Spoiler alert! You have 32 holidays in Rajasthan in 2022. To help you mark the dates for vacation and to schedule other important events and activities on your calendar, we have specially prepared this little calendar here.
You will not only learn about the dates of holidays and why but what are the various festivals, how it is celebrated and more. So, let’s get started!
This article covers the following:
- About Rajasthan
- Rajasthan holiday calendar 2022
- January 2022
- March 2022
- April 2022
- May 2022
- June 2022
- July 2022
- August 2022
- September 2022
- October 2022
- November 2022
- December 2022
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Rajasthan, the state of northwestern India, is situated in the northwestern piece of the Indian subcontinent. It extends toward the north and upper east by the territories of Punjab and Haryana.
Toward the east and southeast by the territories of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, toward the southwest by the territory of Gujarat, and toward the west and northwest by the areas of Sindh and Punjab in Pakistan.
The capital city is Jaipur, in the east-focal piece of the state. If you did not know, Rajasthan, which means “The Abode of the Rajas,” was formerly called Rajputana, “The Country of the Rajputs.”
In the vast, sandy, and arid northwestern region, soils are predominantly saline or alkaline. Water is scarce but is found at a depth of 100 to 200 feet (30 to 60 meters). The soil and sand are calcareous.
Rajasthan has a wide range of climate that varies from extremely arid to humid. The humid zone spans the southeast and east. Except in the hills, the heat during the summer is intense everywhere, with temperatures in June, the warmest month, typically rising from the mid-80s F to nearly 110 °F daily.
The predominant vegetation of Rajasthan is scrub jungle. Several notable large mammals are regular residents of Rajasthan. Tigers are found primarily in the Aravallis. Leopards, sloth bears, Indian sambar, and chital occur in the hills and forests.
Here was a little about Rajasthan. Now let us look at the holidays in Rajasthan in 2022 so that you can mark your calendars right away.
Holidays in Rajasthan
From January 2022 to December 2022
Parkash Gurupurab Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji- January 9th
Guru Gobind Singh, the last of the ten living Sikh Gurus, was born on December 22nd, 1666, in Patna, Bihar, India. Gobind Singh was the tenth of the Sikh Gurus. Following his father's death, Guru Tegh Bahadur, Gobind Singh became the leader of the Sikhs when he was only nine years old.
Famed as a warrior, poet, and philosopher. His contributions to Sikhism were many, including the tradition of covering one's hair with a turban. He initiated the Khalsa order, the highest order that can be reached by Sikhs.
Khalsa must abide by four restrictions; Not to disturb the natural growth of the hairs, not to eat meat slaughtered in a halal manner, not to cohabit with a person other than one's spouse, and not to use tobacco or a hookah.
Guru Gobind Singh was taken to heaven on October 7th, 1708, from wounds inflicted by an assassin on his mortal body. Guru Gobind Singh was the last of the living Sikh Gurus, and before he left his earthly life, he passed the Guruship of the Sikhs to the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred Book of the Sikhs. The Granth Sahib then became the Eleventh and Eternal Sikh Guru.
Republic Day- January 26th
On January 26th, India celebrates Republic Day, informally known as R-Day; this public holiday is one of four national holidays and is always celebrated on this date. Republic Day is an important national holiday that commemorates the establishment of the Constitution of India.
Republic Day is an important national holiday that commemorates the establishment of the Constitution of India. The Drafting Committee, headed by Dr. BR Ambedkar, took around two years and 11 months to put together the Indian Constitution.
January 26th was chosen as the date for the adoption of the constitution as it was on January 26th, 1930, when the Indian National Congress proclaimed Purna Swaraj, the Declaration of Indian Independence.
Republic Day has been marked by parades, patriotic songs, exhibitions, and fun, celebrating the cultural unity of India since 1950, when it was first officially celebrated.
Until 2022, the Christian hymn titled 'Abide With Me is played to mark the end of R-Day celebrations. It is believed to have been one of Mahatma Gandhi's favorite songs.
The Ministry of Defence organizes the Delhi Republic Day Parade, which starts from the Rashtrapati Bhavan gates and puts forth India’s defense capabilities, cultural and social heritage, and puts the diversity of the country in the limelight.
The Republic Day parade’s preparations begin in July when all participants are officially notified of their participation. They will practice parades at their respective places till August.
They come to rehearse at the event in December. Before the official event begins, the participants will have already trained for 600 hours. The festivities in Delhi last for a week with lots of special events and a large parade that highlights each state.
