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Old April 27th, 2015, 11:48 AM
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TOP 10 Hindu religious festivals.

India has so many religious festivals. It is hard to keep track of all of them and explain them to your children or colleagues. If you had to congeal it down to 10 festivals, what would it be? One rule I'm coming up with is that 1 festival has to be 1 day. You can't have a 9 day festival like Navratri. You could but then you have only 1 remaining festival to add to your list.

The question is what are the 10 Hindu Festivals you would celebrate: In my list:

1. Diwali
2. Holi
3. Ganesh Chaturthi
4. Yugadi (New Year)
5. Shankranti
.... (I'm hard pressed to come up with more ...)
6. Durga Pooja (on 9th day or Navratri/dandiya)
7. Mahashivratri
8. Rakshabandhan (not exactly a hindu festival .. but whatever)
9. ..
10 ..

Can't think of 9 and 10 right now.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 12:04 PM
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Re: TOP 10 Hindu religious festivals.

We celebrate the below at home, in no particular order:

1. Diwali (in a big way)
2. Pongal
3. Ugadi
4. Ganesh Chaturthi
5. Christmas ( not Hindu festival...but we do in a big way)
6. Dussera
7. Janmaashtami


Thats pretty much it.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 12:43 PM
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Re: TOP 10 Hindu religious festivals.

Diwali – Dhan Teras – Kaali Chaudash - New Year
Holi
makar sankranti
Raksha bandhan
Bhaibeej
Dusserra
Janmasthami / Golukashtahmi
Ram navami
Shivaratri
GaneshChaturthi
Sharad Poonam
Laabh Paanchan
Mahaaveer Jayanti / Sanvatsari
Sheetala saatam

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Old April 27th, 2015, 01:34 PM
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Re: TOP 10 Hindu religious festivals.

In my part of the world..

1. Diwali
2. Holi
3. Dushehra/Vijaydashmi
4. Lohri/ Lodhi
5. Sankranti/Baisakhi
6. Krishna Janmashtami
7. Mahashivratri
8. Rakshabandhan/Rakhi (It is a Hindu festival.. now celebrated by many other religions in India)
9. Bhaidooj (called Bhaibheej in some areas)
10. Karva chauth (wife fasts for husband)
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Old April 27th, 2015, 02:45 PM
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Re: TOP 10 Hindu religious festivals.

Some people also celebrate gatari as a festival there was a thread regarding it over here let me see if I can find it
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Re: TOP 10 Hindu religious festivals.

Here you go,a thread by the admin himself
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Today, July 24. 2006 is what we in Maharashtra call 'Gatari Amavasya'.

On Wednesday, the Shravan Maas or Shravan month starts. Shravan is the period before Ganesh Chaturthi (Ganpati festival) in which we do not eat non vegetarian food.

The reason (as far as I know from hearing about it while growing up) is that its the monsoon and many animals are pregnant. So we are not supposed to kill and eat the animals for this entire month.

So Gatari Amavasya is the day when people enjoy with non vegetarian food and alcoholic drinks. Today is the one day in the year, when every bar and pub in Maharashtra will sell record amounts of liqour.

In college, we used to celebrate this day with zest
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Re: TOP 10 Hindu religious festivals.

Mahashivratri
Ramnavami
Gokulashtmi
Hanuman Jayanti
Diwali
Holi/Rangpanchami
Dussera
Rakhi/Bhaidooj/Bhaubij
Hindu New Year - Gudi Padwa, Ugadi, Pongal, Baisakhi
Sankranti
Karvachauth
Navratri - Twice a year
Chatth Pooja (Bihar)
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Re: TOP 10 Hindu religious festivals.

Top 10 Hindu festivals, in that order, for all Indians:

1. Diwali
2. Dussehra
3. Christmas
4. Holi
5. Ganesh Chaturthi
6. Buddha Jayanthi
7. Guru Nanak Jayanti
8. Easter
9. Mahashivratri
10. Navroz
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Top 10 Hindu festivals, in that order, for all Indians:

1. Diwali
2. Dussehra
3. Christmas
4. Holi
5. Ganesh Chaturthi
6. Buddha Jayanthi
7. Guru Nanak Jayanti
8. Easter
9. Mahashivratri
10. Navroz
What about bakr-id?
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What about bakr-id?
How could you ask about Bakr-id ?

When Ramzan Id comes first

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Re: TOP 10 Hindu religious festivals.

Celebrations are those where you actually do some procedures, rituals and enjoy the day with god food, meeting relatives, donate to poors and Brahmins,.. so some pious procedures, smthg for entertainment,. etc


But on mahaverr jayanti, guru nnaak and hanuman jayanti, ram navmi even
we do not do such sort of activities,..

Easter, Christman and Navroz are even for not main-stream Hindus festivals.

Bakar and Ramzaan iid is even off the track, for which we are talking here.
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Easter, Christman and Navroz are even for not main-stream Hindus festivals.

Bakar and Ramzaan iid is even off the track, for which we are talking here.
I guess you are not a believer in Sanatan dharam.
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I surely do, and recently a month ago, I had lots of Navroz pics posted which was celebrated in another nations,..
but here the title specifically says HINDU in it. So they do not celebrate our festivals and vice-versa, if Hindus are not converted Christians or Moslems,..
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Hinduism is the mother of all religions... so how come you say that christians and parsees are not hindus
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Re: TOP 10 Hindu religious festivals.

I am surprised that everybody has ranked Diwali before Holi.
Both are great festivals but for me , Holi scores over any other festival in a BIG way.
Wake up , put colors on everybody distantly known ,take bath, go to all of your friends' houses and eat their food if you are still hungry., and then have a fun talk with friends till late evening.

What can be more fun than that?
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