Indian Festivals

Indian Festivals are celebrated by varied cultures and through their special rituals add to the colours of Indian Heritage. Some festivals welcome the seasons of the year, the harvest, the rains, or the full moon. Others celebrate religious occasions, the birthdays of saints and gurus (revered teachers), or the advent of the New Year. A number of these festivals are common to most parts of India. However, they may be called by different names in various parts of the country or may be celebrated in a different fashion.

O-Shogatsu – Japanese New Year

O-Shogatsu – Japanese New Year, unfolds over 3 days starting on January 1st, and is an official national holiday. The Japanese New Year is a three-day series of community and family events revolving around themes of good fortune and “firsts.” Many O-Shogatsu rituals are celebrated in a community and family context and there is little emphasis on sharing them with …

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Hijra – Islamic New Year (Hijira)

Hijra is a religious observance in Muslim countries and communities around the world on March 27 each year. It is not an official public holiday in all Muslim countries, and is not an official Indian holiday. This is a religious observance that tends to be observed privately. It is not appropriate to offer outside greetings or any particular public acknowledgment. …

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Boxing Day

The Boxing Day is celebrated as a public holiday or bank holiday in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada, United Kingdom and several countries in Commonwealth of Nations with Christian people. In South Africa this holiday is known as the Day of Goodwill. Boxing Day History The Boxing Day originated in England in the midst of 19th century under the …

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Hampi Utsav

Hampi Utsav, also known as the Vijaya Utsav, Festival of Hampi has been celebrated from the times of the Vijayanagar reign. This event has been reiterated as the “Nada Utsava” by the Government of Karnataka. Hampi being a World Heritage Site is a international tourist spot. This festival is attributes to the mega cultural extravaganza, held from 3rd November to 5th …

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Day — Honoring a Civil Rights Leader Who Gave His Life For Justice. A federal U.S. holiday on January 21, but it’s not a holiday in India. Martin Luther King Day pays tribute to the best-known leader of the American civil rights movement of the 1960s. King fought to see racial justice and equality become a …

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Passover celebrates the Jewish exodus from Egypt, which is considered the pivotal event in the history of the Jewish people. Date Passover, called Pesach in Hebrew, begins at sunset on the fourteenth day of the Jewish month of Nisan, generally between late March and mid-April, and continues for seven days. In Jewish communities outside of Israel (the Diaspora) it lasts …

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