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08-27-2006, 10:28 AM
Important Festivals of India for the Year 2006
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In India, the celebrations of fairs and festivals form a wondrous and joyful series of events, marking the rites of passage between birth, death and renewal. There are said to be more festivals in India than there are days of the year; not unlikely in a country where small, local village rituals of worship and propitiation are celebrated with as much as fervor as are high holy days across the nation, occasions that can draw floods of people numbering half a million or more. Fairs and festivals are moments of remembrance and commemoration of the birthdays and great deeds of gods, goddesses, hero's, heroine's, gurus, prophet's and saints. They are times when people gather together, linked by ties of shared social and religious beliefs. Each of India's many religious groups - Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and others - has its own such days.

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January February March April
Jan 14 - Pongal
Jan 14 - Makar Sankranti
Jan 26 - Republic Day
Feb 09 - Muharram (Tajiya)
Feb 14 - Valentine's Day
Feb 26 - Maha Shivaratri
Mar 15 - Holi
Mar 15 - Dhulivandan
Mar 30 - Gudi Padwa
Mar 30 - Ugadi
Mar 30 - Navratri
Apr 06 - Ram Navami
Apr 11 - Mahavir Jayanti
Apr 11 - Id-e-Milad
Apr 13 - Hanuman Jayanti
Apr 14 - Baisakhi
Apr 16 - Easter

May June July August
May 13 - Buddha Purnima
May 14 - Mother's Day
Jun 18 - Father's Day
Jul 11 - Guru Purnima
Aug 09 - Raksha Bandhan
Aug 15 - Independence Day
Aug 16 - Janmashtami
Aug 20 - Pateti
Aug 27 - Ganesh Chaturthi

September October November December
Sep 04 - Onam
Sep 06 - Anant Chaturdashi
Sep 23 - Navratri
Oct 02 - Gandhi Jayanti
Oct 02 - Dassera
Oct 09 - Karva Chauth
Oct 19 - Dhanteras
Oct 21 - Diwali
Oct 21 - Lakshmi Puja
Oct 24 - Bhai Dooj
Oct 25 - Ramzan Id
Nov 05 - Guru Nanak Jayanti
Dec 25 - Christmas

The ancient tradition of celebrating festivals goes back to the Vedic times of the Aryans. The Vedic scriptures and literature give many references to festivals when celebrations where carried on to honor gods, rivers, trees, mountains, the coming of monsoons, the end of winter or the first flush of spring. The celebrations included not only fasting and prayers, but also equally events of social and cultural significance. Performances of music, dance and drama took place side by side with more rugged physical activities: displays of valor and virility through chariot and boat races or wrestling matches and animal fights in which rams, wild bulls, elephants, oxen, horses and even rhinoceroses took part. Then, as always, there was much feasting and merriment to be enjoyed. There were YAJNAS (sacrificial fires), where milk, clarified butter and ghee were offered to gods before being shared between worshippers. Special foods were cooked and served, prepared from freshly harvested crops. Elaborate garlands and ropes of flowers were woven as an offering to the gods and also to be worn over festive robes and jewelry. Such an assembly provided opportunity to trade, buy and sell all manner if goods, from live stock to silks, spices and handcrafted objects of ritual or daily use.

Ancient Indians used to express these occasions through the words 'SAMAJA' (a gathering of people), 'UTSAVA' (a festival) and 'YATRA' (a pilgrimage or temple chariot procession). And though today we might use the word 'MELA' (meaning a fair) rather than a SAMAJA, it is astonishing how steadily and faithfully these traditions have endured over the centuries. Even today, festivals are symbolic of a link between the home, the villages and a larger outside world. Within the home, celebrations are expressed by the love and care given to its decoration by the women of the house; the freshly washed courtyards are embellished with designs made in flower petals, colored powder or rice flour; walls are painted with scenes from the epics is made brilliant with bits of mirrored glass; doorways are hung with auspicious mango leaves or marigold flowers. Each festival in each religion has its own particular foods and sweets appropriate to the season and crops, and days are spent in their careful preparation

08-27-2006, 02:06 PM
it says 2004 :Ksp: :think:

08-27-2006, 02:09 PM
it says 2004 :Ksp: :think:
sorry! san2003
sariya kavanikala..... :(
now ok .......... :D

08-28-2006, 04:25 PM
Thanks for reminding :b:

08-29-2006, 10:45 AM
thanx :)

08-29-2006, 03:21 PM
Diwali's on Oct 21st.. i was thinking 27 :think: :think: confusion...


