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HINDU FESTIVALS

FESTIVALS BRING JOY TO EVERYONE

LIST OF HINDU FESTIVALS

Festivals bring joy to practically every one in the society.

Many of the festivals and functions are necessary for the healthy psychological development of the person, whether the festival is scientifically meaningful or not.

Usually it is a task for a person to fulfill the rituals of a festival or a function and the occasion tries his patience and abilities in performance. The man in the family has to provide the supplies and other members have a role to play in implementing the various processes.

The task is a trial for all who take part in the festival. It is a totally independent matter, however, and how one celebrates the festival in his confines of the home is a personal matter.

There are no compulsions except the deity or the sacred structures meant for the festival are given proper respect in handling the different programs laid down in the rules of the ritual.
A certain menu for the feast is recommended under the tradition and a list of decorations for the festival is carried out but there is ample leeway available so that no one is put to hardship.

We usually repeat what our festivals.  It is a small challenge to do at least as good or better than our parents.

We can also polish the procedures to fit in the modern times and innovate the look and shape of the event.The festival can be grand with involvement of relatives and friends or it can be converted into a family-only matter.

Relatives and friends watch and observe how well one does the festivals in the current year compared to what one did in the previous years.

It is a measure of one's current abilities and enthusiasm. It is a measure of one's prosperity and health to know how well a particular festival is carried out in the current year by the descendant.

;If you have time and money you may turn it into a large-scale extravaganza or if you don't, then you can moan and groan and give excuses to downsize the whole thing. It requires skills of management and liberal religious or social attitude.

In any case how superficial or how deep one participates in the festival is a mood- related subject. But it is a revelation of one's position and exposes him to the open. Many consider that the money spent on a festival is worth more than its value but there are some who cling to excuses in order to celebrate it in a subdued fashion. They might save money, time and toil. They may not save their face well, though.
TABLE GIVING PROPOSED DAYS FOR FESTIVALS
  Sl. No.    Name of Festival              Month                 Day of Festival

  1.          Yugadi (Ugadi)                    March                 Third Friday

  2.          Sri Ram Navami                  March                 Fourth Fridy

  3.         Hanuman Jayanthi              April                    Second Monday

  4.        Varamahalakshmi Vritha    August                First Sunday

  5.        Rakshabandhan                   August                First Saturday

  6.        Sri Krishna Jayanthi              August               Third Friday

  7.        Gowri Ganesha Festival       September        Third Sunday

  8.        Navarathri Festival begins   October             First Monday

  9.        Vijayadashami                       October             Following Friday

 10.       Sharada Puja, Durga Puja   October             Following Monday

 11.       Naraka Chaturdashi            November         First Friday

 12.       Dhanalakshmi Puja              November         First Saturday

 13.       Deepaavali                             November         First Sunday

 14.       Gow Puja, Festival Bath       November          Following Monday

 15.       Balipadyami                           November          Following Tuesday

 16.       Shops Establishnts Puja     November           F-ing Wednesday

 17.       Makara Sankaranthi             January                Second Friday

 18.        Maha Shivarathri                 February              Third Friday

 19.        Holi                                         March                   Second Friday
FESTIVALS CONTRIBUTE TO GOOD HEALTH
To repeat, "Festivals bring joy".
Many of the festivals and functions are necessary for the healthy psychological development of the person, whether the festival is scientifically meaningful or not.

Usually it is a task for a person to fulfill the rituals of a festival or a function and the occasion tries his patience and abilities in performance. The man in the family has to provide the supplies and other members have a role to play in implementing the various processes.

The task is a trial for all who take part in the festival. It is a totally independent matter, however, and how one celebrates the festival in his confines of the home is a personal matter.

There are no compulsions except the deity or the sacred structures meant for the festival are given proper respect in handling the different programs laid down in the rules of the ritual.
All Festivals are to be celebrated on days suitable for the community in the area to prevent disruption of normal activities of trade and service and close to the weekly holiday (Sunday). Those festivals that are not listed can also be held by this general rule. The Panchaanga books would give the dates for these festivals every year but those dates differ from year to year. Therefore to bring an order in relation to the common calendar, the days suitable to observe the festivals are determined in such a way that they come on the week-ends. The arrangement given in Table prevents people from absenting from their work or business in the middle of the week. Businesses would also not suffer. Offices would have good attendance because there are no holidays haphazardly claimed by employees for festivals.