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Celebrations - Major Hindu Festivals

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The social life of Hindus is replete with celebrations - festive occasions that allow them to come together as a community and celebrate their common culture. Here're some of the most popular Hindu festivals.
  1. Diwali - Festival of Lights
  2. Holi - Festival of Colors
  3. Other Major Festivals
  1. Durga Puja, Dusshera & Navaratri
  2. Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi
  3. Winter Festivals

Diwali - Festival of Lights

Deepawali or Diwali is the biggest of all Hindu festivals. Read about its origin, significance, and the four days of celebrations that mark this auspicious occasion, and learn about why and how to celebrate the festival of lights.

Holi - Festival of Colors

Holi is a celebration of life – a boisterous occasion when Hindus smear each other with the colors of joy. Learn about its history and origin, true significance and how to celebrate the festival of colors.

Other Major Festivals

There are a number of other major festivals that are celebrated by Hindus in different regions of India and around the world. These mainly include celebrations around the ‘birthdays’ of popular deities, as well as some ritual fasts followed by feast and festivity.

Durga Puja, Dusshera & Navaratri

In this autumn festival, Hindus observe 10 days of ceremonies, rituals, fasts, feasts, song and dance in honor of the supreme mother goddess Durga. After 9 divine nights of Navaratri comes Dusshera or Vijayadashami that celebrates goddess Durga's victory of good over evil.

Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi

Rakhi is a special occasion to celebrate the chaste bond of love between brothers and sisters, by tying a sacred thread around the wrist. Learn about its history, social and religious significance, how to make a Rakhi wrist band and exchange gifts and greetings on Raksha Bandhan.

Winter Festivals

January is harvest time in India. It's time for Thanksgiving rituals and celebration of the bounties of nature. Hindus in different parts of India participate in various celebrations that range from flying kites, ceremonial feeding of cattle and dancing around bonfires.

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