Hindu Holidays 2020 in India
Hindu Holidays 2020 in India forms a huge list in which many prominent festivals and occasions find place. As the new year kick starts many people rush to the internet to navigate the dates and times of Holidays 2020. Hindu Holidays 2020 are the most in number in a country like ours, where the majority of the population happen to be the followers of Hinduism. Numerous Gods, Goddesses and deities are worshiped in this land and all over the world who happen to be the followers of this religion. Needless to say, there will be several days and occasions dedicated to them. All the primary ones make it to the list of 2020 Hindu Holidays in India, which will be discussing in detail today. But before moving further, let us have a look at the dates and days of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India.
Hindu Holidays 2020 in India
|January 14, 2020||Tuesday||Lohri/ Bhogi|
|January 15, 2020||Wednesday||Makar Sankranti|
|January 15, 2020||Wednesday||Pongal/ Maghi/ Magh Bihu|
|January 29, 2020||Wednesday||Vasant Panchami/ Saraswati Puja|
|February 9 , 2020||Saturday||Ratha Saptami|
|February 9 , 2020||Sunday||Guru Ravidas Jayanti|
|February 18, 2020||Tuesday||Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti|
|February 21, 2020||Friday||Maha Shivratri|
|March 9, 2020||Monday||Holika Dahan|
|March 10, 2020||Tuesday||Holi|
|March 25 , 2020||Wednesday||Chaitra Sukhladi|
|April 2, 2020||Thursday||Ram Navami|
|April 8, 2020||Wednesday||Hanuman Jayanti|
|April 13, 2020||Monday||Vaisakhi|
|April 26, 2020||Sunday||Akshay Tritiya|
|May 7, 2020||Thursday||Buddha Purnima - Vesak|
|June 23, 2020||Tuesday||Rath Yatra|
|July 25, 2020||Saturday||Nag Panchami|
|August 3, 2020||Monday||Raksha Bandhan|
|August 11, 2020||Tuesday||Janmashtami|
|August 21, 2020||Monday||Onam|
|August 22, 2020||Saturday||Ganesh Chaturthi - Vinayaka Chaturthi|
|September 16, 2020||Wednesday||Vishwakarma Puja|
|October 22, 2020||Thursday||Maha Saptami|
|October 23, 2020||Friday||Maha Ashtami|
|October 25, 2020||Sunday||Dussehra|
|November 4, 2020||Wednesday||Karaka Chaturthi|
|November 14, 2020||Saturday||Naraka Chaturdasi|
|November 14, 2020||Saturday||Diwali - Deepavali|
|November 15, 2020||Sunday||Govardhan Puja|
|November 16, 2020||Monday||Bhai Dooj|
|November 20, 2020||Friday||Chhath Puja|
Let us take a detailed description of all the Hindu Holidays in 2020 mentioned in the table above.
Lohri - The first festival to appear in the list of Hindu festivals 2020 is Lohri. It is a folk festival and Holiday celebrated majestically in the state of Punjab. Not only the followers of Hinduism, but the Sikh community people also take part in the celebrations joyously. It is often believed that the festival of Lohri remarks the conclusion of winter season as the nights tend to become longer after this festival.
Makar Sankranti - In the list of Hindu Holidays in India, Makar Sankranti happens to be a special one. The roots of this festival lies in the ancient times. Makar Sankranti is dedicated to the Sun Lord , Surya. The practice of taking dips in holy waters or rivers is considered to be very important on this day.
Pongal - The same day of Makar Sankranti is celebrated as Pongal in several states of India. Joyous Pongal celebrations take place in the state of Kerala. It is actually a harvest festival. Again, during Pongal also, the Sun God is dearly worshipped by all the Malayalam natives. In the state of Assam, this Hindu Holiday is celebrated as Magh Bihu, where the harvesting of crops is successfully celebrated by the people whose primary occupation happens to be agriculture.
Vasant Panchami - Another prime Holiday which belongs to the list of Hindu Holidays in 2020 is Vasant Panchami, which is also spelled as Basant Panchami. The celebration of this day officially marks the arrival of spring. Some also celebrate this day as Saraswati Puja, where the Goddess of knowledge is extravagantly worshipped. Many start preparing for the festival of colours, Holi from this day onwards.
