Hindu Festivals

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HINDU FESTIVALS Hinduism is the world's oldest religion. Its roots date back to 4000 BC. Hinduism is widely spread out in India and around South-East Asia. Hinduism is a polytheistic religion, believing in many gods. Most of the festivals in Hinduism are centered on one or more gods. Hindus celebrate thousands of festivals every year at every part of the world. Each of the Hindu festivals is celebrated in a similar manner. They all include chanting prayers to the gods and making sweets or snack items in honor of the gods. These festivals are usually joyful occasions, but they can also have serious side. DIVALI Divali, Festival of Lights Divali, the festival of lights is one of the most important Hindu festivals. It is marked…show more content…
On the day of the festival, it is placed on raised platforms in homes or in elaborately decorated outdoor tents for people to view and pay their homage. Other festival include Janmashtami (celebrates the birth of Krishna), Raksha Bandhan (when sisters thank their brothers for the love and protection they have shown them, Makara Sankranti (the day on which the sun begins it journey northwards) and Kumbh Mela (spiritual festival which takes place near Allahabad, India, every 12 years). Most Hindu festivals express spiritually in its happiest aspects. Group enegry attracts the gods to overcome evils, and humorous abandon helps merry-makers transform fears. Sixteen religious holidays are honored by the government so that everyone can leave work to join in the throngs of worshippers. These are calcuated partially on a lunar calendar so dates vary from year to year. References: • Web site - http://hinduism.about.com/od/diwalifestivaloflights/a/diwali.htm • Website - http://web1.mtnl.net.in/~kal1/dassehra.htm • Living Religions Fourth Edition by Mary Pat Fisher • Living Religions by Lynne Gibson • How to Be a Perfect Stranger – A Guide to Etiquette in Other People’s Religious Ceremonies, Volume 1 by Arthur Magida and Stuart

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