Maha Shivratri- March 1st
Maha Shivaratri is a famous Hindu festival celebrated each year in reverence of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and regeneration. A Shivaratri is celebrated on the 13th night and 14th day of every lunar month.
It takes place just before the arrival of Spring, usually in February or March in the Western calendar. It is celebrated across India and is a holiday in most states, and it is also a public holiday in Mauritius and Nepal.
The festival marks the end of winter and the arrival of summer and is a major observation in Hinduism. It is very significant to the Shaivism tradition of Hinduism, which worships Shiva as its primary deity.
The Maha Shivaratri is mentioned in several Puranas (Hindu Literature) and presents different versions of this festival and references the icons of Shiva. Maha Shivaratri is the night when Shiva is said to have performed the Tandava Nritya, or the dance of primordial creation, preservation, and destruction.
In India, government offices and educational institutes will be shut on Maha Shivratri. In India, celebrations span the breadth of the land, with huge celebrations at ancient temples such as Annamalaiyar in Tamil Nadu, the Mahakaleshwar Mandir in Madhya Pradesh, Umananda Temple in Assam, Bhavnath Talethi in Gujarat, Mallikarjuna Temple in Andhra Pradesh to name a few.
Doljatra- March 17th
The day before Holi is known as Doljatra and can be a holiday in some states. It is celebrated on the full moon in early March every year. Though Holi was originally a festival to celebrate the start of Spring, today it is better known as a symbolic commemoration of a legend from Hindu Mythology.
The festival is also associated with the eternal love of Krishna and Radha, and hence, Holi is spread over 16 days in Vrindavan as well as Mathura - the two cities with which Lord Krishna shared a deep affiliation.
In Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal, Doljatra is celebrated instead of Holi. Essentially it is the same festival as Holi Dahan but has added emphasis as it is the last festival of the Bengali year.
Holi- March 18th
The Hindu 'festival of colours', Holi, is celebrated on the last full moon day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month, which usually falls in early March. Holi was originally a festival to celebrate the start of Spring, good harvests and fertility of the land. The first mentions of it date back to a poem from the 4th century.
During Holi it’s all about sweet treats, presumably to keep up everyone's energy with all that powder throwing. To fuel the revellers, big batches of desserts are served up, such as Gujiya, flaky pastry parcels filled with dried fruit, served with sugar syrup; malpua, deep-fried mini pancakes; and thandai, a sweet, milky drink flavoured with the likes of cardamom, saffron, fennel seeds and rosewater.
Bank Holiday- April 1st
A Bank holiday is not really a holiday for all the citizens in the country, but it is only meant for those who work in the banks
Cheti Chand- April 2nd
This regional holiday is the Sindhi New Year and is celebrated on the second day of the Sindhi month of Chet. It usually falls in late March or early April in the Gregorian calendar and generally takes place on the same day as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra.
The Cheti Chand festival marks the arrival of Spring and harvest and the start of the Hindu New Year for Sindhi Hindus. It is seen as an auspicious day for business as it also marks the start of the new financial year. The festival of Cheti Chand is celebrated with fairs, feasts, and processions of icons of Jhulelal and other Hindu deities. It is also celebrated by the Sindhi diaspora around the world.
Ram Navami- April 10th
Ram Navami is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. It is celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra month (the first month in the Hindu lunar calendar).
It marks the culmination of the spring festival of Vasanta Navratri (Chaitra Navratri), which begins on Ugadi. Rama was the seventh incarnation of Vishnu. He was the hero of the Ramayana, the ancient Sanskrit epic.
A continuous recital of the book takes place during the month of Chaitra prior to the celebration. On Ram Navami itself, the highlights of the story are read in the temple.
To mark the day, followers of Hinduism may fast or restrict themselves to a specific diet and won't eat certain foods like onions, garlic, and wheat products. The celebrations at key places associated with Sri Rama, such as Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, can attract thousands of devotees.
In some parts of India, there is a tradition of tying an earthen pot full of money on top of a tree, and local youths form teams to try and claim the pot.
Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti- April 14th
Ambedkar Jayanti is a regional holiday always observed on April 14th. It is celebrated to mark the birthday of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, an Indian jurist, politician, philosopher, anthropologist, historian, and economist who was the principal architect of the Constitution of India.
Dr. Ambedkar was born on April 14th, 1891. Born into poverty, Ambedkar campaigned against the Indian caste system. He became a convert to Buddhism and is seen as a driving force in the surge of converts that saw many thousands of lower caste members become Buddhists.
