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Hindu Festival Calendar 2024 is presented here along with dates for all the festivals and holidays celebrated in Hindu Religion. Know more on Hindu Holidays and Festivals in 2024.

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Hindu Festivals 2024

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 Hindu Festival

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 2024.

Hindu Calendar 2024: Holidays & Festivals

Date Day Festival / Vrat / Upvas Type
Jan 15 Monday Makar Sankranti Hindu Festival
Jan 9 Tuesday Masik Shivaratri A day Dedicated to worship Lord Shiva (every month)
Jan 29 Monday Sakat Chauth, Sankashti Chaturthi Dedicated to Goddess Sakat, Lord Ganesha is also worshipped
Feb 9 Friday Mauni Amavasya  
Feb 10 Saturday Magha Gupta Navratri Begins Begining of first Navratri (Gupt) of the Year
Feb 14 Wednesday Vasant Panchami Dedicated to Hindu goddess Saraswati also popular as Saraswati Puja.
Feb 24 Saturday Magha Purnima, Purnima Upavas  
Mar 8 Friday Maha Shivaratri Dedicated to Hindu God Shiva
Mar 24 Sunday Chhoti Holi, Holika Dahan Hindu Festival
Mar 25 Monday Holi Festival of Colors
Apr 2 Tuesday Basoda, Sheetala Ashtami Hindu Festival
Apr 9 Tuesday Chaitra Navratri Hindu Festival
Apr 9 Tuesday Gudi Padwa Hindu Festival
Apr 9 Tuesday Ugadi Hindu Festival
Apr 13 Saturday Solar New Year, Mesha Sankranti  
Apr 14 - 20 Sunday ~ Saturday Rongali Bihu Hindu Festival
Apr 15 Monday Pohela Boishakh Bengali New Year
Apr 17 Wednesday Ram Navami Birthday of Lord Rama is celebrated in Hindu Religion.
Apr 19 Friday Thrissur Pooram Largest and most famous of all poorams
Apr 21 Sunday Mahavir Jayanti  
Apr 23 Tuesday Hanuman Jayanti Lord Hanuman birth anniversary
May 8 Wednesday Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti Celebrates birth anniversary
May 9 Thursday Maharana Pratap Jayanti  
May 10 Friday Akshaya Tritiya/ Akha Teej Hindu Festival
May 10 Friday Parashurama Jayanti Celebrated as birth anniversary of Guru Parashurama - An incarnation of Hindu God Lord Vishnu.
May 23 Thursday Buddha Purnima  
Jun 16 Sunday Ganga Dussehra Hindu Festival
July 7 Sunday Jagannath Rath Yatra Hindu Festival
Jul 21 Sunday Guru Purnima Hindu Festival
Aug 7 Wednesday Hariyali Teej, Andal Jayanthi  
Aug 9 Friday Nag Panchami  
Aug 19 Monday Raksha Bandhan Hindu Festival
Aug 26 Monday Sri Krishna Janmashtami

Celebrated as birthday of Hindu God Lord Krishna.

Aug 27 Tuesday Dahi Handi Hindu Festival
Sep 6 Friday Hartalika Teej  
Sep 17 Tuesday Vishwakarma Puja Celebrates Birth of Vishwakarma (A Hindu God)
Sep 7 Saturday Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu Festival
Sep 16 Monday Ganesh Visarjan Hindu Festival
Oct 3 - 11 Thursday ~ Friday Sharad Navratri begins

Shardiya Navratri also known as Maha Navratri is the biggest and most popular festival in Hindu Religion.

Oct 11 Friday Durga Ashtami Hindu Festival
Oct 12 Saturday Dussehra, Durga Visarjan, Vijayadashami, Mysore Dasara Hindu Festival
Oct 16 Wednesday Sharad Purnima Hindu Festival
Oct 17 Thursday Valmiki Jayanti Hindu Festival
Oct 20 Sunday Karva Chauth Hindu women fast for their husband.
Oct 29 Tuesday Dhan Teras Hindu Festival
Nov 1 Friday Diwali, Lakshmi Puja, Dipmalika Hindu Festival
Nov 2 Saturday Govardhan Puja, Bali Pratipada, New Samvat Begins Hindu Festival
Nov 3 Sunday Bhaiya Dooj Hindu Festival
Nov 5 Tuesday Chhath Puja Begins (Nahai Khai) Tritiya, Nahay Khay
Nov 7 Thursday Chhath Puja Ends (Sandhya Argh) Shashthi, Chhath Puja
Dec 29 Sunday Masik Shivaratri

Hindu devotees worship Lord Shiva every month and keep fast.

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