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Jainism: religious celerations and observances

Jainism: calendar of festivals and religious celebrations around the world for the current 2 months






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Mahavir Jayanti*Thursday March 29, 2018Jainism 
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optional holiday**Thursday March 29, 2018Jainism 
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Beh Dienkhlam*Tuesday July 3, 2018Jainism 
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Mahavir Jayanti -
Thursday March 29, 2018

Jainism : Jain festival honoring Lord Mahavira on the founder's birthday.


Optional holiday -
Thursday March 29, 2018

Jainism : Mahavir Jayanti Jain community only


Beh Dienkhlam -
Tuesday July 3, 2018

Jainism : The most important festival of the Jaintias and is celebrated after the sowing is over. Khlam means ‘Plague or Pestilence’ and Beh Dien means to drive away with sticks. It is very popular and colourful festivals of the Jaintias where men only, young and old, take part in the dancing to the tune of drums and flute. Women do not take part in the dancing, but had an important role to play at home in offering sacrificial food to the spirits of the ancestors. They invoke their aid and intercession, so that life here below will be good and worthy for the next one above. Men go round the town and beat the roof of every house with bamboo poles calling upon the plague demon to leave the house. This is done early on the first day of the festival. The climax of the celebrations is the tussle, as seen in a tug of war, for a large undressed beam by two groups people opposed to each other. This festival is also an invocation to God, seeking His blessing for good harvest. [www.megipr.gov.in]