On Ambedkar Jayanti, it is a custom that the President, Prime Minister, and leaders of other parties pay homage to his statue at the Parliament, New Delhi.
Mahavir Jayanti- April 14th
Mahavir Jayanti is the most important religious holiday in Jainism. The holiday is celebrated on the 13th day of the waxing (rising) half of the Hindu month of Caitra, which usually occurs in either late March or early April in the Gregorian calendar.
Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, a contemporary of the Buddha, and the 24th and last Tirthankara (great sages). Mahavira, known originally as Vardhamana, was born in 599 BC or 615 BC.
The Digambar school of Jainism ssays that Lord Mahavira was born in 615 BC, but the Swetambaras believe that He was born in 599 BC. However, both sects believe that Mahavira was the son of Siddhartha and Trisala.
Mahavir Jayanti is a festival marked with prayers and fasting. The holiday is especially popular in the eastern state of Bihar, where Mahavira was born near the modern town of Patna. A large celebration is held at the Parasnatha temple, Calcutta.
Good Friday- April 15th
Many countries observe Good Friday as a national holiday on the Friday before Easter. The day commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Some countries observe the Orthodox calendar in which Good Friday may occur on a different date.
The most important events in Christianity are the death and later resurrection of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God, and whose life and teachings are the foundation of Christianity.
After the last supper, Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, put on trial, and sentenced to death. He was then tied and nailed by the wrists and feet to a large wooden cross and left to die. This is why the cross is used as a symbol of the Christian faith. Good Friday is a day of mourning.
Many Church services are held in the afternoon, usually between noon to 3 pm, to remember the hours when Jesus was crucified on the cross. Some churches observe the day by re-enacting the process of the cross in the rituals of stations of the cross, which depicts the final hours of Jesus' life.
Other churches may participate in Veneration of the Cross, a short ceremony in which Christians kneel before the cross and affirm their faith. In Jerusalem, Christians follow in Jesus' footsteps and walk Via Dolorosa, the traditional path that led to the site of the crucifixion.
Many who participate try to ritually bear the same weight Jesus did by carrying crosses on their backs. Though it's not a public holiday in the Vatican or Italy, the Pope will say a mass at the Vatican before leading an annual public prayer of the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome. A procession is then made to the Palatine Hill, accompanied by a huge cross covered in burning torches.
Parashurama Jayanti- May 3rd
Parshuram Jayanti is observed on Tritiya (third day) of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Vaishakh. It celebrates the birth anniversary of Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Hinduism.
Mahishmati Nagri, a region in central India, was ruled by the demon king Kiratarjuna and his kingdom of the Kshatriyas. Goddess Earth was so concerned about the evil deeds of the king that she asked Lord Vishnu for help.
Lord Vishnu said that he would be born as a son to Renuka and Sage Jamadagni and destroy the kingdom. Vishnu reincarnated as the great warrior Parshurama (literally Rama with an Axe) and defeated the king and the Kshatriyas, restoring peace on earth.
Devotees fast from the night before to the day of Parshuram Jayanti. They visit temples and offer worship to Lord Vishnu to seek his blessings. Donating food to Brahmans Is considered very auspicious on this day.
Parashurama may also be known as Rama Jamadagnya, Rama Bhargava, and Veerarama in some Hindu texts. Parashurama is worshipped as mool purush, or founder, of the Niyogi Bhumihar Brahmin, Chitpavan, Daivadnya, Mohyal, Tyagi, Anavil, and Nambudiri Brahmin communities.
Eid-Ul-Fitr- May 3rd
In India, this festival is known by different names in some states and is a holiday in all states except Goa, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh. The festival of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast-breaking, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. As the date of Eid depends on the sighting of the moon, there may be variations in the exact date that is celebrated around the world.
Eid al-Fitr is often called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast.” The practice of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan ("Sawm") is one of the five pillars of Islam.
Muslims believe that it was during the month of Ramadan that the text of the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Fitr with prayers called "Salat Al Eid" in Arabic.
The festival is a time for feasting, rejoicing, and thankfulness. The preparations for the festival start at the beginning of Ramadan. When the day finally arrives and the period of fasting ends, children receive many gifts; there are fairs with street bazaars selling festive goods and traditional foods. Many attend religious ceremonies and visit with friends and family.
Maharana Pratap Jayanti- June 2nd
Maharana Pratap Jayanti is a regional public holiday in the northern Indian states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Rajasthan on the 3rd day of the month of Jyeshta. This holiday marks the birth anniversary of an eminent ruler in the 16th century who stood up to the might of the Mughal Empire.
