List of Hindu festivals

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Across the globe, Hindus celebrate a diverse number of festivals and celebrations, typically marking events from ancient Indian and often coinciding with seasonal changes.[1] These celebrations are a fixed annual date on solar calendar; or occur on a particular day of the lunisolar calendar. There is some variation associated with the observance of the festivals regionally. There are many festivals which are primarily celebrated by specific sects or in certain regions of the Indian subcontinent.



Utsava is the Sanskrit word for festivals. The Sanskrit word Utsava comes from the word "ut" meaning "removal" and "sava" which means "worldly sorrows" or "grief".[2]

Observance periods (tithi)[edit]

Hindu calendar dates are usually prescribed according to a lunisolar calendar. In Vedic timekeeping, a tithi is a lunar day.

A few popular Hindu lunisolar festivals
Festival māsa pakṣa tithi
Gudi Padwa caitra śukla prathama
Rama Navami caitra śukla navamī
Akshaya Tritiya vaiśākha śukla tṛtīya
Buddha Purnima vaiśākha śukla pūrṇimā
Guru Purnima āṣāḍha śukla pūrṇimā
Naga Panchami śrāvaṇa śukla pañcamī
Raksha Bandhan śrāvaṇa śukla pūrṇimā
Krishna Janmashtami śrāvaṇa krsna aṣṭamī
Ganesha Chaturthi bhādrapada śukla caturthī
Sarvapitru Amavasya bhādrapada kṛṣṇa amāvāsyā
Saraswati Puja

(constituent of Navaratri)

āśvina śukla saptamī
Durga Ashtami

(constituent of Navaratri)

āśvina śukla aṣṭamī
Maha Navami

(constituent of Navaratri)

āśvina śukla navamī̄
Vijaya Dashami

(constituent of Navaratri)

āśvina śukla daśamī
Karva Chauth āśvina kṛṣṇa caturthī
Dhan Teras

(constituent of Diwali)

āśvina kṛṣṇa trayodaśī
Naraka Chaturdashi

(constituent of Diwali)

āśvina kṛṣṇa caturdaśī
Lakshmi Puja

(constituent of Diwali)

āśvina kṛṣṇa amāvāsyā
Bali Padyami

(constituent of Diwali)

kārttika śukla prathama
Bhai Dooj

(constituent of Diwali)

kārttika śukla dvitīya
Vasanta Panchami māgha śukla pañcamī
Maha Shivaratri māgha kṛṣṇa caturdaśī
Holi phalguna śukla pūrṇimā


List and descriptions of major Hindu festivals[edit]

See also[edit]

Hindu festival related concepts



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