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Indian Holidays 2017 - Hindu Festival Holidays Calendar

India is one of the countries that enjoys more holidays a year. In fact, India's official national holiday calendar has more than fifty holidays. In this detailed calendar we offer you the main festivals in India 2017, fundamental to enter the customs of the country and to know firsthand what are their most characteristic parades and shows.
Indian Holidays 2017: discover your festive calendar
January 1: New Year ' s Day. D Start Guide A not new. Official party
It is celebrated for the colonial past of India. A great occasion to celebrate with friends and family.
January 5:  Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti . Birth of Guru Gobind Singh (Sikh Regional Festival)
It is the commemoration of the birth of the tenth Guru of the Sikhs and devotees celebrate it with multiple processions throughout India.
January 14: Makar Sankranti. D ed Makar Sankranti (Party regional hind u)
"Donation Day" is a great opportunity to test the spirit of Indian cooperation. Devotees donate food and clothing to the most needy people and there are kite competitions, offerings and prayers.1
January 14: Kaanum Pongal. Pongal Festival (Regional Festival)
It is a festival in the region of Tamil Nadu where the beginning of the movement of the sun is celebrated towards the zodiac of capricorn and the time of the harvest. It is a festivity loaded with symbolism: the old objects are burned, new clothes are premiered and the homes are specially decorated.
January 26: Republic Day. Day of the Republic (Official Feast)
The most solemn and symbolic act is celebrated throughout the country with an impressive military parade in New Delhi, with the Indian flag very present. It commemorates the entry into force in 1950 of the Constitution.
FEBRUARY - Holidays in India 2017
February 1: Vasant Panchami. Vasant Panchami Festival (Regional Festival)
It is the celebration of the beginning of the first in India. The characteristic color of this festival is yellow; All the people dress with this and give flowers also yellow. There are also elaborate typical sweets called halwa kesar.
February 10: Guru Ravidass Jayanti. Birth of Guru Ravidas (Sikh and Hindu regional festival )
Guru Ravidas stood out for his fight against caste discrimination and inequality in India. To honor him are processions, prayers and offerings, especially in Punjab and the north of the country.
February 19: Hivaji Jayanti. Birth of Shivaji Maharaj (Regional Festival)
This ephemeris commemorates the birth on February 19, 1630 of Shivaji Maharaj, a national hero in India and considered the most important governor of the state of Maharashtra. He was a visionary of the new military tactics in the country and established a military discipline structure in India.
21 February:  Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Birth of Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati (Hindu Regional Festival )
Dayananda Saraswati was the founder of Arya Samaj, a Hindu social movement struggling for freedom in India. This ephemeris recalls his teachings, based on the teachings of the Vedas.
February 24: Maha Shivaratri. The great night of Shiva (Hindu regional festival )
This feast is celebrated throughout the night of February 24 in honor of Lord Shiva, one of the gods of the Hindu Trinity. That night devotees fast, practice yoga and meditate in a festive and waking atmosphere.
MARCH -  Holidays in India 2017
March 12:  Holik Dahan . The bonfire night (regional Party hind u  and Sikhs)
In a ritual laden with symbolism, wood, furniture and travel clothes are collected and burned in a bonfire to represent the triumph of good over evil. It is always celebrated the night before the Holi festival starts.
March 13: Holi. Festival of Colors (Official Holiday hind u  and Sikhs)
One of the must-see festivals in India. With this great feast of colors spring is begun. The streets, men, women and children are stained of all kinds of colorful tones with the large quantities of colored powders that are used.
March 28:  Chaitra Sukhladi . A  New Hind u  (regional Party hind u )
According to the Hindu calendar is the beginning of the year, based on the first day in which the Moon enters the growing phase. Depending on the region of the country its name can vary: Chaitra Sukhladi, Ugadi or Gudi Padwa.
APRIL -  Holidays in India 2017
April 4: Ram Navami Jayanti. Birth of Lord Rama (Party official hind u )
Rama Navami was the first-born of the four sons of King Dasaratha of Aiodhia. The devotees of this deity practice fasting, singing and performing parades in their honor.
9 of April: Mahavir Jayanti. Birth of Mahavir (Official Jain Festival)
Throughout the country the birth of Mahavir, the 24th and last Tirthankara, considered a spiritual guide in Jainism, is commemorated. It is followed with special devotion in Gujarat and Rajasthan.