Maharana Pratap was born on May 9th, 1540, in Rajasthan. His father was Maharana Udai Singh II, the ruler of the Kingdom of Mewar, with the capital at Chittor. As the eldest of 25 sons, Pratap was the Crown Prince.
Eid-Ul-Juha- July 10th
Eid ul Adha, Id-ul-Azha, Id-ul-Zuha, Hari Raya Haji, or Bakr-id; the 'Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar. The festival may also be known as Al Eid Al Kabeer, which means the 'Grand Eid.'
It has this more important status in religious terms as this Eid lasts for four days whereas Eid Al Fitr is one day, even though most countries observe about the same number of public holidays for both Eids.
This festival is celebrated throughout the Muslim world as a commemoration of Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice everything for God. Eid al-Adha concludes the Pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and commemorates Ibrahim's (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son.
During the feast of Eid Al Adha, Muslims re-enact Ibrahim's obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram. The family will eat about a third of the meal, a third goes to friends and relatives, and the remaining third is donated to the poor and needy.
Viswa Adhivasi Divas- August 9th
Adivasi is the collective term for tribes of the Indian subcontinent. According to the 2011 census, They make up 8.6% of India's population, or 104 million people. The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has a large number of ethnic tribes, with Adhivasi accounting for 20% of the population or 15 million people.
To honor the tribes and recognize the specific challenges they face, Adivasi Divas (Day of the Adivasi) is a regional public holiday on August 9th, as that is the UN's International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
Ashura- August 9th
The Day of Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. It marks the Remembrance of Muharram but not the Islamic month. Ashura was an ancient Judaic feast day of celebration and atonement. It is traditionally the day when the prophet Musa (Moses) freed the Israelites from Egyptian slavery and a day associated with Jesus’ ascension to heaven.
These days, it is better known for mourning the martyrdom of Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), at the Battle of Karbala in the year 61 AH (AD 680).
Commemoration of Ashura is not a celebration but a respectful and mournful occasion for both Shi'a and Sunni Muslims - and for Shi'as, it is a particularly intense period of grief and mourning.
Mourners of both sexes traditionally congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic lamentations performed in memory of the martyrdom, grieving to the tune of beating drums and chants of "Ya Hussain." Also, scholars will give sermons on the themes of Hussein's personality and position in Islam and the history of his uprising.
Raksha Bandhan- August 11th
This ancient Hindu festival is also known as Rakhi Purnima. It is celebrated on the full moon of the Hindu month 'Shravana.' Raksha Bandhan celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters.
As the concept of love and duty between siblings is universal, this festival is popular with many cultures in India and transcends its Hindu origin. To mark their relationship, the sister and brother will gather together with their family on the morning of Raksha Bandhan.
Often in front of a lamp, the sister ties a rakhi (thread) on her brother's right wrist. This symbolizes their emotional bond and renews the brother's vow to protect his sister. Rakhis can also be used to celebrate other relationships between friends and neighbors.
Independence Day- August 15th
Indian Independence Day is always celebrated on August 15th. It is the National Day of India. This holiday is a dry day in India when the sale of alcohol is not permitted.
On this day, the Prime Minister of India will host the tricolor at Red Fort before addressing the nation from the ramparts. On Independence Day, the flag is hoisted, which is to say it is kept folded somewhere in the middle of the flag pole and is pulled up to the top and unfurled.
Janmashtami- August 19th
Janmashtami is a Hindu festival and a Gazetted holiday in many regions of India. It may be known as Gokulashtami or Sreekrishna Jayanthi in some regions. According to the Hindu calendar, Janmashtami is celebrated on the Ashtami (eighth day) of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of Shravana or Bhadra (in the Hindu calendar, there is a leap month once every three years).
This is one of the most important Hindu festivals, Janmashtami (Krishna Jayanti) is the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. He gave the vital message of the Bhagwat Gita - the guiding principles for every Hindu.
Hindus celebrated Janmashtami with great enthusiasm across the Indian subcontinent and beyond. In "A Janmashtami Journey," we take a whistle-stop tour worldwide to look at how this great festival is celebrated.
In countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, and New Zealand, where there is a large community of Hindus, Janmashtami is celebrated. The day is marked with great fanfare and fervor in London, the US, and Poland, and there is a unique temple in the Macau peninsula.
