Topics: Festivals in India, Hindu festivals, India Pages: 3 (824 words) Published: August 22, 2010

An idol maker gives finishing touches to a Ganesha statue during the Chaturthi festival.

Batukamma is a spring festival celebrated by Hindu women of the Telangana region. Festival| Date of Observance| Date of Observance (2010 Gregorian calendar)| Description| Makar Sankranti or Pongal| Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into Makar. It marks the beginning of the gradual increase of the duration of the day. Pogal is first day of Uttarayana, coinciding with the beginning of the Tamil month of Thai| January 14| Pongal is one of the most popular harvest festival of South India, mainly Tamil Nadu. Pongal falls in the mid-January every year and marks the auspicious beginning of Uttarayan - sun's journey northwards. Pongal festival lasts for four days. Celebrations include drawing of Kolam, swinging & cooking of delicious Pongal.[1]. This day is coinciding with Makara Sankranti.| | | | |

Thaipusam| the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai| January/February| Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community. The word Thaipusam is derived from the Tamil month name Thai and Pusam, which refers to a star that is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a spear so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.| Maha Shivaratri| Thirteenth night of the waning moon of Magh (Hindu Calendar)| March 12| Maha Shivaratri is the great night of Shiva, followers of Shiva observe religious fasting and the offering of Bael (Bilva) leaves to the Shiva.| | | | |

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Vishu and Tamil New Year| | March 24| Vishu is a Hindu festival celebrated in Kerala. The Tamil New Year follows the nirayan vernal equinox. These festivals falls around April 14 of the Gregorian year.| | | | |

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Onam| | August 23| Onam is a harvest festival, celebrated...
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