A complete list of all the major hindu festivals in India

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Major hindu festivals in India – India is a land of festivals. While some festivals are celebrated across India, states also have their own unique festivals. Let’s find out about all the major festivals of India.

major hindu festivals in india

Major hindu festivals in India

Makar Sankranti

makar sankranti

This festival is one of the oldest traditions in India which is celebrated on the 14th January each year. Makar Sankranti is celebrated all over India but is known with different names in different states. Makar Sankranti- 14th January

Significance of the festival of Makara Sankranti

Maha Shivratri

maha shivratri

This festival is an annual event to celebrate marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The festival is celebrated on the 13th night or 14th day of the lunar month Phalguna or Maagha. The devotees keep fast, perform puja rituals and offer prayers to the lord. Click on the link above to read more about Maha shivratri.

Maha Shivratri – 21 February 2020

Mahakal Status in Hindi – Mahakal Shayari Status



In India, Holi is celebrated on the arrival of spring. The festival falls in the month of March. On this festival, people apply ‘gulal’ or colored powder on each other. Savories, dance, music, and food are the major highlights of Holi.

Holi- 9- 10 March 2020

Precautions to take during Holi- The festival of colors



One of the major festivals of the Sikhs and Hindus, this festival is celebrated every year on the 13 April. The festival marks the harvest of Rabi crop and is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the farmers of Punjab.

Baisakhi- 13th April

Raksha Bandhan

raksha bandhan

Celebrated to cherish the bond between brothers and sisters, this festival is popular in almost every Indian state. Sisters apply saffron tilak on the brother’s forehead and tie a rakhi on his wrist. Brothers offer gifts and cash to their sisters and promise to protect and support them.

Major hindu festivals in India

Raksha Bandhan – 3 August 2020

What is the importance of Raksha Bandhan?

Krishna Janmashtami

krishna janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated to remember the day of Lord Krishna’s birth. On this occasion, devotees visit temples to offer their prayers and bhog to their beloved deity.

Krishna Janmashtami- 11 August 2020

Significance and celebrations of Dahi Handi on Krishna Janmashtami

Ganesh Chaturthi

ganesh chaturthi

Celebrated with great zeal and excitement, the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the homecoming of Lord Ganesha. This day is celebrated for 10 days. On this day, people bring home the idol of Lord Ganesh to their home. And at the end of the ten day, this idol is taken to be immersed in water. It is believed that Ganesha takes away all the problems of their devotees with him.

Ganesh Chaturthi- 22 August 2020

Rituals related to Ganesh Chaturthi



Karwachauth is celebrated by the hindu women for the safety and long life of their husbands. As a celebration of this festival, women dress up, apply henna on their hands and fast till moonrise. Karwachauth- 17 October 2019



The nine-day long festival is considered to be one of the most important festivals of Hindus. Navratri is celebrated with extensive glory. Sharad Navratri marks the start of the festive season in India.

Navratri- 29 September- 7 October 2019

Why do we celebrate Navratri?

Durga Puja

durga puja

This festival is celebrated for nine days coinciding with navratri. This festival is celebrated to honor Goddess Durga. People set decorative pandals, install idols of goddess Durga and perform puja.

Major hindu festivals in India

Durga Puja- 03 – 08 October 2019

The reason why brothel’s outside mud is used to make Durga Idol



This festival marks the end of the nine-day festival, Naravratras. It is believed that on this day Lord Rama achieve victory over Ravana, and therefore, this festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil. As a celebration, the dummy or statues of Ravana and his brothers Meghnath and Kumbhkaran are burnt. Dussehra- 8 October 2019

Rituals and significance of Dussehra



Diwali is one of the most important festivals in India. The festival is celebrated throughout India with vigor and enthusiasm. Autumn marks the arrival of this festival and the preparation of this festival begins much in advance. People decorate their houses and offices with lights, clay lamps, candles and exchange gifts. The festival falls in the month of October or November.

Diwali27 October 2019

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Major hindu festivals in India

Bhai Dooj

bhai dooj

The festival of Bhai Dooj celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. It occurs after the festival of Diwali.

Bhai Dooj- 29 October 2019

Why do we celebrate Bhai Dooj?

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