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Festivals' Details | Holidays 2014

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FESTIVALS' Details

People of Ghaziabad are full of energy and being cosmopolitan culture, all Indian festivals are celebrated here with full of spirit. Summer time is the only period when fewer festivals are there and people during this period usually enjoy summer vacations with their kids and go for travelling to hills.

Then starts the season of rains with the first festival of Naga Panchami(the 5th day of Hindu month Shraawan), celebrated for the serpent gods. They feed them in earthen holes and wish that poisonous snakes stay in and not harm people when their earthen houses are full of water.

In the same Hindu month Shraawan, the first day starts with pilgrimage for KAANWAR. People walk for hundreds of miles on feet and take holy bath in river Ganges. Then collect some water from the river for ABHISHEK on LINGA of Lord Shiva on 13th day of the month. From 10th day to 13th day all highways around Ghaziabad are blocked. Heavy vehicles are fully restricted for drive. Even small vehicles are not allowed on the 13th day of the month. In Ghaziabad, Dudheshwarnath Temple has honor for the prayer. Thousands of people make lines for a look of Linga. This day most of people look like saints.

Next is Independence Day on 15th August. All patriotic gatherings join various cultural organizations and contests for students though it is holiday time for all.

Around Independence Day, full moon day is celebrated as “Raksha Bandhan”. Sisters tie brother’s wrist with affectionate colorful thread-band (Rakhi=Raksha) and brother promises sister to take her care throughout the life.

The 8th day after Raksha-Bandhan comes Janmashtmi, the birthday of Lord Krishna. All temples and streets are full of lighting and live presentations of different stories from life of Krishna. Prayers continue till midnight, the birth time and end up with Prasad.

September 4 is celebrated as Teachers Day in all schools. This honor was inspired by Late President Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan.

In late October comes Navratri, nine days of fasting for Godess Durga and other goddesses. During these days Ramlila also played on various Ramlila grounds all over the Ghaziabad district. 10th day is Dushehra celebrated for victory of truth over the evil and effigy of Ravana fired to destroy evils. All these 10 days, streets are full for fairs and shopping. These days are considered most pious days of the year for marriages, inauguration, starting construction etc.


20 days after Dushehra comes Dipawali, the festival of lights and people feast. Buildings and streets are illuminated with lights, fireworks enjoyed by people on streets and sweets are exchanged between friends and relatives.


Christmas is popular festival in Ghaziabad for young generation that include their families. In Churches it is celebrated as a religious ceremony by Christian community which is in minority by population. Families from all sphere know the Historical facts about the Christmas celebration but they have nothing to do with it and celebrate like American community do exchange greetings, share meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive with gifts for children. Shopping Malls of the city organize various events full of FUN for families.


31st December is the last day of Christian calendar, celebrated as New Year Eve. Buildings and shopping malls are illuminated with lights and people love shopping and partying, dancing n fun till late hours.

13th January is the day of Lohri festival of Punjabi community. In Ghaziabad city, about 20% of people from Punjabi origin. They enlighten wooden fire then dance around it with rhythm of drums. They are fond of eating various Punjabi cuisine and have fun with jokes and songs.
 
Shivaratri is celebrated in recognition of Lord Shiva's birth celebrated around mid of February.  People offer milk, fruits, flowers, leaves on Shivalinga and fast for God’s grace.


HOLI festival comes in the month of March. It consists of singing, bonfires, and the tossing of colored powder and colored water on each other. On the main day of festival, road traffic is fully blocked and people are seen in various colors all over the district.

Chaitra Navratri fall in the end of March or start of April. Again people fast for nine days in the honor of Godess Durga and other goddesses. The ninth day is Ram Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama. Temples are very beautifully decorated and illuminated at night. The Ramayana is recited and people flock to listen and admire the Lord Rama’s birthday.

14th April is is the day of Vaisakhi festival of Punjabi community. They dance around it with rhythm of drums to welcome the new crop and change of season. They eat various Punjabi cuisine and have fun with dances & hugs.

 

 

January 2014

11
Saturday
Pausha Putrada Ekadashi
13
Monday
Lohri
14
Tuesday
Pongal , Uttarayana Sankranti,Milad-un-Nabi,Id-E-Milad
16
Thursday
Paush Purnima
19
Sunday
Sakat Chauth
26
Sunday
Repaublic Day
27
Monday
Shattila Ekadashi
30
Thursday
Mauni Amavas

February 2014

4
Tuesday
Vasant Panchami
6
Thursday
Ratha Saptami
7
Friday
Bhishma Ashtami
10
Monday
Jaya Ekadashi
13
Thursday
Kumbha Sankranti
14
Friday
Magha Purnima
25
Tuesday
Vijaya Ekadashi
27
Thursday
Maha Shivaratri