Ramdev Jayanti and Teja Dashmi- September 5th
Ramdev Jayanti and Teja Dashmi is a regional public holiday in the Indian state of Rajasthan on the tenth day of the month of Bhadrapad in the Hindu calendar. Baba Ramdev is a Hindu folk deity from Rajasthan, India. He was a fourteenth-century ruler, said to have miraculous powers, who devoted his life to the upliftment of society's downtrodden and poor people. He is regarded as an incarnation of Krishna.
On Ramdev Jayanti, the birth date of Ramdev, a fair is held at the Ramdevra temple, the resting place of Ramdev, attended by hundreds of thousands of devotees, both Hindu and Muslim.
Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti- September 26th
Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti is a regional public holiday in India, usually observed in Haryana and Punjab, though it may be observed in some years in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. It is observed on the fourth day of Ashwin, the seventh month in the Hindu calendar.
Agrasen was born as Ashwin Shukla Pratipada to King Vallabh of Pratapnagar (in modern-day Bangladesh) and belonged to the Suryavamsh Kshatriya dynasty. Agrasen is said to have founded both the Agrawal and Agrahari communities in northern India.
It is a fitting tribute to Agrasen's ideals that his many descendants participate in social welfare activities on this day. Free medical camps, food distribution, and various cultural functions take place to spread the Agrasen's eternal message of equality and brotherhood.
Gandhi Jayanti- October 2nd
Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday celebrated across India to mark the birthday of the great Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi, known by many Indians as the "Father of the Nation." It is one of three official declared National Holidays of India and is observed in all its states and territories.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2nd, 1869, in Gujarat, then known as Porbandar, British India. Gandhi lived his life accepting and practicing truth, non-violence, vegetarianism, simplicity, and faith in God and was a major political and spiritual leader within India.
The day is marked by prayer services all over India, especially at Raj Ghat, Gandhi's memorial in New Delhi, where he was cremated. Celebrations on the day include prayer meetings and commemorative ceremonies in various cities by colleges, local government institutions, and socio-political institutions.
Painting and essay competitions are held, and awards are announced for projects in schools and the community on the themes of glorifying peace, non-violence, and Gandhi's effort in the Indian Freedom Struggle. Often Gandhi's favorite devotional song, Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram, is sung in memory of him. This holiday is a dry day in India when the sale of alcohol is not permitted.
Durga Ashtami- October 3rd
Known as Durgastami, Mahashtami, or Durga Ashtami, this is the eighth day of Durga Puja celebrations. Durga Ashtami falls on the Ashtami tithi of Chaitra month in the Hindu calendar.
Durgastami is one of the important days of Durga Puja, and many people may fast on this day. Durga Puja is a Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates the worship of the goddess Durga.
Durga Puja celebrates the ten-armed mother goddess and her victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. The rituals of Durga Puja last ten days, with the start and the last five days being special festivals that are reflected in public holidays in some states in India.
Mahalaya marks the start of the Durga Puja festival.
On the seventh day (Saptami) of Durga Puja, the goddess started her epic battle against Mahishasura.
Also known as Dashain or the Tenth day of Navratri or Durgotsav, Vijaya Dashami commemorates the day that Durga appeared riding a lion to slay the Mahisasura. Statutes of Durga are paraded through the streets, then immersed in water.
Vijaya Dashmi- October 5th
Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava or Mahashtami, is a Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates the worship of the goddess Durga. Durga Puja celebrates the ten-armed mother goddess and her victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.
While celebrated across India, In West Bengal, Assam and Tripura, it is the biggest festival of the year and the most significant cultural event in Bengali Hindu society.
Maulud Nabi- October 9th
'Mawlid' is Celebrated by Muslims during the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar. Also commonly known as 'Milad un Nabi,' this day is observed as a public holiday in many countries with a large Muslim population as it commemorates the anniversary of the birth of the founder of Islam and the proclaimer of the Qurʾan.
This is purely a religious festival and is marked as a public holiday. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born in Mecca on 12 Rabiulawal in the year 570 CE. The prophet’s full name is Abū al-Qāsim Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib ibn Hāshim.
Though public celebrations of the birth of Muhammad did not occur until four centuries after his passing away, the oldest Mawlid text is claimed to be from the 12th century and most likely is of Persian origin.
The Sunni and Shia branches of Islam have different ways of marking the day. The Shia community believes that on 12 Rabiulawal, the Prophet Muhammad chose Hazrat Ali as his successor. The Sunni community holds prayers throughout the month, and they do not practice mourning on this day.