08-29-2006, 04:17 PM
Diwali's on Oct 21st.. i was thinking 27

enna confusion :think: Sep 22 Mahalaya Amavasai, 30 days kazhichu adutha new moon. new moon otti dhaane Diwali varum :think:

08-29-2006, 04:31 PM
Oct 21st thaan Diwali...atha vachuthaana naanee flight ticket choose pannen ;)

08-30-2006, 12:22 PM
diwali was alwiz oct 21st in 2006 shy akka.. neenga thaan ippo confuse panringo :ahha:

cant wait for diwali :ee: ... navratri comin next month :)

08-30-2006, 03:18 PM
:ee: yethoo oru nenaippula soliten.. ellarum vitta adika vanthuruveenga pola iruke :think: :think:

ok ok its oct 21 thaan :ee:


08-30-2006, 04:45 PM
edit. naan confuse panniten :Ksp: :ee:

09-23-2006, 01:10 PM
:ee: yethoo oru nenaippula soliten.. ellarum vitta adika vanthuruveenga pola iruke :think: :think:

ok ok its oct 21 thaan :ee:

:D enna confuse namma sivakasi Tamil daily calendar ra parrthuga vendeyathu thanee :think:

09-23-2006, 02:58 PM
Navarathri Wishes people !!! :b:


09-23-2006, 04:36 PM
happy navrathri shy!!!!!!!!

Navarathri wishes to all!!! :sm08: :sm08: :sm08: :sm08:

am going to keep golu today :D

09-24-2006, 11:53 AM
Navarathri Wishes people !!! :b:



What is Navratri ? Well, it is the nine days when we are suppose to thank the female principle of nature and the goddesses connected to them. As the agricultural communities had free time only in the evenings (days being too busy with manual labour in the fields), evenings and nights were chosen as the ideal times to celebrate the festival of the goddesses.

In brief, the nine nights are dedicated to the three main goddesses of Hinduism - Parvati, Lakshmi and Sarasvati.

The first three nights are dedicated to the goddess of action and energy. Her different manifestations viz Kumari, Parvati and Kali are worshipped during these days. They represent the three natures/ classes of womanhood - the virgin young girl, auspicious wife/ mother and the angry old hag ! This is not a criticism of women, just a classification. It helps us recognise the different aspects of our own nature.

Lakshmi is worshipped for the next three days in her various aspects as the goddesses of peace, plenty and bliss. Fulfilment is more important than wealth itself. As the goddess of wealth, she governs not just the bank balance, but also such basic things as family, friends, food etc. (read my article on wealth on my site.)

Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge. Not just the knowledge of how to earn a living, but how to "live" aswell. She is the goddess of the spiritual knowledge and the knowledge that frees us from this bind of Samsara. She is worshipped during the final three days of the Navratri.
The nine nights are there for us to revel in the knowledge of the goddesses that live within us, imbibing us with their spiritual energy and power. Used for the good, they help liberate us from the mire of this world. Use these energies unwisely, and they will snare us in the maya of this world.We should meditate of these aspects of the nine nights, that was the reason they originally came into being.

Ofcourse, much has been "added on" since and the nine nights are now as commercial as any other festival. The Gujaratis enjoy the nine nights by dancing them away to the blare of loud music and scant attention is given to the spiritual aspect of the festival. Even the Durga Puja of the Bengalis has been hijacked by commercialism. If you want more info on Kali or Lakshmi and their various aspects, please read the articles on my site - or indeed follow the links to other sites that have info on Hindu gods.