Festivals of India
List of festivals in March 2018
|Mar 02||Janaki Jayanti Nirvana Day|
|Mar 03 - Mar 05||Maha Shivaratr|
|Feb 14||Ash Wednesday|
|Feb 15||Surya grahan|
|Feb 16||Chinese New Year, Losar|
|Feb 17||Ramakrishna Jayanti|
Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. It is a major festival in Hinduism, but one that is solemn and marks a remembrance of "overcoming darkness and ignorance" in life and the world. It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, doing Yoga, and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, not hurting others, forgiveness, and the discovery of Shiva.
Ardent devotees keep awake all night. Others visit one of the Shiva temples or go on pilgrimage to the many Jyotirlingams around the country. This is an ancient Hindu festival whose origin date is unknown.
Unlike most Hindu festivals which are celebrated during the day, the Maha Shivaratri is celebrated at night. Furthermore, unlike most Hindu festivals which include expression of cultural revelry, Maha Shivaratri is a solemn event notable for its introspective focus, fasting, meditation on Shiva, self study, social harmony and an all night vigil at Shiva temples.