Festival Calendar

Name of the Festival

Date of the Festival

Description

Makar Sankranti, Uttarayana Sankranti, Pongal, Maghi, Lohri, Bhogali Bihu.

14-01-2017 - Saturday

This is one of the most auspicious days for the Hindus. This day is celebrated when the Spring season sets in as per the beliefs of the Hindus traditionally.  Apart from this in numerous parts of the country, the Makar Sankranti day is also celebrated as the Harvest festival. this is celebrated in Assam,  West Bengal, certain parts of southern India etc.

Pushya (Paush) Putrada Ekadashi

08-01-2017 ( Sunday) / 29-12-2017 ( Friday)

This is observed by disciples who pray to Vishnu and also seek the wellbeing of their children from God.

Pushya (Paush) Purnima

12-01-2017 - Thursday

This day is generally considered by the Hindus as  auspicious to  embark on the educational front   in a formal  and structured manner.

Mauni Amavas

27-01-2017 - Friday

This is a day  which is observed keeping a check on what one utters and is believed to bring  the devotee spiritual gains if it is observed piously.

Vasant Panchami

01-02-2017 - Wednesday

This is the auspicious day of worshipping Goddess Sarasvati , who is the Goddess of learning, for knowledge and enlightenment.

Kumbha Sankranti

12-02-2017 - Sunday

As per the traditional Hindu calendar, this is the first day and is considered to be extremely auspicious and is thus observed.

Bhishma Ashtami

04-02-2017 - Saturday

The epic Mahabharata has a central character called Bhishma, revered for his integrity honesty and truthfulness. On this auspicious day people pray to Lord Vishnu to grant them sons like the Great Bhishma.

Maagh Purnima

10-02-2017 _ Friday

This is the day when as per the Hindu calendar, one has to pay tribute to one's ancestors.

Maha ShivaRatri

24-02-2017

People pray to Lord Shiva on this day with devotion for not only to gain moksha or salvation and redemption from sins; but younger girls also pray to get husbands like him.

Holika Dahan/ Jalanevali Holi/ Chhoti Holi

12-03-2017 - Sunday

This is also known as Chhoti Holi. As per Hindu mythological belief on this is the day the Demon Holika was killed on a pyre. People burn effigies of Holika to symbolize the victory of virtue over vice.

Holi

01-03-2017 - Monday

A colorful festival where people play with gulal or colors to enjoy the advent of the Spring Season.

Yugadi , Gudi Padwa

28-03-2017 - Tuesday

The traditional New Year day for the  states of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

Gauri Puja/Gangaur

30-03-2017 - Thursday

People worship the Gods and Goddesses on this day to seek happiness in  their marital life.

Solar New Year - Baisakh/ Bohag Bihu/ Vishu/ Pahela Baisakh (Nabo Barsho)/ Navreh.

14-04-2017 - Friday

Traditional New Year is  observed in various   States such as  Punjab, Assam, Kerala, Bengal and Kashmir.

Rama Navami

05-04-2017 - Wednesday

This auspicious day marks the birth anniversary of Lord Ram, who is considered to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Hanuman Jayanti

11-04-2017 - Tuesday

This auspicious day is  the birth anniversary  celebration of Hanuman,  who had aided Rama to save Sita.

Parashuram Jayanti

28-04-2017

This is the auspicious birth anniversary of Parashuram, who is considered to be the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Akshaya Tritiya/ Akha Teej

28-04-2017

This is perhaps one of the most auspicious days as per the Hindu calendar. It is believed that worshipping Lord Vishnu and Kuber  on this day endows one with virtues that can never be destroyed along with immense wealth

Buddha Purnima

10-05-2017 - Wednesday

This is the day that marks the auspicious Birth, the Enlightenment and the Nirvana of Lord Buddha.

Vat Savitri Vrat

25-05-2017-  Thursday

This is an observance generally Performed by married women who pray for the wellbeing of their husband.

Shani Jayanti

25-05-2017-  Thursday

The auspicious Birth anniversary of Lord Shani.

Ganga Dussehra

03-06-2017- Saturday

On this day People worship the heaven born  river Ganga.

Nirjala Ekadashi

05-06-2017 - Monday

Devotees Go without food and also water on this day to help  them attain nirvana

Vat Purnima Vrat

08-06-2017 - Thursday

On this day all Married women pray for the long life of their husband.

Jagannath Rathyatra

25-06-2017 - Sunday

On this day is the annual ratha yatra or the chariot festival is held in observance of worshipping Lord Jagannath, Lord Balaram and Goddess Subhadra.

Dev Shayani Ekadashi or Hari Shayani Ekadashi or Padma Ekadasi

04-07-2016 - Tuesday

From this auspicious  day begins the four monthly period of Chatur-Masa of the Jains

Guru Purnima

09-07-2017 - Sunday

The day when the disciples pay homage to their revered teacher or Guru.

