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Hoyi (Ahoyi Ashtami)

The festival of Hoyi is observed on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar. The festival is observed mainly in North India. Mothers observe fast for the well being of their kids. How is it celebrated Traditionally the fast is kept for sons only. Mothers don’t eat or drink anything […]

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Dussehra is one of the most important festivals celebrated in India. Dussehra is derived from the Sanskrit words Dasha and Hara, meaning remover of the bad fate. This day is celebrated as the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana. Dussehra is also known as Vijay Dashmi, which means victory on the tenth day. In Bengal this […]

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Raksha Bandhan is a celebration of the affection between brothers and sisters. Sisters tie the silk thread called Rakhi on their brothers’ wrists and pray for their well being and brothers promise to take care of their sisters. When The festival falls on the Shravan Purnima, which generally falls in the month of August. Significance […]

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Teej is a festival for Hindu women. It is almost synonymous with the mehndi and the swings. It is celebrated mostly in North India but it’s slowly dying. The main reason is that it’s not a holiday for most working women so they don’t have time to celebrate it. It takes place on the third day […]

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Navratri is a Sanskrit word which is made of two words – Nav and Ratri. Nav means nine and Ratri means night. During these nine nights and ten days, the eight different forms of powers are worshiped. Navratri occurs twice in a year – at the beginning of the spring and at the beginning of […]

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