April 11: Hazrat Ali ' s Birthday. Birth of Hazrat Ali (Muslim Regional Party)
The Prophet Muhammad's son-in-law is considered one of the pioneers in revitalizing Muslim culture and traditions. Among his great achievements is the unification of the message of Islam to the rest of the world. To honor the birth of this important magnet the mosques are decorated and prayers are performed in their honor.
April 13: Vaisakhi. Harvest Festival (Sikh Regional Festival)
This festival begins the New Year in the solar calendar and has a special place in the north of the country, specifically in the Punjab region. For Sikhs it also has special significance because it commemorates the creation of the Khalsa order.
April 14: Good Friday. Good Friday (Official Christian Feast).
They remember the last hours of Jesus' life, his crucifixion and death. Believers refrain from eating meat and processions are celebrated.
April 15: Bohag Bihu. Festival of Assam (regional Party hind u )
It is celebrated in the Indian state of Assam and coincides with the beginning of rice planting. It also has a symbolic perspective, since it is aimed at the union between people of different social classes.
April 16: Easter Day. Easter Sunday (Official Christian Festival).
It is the day on which the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated. Easter eggs are made, and new clothes are dressed in the processions that recount that Christ has risen.
MAY -  Holidays in India 2017
May 9: Guru Rabindranath ' s Birthday. Birth of Rabindranath (Regional Festival)
The celebrated artist (poet, novelist, painter, musician ...) was the first Asian to receive a Nobel Prize for literature in 1913. Born in Bengal, he is considered one of India's great thinkers and reformers. The celebration of his birthday organizes the poets of Bengal.
May 10: Buddha Purnima. Birth of Buddha (National Buddhist Festival)
May 10 is celebrated in India the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha, initiator of the Buddhist religion. The core of the celebrations around Prince Siddhartha is the city of Bodh Gaya, located in the state of Bihar.
JUNE -  Holidays in India 2017
June 23: Jamat Ul-Vida. Jamat Ul-Vida Festival (Muslim regional festival)
It is celebrated on the holy day before the last day of Ramadan. A fundamental date for Muslims; they pray the Koran and perform charitable works.
June 24: Eid-Ul-Fitar. End of Ramadan to n (national Muslim holiday)
This holiday is the end of Ramadan and the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. After the fast, Muslims gather to eat and wear new clothes.
June 25: Rath Yatra. Rath Yatra Festival (Feast regional hind u )
The region of Orissa hosts on June 25th this Hindu festival that celebrates the visit of Yagannätha, one of the manifestations of the avatar Krishna, to the temple of the queen Gundicha. In the city of Puri you can admire imposing floats and festive parades.
AUGUST -  Holidays in India 2017
August 7: Raksha Bandhan Yatra. The festival of ties (regional festival)
The Raksha Bandhan represents unity among the diversity of cultures and religions present in India. For this, a simple ritual called "rakhi" is performed, which consists of tying a string bracelet on the wrist of the other and praying for his well-being and health.
August 15: Independence Day. (national holiday)
This festival, one of the most important in India, commemorates the declaration of independence of the Indian people of the British empire in 1947. The whole state is full of symbols, especially the flag, which flies across the length and breadth of the country.
August 17: Parsi New Year Yatra. A ñ or New Parsi (regional Party Parsee)
According to the calendar of Zorastro begins the new year parsi. It represents the beginning of a new life stripping off the old and wearing new clothes. In addition, temples and houses are decorated.
August 25: Ganesh Chaturthi. Ghanesa Festival (Regional Festival)
This festivity is celebrated in the state of Maharastra and serves to commemorate the birth of the well-known god Ganesha, who has elephant head and human body. It is developed over ten days and at the festival you can taste the modak, a sweet made with grated coconut and fresh and brown sugar.
SEPTEMBER -  Holidays in India 2017
2 September: Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) (Muslim Regional Party)
It is the greatest holiday of the Muslims, commemorating the sacrifice of the son of Abraham before God. It is celebrated by Muslims around the world with an animal sacrifice (a lamb) as thanksgiving.
September 4: ONAM. Onam Festival (Hindu Regional Festival)
It is about the most important holiday of the state of Kerala. For ten days, the streets fill with color: parades, music, dance ...
September 27: Dussehra (Maha Saptami) (Hindu Regional Festival)
The Durga festival annually celebrates the triumph of the goddess Durga on evil, who is represented as the buffalo Mahishasura. It consists of 6 days of celebration: Mahalaya, Maha Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami.
28 September: Dussehra (Maha Ashtami) (Hindu Regional Festival)
The Durga festival annually celebrates the triumph of the goddess Durga on evil, who is represented as the buffalo Mahishasura. It consists of 6 days of celebration: Mahalaya, Maha Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami.