Ratha Saptami - Among the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India, Ratha Saptami happens to be the one which is celebrated during the Saptami Tithi of Magh month’s Shukla Paksha, as per the Hindu Calendar. It is an important day for the farmers of our country as this day commences the advent of the harvesting season. During this Hindu Holiday 2020 too, the Sun God or Lord Surya will be worshipped primarily by the natives.
Guru Ravidas Jayanti - In the list of 2020 Hindu Holidays, Guru Ravidas Jayanti happens to be the one, which will be celebrated primarily in the Northern part of India. This festival is supposedly celebrated in honor of Saint Ravidas, who was a renowned Bhakti saint. His birthday is celebrated and a tribute is paid to him by natives on the day of Ravidas Jayanti.
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti - Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti is celebrated in honour of Saint Dayanand Saraswati, who was a revered Hindu monk. This day makes to the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India as the former monk’s birth anniversary is observed on this day, since he is quite a prestigious figure for our country and its thought process. Very often, he is referred to as the maker of modern India as he devoted his life to social and political causes.
Mahashivratri - As per the Hindu traditional calendar, the primary one amongst the 2020 Hindu Holidays list, MahaShivratri is celebrated on the Amavsya of the Hindu month Magh. Mahashivratri is commenced on one of the darkest nights of the year and it symbolises the prevalence of light or truth over darkness. Most of the Hindu population observe fasts on this day and perform Rudraabhishek of Lord Shiva with milk, flowers and fruits.
Holika Dahan - In the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India, Holika Dahan occupies a primary slot as this day holiday/festival marks the arrival of the festival of colours, Holi. This day is commemorated to regard a special occurrence mentioned in the Vishnu Purana which states the demolition of a lady named Holika, who tried to kill Lord Vishnu dearest devotee, Prahlad. This day symbolises the victory of good over evil and also ensures that Lord Vishnu will always protect the ones who worship him with a devoted heart and mind.
Holi - Taking place in the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar, this festival is most prominent ones to make it to the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India. No one is unaware of the festival of colours, where grand celebrations take place. Each and every native takes place in it, painting the town red.
Chaitra Sukhladi/ Ugadi/ Gudi Padwa - From the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India, Chaitra Sukhladi happens to be the day when the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is also known as Ugadi and Gudi Padwa. Grand celebrations also take place in Maharashtra, when people celebrate the new beginning of a year.
Ram Navami - In the month of April, Ram Navami happens to be one of the most prominent festivals by making it to the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India. It is marked as the birth anniversary of Lord Rama who happens to be one of the most celebrated deities in the realm of Hinduism.
Hanuman Jayanti - Occupying a special plot in the list of 2020 Hindu Holidays, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to pay tribute to Lord Hanuman, who is considered to be the dearest devotee of Lord Rama. This special day is marked as his birthday. Lord Hanuman is regarded as the server of Lord Rama, which is why he is given a special status in the realm of Hinduism.
Vaisakhi - This holiday not only makes it to the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India, but also to the list of Sikh Holidays in India 2020. Usually it is a harvest festival, which is known by different names in various parts of India. For instance, it is known by the name of Bohag Bihu in Assam or Pohela Boishakh in Bengal.
Akshay Tritiya - This annual spring festival also makes it to the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India. Readers would be fascinated to know that this day is regarded as an important one by the followers of Jainism.
Buddha Purnima - Among the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India, Budha Purnima is the one, which is celebrated by the followers of Buddhism too. It is believed that the enlightened one, Lord Budha was born on this day. In various parts of South East and SouthEast Asia, this day is also marked to celebrate the enlightenment of Lord Budhha.
Rath Yatra - The festival of Rath Yatra is celebrated primarily and in a very grand manner in the state of Orissa. It is one of the most foremost Hindu celebrations taking place in Orissa, which is why it has a mention in the list of 2020 Hindu Holidays. People excitedly take part in processions during this festival.
