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01/13/17—Lohri-Maghi
Celebrated by igniting bonfires to mark the change from the decrease to increase in the sun.

01/14/17—Makar Sankranti
During the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, the Sun changes from the Sagittarius to Capricorn also referred to as the Makar Sandranti.

01/27/17 - Mauni Amavas

It is believed that the water of the most sacred and holy river in Hinduism, the Ganga, turns into the nectar on Mauni Amavasya day. Due to this belief Mauni Amavasya day is the most important day in Hindu calendar to take holy dip in the Ganges.

02/01/17—Basant Panchami
In Northern India Hindu’s celebrate the approach of spring with yellow colored clothes and food being symbolic for the festival that honors Saraswati, the Goodness of Learning, Wisdom and the Creative Arts.

02/03/17 - Bhisma Ashtami

Commemorates the death anniversary of Bhishma Pitamah, one of the most prominent characters of the great Indian epic, the Mahabharat. 

02/24/17—Shivratri
Shivratri is a festival celebrated every year with offerings of leaves to the Lord Shiva and all day fasting.

03/03/17—Holi
Holi is an annual festival that celebrates spring and other events that involves disregarding social norms. During Holi, Hindus attend bonfires where friends and family spray each other with powdered and liquid colors.

03/28/17 - Hindu New Year

04/05/17—Ram Navami
Ram Navami is Rama, the seventh incarnation of God Vishnu’s birthday. Hindus read the Ramayan, a story of Rama, during the previous eight days.

04/11/17 - Hanuman Javarti

Commemorates the birth of Hanuman, the Vanara god, widely venerated throughout India.

04/14/17—Baisakhi
This day is to observe the first day of the solar year with an agricultural festival to celebrate the harvest especially in North India.

05/25/17 - Vat Savitri Vrat

Married women observe Vat Savitri Vrat for well-being and long life of their husband.

07/27/17 - Nag Panchami

Women worship Nag Devta and offer milk to snakes on this day. Women also pray for the wellness of their brothers and family.

8/07/17—Raksha Bandhan
Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love involving Hindu girls tying a threaded amulet or a rakhi on their brothers for protection against evil.

08/14/16—Janmashtami
Hindu’s celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna and remember his being saved from potential death by the demon Kasna. Lord Krishna, born in a prison, was saved by his father who secretly hid with a cow herder’s daughter for his safety.

08/25/17—Ganesh Chaturthi
This day is to commemorate and venerate Ganesh, the elephant-headed god. A god who is known as the remover of all obstacles.

09/04/17 - Onam

The festival commemorates the appearance of Vamana avatar of Vishnu and the subsequent home coming of the legendary Emperor Mahabali. Onam celebrates the Asura King Mahabali's annual visit from Patala (the underworld). On Thiruvonam day, Asura King Mahabali is believed to visit every Malayali home and meet his people.

09/19/17 -Mahalaya Amavasya

This is the day when people pray to show respect to the departed souls of their forefathers.

09/21-29/17—Navratri
Translates to ‘nine nights’ starting on the new moon and ending on Dussehra. Navratri is devoted to honoring the goddess Durga. Durga has experienced nine incarnations and now has the power of good to destroy demons.

09/27/17—Saraswati Puja
Commemorates the goodness of knowledge, music, and art.

09/28/17—Durga Puja
Marking the divine creative force of the universe, Durga Puja honors the 10-armed goddess Durga, wife of Shiva.

09/30/17—Dussehra
Celebrates the victory of Lord Ram from defeating the demon, Ravan, who stole Lord Ram’s wife.

10/02/17—Gandhi Jayanti
Commemorates Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

10/05/17 - Sharad Purnima or Kojagari Poornima 

The day to worship Goddess Lakshmi at night to pray for for peace, happiness and prosperity.

10/08/17—Karva Chauth
Upon seeing the moon husbands feed the first bite after the Hindu women fast for one-day for well-being and longevity of their husbands.

10/27/16 -Dhan Teras

On this day Goddess Lakshmi and/or Lord Kubera is worshipped for prosperity. It is a custom to by precious metal on this day.

10/19/17—Diwali
Diwali translates to ‘row of lights’ signifying the Hindu New Year. The holiday lasts for five days: Day one is the New Year for business; Day two is the triumph of god Vishnu over the evil demon; Day three is the Lakshmi, the goodness of prosperity visits homes lit by lamps; Day four is the Bali worship day; Day five is devoted to brothers and sisters.

11/04/17 -Kartik Purnima

This day is believed to be the birthday of the following — Matsya, an incarnation of Vishnu; the war-God Kartikeya, the son of Shiva; and Vrinda, the personification of holy plant Tulsi and is also the beloved of Vishnu. Also this is the day when Radha-Krishna are believed to play the divine Rasa-Leela.

11/30/17 - Geeta Jayanti

This festival celebrates the birth of the Bhagavad Gita which is considered to be one of the greatest Hindu scriptures.