Hindu Festival Calendar 2017 is presented here along with dates for all the festivals and holidays celebrated in Hindu Religion. Know more on Hindu Holidays and Festivals in 2017.
Hindu Festivals 2017
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.
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, Raksha Bandhan, Dussehra, and Janmashtami 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, visit the 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 2017.
Hindu Holidays Calender 2017
|Saturday||January 14||Makar Sankranti|
|Friday - Monday||January 13 - 16||Pongal|
|Sunday||January 15||Bhogali Bihu|
|Sunday||January 15||Sakat Chauth, Sankashti Chaturthi|
|Thursday||January 19||Swami Vivekananda Jayanti|
|Friday||January 27||Mauni Amavasya|
|Saturday||January 28||Chandra Darshan, Gupta Navratri Begins|
|Wednesday||February 01||Vasant Panchami|
|Friday||February 10||Magha Purnima, Purnima Upavas, Guru Ravidas Jayanti|
|Saturday||February 25||Maha Shivaratri|
|Wednesday||March 01||Vikrami Samvat (Hindu New Year)|
|Sunday||March 12||Chhoti Holi, Holika Dahan|
|Monday||March 20||Basoda, Sheetala Ashtami|
|Tuesday - Wednesday||March 28 - April 05||Chaitra Navratri,|
|Tuesday||March 28||Gudi Padwa|
|Thursday||March 30||Gauri Puja, Gangaur|
|Wednesday||April 05||Ram Navami|
|Sunday||April 09||Mahavir Jayanti|
|Tuesday||April 11||Hanuman Jayanti|
|Thursday - Monday||April 13 - April 17||Rongali Bihu|
|Friday||April 14||Solar New Year, Mesha Sankranti|
|Friday||April 28||Akshaya Tritiya/ Akha Teej|
|Friday||April 28||Parashurama Jayanti|
|Friday||May 05||Thrissur Pooram|
|Sunday||May 07||Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti|
|Wednesday||May 10||Buddha Purnima|
|Sunday||May 21||Hanuman Jayanti *Telugu|
|Sunday||May 28||Maharana Pratap Jayanti|
|Saturday||June 03||Ganga Dussehra|
|Sunday||June 25||Jagannath Rathyatra|
|Sunday||July 09||Guru Poornima|
|Wednesday||July 26||Hariyali Teej, Andal Jayanthi|
|Thursday||July 27||Naag Panchami|
|Monday||August 07||Raksha Bandhan|
|Monday||August 14||Sri Krishna Janmashtami|
|Tuesday||August 15||Dahi Handi|
|Thursday||August 24||Hartalika Teej|
|Friday||August 25||Ganesh Chaturthi|
|Tuesday||September 05||Ganesh Visarjan|
|Sunday||September 17||Vishwakarma Puja|
|Thursday||September 21||Navratri begins|
|Thursday||September 28||Durga Ashtami|
|Friday||September 29||Maha Navami|
|Saturday||September 30||Dussehra, Durga Visarjan, Vijayadashami, Mysore Dasara|
|Thursday||October 05||Sharad Purnima|
|Thursday||October 05||Ashwin Purnima, Valmiki Jayanti|
|Sunday||October 08||Karva Chauth|
|Tuesday||October 17||Dhan Teras|
|Wednesday||October 18||Kongali Bihu|
|Wednesday||October 18||Narak Chaturdashi , Kali Chaudas|
|Thursday||October 19||Diwali, Lakshmi Puja, Dipmalika|
|Friday||October 20||Gowardhan Puja, Bali Pratipada, New Samvat Begins|
|Saturday||October 21||Bhai Dooj|
|Thursday||October 26||Chhath Puja Begins (Nahai Khai)|