Naag Panchami - Naag Panchami , which is included in the list of Hindu Holidays in India, is celebrated during the month of July. As per the Hindu festivals calendar, it will be celebrated on 25 July in the year 2020. On this day, serpents are worshipped who occupy a special place in the Hindu religion and culture.
Raksha Bandhan - The most anticipated Hindu festival in the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated to hail the bond between a brother and a sister. It has great significance as sisters tie the holy thread or Rakhi around the wrists of their respective brothers and pray for their longevity. The brothers in turn also take an oath to save their sisters from all the upcoming hurdles.
Janmashtami - In the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India, the festival of janmashtami occupies a prime slot, since it is hailed as the day on which Lord Krishna was born. No one in Hindu culture and religion is unaware of the might of the great Lord Krishna. Hence, his birth anniversary is celebrated with great fervour all over the nation.The two sects of Hinduism, namely Samarth and Vaishnav organize vivid celebrations on this day to mark the birth Tithi of Lord Krishna.
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Onam - Onam is a state festival which is celebrated quite grandeously in the state of Kerala, by its Hindu population, which is why it has a significant mention in the schedule of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India. It is a harvest festival and Onam celebrations go on for a period of 10 days. The tenth is specifically observed, which is also known as Thiruvonam or Onam, when people joyously take part in community feasts and other activities like boat race.
Ganesh Chaturthi - Celebrated frivolously in the state of Maharashtra, Ganesh Chaturthi happens to be the festival where Lord Ganesha is dearly worshipped. This festival to make a significant entry in the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India, is observed to reminisce the arrival of Lord Ganesha from his abode, the Kailash mountain.
Vishwakarma Puja - Another important Hindu festival taking place in September 2020 is the one dedicated to the supreme architect God, Lord Vishwakarma. He is hailed as the construction of Lord Krishna's humble abode, the city of Dwarka. Some also celebrate him as the one who provided with many powerful weapons to the Gods and Goddesses.
Maha Saptami - Occurring on 22 October 2020, Maha Saptami happens to be the seventh day of Durga Puja which is primarily celebrated in the state of Kerala. Hence, it has made to the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India. Along with Goddess Durga, Maa Saraswati is also specifically worshipped on this day.
Maha Ashtami - The grand eighth day of Durga Puja is yet another which successfully makes it to the list of 2020 Hindu Holidays. On this day, the fierce incarnation of Goddess Durga is worshipped when she executed the demon named Mahishasur.
Dussehra - The victory of good over evil, Dussehra happens to be the day when Lord Rama executed the mighty Ravana. On this day, effigies of Ravana are burnt in various places of India. This day also happens to be the last day of Durga Puja. Hence, it is also celebrated as Vijaya Dashami. Considering its importance, there is no doubt that it makes to the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India.
Karaka Chaturthi - Also known as Karwa Chauth, Karaka Chaturthi is an important one in the list of 2020 Hindu Holidays. It is mostly celebrated by married women. They keep fasts on this day seeking the longevity of their respective husbands.
Naraka Chaturdashi - This festival which is included in the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India is celebrated during the Chaturdashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha during the month of Ashvin as per the Hindu Calendar. An incarnation of Goddess Durga, Goddess Kaali is worshipped as this happens to be the day when she slayed a demon named Narakasur.
Diwali - No one in the Hindu culture and religion is unaware of the festival named Diwali. Hence, it is one of the primary attractions in the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India. This festival is observed to celebrate the homecoming of Lord Rama after he spent 14 years in exile.
Govardhan Puja - In the list of 2020 Hindu Holidays, Govardhan Puja is also included, during which Lord Vishnu is worshipped in a specific manner. Only vegetarian food is observed to him on this day.
Bhai Dooj - Just like Raksha Bandhan, Bhai Dooj also happens to be an important holiday in the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India, where the bond of siblings is celebrated.
Chhath Puja - The last but not the least which finds a place in the list of Hindu Holidays 2020 in India is Chhath Puja, where the Sun God and his sister Chatthi Maiya is primarily worshipped. It is extravagantly celebrated in the States of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Bengal.
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