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Guru Purnima (Hindu)

Guru Purnima is a is a religious festival dedicated to offering respect to all the spiritual and academic gurus for some Jain, Hindus, and Buddhists. Wikipedia

Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)

On this day, sisters of all ages tie a talisman or amulet called the rakhi around the wrists of their brothers. They symbolically protect them, receive a gift in return, and traditionally invest the brothers with a share of the responsibility of their potential care. (Wikipedia)

Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)

Krishna Janmashtami is a festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. The celebratory customs associated with Janmashtami include a celebration festival, reading and recitation of religious texts, dance and enactments of the life of Krishna according to the Bhagavata Purana, devotional singing till midnight (the time of Krishna's birth), and... Read More

Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)

Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival commemorating the birth of the Hindu god Ganesha. The festival is marked with the installation of Ganesha's clay idols privately in homes and publicly on elaborate pandals (temporary stages).

Navaratri begins (Hindu)

Navaratri is a nine day and ten night annual Hindu festival observed in the honour of the goddess Durga. It is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Hindu Indian cultural sphere. Celebrations include worshipping nine goddesses during nine days, stage decorations, recital of the legend, enacting of the story,... Read More

Dussehera (Hindu)

Also known as Vijayadashami, Dussehra is a major Hindu festival celebrated every year at the end of Navaratri. It is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. (Wikipedia)

Karva Chauth (Hindu)

On Karva Chauth some Hindu women observe a fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands or future partners. Wikipedia

Diwali (Hindu)

Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights. It symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance". It is a five day festival with the main Diwali happening on the 3rd day. (Nov. 1 2024). Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists also celebrate Diwali. (Wikipedia)

Chhath Puja (Hindu)

Chhath is an ancient Hindu festival. Prayers during Chhath puja are dedicated to the solar deity, Surya, to show gratitude for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and to request that certain wishes be granted. Wikipedia

Geeta Jayanti (Hindu)

Geeta Jayanti is a Hindu observance that marks the day the Bhagavad Gita dialogue occurred between Arjuna and Krishna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. (Wikipedia)