Bhai Dooj is a festival celebrated by Hindus of India and Nepal. It is also known as, Bhai Phonta in Bengal, Bhai Bij or Bhau Beej in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka, Bhai Tika in Nepal. Diwali is a five-day festivity. The celebrations begin with Dhanteras and conclude with Bhai Dooj. The festival symbolizes the beautiful bond of a brother and sister. On this day, sisters pray for a happy and prosperous life and good health of their brothers, while brothers vow to protect the sisters.
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Lakshmi puja to Kali puja, different traditions are followed during diwali.
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. The festival falls on Amavasya Tithi (new moon day), in the month of Kartik according to the traditional Hindu calendar. Diwali 2017 is celebrated on October 19. Diwali is the five days festivity period which begins on Dhanteras and ends on Bhaiya Dooj.
Goddess Kali symbolizes strength, seen as divine protector, and bestows liberation.
Kali Puja, also known as Shyama Puja or Mahanisha Puja, is a Hindu festival dedicated to the goddess Kali, and celebrated especially in West Bengal, Odisha, and Assam. The festival falls on Amavasya Tithi (new moon day), in the month of Kartik according to the traditional Hindu calendar. Kali Puja 2017 is celebrated on October 19. Goddess Kali symbolizes shakti (strength), seen as divine protector, and bestows moksha (liberation). Goddess Kali is worshiped in the late night. It is believed that she will destroy all evils in human beings and outside world.
Dhantrayodashi marks the beginning of five day festivities of diwali.
Dhanteras also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanwantri Jayanti is revered by Hindus across the world as a festival of health, wealth, and prosperity. It also marks the beginning of five day festivities of Diwali, which is celebrated to honour the home coming of lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. The Hindu festival falls on the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) Trayodashi (thirteenth day after full moon), in the month of Kartik according to the traditional Hindu calendar. This year Dhanteras falls on October 17, 2017.
Celebrating on this auspicious day the holy union of a wife and husband.
Karva Chauth is a one-day sacred festival celebrated by Hindu married women mainly in northern India, in which they observe a nirjala vrat (fast without food and water) for the whole day until they sight the moon for the long life and immense prosperity of their husbands. Sometimes, unmarried women join the fast for their fiances or desired husbands. The festival falls on the Krishna Paksha Chaturthi (fourth day after the full moon), in the month of Kartik according to the traditional Hindu calendar. Karva Chauth 2017 is celebrated on October 8.
Celebrating the birth anniversary of maharishi Valmiki.
Valmiki Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of Valmiki, also known as Maharishi Valmiki, who is revered as Adi Kavi (first poet) in Sanskrit literature. His birth anniversary is celebrated on auspicious day of Sharad Purnima (full moon) of Hindu month of Ashvin which as per the Georgian calendar corresponds to the month of September or October. The Valmiki Jayanti is observed on October 5 in 2017. Maharishi Valmiki was a great sage and author of the first epic poem Ramayana. Ramayana consists of 24,000 shlokas (verses) and 7 kaṇḍas (cantos) including Uttara Kanda.
The goddess Lakshmi is worshiped on sharad purnima.
Sharad Purnima is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin (September or October), marking the end of the monsoon season. It is believed that Sharad Purnima is the only day in the year when the moon comes out with all sixteen Kala. In many regions Sharad Purnima is known as Kojagiri Purnima, Navanna Purnima or Kaumudi Purnima. On this day, Lakshmi, the goddess of Wealth; Indra, the god of Rains; and Lord Shiva with his consort Parvati are also worshiped.
The festival celebrates the victory of forces of good over evil.
Vijayadasami marks the end of five day Hindu festival of Durga Puja
Durga Puja, the biggest festival in Bengal starts on September 26 this year. The celebration continues for the next five days culminating with the idol immersion ceremony on Dasami. Vijayadasami marks the end of Durga Puja, and is celebrated as triumph of goddess Durga over the demon Mahisasura to help restore Dharma. On this day the idols of goddess Durga are moved from its place for immersion into the river and she is believed to return to the abode of her husband. After the process of immersion is over, people enjoy delicious dinner and sweets.
Five famous pandals visited on Maha Navami in Kolkata.
Durga Puja is the major Hindu festival for Bengalis that is celebrated across the world. It is an occasion that marks the triumph of good over evil. The festival is celebrated for a duration of five days, running parallel with Navratri. Everyone wears new clothes and gets reveled in the festival celebration to the fullest. It is a worship of power of good which always wins over the evil as goddess Durga over demon Mahisasura.