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Religious Fetivals

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Hindu religious festivals
See also: List of Hindu festivals

Govinda celebrations during the Krishna Janmaashtami festivities Hindus observe sacred occasions by festive observances. All festivals in Hinduism are predominantly religious in character and significance. Many festivals are seasonal. Some celebrate harvest and birth of God or heroes. Some are dedicated to important events in Hindu mythology. Many are dedicated toShiva and Parvati, Vishnu and Lakshmi and Brahma and Saraswati[1] A festival may be observed with acts of worship, offerings to deities, fasting, feasting, vigil, rituals, fairs, charity, celebrations, Puja, Homa, aarti etc. They celebrate individual and community life of Hindus without distinction of caste, gender or class. 'Utsava' is the Sanskrit word for Hindu festivals, meaning 'to cause to grow 'upward'. In the Hindu calendar dates are usually prescribed according to the lunar calendar. In vedic timekeeping, a tithi is a lunar day. Hindu festivals include:

* Diwali
* Gudi padwa
* Pongal
* Holi
* Navratri
* Ganesh Chaturthi
* Raksha Bhandan
* Krishna Janmashtami
* Dussehra
* Dasara
* Onam
* Vijayadashami
* Shivaratri
* Ugadi

Iftar meal on Ramadan
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[edit]Islamic religious festivals
Islamic religious festivals include:
* Eid ul-Adha
* Eid ul-Fitr
* shab-e-barat
* Eid millad-ul-nabi
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[edit]Jewish religious festivals

Reciting blessing over candles on the eve of Shabbat andJewish holidays A Jewish holiday (Yom Tov or chag in Hebrew) is a day that is holy to the Jewish peopleaccording to Judaism and is usually derived from the Hebrew Bible, specifically the Torah, and in some cases established by the rabbis in later eras. There are a number of festival days, fast days (ta'anit) and days of remembrance....