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Hinduism: religious celerations and observances

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Bonalu*Saturday August 1, 2015Hinduism 
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Karkidaka vavu*Sunday August 2, 2015Hinduism 
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Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima)*Monday August 17, 2015Hinduism 
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Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima)*Tuesday August 18, 2015Hinduism 
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optional holiday*Tuesday August 18, 2015Hinduism 
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Raksha Bandhan*Tuesday August 18, 2015Hinduism 
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Sri Krishna Jayanthi (Janmashtami)*Monday August 24, 2015Hinduism 
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Sri Krishna Jayanthi (Janmashtami)*Tuesday August 25, 2015Hinduism 
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optional holiday*Tuesday August 25, 2015Hinduism 
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optional holiday*Saturday August 29, 2015Hinduism 
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optional holiday*Friday September 4, 2015Hinduism 
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Ganesh Chaturthi*Saturday September 5, 2015Hinduism 
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optional holiday*Saturday September 5, 2015Hinduism 
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Ganesh Chaturthi (second day) - NuakhaiSunday September 6, 2015Hinduism 
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Ganesh Chaturthi*Sunday September 6, 2015Hinduism 
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optional holiday*Sunday September 6, 2015Hinduism 
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First Onam*Sunday September 13, 2015Hinduism 
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Thiru Onam*Monday September 14, 2015Hinduism 
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Third Onam*Tuesday September 15, 2015Hinduism 
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optional holiday*Wednesday September 16, 2015Hinduism 
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Fourth Onam*Wednesday September 16, 2015Hinduism 
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Bonalu -
Monday August 1, 2016

Hinduism : Goddess Mahakali is worshiped. Bonalu is an annual festival of Telangana celebrated in Twin Cities Hyderabad, Secunderabad and other parts of Telangana, India. It is celebrated in the month of Ashada Masam, in July/August. Special poojas are performed for Yellamma on the first and last day of the festival. The festival is also considered a thanksgiving to the Goddess for fulfillment of vows.


Karkidaka vavu -
Tuesday August 2, 2016

Hinduism : Karkidaka Vavu Bali, also called Bali, is the sacrificial ritual performed in memory of the departed souls of ancestors. On the day of vavu or Amavasi (no moon day) people belonging to the Hindu religion gather on the riverbanks and beaches to offer bali. Varkala Papanasam beach is also one of the major religious destinations on the day. People believe that the departed souls attain `moksha(liberartion) if the ritualistic homage is performed on Karkidaka vavu [www.keralatourism.org]


Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima) -
Wednesday August 17, 2016

Hinduism : The annual festival of Raksha Bandhan, which is meant to commemorate the abiding ties between siblings of opposite sex, usually takes place in late August, and is marked by a very simple ceremony in which a woman ties a rakhi — which may be a colorful thread, a simple bracelet, or a decorative string — around the wrist of her brother(s). The word raksha signifies protection, and bandhan is an association signifying an enduring sort of bond; and so, when a woman ties a rakhi around the waist of her brother, she signifies her loving attachment to him. He, likewise, recognizes the special bonds between them, and by extending his wrist forward, he in fact extends the hand of his protection over her.


Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima) -
Thursday August 18, 2016

Hinduism : The annual festival of Raksha Bandhan, which is meant to commemorate the abiding ties between siblings of opposite sex, usually takes place in late August, and is marked by a very simple ceremony in which a woman ties a rakhi — which may be a colorful thread, a simple bracelet, or a decorative string — around the wrist of her brother(s). The word raksha signifies protection, and bandhan is an association signifying an enduring sort of bond; and so, when a woman ties a rakhi around the waist of her brother, she signifies her loving attachment to him. He, likewise, recognizes the special bonds between them, and by extending his wrist forward, he in fact extends the hand of his protection over her.


Optional holiday -
Thursday August 18, 2016

Hinduism : Raksha Bandhan


Raksha Bandhan -
Thursday August 18, 2016

Hinduism : The annual festival of Raksha Bandhan, which is meant to commemorate the abiding ties between siblings of opposite sex, usually takes place in late August, and is marked by a very simple ceremony in which a woman ties a rakhi — which may be a colorful thread, a simple bracelet, or a decorative string — around the wrist of her brother(s). The word raksha signifies protection, and bandhan is an association signifying an enduring sort of bond; and so, when a woman ties a rakhi around the waist of her brother, she signifies her loving attachment to him. He, likewise, recognizes the special bonds between them, and by extending his wrist forward, he in fact extends the hand of his protection over her.