September 29: Dussehra (Maha Navmi) (Hindu regional festival)
The Durga festival annually celebrates the triumph of the goddess Durga on evil, who is represented as the buffalo Mahishasura. It consists of 6 days of celebration: Mahalaya, Maha Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami.
September 30: Dussehra Vijayadashami. Dussehra Festival (Hindu national holiday)
It supposes the climax to the festival Durga Puja. It is very important at the national level and it has fairs, impressive parades and meetings with offerings.
OCTOBER -  Holidays in India 2017
October 1: Muharram. Islamic New Year
It is the celebration of the Islamic New Year's Day. Devotees interpret it in two ways: for some, the month in which it develops Muharram mourning and commemorating the Battle of Karbala; for others, it is a party to spend with the family.
2 of October: Mahatma Gandhji Jayanti. Birth of Mahatma Gandhi (National holiday)
One of the most distinguished Indian and international calendar holidays. the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the great leader of India's independence is commemorated. The festive crossed borders and the UN declared this anniversary as the International Day of Non-Violence.
October 5: Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti. Birth of Valmiki (regional festival)
It is the date on which marks the birth of Adi Kavi Valmiki, one of the great authors of Sanskrit literature. He is the author of the memorable epic Ramayana and is considered "the first poet" to invent śloka, a verse that defines the form of this type of poetry.
October 8: Karaka Chaturthi. Friendship Festival (Hindu Regional Festival)
This festival is always celebrated after the fourth night after the full moon. It is a very familiar holiday, as it remembers deceased relatives and exchanges gifts with relatives.
October 18: Naraka Chaturdasi (National Holiday)
It's the second day of Diwali. This day is assigned for the worship of Mahakali or Shakti. At night an oil lamp is lighted and placed outside to prevent the evil power from entering the house.
October 19: Diwali. Festival of Lights (National Festival)
Diwali celebrates the arrival of the new year in the lunar calendar. The five days that last are called Vasu Baras, Dhan Teras, Chaturdashi, Lakshmi Puja and Govardhan Puja. It is a holiday that unites in its celebration the most important religions of India, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. The most common rituals during the Diwali are brand new clothes, decorate houses, exchange sweets ...
October 20: Govardhan Puja (National Holiday)
Other days of celebration of Diwali. The devotees prepare and offer a great variety of vegetarian dishes to the murtis of Paramatma as a gesture of gratitude.
October 21: Bhai Duj (National Holiday)
In the celebration of Bhai Duj the brothers and sisters pray for their brothers to have a long and healthy life. This is the last day of Diwali.
October 26: Chhath Puja. Surya Festival (Hindu Regional Festival)
It is the festival in honor of the Sun God, Surya and Chhath Maiya. Symbolically, Surya is thanked for sustaining life on earth and granting wishes.
NOVEMBER -  Holidays in India 2017
November 4: Guru Nanak Jayanti. Birth of Guru Nanak (Sikh national holiday)
November 4 marks the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, hence its importance. Such is its significance that Hindus and believers of other religions also celebrate it. Dances, processions, prayers and other rites are performed in his honor.
November 24: Guru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom Day. Day of the Guru Tegh Bahadur (Regional Festival)
It is the day of the emperor martyr Guru Tegh Bahadur. He was the ninth guru of the Sikhs. He is considered a martyr because he sacrificed himself so that Hindus and Sikhs would not be forcibly converted to Islam, something the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb intended. He was therefore beheaded in New Delhi.
DECEMBER -  Holidays in India 2017
December 2: Milad-un-Nabi. Birth of Muhammad (Muslim Official Party)
It is the celebration of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. The mosques of the country are decked out to honor their Prophet and devotees are dressed in green colors. Characteristic are the pilgrimages to the sanctuary of Hazratbal (Srinagar), where a hair belonging to Muhammad is preserved.
December 24th: Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve (Regional Christian Festival)
December 24th is celebrated in India on Christmas Eve. Just as in all Catholic cities, the Christmas theme decorates the streets.
December 25th: Christmas Day. Christmas (National Christian Holiday)
Christmas is represented differently in India. Families decorate their homes with mango leaves and light candles to celebrate that light is imposed on the darkness. A very special day for children because Christmas Baba, the Indian Santa Claus, arrives at the homes.
December 31st: New Year's Eve. New Year's Eve (National holiday)

The streets of the main cities of India dress gala to bid farewell of the year, as in the rest of the cities of the world.


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