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Hindu Festival Calendar 2014 is presented here along with dates for all the festivals and holidays celebrated in Hindu Religion. Know more on Hindu Holidays and Festivals in 2014.
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Hindu Festivals 2014

Hindu Festivals - The followers of Hinduism celebrate festivals related to Hindu Gods and ancient Hindu mythology. Hindus celebrate almost everything from birthday of Gods, religious significance to spring festivals such as Holi. Fast and rituals like aarti are a part of these Hindu religious celebrations which may last up to several days. Navratri is one such festival which is observed for almost 9 days twice a year. Some of these festivals are celebrated with great pomp and show across India. Diwali is one such Hindu festival which is celebrated by almost every Indian worldwide.

Hindu Festivals

India, the land of varied cultures, ethnic groups, and traditions is a land of festivals and fairs. The country is home to people with diverse religions and faiths. Hinduism however dominates all the other religions and has the longest list of festivals owing to its widespread presence, regional variations, and number of followers.

Though, the major Hindu festivals are not just those which call for national holidays. One of the most peculiar features of Hindu festivals is that they encompass almost anything to everything, and that too has a quintessential divine aspect to it. There are celebrations typically for manifestations of gods and goddesses in their varied avtars, death of asuras (demons) and triumph of the gods. Ritualistic feasts are also carried out for seasons, days of the week, planetary events, lunar or solar eclipse and other phases of the moon, vedic principles, and even for creatures like snakes (Nag Panchami).

Diwali, Holi, RakshaBandhan, Dussehra, Lohri are the major Hindu festivals that are celebrated throughout the country with utmost fervor and gusto and involve lots of customs and rituals. Each festival has a deity presiding over it and all the festivities focusing on it. During Navratri, women put on all the adornments and are traditionally dressed up in tones of red, which appeal to Goddess Durga, the presiding deity of the festival.Some festivals celebrate a significant event in the life of a deity e.g. Janmashtami observes the birthday of Lord Krishna, while some are seasonal festivities or customs, like Holi.Some festivals are exclusively regional, like Onam in Kerala, whereas Hindu festivals such as Diwali, Dussehra, and Ganesh Chaturthi are now being celebrated globally.

During Hindu festivals, devotees observe rigorous fasts, visitthe temple and worship the deities. Distribution of prasad,singing devotional chants (bhajans), decorating houses and temples are other major practices of the day.In a nutshell, each event in Hinduism has religious overtones and legends involving different gods.

With abundant holy days, the Hindu almanac is sprinkled considerably with a string of major festivals and a fever of celebrations one after the other.No matter what is the mode of celebration or the reason to celebrate - the Hindu festivals add to the colourful facet of India's cultural diversity, and leave enduring imprints of delight in the minds of people until another festival arrives.

List of Hindu festivals and religious celebrations in 2014.

Hindu Festival Calendar 2014

January 2014 13 Monday Lohri
14 Tuesday Makar Sankranti
14 Tuesday Pongal
February 2014 4 Tuesday Vasant Panchami
27 Thursday Mahashivratri
March 2014 17 Monday Holi
31 Monday Bikrami Samvat (Hindu New Year)
April 2014 8 Tuesday Ram Navmi
14 Monday Baisakhi
15 Tuesday Hanuman Jayanti
May 2014 2 Friday Akshaya Tritiya/ Akha Teej
June 2014 29 Sunday Jagannath Rathyatra
July 2014 12 Saturday Guru Poornima
August 2014 1 Friday Naag Panchami
10 Sunday Raksha Bandhan
17 Sunday Sri Krishna Janmashtami
29 Friday Ganesh Chaturathi
September 2014 25 Thursday Navratras begins
October 2014 1 Wednesday Saraswati Puja
4 Saturday Dussehra
11 Saturday Karva Chauth
21 Tuesday Dhan Teras
23 Thursday Diwali
24 Friday Govardhan Puja
25 Saturday Bhai Dooj
November 2014 8 Saturday Chhath Puja Begins (Nahai Khai)

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