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Holi Dates: When is Holi in 2021, 2022 and 2023?
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Holi Dates: When is Holi in 2021, 2022 and 2023?

The date of Holi is based on the Hindu lunar calendar and is different every year in India. In most of the country, Holi is celebrated at the end of winter, around the full moon in March. On the full moon night (Holi eve), large bonfires are lit to mark the occasion and to burn evil spirits. This is known as Holika Dahan. In 2021, Holi is on March 29, with Holika Dahan on March 28. In 2022, Holi is on March 18, with Holika Dahan on March 17. In 2023, Holi is on March 8, with Holika Dahan on March 7. However, in the states of West Bengal and Odisha, the Holi festival is celebrated as Dol Jatra or Dol Purnima, on the same day as Holika Dahan. Similar to Holi, the Dol Jatra celebrations are dedicated to Lord Krishna. However, the mythology is different. Holi Dates...
When Is Diwali in 2020, 2021 and 2022?
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When Is Diwali in 2020, 2021 and 2022?

Diwali falls in either October or November each year, depending on the cycle of the moon. It's observed on the 15th day of Kartik, the holiest month in the Hindu lunar calendar. In 2020, Diwali is on November 14. (See calendar). In 2021, Diwali is on November 4. In 2022, Diwali is on October 24. Diwali Dates Detailed Information The Diwali festival actually runs for five days, with the main event happening on the third day in most places in India. It's associated with Lord Ram's return to his kingdom in Ayodhya after exile and rescuing his wife from demon king Ravan on Dussehra. However, in south India, the festival is observed as the defeat of Narakasura. It's a one-day celebration, known as Deepavali, that usually falls a day before the main Diwali date but sometimes occ...
Chhath Puja – Bihar’s Biggest Festival
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Chhath Puja – Bihar’s Biggest Festival

An ancient Hindu festival, dedicated to Lord Surya and Chhathi Maiya (known to be the sister of Surya), Chhath Puja is unique to the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and the country of Nepal. It is the only Vedic festival that is dedicated to the Sun God, who is supposed to be the source of all powers and Chhathi Maiya (another name for Goddess Usha from the Vedic period). The god of light, energy and life force is worshipped in order to promote well being, development and the prosperity of human beings. Through this festival, people aim towards thanking the Sun God for a period of four days. The devotees who observe the fast during this festival are called Vrati. Chhath Puja 2019 Dates Traditionally, this festival is celebrated twice a year, once in the summers and the ...