Sri Krishna Jayanthi (Janmashtami) -
Wednesday August 24, 2016

Hinduism : Hindu celebration of the birthday of Sri Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Sweets, fruits and milk products are available in abundance. Sri or Shree: A prefix denoting auspiciousness


Sri Krishna Jayanthi (Janmashtami) -
Thursday August 25, 2016

Hinduism : Hindu celebration of the birthday of Sri Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Sweets, fruits and milk products are available in abundance. Sri or Shree: A prefix denoting auspiciousness


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Thursday August 25, 2016

Hinduism : Krishna Day. Krishna (literally black , dark , dark-blue ) is a Hindu deity, regarded as an avatar of Vishnu and in some traditions considered the Supreme Being. Krishna is often depicted as an infant or young boy playing a flute as in the Bhagavata Purana or as a youthful prince giving direction and guidance as in the Bhagavad Gita. The stories of Krishna appear across a broad spectrum of Hindu philosophical and theological traditions.They portray him in various perspectives: a god-child, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero and the Supreme Being.


Optional holiday -
Monday August 29, 2016

Hinduism : Krishna Janmashtami


Optional holiday -
Sunday September 4, 2016

Hinduism : Teej, Hartalika. On this day Goddess Parvati is worshipped. Women, married and unmarried, mainly of Khas ethnicity, assemble at one place, in their finest attire and start dancing and singing devotional songs. Amidst all this, the grand feast takes place. The jollity often goes on till midnight, after which the 24hour fast starts.


Ganesh Chaturthi -
Monday September 5, 2016

Hinduism : During ten days, Hindus must prepare the celebration at home: their house must be cleaned up and purified, in particular at the place where the Ganesh statue wil be put. Those who participate in the procession, end and highlight of this celebration, also prepare their costume. Various religious ceremonies are celebrated. On the tenth day, the celebration culminates. Streets of main cities, especially Mumbaï (Bombay) are the field of extraordinary popular demonstrations. In this day, giant elephant idols are preceded by dancers and musicians.


Optional holiday -
Monday September 5, 2016

Hinduism : Ganesh Chaturthi


Ganesh Chaturthi (second day) - Nuakhai -
Tuesday September 6, 2016

Hinduism :


Ganesh Chaturthi -
Tuesday September 6, 2016

Hinduism : During ten days, Hindus must prepare the celebration at home: their house must be cleaned up and purified, in particular at the place where the Ganesh statue wil be put. Those who participate in the procession, end and highlight of this celebration, also prepare their costume. Various religious ceremonies are celebrated. On the tenth day, the celebration culminates. Streets of main cities, especially Mumbaï (Bombay) are the field of extraordinary popular demonstrations. In this day, giant elephant idols are preceded by dancers and musicians.


Optional holiday -
Tuesday September 6, 2016

Hinduism : Ganesh Chaturthi


First Onam -
Tuesday September 13, 2016

Hinduism : Onam falls, on the 12th day of the waxing moon in the Hindu month of Bhadon (around August September) once the golden yellow rice fields have been harvested at that time of the year. There is no specific god associated with Onam. Neither is any special puja (a ritualistic prayer ceremony) performed. First day, Atham and tenth day, Thiruonam are most important of all.


Thiru Onam -
Wednesday September 14, 2016

Hinduism : Thiru Onam or Onam is a festival dedicated to the great King Mahabali who ruled the hearts of the people of Kerala. It is a major festival in Kerala which marks the occasion of return of the benevolent and revered king back from netherworld to review the welfare of the subjects he one time ruled on.


Third Onam -
Thursday September 15, 2016

Hinduism : Chodhi: On the third day of Onam celebrations, the pookalam starts growing in its size by adding new layers or designs with at least 4 to 5 different flowers. The day also marks the start of shopping activities. Onam is associated with gifting new clothes, hence from this day onwards people start buying new clothes and jewellery. [Wikipedia]


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Friday September 16, 2016

Hinduism : Thiru Onam


Fourth Onam -
Friday September 16, 2016

Hinduism : Vishakam The fourth day of Onam celebrations. Vishakam: considered to be one of the most auspicious days of Onam. In olden days, the markets open their harvest sale on this day, making one of the busiest days in the markets for public. Nowadays, Vishakam marks the start of many Onam-related competitions such as Pookkalam competition. [Wikipedia]