Faith Holidays

Hindu

The Indian national calendar or “Saka calendar” was introduced in 1957 based on the traditional regional Hindu calendars; these share the names of the twelve months but have some different festivals and the month which starts the year also varies from region to region. 

2022

Holiday/Observance/Celebration

January 14, 2022 Makar Sankranti, a harvest festival that marks the increase of the sun twinned with the Punjab celebration Lohri, which marks the passing of the winter solstice.
February 5, 2022 Vasanta Panchami is a North Indian celebration associated with Saraswati and Lakshmi, the Goddess of Learning and the Goddess of Wealth as well as the colour yellow
March 1, 2022 Maha Shivaratri, “the Great Night of Shiva”, is a major festival in Hinduism, but one that is solemn and marks a remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world and honors the God Shiva
March 19, 2022 Holi is the Festival of Colours that welcomes in Spring, generally celebrated over two days, with people throwing colourful powder and coloured water on each other.
Arpil 2 - April 11 Chaitra Navratri, a nine-day festival dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti.
August 18, 2022 Sri Krishna Jayanti (Janmashtami) celebrates the birthday of Krishna, the 8th incarnation of the God Vishnu.
October 24, 2022 Diwali is a popular festival known as the Festival of Lights, celebrated continuously for five days. It is associated with a story about the destruction of evil by Lord Vishnu in one of his many manifestations.