Deepawali- October 24th
The Festival of Lights is known as Deepavali (deep-lamp, vali - array). This is the name of the festival in Southern India and is how the festival is referred to in other Asian countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. It is more commonly known as Diwali in Northern India, but they are essentially the same celebration.
Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama, who was the seventh incarnation of Vishnu, from a fourteen-year exile. Across India, streets and temples are decorated with spectacular light displays and colorful garlands.
In their homes, people light small oil lamps called diyas. It is believed that deceased relatives come back to visit their families on Earth during this festival, and the lights are a way to guide the spirits home. The sound of firecrackers exploding is common as the noise is said to drive away evil spirits.
Families, friends, and business associates exchange gifts and sweets, settle old business deals, and are encouraged to rid themselves of hate, anger, and jealousy.
Five Days of Diwali
Dhanteras marks the beginning of the five-day festivities of Diwali. On this day, it is customary for people to clean their houses, ready to welcome Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity, whose Puja is performed in the evening.
According to Hindu tradition, the demon Narakasura was killed by Lord Krishna on the second day. Marking the coming end of the year in some regions of India, customs on this day are about cleaning the slate before the start of a new year and getting rid of anything bad.
The third day is celebrated on the new moon in Kartik. In most parts of India, this is the most important day of the festival and is the last day of the year in many regions of India. On this day, Lord Rama rescued his wife, Sita, from the demon Ravana and returned home after a long exile.
The fourth day of Diwali is also the first day of the new year in the Vikram Samvat calendar and may also be known as Pratipada, Govardhan Puja or Annakut. Annakut means 'mountain of food', which is a giveaway that today is all about feasting.
This is the fifth and last day of the Diwali festival. This day celebrates the relationship between brother and sister.
Vishvakarma Day- Oct 25th
Vishvakarma Day is an important festival which is dedicated to Lord Vishavakarma. In Hindu mythology, Vishwakarma or Vishwakarman is regarded as the God of ‘creation.’ It is believed that he is the ultimate creator, the divine architect of the universe, and has created many palaces for Gods in all four yugas.
On this day, people worship Lord Vishvakarma and the tools and instruments that they use daily for work.
Bhaiyaa Dhoj- October 26th
Bhai Bij is a festival that focuses on siblings and honors the brother-sister relationship. On this day, sisters invite their brothers to join them for a feast of their favorite dishes. The sisters put a tilak (powder mark) on their brother's forehead and pray for their long lives, and brothers, in return, bestow them with gifts.
Special festive dishes like "basundi poori" are served at the feast. Basundi is sweet, extra-thick milk porridge, and "poori" indicates that fruits, nutmeg, and cardamon are added to it.
Guru Nanak’s Birthday
The Birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib falls on Kartik Puranmashi, the full moon day of the month Kartik, which usually falls in November in the western calendar. This holiday is one of the most significant festivals of the Sikh community and commemorates Guru Nanak Sahib, the founder of Sikhism and the first Sikh Guru.
Guru Nanak was born on April 15th, 1469, at Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present district of Shekhupura (Pakistan), now Nanakana Sahib.
Nanak's religious ideas developed from both Hindu and Islamic thought but are more than a simple synthesis. Nanak was an original spiritual thinker, and he expressed his thoughts and ideas in poetry that formed the basis of Sikh scripture.
The guru’s birth anniversary celebration begins two days prior to the actual date. On the first day of the celebrations, Sikhs read the Sikh holy book - the Guru Granth Sahib - from beginning to end.
Christmas Day celebrates the Nativity of Jesus, which, according to tradition, took place on December 25th, 1 BC. December 25th will be a public holiday in most countries around the world. If 25 December falls on a weekend, then a nearby weekday may be taken as a holiday in lieu.
To celebrate Christmas, people go to the church, spend time with their close ones, make cookies and more, and go from house to house singing carols to spread the message of baby Jesus being born.
Prakash Gurupurab Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji
Guru Gobind Singh, the last of the ten living Sikh Gurus, was born on December 22nd, 1666, in Patna, Bihar, India. Gobind Singh was the tenth of the Sikh Gurus. Following his father's death, Guru Tegh Bahadur, Gobind Singh became the leader of the Sikhs when he was only nine years old.
Guru Gobind Singh was the last of the living Sikh Gurus, and before he left his earthly life, he passed the Guruship of the Sikhs to the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred Book of the Sikhs. The Granth Sahib then became the Eleventh and Eternal Sikh Guru.
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