Hindu Festival Calendar 2021 is presented here along with dates for all the festivals and holidays celebrated in Hindu Religion. Know more on Hindu Holidays and Festivals in 2021.
Hindu Festivals 2021
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 2021.
2021 Hindu Holidays
|Date, Day||Festival / Vrat / Upvas|
|January 12, Tuesday||Swami Vivekananda Jayanti|
|January 14, Thursday||Makar Sankranti|
|January 14, Thursday - Sunday, Jan 17||Pongal|
|January 31, Sunday||Sakat Chauth, Sankashti Chaturthi|
|February 09, Sunday||Magha Purnima, Purnima Upavas,|
|February 11, Thursday||Mauni Amavasya|
|February 12, Friday||Magha Gupta Navratri Begins|
|February 16, Tuesday||Vasant Panchami|
|February 27, Saturday||Magha Purnima, Purnima Upavas, Guru Ravidas Jayanti|
|March 11, Thursday||Maha Shivaratri|
|March 28, Sunday||Chhoti Holi, Holika Dahan|
|March 29, Monday||Holi|
|April 21, Wednesday||Ram Navami|
|April 04, Sunday||Basoda, Sheetala Ashtami|
|April 13, Tuesday - Thursday, April 22||Chaitra Navratri|
|April 13, Tuesday||Gudi Padwa|
|April 13, Tuesday||Ugadi|
|April 14, Wednesday||Solar New Year, Mesha Sankranti|
|April 14, Wednesday - Friday, April 16||Rongali Bihu|
|April 15, Thursday||Pohela Boishakh|
|April 25, Sunday||Mahavir Jayanti|
|April 27, Tuesday||Hanuman Jayanti|
|April 23, Friday||Thrissur Pooram|
|May 14, Friday||Akshaya Tritiya/ Akha Teej|
|May 09, Sunday||Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti|
|May 14, Friday||Parashurama Jayanti|
|May 26, Wednesday||Buddha Purnima|
|June 13, Sunday||Maharana Pratap Jayanti|
|June 20, Sunday||Ganga Dussehra|
|July 12, Monday||Jagannath Rathyatra|
|July 24, Saturday||Guru Poornima|
|August 22, Sunday||Raksha Bandhan|
|August 11, Wednesday||Hariyali Teej, Andal Jayanthi|
|August 13, Friday||Naag Panchami|
|August 30, Monday||Sri Krishna Janmashtami|
|August 31, Tuesday||Dahi Handi|
|September 09, Thursday||Hartalika Teej|
|September 10, Friday||Ganesh Chaturthi|
|September 19, Sunday||Ganesh Visarjan|
|September 17, Friday||Vishwakarma Puja|
|October 7, Thursday||Navratri begins|
|October 13, Thursday||Durga Ashtami|
|October 15, Friday||Dussehra, Durga Visarjan, Vijayadashami, Mysore Dasara|
|October 19, Tuesday||Sharad Purnima|
|October 20, Wednesday||Valmiki Jayanti|
|October 24, Sunday||Karva Chauth|
|November 2, Tuesday||Dhan Teras|
|November 4, Thursday||Narak Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas|
|November 4, Thursday||Diwali, Lakshmi Puja, Dipmalika|
|November 5, Friday||Gowardhan Puja, Bali Pratipada, New Samvat Begins|
|November 6, Saturday||Bhai Dooj|
|November 8, Monday||Chhath Puja Begins (Nahai Khai)|
|November 10, Wednesday||Chhath Puja Ends (Sandhya Argh)|