This festival is celebrated on the seventh day of the bright half of the month of Magha (Jan/Feb). It is celebrated as Surya Jayanti as it marks the birth of the Sun God Surya. It follows the sun’s northerly movement of vernal equinox from Capricorn (Makara). In many temples, LordRead More →

Introduction Paryushana or Paryusan Parva is one of the two important festivals celebrated by Jains, the other festival being Diwali. The festival is known as Paryushana by Swetambaras sect, while the Digambaras celebrate the festival as Das Lakshana. The meaning of Paryushana is “abiding” or “coming together”. When is the festival celebrated? Paryushana isRead More →

Introduction Navpad Oli is one of the important Jain festivals. This festival is celebrated twice in a year, the first time from Ashwija Shukla Saptami to Poornima (Sep- Oct) and the second time from Chaitra Shukla Saptami to Poornima (March- April). During the period of festival, Jains observe a fastRead More →

About Held once in every 4 years, the KumbhMela is one of the biggest events for the Hindus. The exact origin of the KumbhMela is very hard to pinpoint. The fair is an ancient one and the reason it is held can be traced back to the ancient episode of ‘SagarManthan’.KumbhMelaRead More →

  While Paryushan Parva, Mahavir Jayanti, Navapad Oli and Diwali are some of the Jain festivals celebrated on a grand scale, there are other festivals also which are celebrated with equal fervour and enthusiasm. Some of the festivals are: Bhai Beej: Bhai Beej is a festival celebrated during Karthika MasaRead More →

  The following are some of the Buddhist Festivals which are celebrated all over the world. The celebrations vary socially and culturally, depending on the region in which it is celebrated. 1)  Buddhist New Year: Buddhist New Year is celebrated in April for three days in countries such as SriRead More →