtami in northern India in which women keep fasts for their children's well-being just like they do for their husbands on Karva-chauth. While they break the fast on Karva-chauth after ...
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What is the significance of the festival Diwali? Why is it celebrated?

There are many festivals in Hinduism. But some of them are considered very important. One of them is Diwali, a festival of lights. What is the significance of the festival? Why is it celebrated?
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Why have we celebrated Dussehra today instead of tomorrow?

Whatever I know for consideration of Tithi from Panchangam is whichever Tithi falls on the sunrise, that is considered for whole the day. For example, yesterday there was Ashtami on sunrise and ...
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Guru Dattatreya Parayan

Being a woman, can I read the whole Sri Guru Charitra, which is known as GuruDatta Parayana, in the coming Datta Jayanti (Festival) ? In our home, my father used to read it every year by following ...
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What is the importance and concept behind Masik Shivratri?

I found the following date calendar for Masik Shivratri, till date I was only aware of Shivratri and Maha Shivratri but Masik Shivratri is totally new for me. So wanted to understand the importance ...
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Why Hindus do 'Visarjan' / immersion of Lord Ganesha in water?

At the end of Ganesh Chaturthi, Lord Ganesha is immersed (also called visarjan) in a water body. What is the reason for this and what does it signify? Why is 'Visarjan' done only on certain days. ...
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What is the significance of flowers in Hinduism?

What is the significance of flowers in Hinduism? Why are temple decorated with flowers and why are Gods pleased with flowers?
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Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra 2017 all rituals with Date [closed]

Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath is one of the most viewed car festivals of the world. What are the rituals on this multi-day festival and their dates this year?
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Which Guru is to be worshipped on the Guru Purnima day by a disciple who's having multiple Gurus?

When a person has more than 1 gurus, then at the time of "Guru Pournima", whom should he/she worship. (some Gurus are still living, but far away located. Other ones are "brahma leen, i.e. left their ...
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Is Mahamaham connected with kumbh mela?

Mahamaham is celebrated every 12 years at Kumbakonam, when people take a dip in the holy mahamaham tank. Does this also qualify as a kumbha mela? What is its scriptural background?
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What is Holika Dahan timings?

Holi is celebrated as a two day festival in India. The first day is known as Holika Dahan or Choti Holi and the second day is known as Rangon wali Holi.
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Which is the oldest scriptural reference for Diwali?

The festival of Diwali is associated with many legends: The first day of Dhan Trayodashi is the day when Goddess Lakshmi appeared from the Samudra Manthan. Next comes Narak Chaturdashi is when ...
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When did Holi start being celebrated?

Wikipedia writes: The Holi festival is an ancient Hindu festival with its cultural rituals. It is mentioned in the Puranas, Dasakumara Charita, and by the poet Kālidāsa during the 4th century ...
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What is the origin of Raksha Bandhan?

Raksha Bandhan is a festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu calendar month of Shravana. But what is the origin/story behind ...
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Which scripture mention coronation of Rama on the very first day of Chaitra Navratri?

The wiki Gudi_Padwa#Significance says: Gudi Padva signifies the arrival of spring and to the reaping of Rabi crops. The festival is linked to the mythical day on which Hindu god Brahma created ...
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What is the origin of “Gudi Padwa”?

In Maharashtra, the New Year is celebrated with a holiday called Gudi Padwa. I had heard dark history behind it and I became speechless. So what's the truth behind Gudi Padwa?
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Does Holi celebration have a link to the Narasimha avatar?

In this question the reason for celebrating Holi was asked but the answer given is based on wikipedia which also says: The Holika bonfire and Holi signifies the celebration of the symbolic victory ...
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Why is Holi not much known in Southern India?

Why is Holi not much known in Southern India? Did the festival come into being relatively late in North India?
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What is the meaning of “Ganpati Bappa Morya”?

I heard this many times but don't know what it means. Is Ganpati another name for Ganesha? What is bappa and Morya?
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How do Hindus celebrate birthday?

I have not heard about birthday celebrations in our puranas or texts. But is there any account of Janmashtami (birthday of Lord Krishna) celebration in any of the puranas or other texts? When did it ...
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makara sankrAnti and sun's rAshi

When is sankrAnti celebrated? If the sun lies in dhanuSh-rAshi at sunrise and only crosses over to makara afternoon (as is the case in 2018 relative to India time), is sankrAnti celebrated on that day ...
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Bhishma ekadashi festival

Generally Bhishma Ekadasi is celebrated on Magha Suddha Ekadasi. It is learnt that Bhishma died on Ashtami. Why the festival is being celebrated on Ekadasi?
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What is the story of Akshaya Patra? How is this related to Akshaya Tritiya?

Is Akshaya Patra mentioned in the Mahabharata? If so, what is the story? Paramahansa Yogananda, is his book Autobiography of A Yogi , narrates a similar incident ...“As soon as each man had ...
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Why do we celebrate Maha shivratri festival?

Every year we celebrate Maha Shiva Ratri Festival and every time one question roaming in my mind and that is "Why"? Why do we celebrate this festival? Every Festival have its meaning but I don't ...
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Why Goddess Durga was worshiped on dusshera?

Dusshera is the day the Ravana was killed by the Rama, but Hindus worship Goddess Durga instead of Rama on dusshera ? Why so?
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Why are crackers used on Diwali?

I don't know if this question is related on not. But why and how Diwali, a festival of lights turned into a festival of crackers? How this all started? Is there any relation of this festival with ...
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Why the main festivals are in chaturmas if god is sleeping in that period?

Ok, this might be very silly question but i couldn't find answer from my elders, I thought this could be right place to get my answer. I know the scientific reason that in the rainy or monsoon season,...
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Why do we wear different colors on different days of Navratri?

Each day of Navratri is associated with a different color as mentioned in this article. How are Navratri colours decided and why do they change every year? The first colour of the Navratri ...
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When is Avani Avittam (Upakarma) this year?

As I discuss in this question, Avani Avittam aka Upakarma, is a ritual performed on the Dakshinayana day in August where Brahmanas change their sacred thread. At least it usually occurs in August. ...