(Makar Sankrati): Thanksgiving (India)
Panchami: Birthday of the Deity of Wisdom
Shivaratri: Celebration for the Deity of Power
New Year: New Year for Hindi & Teluga
Celebration of the deity Rama
Jayanti: Celebration of Hunaman the
New Year: New Year for the Tamil
New Year/Vishu: New Year for Bengali
The auspicious day
Purnima: Day of rejoicing Buddha in reflections
Dasshera: The begining of the four months of Chaturmasa.
Jayanti: Celebration of Saint Kabir Jayanti
Har Govind Jayanti: Celebration of the Guru Har
Yatra: The Chariot Festival in
celebration of the deity Jagganath
Das Jayanti: Celebration of the birthday of
Saint Tulsi Das.
Festival to usher in the holiday season
Celebrates the bonds between brothers and sisters.
Janmashthami: Krishna's Birthday Celebration
Chaturthi: Celebration of Ganesh, the Indian diety
begins: Beginning of the rituals in celebration of
ends: End of Pitr-Paksha
Celebration of the deity Durga
begins: First day of the Celebration of Nine
Nights in honor of Durga
Puja begins: Bengal festival in honor of Durga
Dashami/Dusshera: Ten day festival in honor of
Puja: Celebration of Lakshmi, the diety of wealth
Chauth: Fast for married women.
Marks the beginning of the Diwali celebrations
Hindu Festival of Lights
New Year 2061: New Year for the Vikram
Puja: Celebration of the deity Kali.
Dooj: Women mark with a spot on the head to their
male loved ones to strengthen their bonds
Nanak Jayanti: Celebration of Saint Nanak Jayanti
Websites on Hinduism,
Hindu Holidays and India
Largest site about Hindus and Hinduism on the web
Almanac (About.com): List of Hindu holidays, their dates, with links
to articles about each date.
Dates (Infoplease): Dates for Hindu holidays in 2004
All India Travel (official):
Information about India, its traditions, holidays and customs.
World Factbook (CIA): Information and facts about India
Times of India (official): Indian newspaper with news stories and
articles relating to India and current events.
There are many different rituals and customs for these
holidays. Even the rituals between the different sects might
differ. I have included links to each of the holidays above, and
they should give you specific information for each holiday.
Below I have provided some gift ideas relating to
Hinduism and India which may or may not have to do with any particular