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Hindu Festival Calendar 2019: Printable

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 Festival Calendar 2019
January 13, Sunday Lohri
15, Tuesday Makar Sankranti
15, Tuesday ~ Friday, Jan 18 Pongal
15, Tuesday Bhogali Bihu
15, Tuesday Bihu
February 04, Monday Mauni Amavasya
10, Sunday Vasant Panchami
March 04, Monday Maha Shivaratri
20, Wednesday ~ 21 Thursday Holi
22, Friday ~ 24 Sunday Holla Mohalla
22, Friday Vikrami Samvat (Hindu New Year)
April 06, Saturday ~ 14 Sunday Chaitra Navratri
06, Saturday Gudi Padwa
06, Saturday Ugadi
14, Sunday Rama Navami
14, Sunday Baisakhi
15, Monday ~ 21, Sunday Rongali Bihu
17, Wednesday Mahavir Jayanti
19, Friday Hanuman Jayanti
May 07, Tuesday Akshay Tritiya
07, Tuesday Buddha Purnima
June 12, Wednesday Ganga Dussehra
July 04, Thursday Rath Yatra
16, Tuesday Guru Purnima
August 05, Monday Naag Panchami
15, Thursday Raksha Bandhan
24, Saturday Shri Krishna Janmashtami
September 01, Sunday ~ 13, Friday Onam
02, Monday Ganesh Chaturthi
17, Tuesday Vishwakarma Puja
29, Sunday Navaratra Begins
October 07, Monday Navaratra End
04, Friday ~ 08 Tuesday Durga Puja
08, Tuesday Dussehra
13, Sunday Sharad Navratri
17, Thursday Karva Chauth
19, Saturday Kongali Bihu
25, Friday Dhan Teras
27, Sunday Diwali
27, Sunday Kali Puja
28, Monday Govardhan Puja
29, Tuesday Bhai Duj
31, Thursday Chhath Puja Begins (Nahai Khai)
November 02, Saturday Chhath Puja Ends (Sandhya Argh)

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