The Hindu festivals calendar has been often described as a blend of festivals of different religions. These festivals are organized according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar which is very different from the Gregorian calendar used in the Western world.
Hindu festivals are celebrated around the year, that is, all the 12 months, with the new year falling somewhere in between mid-March and mid-April. These festivals are the binder of the religions present in the culture of Hinduism.
Let us have a glance about the various festivals of Hinduism that will be falling every month starting from the year 2020 till 2025.
The first day according to the Gregorian Calendar brings the Kalpataru Divas, which is considered to be a symbol of the celebration of the life of Ramakrishna who is considered to be one of the most influential Hindu Holy man present in the 19th century.
Other holidays during this particular month include Lohri, which is celebrated using bonfires and dancing around it. This month also marks the harvesting of the winter crops and celebration of Republic Day which is the symbol of the Indian Constitution adopted in 1950.
|S No.||January Festivals||2020||2021||2022||2023||2024||2025|
|2||Ramana Maharishi Jayanti|
|7||Uttarayan & Kite Festival||1/14||1/14||1/14||1/14||1/14||1/14|
|11||India’s Republic Day||1/26||1/26||1/26||1/26||1/26||1/26|
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The month of February is considered to be the most important month according to Hindu mythology because the majority of the important festivals in which we honour the Gods lie in this month.
Vasant Panchmi is celebrated in the starting of the month where we honour Lord Shiva and her daughter Saraswati, who is considered to be the Goddess of knowledge and arts.
Somewhere around mid-February, people honour the son of Lord Shiva, Murugan. Towards the end of the month, we celebrate Maha Shivratri where people pay faithful homemade through the night of Shiva who is considered to be the most powerful Hindu God.
|S No.||February Festivals||2020||2021||2022||2023||2024||2025|
|10||Ramakrishna Paramhansa Jayanti||2/25||3/15||3/4||2/21||3/12||3/1|
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The month of March is considered to be a symbol of approaching springtime where the Hindus celebrate Holi. This festival is considered to be the festival of colours and is the most joyous holiday of the Year.
This month also has a lot of significance because it marks the lunisolar new year of the Hindu festivals calendar.
|S No.||March Festivals||2020||2021||2022||2023||2024||2025|
|1||Ramakrishna Paramhansa Jayanti||2/25||3/15||3/4||2/21||3/12||3/1|
|5||Hindi New Year||3/21||3/22||3/22||3/22||3/21||3/22|
|6||Nyepi or Balinese New Year||3/25||3/14||3/3||3/22||3/11||3/29|
|7||Ugadi/Telugu New Year/|
|8||Ramayana (weeklong, begins)||3/25||4/13||4/2||3/22||4/9||3/30|
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The month of April is celebrated as the new year by the Tamilians living in Sri Lanka and the Bengali living in India.
Some other important events lying in this particular month include Vasant Navratri which is a nine days’ celebration where people offer their prayers to God and indulge in fasting.
Akshay Tritiya is also celebrated in this month which is considered by the Hindus lucky for beginning new businesses and Ventures.
|S No.||April Festivals||2020||2021||2022||2023||2024||2025|
|1||Ugadi/Telugu New Year/|
|2||Ramayana (weeklong, begins)||3/25||4/13||4/2||3/22||4/9||3/30|
|5||Vasanta Navaratri/Chaitra Navatri|
(nine days long, begins)
|9||Tamil New Year (Puthandu)||4/14||4/14||4/14||4/14||4/14||4/14|
|11||Bengali New Year/Pohela Boishakh||4/14||4/15||4/15||4/15||4/14||4/15|
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The month of May is considered to be the month of Hindu Gods and mystical powers. Narsimha and Narada who are believed to be the Lion faced gods and the Messenger of Gods respectively are both honoured in the May month.
The birthday of the famous scholar Rabindranath Tagore is also celebrated in this particular month. He was the first Indian to win a Nobel Prize for his wonderful writings and literature.
|S No.||May Festivals||2020||2021||2022||2023||2024||2025|
|3||Gurudev Rabindranath Jayanti||5/7||5/7||5/7||5/7||5/7||5/7|
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The Hindu goddess Ganga, after whom the holy Ganges river is named is honoured in June. All the devotees believe in the fact that those who die around this particular river reach the heavenly abode and all their wrongdoings are forgiven.
