Festivals of India
List of festivals in August 2017
|August 01||Lammas Tisha B'A|
|August 03||Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Aadi Perukku|
|August 07||Raksha Bandan Lunar Eclipse Hayagriva Jayanti|
|August 08||Gayatri Japam|
|August 15||Krishna Janmashtami|
|August 16||Nand Mahatosav|
|August 17||Pateti (Parsi New Year) Simha Sankranti Kerala New Year|
|August 21||Solar Eclipse|
|August 22||Varaha Jayanti|
|August 25||Ganesha Chaturthi Samvatsari|
|August 27||Skanda Sashti|
|August 30-31||Day of 'Arafah|
We all are very well aware of Janmashtami, the sacred day in the month of August, when Lord Krishna is believed to have descended to the earth in human form, to overthrow the vile Kamsa. Janmashtami is indeed a day of great celebration, not just in India but the world over.
However, the day after is also celebrated in many parts of India as Nand Mahotsav. This year, it falls on August 16th.
According to legend, all villagers of Vraja, Nanda’s village, went to have a glimpse of little Krishna, to delight in his divine charm and also bless him.
Nand Mahotsva is observed with great joy at Vrindavan even today. The idol of baby Krishna is placed on a lavishly decorated cradle and devotees throng the temple for his darshan. Music and dance are inevitable as in all celebrations of Krishna. It is also customary to dree little boys as Krishna and little girls as Radha on this day.