Indian Religious Holidays You Need To Know To Plan Your Visit

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In India and Nepal, Hinduism is the religion of most people. Religion still exists outside of the subcontinent among large populations and has more than 900 million adherents worldwide.

Like most other religions, Hinduism does not have a single author, a single scripture, and a widely accepted collection of teachings. 

Holidays and Observances

This guide offers information on various cultural feasts and some Nepalese and Indian religious holidays or events. It provides schedules and short event details. 


It is the essential tenth day of Navratri.

Dussehra (Dasara, Vijaya Dashami, or Dashain), the Hindu festival, celebrates the victory of light over darkness. It is an accepted celebration in India, held on the tenth day of the bright half of the Ashvin quarter as per Indian tradition.


indian religious holidays

The Festival of Lights is a big celebration that Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains also celebrate. It lasts five days and honors the victory of light over darkness. Some Jains may elect to fast for Divali’s two days.

Ganesh Chaturthi:

The day is observed as Famous Hindu God Lord Ganesha’s birthday, the god of wealth, knowledge, and good luck is Goddess Parvati’s son and Lord Shiva’s mother.

It is a memorable and meaningful Indian religious holiday held with genuine love and reverence throughout the country.

Maha Shivratri:

Each year Shivaratri is celebrated on the 6th dark Phalgun night (February or March). The festival consists of all-night meditation the night before, daytime fasting, vigil, and prayer.

Shiva devotees observe fast on this day and offer flowers and beautiful leaves and fruits to the Shiva Linga. 


indian religious holidays is incomplete without Holi

Holi is labeled one of India’s most famous and respected celebrations and is celebrated in almost every part of the world. 

It is also often referred to as the “celebration of love” because people get together to ignore all resentment and anger and all sorts of bad feelings towards one another.

The richness of colors is also something that adds a sense of optimism and hopes to our human life, and Holi being the color festival, is a day worth delighting. 

Holi is a famous Hindu festival celebrating with ultimate joy and excitement in every region of India.

Raksha Bandhan:

Without the traditional Indian celebrations, the parties, festivities, exchange of treats and presents, loud noises, dancing, and singing, Indian religious holidays would not be complete. 

Raksha Bandhan is a festival of the spiritual relationship amongst sisters and brothers on a regional basis.

Krishna Janmashtami:

This very day is being celebrated to commemorate Lord Krishna’s arrival on earth. It is one of today’s most famous holy Hindu festivals.

Janmashtami is a joyous celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna is known to have a unique personality for that; he returns the favor of his believers who give him extraordinary love and adoration.

Durga Puja:

Durga Puja is one of the most celebrated Indian religious holidays observed with equal enthusiasm and fervor across the world. 

In the State of West Bengal in Kolkata, it is celebrated in memory of honoring the unimaginable strength of Goddess Durga.

This holiday is held for ten days, mostly during the entire Navratri season. From Navaratri’s sixth day until the ninth day, the Goddess Durga’s massive pandals are open.

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