People in India celebrate different variety of festivals. All these festivals are as important as others. The religion of Hinduism has many festivals, including Janmashtmi, Maha Shivaratri, Diwali, NAVARATRI.
The birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, another incarnation of Vishnu, on the eighth day of the waning moon in Bhadra. Krishna was born in the dead of a stormy night while His parents were interned by the cruel king of the land. He wanted to kill the new-born babe, for he had reasons to believe that the child would cause him harm. Around the time the child was born, all the guards went into a deep sleep, the fetters and the doorlocks fell off by a spell of magic, and the father rescued the baby, bearing Him to a safe place across the river. A serpent covered the child with its hood, as if with an umbrella. The story of Krishna, who stands for justice and love, is contained in the Mahabharata, as well as in the Bhagavatam. It is customary to recite the story of His birth and also His playful boyhood on the occasion. People feel the presence of Krishna -the divine boy in their own children.
Mahashivaratri is the festival celebrating Lord Shiva. Maha Shivaratri is the great nigt of Shiva, This Festival is the most important for the millions of devotees of Lord Shiva.
Rama Navami is the festival celebration of the birth of Rama.
Hanuman Jayanti is the festival celebration of the birth of Hanuman; Rama’s loyal devotee.
On the fourth day of the waxing moon in the month of Bhadra, a special worship is performed in honour of Lord Ganesh or Ganapati. This is a huge festival in the central and southern parts of India.
The longest Hindu festival that continues for nine consecutive nights following the day of the new moon in Ashwin, in praise of Lord Rama. Continuous chanting from the Ramayana, along with evening performances from the episodes of His life, is held for all nine days. The last four are associated also with the worship of Goddess Durga (Durga Puja), the female principle of energy of the universe, to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Rama is said to have worshipped the Goddess, seeking Her blessings in order to overpower the evil force of Ravana, the abductor of His beloved wife Sita.
DUSSERA / VIJAYA DASHAMI
The day following the end of the Navaratri festival marks the death of the demon Ravana at the hands of Rama. This is also the day of the parting of Goddess Durga from Her devotees. It is said that Rama had made a spacial worship of Goddess in order to be able to win the battle against the mighty Ravana with Her grace. In the eastern part of India, people embrace each other forgetting their differences, after having made their farewell to the Mother at the end of her yearly vist. They also treat one another with sweets.
DEEPAVALI OR DIWALI
Festival of loghts, celebrated on the night of the new moon following Dussera. Doiwali represent the prevalence of light in the midst of the darkness that life often encounters. Worship of Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and Prosperity, is carried out in the evening. Kali, the cosmic energy, is also worshipped. It is new year’s day in certain parts of india. Hindu believes that on this day Lord Rama came back to His Kingdom with wife Sita and brother Lakshman at the end of their long exile, and jubilant subjects celebrated the occasion by lighting the city of Ayodhya at night.