India 2014 Public Holiday and Bank Holiday
Being a multicultural and multi-religious country, India celebrates festivals from various religions as public holidays. This second most-populated country in the world observe only 3 secular public holidays i.e. Republic Day, Independence Day, and Gandhi Jayanti. Aside from those holidays, most of India 2014 public holidays and 2012 bank holidays are religious holidays. More >
Ram Navami (also known as Sri Rama Navami or राम नवमी) is a Hindu festival to celebrate the birthday of Lord Rama, the 7th incarnation of the Dashavatara of Vishnu. Vishnu is a popular Hindu God and venerated as one of the five primary forms of God. Hindu people also call the festival as Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami since it marks the end of the Chaitra Navaratri Celebrations in the Shukla Paksha of Navami or the ninth day (tithi) of Chaitra month based on Hindu calendar.
When is Ram Navami 2013?
Ram Navami 2013 falls on Saturday, 20 April 2013.
Background of Ram Navami
Based on Ramayana, an ancient of Sanskrit epic, Sri Rama was the 7th incarnation of Vishnu who was born to the Emperor from Ayodhya, King Dasharatha, and one of his wives, Kausalya. He was born at noon on the ninth day of Chaitra in Hindu calendar. The purpose of Rama’s incarnation was to destroy Ravana, the main antagonist character in Ramayana, and to protect all of his devotees by depriving Adharma or imbalance state of universe. Thus, the birth of Sri Rama is celebrated annually as Ram Navami by Hindu people around the world.
Ram Navami 2013 Celebrations
The celebration of Ram Navami begins early in the morning with the prayer to the Sun. Since Sri Rama is believed to be born in the afternoon, a special prayer is also held at that time. The main celebration of Ram Navami takes place in Ayodhya, Bhadrachalam, and Rameswaram where thousands of devotees flock to do prayer or dip in the sacred river. In some places of India, processions of chariots decorated colorfully and boarded by people dressed up as Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanuman are organized.
Happy Ram Navami 2013 !
Krishna Janmashtami is a Hindu feast to celebrate the birth of Krishna, the eight avatar of one popular Hindu god – Vishnu. The feast is also known as Srikrishna Jayanti, Krishnashtami, Saatham Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, or simply Janmashtami. Hindu people celebrate Krishna Janmashtami by fasting and staying up late at night. More >
Airtel Indian Formula One Grand Prix 2013
Formula One Grand Prix 2013 in India is just a month ahead. We can already feel the enthusiasm to watch 2013 F1 Grand Prix in India’s newly-built international circuit. More >
Guru Nanak Birthday
Guru Nanak Birthday or Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the most important festivals of Sikhism to commemorate the birthday of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru. It is celebrated by the Sikhs, Nanakpanthi Hindus, and many other followers of Guru Nanak’s philosophy on the day of the full moon on Kartik month (Kartik Poornima) based on lunar Hindu calendar. More >
Dussehra / Vijaya Dashami
Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami or Dasara, is one of the most important Hindu festival celebrated in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. It commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over the wicked-demon Ravana. Thus, many people celebrate Dussehra as the victory of good over evil. More >
Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival to celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. Based on Hindu beliefs, Lord Ganesha is the god of wisdom, good fortune, and prosperity. Ganesh Chaturthi actually celebrates the date when Shiva declared Lord Ganesha as the most superior god among all gods. People in India celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi on the month of Bhaadrapada in Hindu calendar. Thus, the date of Ganesh Chaturthi in Gregorian calendar keeps moving from year to year. More >
Gandhi Jayanti is a public holiday in India to celebrate the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi or commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, India’s “Father of Nation”. It is one of only three official declared national holidays in India. People in India celebrate Gandhi Jayanti annually on 2 October, the date of Mohandas Gandhi’s birthday in 1869. More >
India 2013 Public Holidays
As a very large country consisting of many cultures and religions, India’s public holidays 2013 are mostly constructed from various traditional and religious festivals. More >
Mahavir Jayanti 2013 – Birth of Mahavira
Mahavir Jayanti is the most important festival in Jainism, celebrating birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara (human beings that achieve enlightenment and become spiritual leader). Mahavir Jayanti is a public holiday in India for Jain. More >