This month Finally concludes with the celebration of the festival of Rath Yatra where all the Hindus come together and celebrate the travel of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra.
|S No.||June Festivals||2020||2021||2022||2023||2024||2025|
|2||Ganga Dashami/Ganga Dussehra||6/1||6/20||6/9||5/30||6/16||6/5|
|3||Nirjala Ekadasi/Gayatri Jayanti||6/2||6/21||6/10||5/31||6/18||6/6|
|4||Sant Kabir Jayanti||6/5||6/24||6/14||6/4||6/22||6/11|
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The month of July is starting the three-month monsoon season in the Northern part of India and the country of Nepal. During this particular month, all the Hindu women observe and celebrate the holiday of Hariyali Teej.
On this day they offer their prayers for a happy married life and also indulge in fasting. Some other festivals celebrated during this particular month include Manasa Puja, where the snake goddess is worshipped.
The people believe that this particular goddess has the power for curing every type of illness like the chickenpox and also helping infertility.
|S No.||July Festivals||2020||2021||2022||2023||2024||2025|
|2||Guru Purnima/Asadha Purnima||7/5||7/24||7/13||7/3||7/21||7/10|
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The month of August is considered to be an important month in the Hindu festivals calendar because in this particular month the country of India celebrates the Independence Day on 15th of August every year.
Another holiday in this particular month is Jhulan Yatra where Lord Krishna and his consort Radha are worshipped.
|S No.||August Festivals||2020||2021||2022||2023||2024||2025|
|4||Jhulan Yatra (begins)|
|9||India’s Independence Day||8/15||8/15||8/15||8/15||8/15||8/15|
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The month of September is symbolic of the end of the monsoon season. The Hindu people celebrate several holidays in this particular month like Shikshak Divas or the Teachers Day.
This holiday is celebrated in the honour of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who was the former President of India and a very famous educational leader. Some other festivals celebrated in this particular month include Nag Panchmi and Ganesh Chaturthi.
|S No.||September Festivals||2020||2021||2022||2023||2024||2025|
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October is considered to be a month which is full of Hindu holidays and celebrations. The festival of lights, Diwali, which is symbolic of the triumph of good over evil is celebrated in this particular month.
The Hindus also celebrate Gandhi Jayanti, which is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October every year.
|S No.||October Festivals||2020||2021||2022||2023||2024||2025|
|6||Lakshmi Puja/Kojagari Purnima/Sharad Purnima||11/14||11/4||10/24||11/12||11/1||10/25|
|8||Karwa Chauth/Karaka Chaturthi||11/4||10/24||10/13||11/1||10/24||10/10|
|11||Naraka Chaturdashi/Chhoti Diwali||11/14||11/4||10/24||11/12||10/31||10/20|
|13||Vikram New Year/Gujarati New Year||11/16||11/5||10/26||10/14||11/2||10/22|
|14||Bhai Dooj/Bhai Phota/Bhav-Bij||11/16||11/6||10/26||10/14||11/3||10/23|
|15||Chhat Puja/Pratihar/Surya Sashthi||11/18||11/8||10/28||11/17||11/5||10/25|
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A few major holidays lie in November. The Hindus celebrate Kartik Purnima or the Guru Nanak Jayanti in honour of the birth of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak.
The year 2020 will mark the 551st birthday. People also take a ritual bath at the sacred sites in his honour.
|S No.||November Festivals||2020||2021||2022||2023||2024||2025|
|1||Kartik Poornima/Guru Nanak Jayanti||11/30||11/19||11/8||11/27||11/15||11/5|
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The month of December is the concluding month in the Hindu festivals calendar. The most memorable holiday lying in this particular month is the Geeta Jayanti where the Hindus pay homage to the Bhagavad Gita.
During this particular celebration, the reading of the lectures is held and people make trips to the northern part of India like Kurukshetra, which is considered to be a holy place.
The Hindus also celebrate Dattatreya, whose teachings are present in the 24 Gurus of nature.
|S No.||December Festivals||2020||2021||2022||2023||2024||2025|
|2||Sri Dattatreya Jayanti||12/29||12/18||12/7||12/26||12/14||12/4|
|3||Sabarimala Mandala Puja||12/26||12/26||12/27||12/27||12/26||12/27|
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The Hindu festivals calendar is considered to be a collection of all the celebrations and holidays which are remembered by the people in the honour of various famous people and gods and goddesses of the Hindu mythology.
The festivals start from January and go on up till December. People celebrate all these festivals with joy and also offer their prayers and tribute to the deities of the Hindu mythology.
People Also Ask (FAQs)
Which festival is considered to be the festival of lights in Indian mythology?
Diwali is famous by the name of the festival of lights in Indian mythology. It is celebrated in October or November every year and is believed to be the triumph of good over the evil.
When is Holi in the upcoming years?
In the coming years, Holi will be celebrated on 29th March in 2021, 18th March in 2022, 11th March in 2023, 25th March in 2024 and 14th March in 2025.