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Find out information on major Hindu festivals and holidays. Also, explore a free, printable calendar on Hindu holidays and festivals 2019.

Hindu Holidays 2019

Hindu Festivals
It's been said often enough that Hindus celebrate everything. So they do. The birth of gods, death of asuras, victory of the gods, marriage of the gods, the new year, new months, full moons, new moons, harvests, birthdays, initiations, marriages, deaths, anniversaries - you name the event, and it is reason for music, dance, processions, and what have you.

And there is the religious bit lurking behind it all. The reasons for this lie deep, in the origin of Hinduism as an organic religion. Its followers have over time considered anything, animate or inanimate, to be sacred and aspects of divinity.

That is also why even secular events like harvests take on religious overtones, with the patron deity presiding over the festivities. As soon as something happens, there is a kind of thanksgiving to the divine that follows it.

Apart from the universally celebrated festivals like Dussehra, Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi, there are others that are observed in specific communities or geographical areas. Hindu holidays are also confined to particular regions by the importance a certain god enjoys.

Worship of Kartikeya (as during the festival of Skanda Shashti) is predominant in Tamil Nadu, where the god is considered a patron of the region. Onam is a good example of a festival that is celebrated solely by Keralites. Another interesting aspect of Onam is that it is perhaps the only major Hindu festival that celebrates the reign of an asura king, although a benevolent one.

The profusion of legends and the contradictions inherent in them is reflected in festivals too. Travel around the country, and you will hear people tell you a variety of legends involving different gods behind a single festival. Besides, you will also find versions of the same festival being celebrated under different names in different regions.

All this adds that facet of unending novelty and constant change to the strikingly colorful kaleidoscope that is India. You might end up thinking the thought: "The more things change, the more they remain the same", which is something often said about India and its magical agelessness.

With so many holy days and more than 20 major Hindu festivals, the calendar should be liberally sprinkled with them. But it isn't so. There is a distinct festival season, which runs from late August through December. This is when there is a fever of celebrations, with a string of important festivals following one another in a rush.

But the major festivals are not the only ones that the people celebrate. Browse through the Hindu almanac, and you will find a mention of holiness or sacredness against almost every day of the year. Most of the lesser festivals are lesser because they have a private rather than public face. There are rituals for phases of the moon, solar and lunar eclipses, days of the week, a person's auspicious star or zodiac sign.

Hindu Festivals Calendar 2019
January 13, SundayLohri
14, MondayMakar Sankranti
15, TuesdayBhogali Bihu
15, TuesdayBihu
15, Tuesday ~ Friday, Jan 18Pongal
February 04, MondayMauni Amavasya
10, SundayVasant Panchami
March 04, MondayMaha Shivaratri
07, ThursdayVikrami Samvat (Hindu New Year)
21, ThursdayHoli
21, ThursdayHolla Mohalla
April 06, Saturday ~ Sunday, Apr 14Chaitra Navratri
06, SaturdayGudi Padwa
06, SaturdayUgadi
14, SundayBaisakhi
14, SundayRama Navami
15, Monday ~ Sunday, Apr 21Rongali Bihu
17, WednesdayMahavir Jayanti
19, FridayHanuman Jayanti
May 07, TuesdayAkshay Tritiya
12, SundayBuddha Purnima
June 12, WednesdayGanga Dussehra
July 04, ThursdayRath Yatra
16, TuesdayGuru Purnima
August 05, MondayNaag Panchami
15, ThursdayRaksha Bandhan
24, SaturdayShri Krishna Janmashtami
September 01, Sunday ~ Friday, Sep 13Onam
02, MondayGanesh Chaturthi
17, TuesdayVishwakarma Puja
29, SundayNavaratra Begins
29, Sunday ~ Monday, Oct 07Sharad Navratri
October 04, Friday ~ Tuesday, Oct 08Durga Puja
08, TuesdayDussehra
17, ThursdayKarva Chauth
19, SaturdayKongali Bihu
25, FridayDhan Teras
27, SundayDiwali
27, SundayKali Puja
28, MondayGovardhan Puja
29, TuesdayBhai Duj
30, WednesdayChhath Puja Begins (Nahai Khai)
November 02, SaturdayChhath Puja Ends (Sandhya Argh)