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Lohri: Bonfire Festival

Pongal (Makar Sankrati): Thanksgiving (India)

Vasant Panchami: Birthday of the Deity of Wisdom

Maha Shivaratri: Celebration for the Deity of Power

Holi: Spring Festival

Hindi/Telugu New Year: New Year for Hindi & Teluga

Ramanavami: Celebration of the deity Rama

Hanuman Jayanti: Celebration of Hunaman the mighty ape

Tamil New Year: New Year for the Tamil

Bengali New Year/Vishu: New Year for Bengali

Akshaya Tritiya: The auspicious day

Buddha Purnima: Day of rejoicing Buddha in reflections and teaching.

Ganga Dasshera: The begining of the four months of Chaturmasa.

Kabir Jayanti: Celebration of Saint Kabir Jayanti

Guru Har Govind Jayanti: Celebration of the Guru Har Govind

Rath Yatra: The Chariot Festival in celebration of the deity Jagganath

Tulsi Das Jayanti: Celebration of the birthday of Saint Tulsi Das.

Onam: Festival to usher in the holiday season

Raksha-Bandhan: Celebrates the bonds between brothers and sisters.

Krishna Janmashthami: Krishna's Birthday Celebration

Ganesh/Vinayak Chaturthi: Celebration of Ganesh, the Indian diety

Pitr-Paksha begins: Beginning of the rituals in celebration of god

Pitr-Paksha ends: End of Pitr-Paksha

Mahalaya: Celebration of the deity Durga

Navaratri begins: First day of the Celebration of Nine Nights in honor of Durga

Durga Puja begins: Bengal festival in honor of Durga

Navaratri ends: End of the Navartri celebration

Vijaya Dashami/Dusshera: Ten day festival in honor of Durga

Lakshmi Puja: Celebration of Lakshmi, the diety of wealth and beauty.

Karwa Chauth: Fast for married women.

Dhanteras: Marks the beginning of the Diwali celebrations

Diwali: Hindu Festival of Lights

Vikram New Year 2061: New Year for the Vikram

Kali Puja: Celebration of the deity Kali.

Bhai Dooj: Women mark with a spot on the head to their male loved ones to strengthen their bonds

Guru Nanak Jayanti: Celebration of Saint Nanak Jayanti

Websites on Hinduism, Hindu Holidays and India (official): Largest site about Hindus and Hinduism on the web

Hindu Almanac ( List of Hindu holidays, their dates, with links to articles about each date.

Hindu Festival Dates (Infoplease): Dates for Hindu holidays in 2004

All India Travel (official): Information about India, its traditions, holidays and customs.

The World Factbook (CIA): Information and facts about India

The 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 holiday ritual.


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