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Hindu Festivals

Witness Human Stories From The World's Largest Religious Festival

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.07.2014 | Religion

The Hindu Kumbh Mela festival is the largest gathering of religious pilgrims in the world and takes place at the intersection of the Yamuna, Ganges an...

Ganesh Chaturthi 2014: Celebrating Lord Ganesha's Birthday (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.28.2014 | Religion

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Ganesh. It is a 10-day festival marking the birthday of Gane...

The Festival Of Colors Welcomes Spring

Posted 03.16.2014 | Religion

Holi (also known as Dol Jatra, Basantotsav) is the Hindu festival of colors. It is celebrated at the end of the winter season, on the last full moon d...

PHOTOS: The Great Night Of Shiva, The Lord Of Destruction

Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion

Maha Shivaratri (also Shivratri) is celebrated on February 27, 2014, by Hindus all over the world. This festival glorifies the Hindu god Shiva, believ...

Diwali: Garlanding the Light of Diversity

Deepak Sarma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

While the other festivals have been celebrated throughout the Hindu diaspora, the malleability of the Diwali narrative and its pan-Indian nature has made it syncretistic.

PHOTOS: Hindus Welcome Spring With Colorful Festival

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion

Click through the slideshow to see photos from Holi celebrations: Holi (also known as Dol Jatra, Basantotsav) is the Hindu festival of colors. It...

PHOTOS: The Great Night Of Shiva, The Lord Of Destruction

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 03.10.2013 | Religion

Click through to see photos of Maha Shivaratri celebrations: Maha Shivaratri (also Shivratri) is celebrated on March 10, 2013 by Hindus all over ...

A Theological Reflection On Shiva

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 05.09.2013 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

As we worship Shiva on Shivaratri, let Shiva also become our teacher. May we learn from him the value of detachment, the positive possibilities in change, the ability to see divinity where we least expect, and a renewed value for nature as a sacred gift.

Why Do Hindus Celebrate Diwali?

Parth Parihar | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Parth Parihar

Diwali for me has always been something empowering: a time to reflect on all of the positives within our lives -- our loving friends and family, our good health, and prosperity -- and realize what it is truly important.

Celebrating The Birthday Of Beloved Elephant-Headed Hindu God

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 09.19.2012 | Religion

Click through to see photos from this year's Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a Hindu festiv...

PHOTOS: Hindus, Jains Mark Auspicious Day, Purchase Gold, Practice Penances

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 04.24.2012 | Religion

Akshaya Tritiya is a holy day observed by Hindus and Jains around the world. In 2012, Akshaya Tritiya will be observed on the 24th of April. ...

Diwali: Finding The Divine In Food, Friends And Family

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 12.26.2011 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

But time, distance from family and the frenetic pace of modern life have taken their toll. In my home, my husband, two sons and I certainly celebrate Diwali, but at best, on the surface.

Raksha Bandhan: An Opportunity For Social Cohesion

Anju Bhargava | Posted 11.06.2011 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

Tying a Rakhi on the wrists of close friends and neighbors underscores the need for a harmonious social life, where every individual co-exists peacefully as brothers and sisters.

Celebrating The Birth Of Honor, Dharma And Bhakti

Anju Bhargava | Posted 06.12.2011 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

Ramnavami celebrates the birth of Ram and falls on the 9th day of the bright fortnight of the month of Chaitra (March-April). Ram is the 7th incarnation of the Dashavatara of Vishnu.

Holi: Colorful Celebration Of Equality

Anju Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

Hindu festivals are communal celebrations through which an aspect of the universal Truth is brought to life. The rituals are intended to strengthen bonds between and within families and communities.

Holi: Know The Basics Of The Hindu Festival Of Colors

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

In 2011, Holi will be celebrated on March 19 and 20. Holi is an annual festival celebrated by Hindus on the final full moon of the month Phalguna. U...

Spring Hindu Holy Day Vasant Panchami

Anju Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

Vasant Panchami is celebrated every year on the 5th day or 'Panchami' of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha. "Vasant" heralds the beginning of spring.

Makar Sankranti: A Hindu Celebration Of Science And Spirituality

Anju Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

The festival reminds us to thank all who have contributed to our well being and of the world around us. An exuberant celebration of peace and harmony!