Festivals of India

List of festivals in March 2018

  Dates   Festivals
  Mar 01   Candlemas
  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

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.