Hariyali Teej

26-07-2017 - Wednesday

This is auspicious  day when women pray for  their happiness in marriage in many parts of India

Nag Panchami

27-07-2017- Thursday

On this day, devotees worship Snakes seeking good fortune.

Varalakshmi Vrat

04-08-2017 - Friday

On this auspicious day Married women pray seeking the wellbeing of family, especially  their children.

Raksha Bandhan

07-08-2017 - Monday

A day that famously celebrates the bond of love between brothers and sisters, made immortal by Yama and Yamuna

Kajari/ Kajli Teej

10-08-2017 - Thursday

On this auspicious day devout married women fast the whole day, seeking the long life and overall wellbeing of husband.

Janmashtami

14-08-2017 - Monday

This is the auspicious birth anniversary of Lord sri  Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Hartalika Teej

24-08-2017- Thursday

This is the auspicious day when women worship  to  have a happy and fulfilling marriage.

Ganesh Chaturthi

25-08-2017- Friday

The auspicious day celebrates the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha and is also observed for new beginnings.

Rishi Panchami

26-08-2017- Saturday

This auspicious day pays homage to all the divine saints who have guided the devotees like a star.

Radha Ashtami

29-08-2017- Tuesday

This auspicious day is when Radha, Lord Krishna's Divine Consort, was born.

Parsva Ekadashi or Vamana Ekadasi, Onam

03-09-2017

This is the auspicious day when it is believed that Lord Vishnu appeared in his Vamana incarnation.

Ganesh Visarjan , Anant Chaturdashi

05-09-2017

This is the last day of the Ganesh puja. On this blessed day Anant Dev is worshipped to seek wealth and glory

Sarva-Pitru Amavasya/ Mahalaya Amavasya

19-09-2017

People pray to pay homage to their departed ancestors and this marks the end of pitri paksha

Sharad Navratri or Maha Navaratri begins

21-09-2017- Thursday

This marks the auspicious beginning of the nine days of worshipping and revering the Goddess Durga in her various forms.

Dussehra

30-09-2017 - Saturday

According to mythology this is the day when the demon king Ravana who kidnapped Devi Sita was defeated by Lord Ram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. People celebrate this day to celebrate the victory of good over evil

Papankusha Ekadashi

01-10-2017- Sunday

People on this day, worship Lord Vishnu and seek his forgiveness from all  their sins ever committed.

Sharad Purnima or Kojagari Poornima.

05-10-2017 - Thursday

An auspicious day when Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped for seeking peace and prosperity in the household.

Karwa Chauth

08-10-2017 - Sunday

A day long Fasting of even water is observed by married women for the life and wellbeing of their husband.

Ahoi Ashtami

12-10-2017 - Thursday

On this day Mothers fast for the wellbeing of their son/ sons.

Rama Ekadashi

15-10-2017 - Sunday

It is believed by people that observing rituals on this day will help them to attain salvation.

Dhan Teras/ Dhana Trayodashi

17-10-2017 - Tuesday

On this widely observed auspicious day, People seek  round the year wealth and prosperity by worshipping Goddess Lakshmi and/or Lord Kubera. It is also a custom to buy any precious metal or ornaments.

Narak Chaturdashi/ Kali Chaudus/ Chhoti Deewali

18-10-2017 - Wednesday

This is the auspicious day when  the Goddess Kali is worshipped for strength.

Diwali or Deepavali

19-10-2017

This is the festival of lights when people worship to erase all darkness from one's life. It is also believed Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya on this day.

Gowardhan Puja/ Annakut

20-10-2017- Friday

On this auspicious day People worship Lord Krishna seeking his protection.

Bhaiya Duj/ Bhai dooj/ Bhatri Dwitiya/ Bhau Bij/ Bhai Tika/ Bhai Phota

21-10-2017 - Saturday

On this beautiful day, Sisters pray for the happiness well being and long life of brother/ brothers.

Chhath Puja or Surya Shashti

26-10-2017- Thursday

On this day People worship the Sun God in the river.

Prabodhini Ekadasi or Devutthana Ekadashi

31-10-2017

On this day The four months of  the Chatur-Masa ends.

Gita Jayanti

30-11-2017- Thursday

It is believed that this is the day when the holy Bhagavad Gita is believed to have been born.

Mokshada Ekadashi

30-11-2017- Thursday

People on this day keep Praying to bring them salvation.

Dattatreya Jayanti,

03-12-2017- Sunday

This is the auspicious birthday of God Dattatreya, who is an amalgamation of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara (Shiva).

Margashirsha Purnima

03-12-2017- Sunday

On this auspicious day unmarried girls bathe in river Yamuna and pray so that they get a groom as they wish

Saphala Ekadasi (Pausha Krishna Ekadashi)

13-12-2017 - Wednesday

This is Observed in the waning phase of the moon  or the krishna paksha of the Indian month of Pausha, this is the day when the  devotees worship Lord Vishnu to attain salvation or nirvana