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Questions tagged [festivals]

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

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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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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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Why do people celebrate Holi? Why do they throw colored powder at each other?

Holi is meant to be a happy ritual, I agree. But what is the historical context behind this whole ritual, and what do the colors represent?
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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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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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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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Is there any mention or description of Karwachauth in Hindu scriptures?

Please provide a description of why Karwachauth is celebrated. As far as I know, there is some story about fasting by a woman and due to her mistake ( in not doing the fasts properly, she mistook a ...
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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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What is the origin of Kumbha Mela?

Once every 12 years, the Maha Kumbh is celebrated at Haridwar, Prayag, Nasik and Ujjain. It is generally believed that the reason for celebrating Maha Kumbh at those 4 places is because the Amrita (...
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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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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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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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Guru Purnima celebration

Hindus and Buddhists celebrate Guru Purnima every year. What is the significance of celebrating Guru Purnima? Are there any specific rituals that are expected to be done during the day? Also, when ...
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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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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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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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Is Deepavali a new year's celebration?

In many greeting cards and wishes for Deepavali, I have seen people also wish a Happy New Year. The only New Year that I'm familiar with occurs around Holi in the springtime around March (Chaitra in ...
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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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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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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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Is the Jallikattu festival connected to Hinduism? If so, what is its significance?

The famous Jallikattu festival of Tamil Nadu, India was temporarily banned and then reinstated recently. My questions are: Is the Jallikattu festival connected to Hinduism? If so, what is the ...
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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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Do people from Karnataka celebrate uttarayan festival?

I am from North India. I live in Banglore right now. Uttarayan is a famous festival in North India. Do people from Karnataka celebrate this festival?
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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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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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Celebrating festival while menstruation [duplicate]

I red in devi baghavatham that a rajaswala is not allowed to cook food and if does, treated as sin. My doubt is whether is it allowed to celebrate festival during menstruation? For example, today is ...
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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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What is the importance of Dhanteras?

On Dhanteras people buy gold/sliver items, Businessmen do "Chopda Pujan", What is the importance of this?
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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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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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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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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 Hindu festivals fall on different dates every year?

Why do Hindu festivals fall on different dates every year? How festivals are determined?
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What is the actual reason behind Holi Celebration? [duplicate]

Festivals of color Holi is celebrated in all over India with lots of fun and joy. In different region; there are different legends on origin of this auspicious festival. Origin of Holi ? Mythology ...
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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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Why all Hindus won't celebrate Hanuman Jayanti on same day?

In South India, especially Tamil Nadu Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated on the Margazhi month of Moola nakshathram. It is said that Lord Hanuman was born during that month. In Telangana and ...
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All 108 Names of Maa Durga?

According Hindu Mythology Maa Durga has lots of avtars with various powers. Navratri vrat is dedicated to Maa Durga's nine forms. What is about other forms of Maa Durga ?? Names of Maa Durga 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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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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What is the reason behind use of crackers for temple festivals? [closed]

We generally see in temple festivals that use of crackers is a star-attraction. It always attracts a huge crowd. But it may prove fatal too as it is a risk using huge amount of crackers at a time. Do ...
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Which were the Holidays in ancient Indian culture?

In today's time the Indian government offices are full of holidays, so are many western corporations. How were the weekly/monthly/yearly Holidays in earlier times?(e.g. Weekends, Seasonal holidays, ...
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Is Makara Jyothi on Makara Sankranthi in Shabarimala real?

Shabarimala is popular Hindu pilgrimage in South India. Here on Makara Sankranthi, a jyothi (light) appears at the top of hill. A lot of people go there to see that jyothi. Is that jyothi a man-made ...
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What is relation between Star and God?

AFAIK, Rig veda says, every star is related to a God and hence everyday is special day(festival) to worship a specific god, what are those stars and to which god does they relate to?
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Celebrating ganesh chaturthi

I just wanted to know the belief behind celebrating ganesh chaturthi. Me and my family have decided to bring ganesha idol home this year. But as my grandfather passed away this year , some people are ...
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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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Auspicious date for Griha Pravesh - before Holi or after Holi?

We are buying a new house and planning for a Griha Pravesh pooja on 2nd march, but we are getting conflicting opinions from friends and families. Some people say that we should do it after Holi, and ...
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What is the importance of celebrating temple festivals every year?

What is the importance of celebrating temple festivals every year? What is the concept behind this celebration? Does any scriptures/texts include rules to be followed in temple festivals?
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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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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 significance of Thaipusam Festival?

Thaipusam is an important festival celebrated by Tamil speaking Hindus all over the world. What is its significance and legends? What is Kevatti Ceremony?