March 2014

12
Wednesday
Amalaki Ekadashi
14
Friday
Meena Sankranti
14
Saturday
Kashiramji Jayanti
16
Sunday
Holi/Holika Dahan
17
Monday
Rangwali Holi
24
Monday
Basoda , Sheetala Ashtami
27
Thursday
Papmochani Ekadashi
31
Monday
Chaitra Navratri , Gudi Padwa , Ugadi,Chetti Chand

April 2014

1
Tuesday
Bank Holiday
2
Wednesday
Gauri Puja/Gangaur
5
Saturday
Yamuna Chhath
8
Tuesday
Rama Navami
11
Friday
Kamada Ekadashi
13
Sunday
Mahavir Jayanti
14
Monday
Baisakhi, Solar New Year,Dr Ambedkar Jayanti
15
Tuesday
Hanuman Jayanti , Chandra Grahan
18
Friday
Good Friday
20
Sunday
Easter Day
25
Friday
Varuthini Ekadashi
29
Tuesday
Surya Grahan

May 2014

1
Thursday
May Day,Parashurama Jayanti
2
Friday
Akshaya Tritiya
6
Tuesday
Ganga Saptami
8
Thursday
Sita Navami
10
Saturday
Mohini Ekadashi
13
Tuesday
Narasimha Jayanti/Hazrat Ali's Birthday
14
Wednesday
Buddha Purnima
15
Thursday
Narada Jayanti , Vrishabha Sankranti
24
Saturday
Apara Ekadashi
28
Wednesday
Shani Jayanti , Vat Savitri Vrat

June 2014

8
Sunday
Ganga Dussehra
9
Monday
Nirjala Ekadashi
12
Thursday
Vat Purnima Vrat
15
Sunday
Mithuna Sankranti
23
Monday
Yogini Ekadashi
29
Sunday
Jagannath Rathyatra

July 2014

8
Tuesday
Devshayani Ekadashi
9
Wednesday
Devshayani Ekadashi
12
Saturday
Guru Purnima
16
Wednesday
Dakshinayana Sankranti
22
Tuesday
Kamika Ekadashi
25
Friday
Jumat-ul-Wida
30
Wednesday
Hariyali Teej

August 2014

1
Friday
Nag Panchami
7
Thursday
Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
8
Friday
Varalakshmi Vrat
10
Sunday
Raksha Bandhan , Narali Purnima
13
Wednesday
Kajari Teej
15
Friday
Independence Day
17
Sunday
Janmashtami *Smarta , Simha Sankranti
18
Monday
Janmashtami *ISKCON
21
Thursday
Aja Ekadashi
25
Monday
Somvati Amavas
28
Thursday
Hartalika Teej
29
Friday
Ganesh Chaturthi
30
Saturday
Rishi Panchami

September 2014

2
Tuesday
Radha Ashtami
5
Friday
Parsva Ekadashi
8
Monday
Anant Chaturdashi , Ganesh Visarjan
9
Tuesday
Bhadrapada Purnima , Pratipada Shraddha
17
Wednesday
Kanya Sankranti , Vishwakarma Puja
19
Friday
Indira Ekadashi
23
Tuesday
Sarva Pitru Amavasya
25
Thursday
Navratri Started
30
Tuesday
Bank Holiday

October 2014

1
Wednesday
Saraswati Avahan
2
Thursday
Durga Ashtami , Gandhi Jayanti
3
Friday
Mahanavami
4
Saturday
Dussehra , Vijayadashami
6
Monday
Id-Ul-Zuha (Bakrid)
8
Wednesday
Sharad Purnima , Chandra Grahan
11
Saturday
Karwa Chauth
15
Wednesday
Ahoi Ashtami
17
Friday
Tula Sankranti
19
Sunday
Rama Ekadashi
20
Monday
Govatsa Dwadashi
21
Tuesday
Dhan Teras
22
Wednesday
Narak Chaturdashi , Kali Chaudas
23
Thursday
Diwali/Lakshami Puja , Surya Grahan
24
Friday
Gowardhan Puja,Vishavakarma Day
25
Saturday
Bhaiya Dooj
29
Wednesday
Chhath Puja

November 2014

2
Sunday
Kansa Vadh
3
Monday
Devutthana Ekadashi
4
Tuesday
Tulasi Vivah/Muharram
6
Thursday
Kartik Purnima/Guru Nanak Jayanti
14
Friday
Kalabhairav Jayanti
16
Sunday
Vrischika Sankranti
18
Tuesday
Utpanna Ekadashi
27
Thursday
Vivah Panchami

December 2014

2
Tuesday
Mokshada Ekadashi , Gita Jayanti
6
Saturday
Margashirsha Purnima , Dattatreya Jayanti
16
Tuesday
Dhanu Sankranti
18
Thursday
Saphala Ekadashi
25
Thursday
Christmas

 

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