A list of popular Hindu holidays are listed below.
Holi is a very popular festival of India. It is celebrated in all over the India with a warm heart. This festival is celebrated in the month of March (in the season of spring). It is a festival of colors, also known as festival of love. Basically, Holi is the ancient Hindu religious festival but it is very popular in non-Hindus in many parts of south Asia and outside Asia also more details.
2) Diwali / Deepavali
Diwali or Deepavali is the most popular and the brightest festival of India. It is a festival of lights. The word Deepavali is made from two words "deep" (light) + "avali" (row). So, Deepavali means "the row of lights", this is why it is known as festival of lights. It has become the national festival and enjoyed by most of the Indians regardless of faith: Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists. It spiritually signifies the triumph of light over the dark.
It is celebrated in the season of autumn (in the month of October or November) every year more details.
3) Dussehra / Vijayadashami
Vijayadashami or Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of Navratri or Durgotsav. It is a very important Hindu's festival celebrated in various forms, across India, Nepal, Bangladesh etc. Vijayadashami literally signifies the triumph of righteousness over evil.
It is celebrated on the tenth day of the Hindu lunar month Ashwin more details.
4) Raksha Bandhan
Raksha Bandhan is a festival of love and duty between brothers and sisters. It is a hindu festival and celebrated in all over India. It is also celebrated any brother-sister like relationship between men and women. Raksha Bandhan is an ancient Hindu festival and has many myths and historical events.
It is celebrated in the month of August every year more details.
5) Makar Sankranti
Markar Sankranti is one of the most joyful festival of India. It is called Makar Sankranti because the Sun enters the sun sign of Capricorn or Makar on that day. It is also known as a festival of thanksgiving. On that day, people appreciate and wish each other. Kids and younger ones wear new clothes and fly kites to celebrate the joy.On this festival, people also take bath in holy rivers and start a new beginning, a new resolution, and new commitments.
6) Vasant Panchami / Saraswati Puja
Vasanat Panchami is a very popular Hindu festival that indicates the coming of spring. It is celebrated when winter season is likely to over. The Vasant Panchmi is also known as Saraswati Puja because the Hindu goddess Saraswati is worshiped on this day. Young girls wear bright yellow dresses and participate in this festival. The yellow color specifies the brilliance of nature and vibrancy of life.
7) Nag Panchami
Nag Panchami is a traditional Indian festival. It is celebrated by worshiping the snakes or serpents throughout India and Nepal. It is celebrated on the fifth day of full moon fortnight during the Hindu month of Shrawan. This festival is dedicated to snakes. It is believed that if you worship a snake then Lord Shiva will please. Snakes (The Nag Devata ) are also worshipped to get of the Kaal Sarp Dosh.
8) Hanuman Jayanti
Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated by Hindus to commemorate the birthday of Lord Hanuman. This is an Indian festival and celebrated every year on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha, during the month of Chaitra, according to Hindu calendar. Hanuman is the symbol of strength, energy and devotion. He is an ardent devotee of Lord Ram.
Onam is the most popular festival of the Indian state of Kerala. It is a Hindu festival and celebrated with great enthusiasm in the month of August - September for the period of 10 days. The first day of Onam is known as Atham and the last day is Thiruvonam. On the festive day, people decorate their houses, wear new clothes, and put a flower carpet in front of their houses to welcome king Mahabali (a legendary king who ruled Kerala ancient time).
10) Maha Shivratri
Maha Shivratri is a very spiritual and devotional festival of India. It is also known as the "The Night of Shiva". It is celebrated with a great devotion and religious fervor in the honor of Lord Shiva. The Devotees have a whole day and night fast and worship Shiva Lingam to please Lord Shiva.Maha Shivratri is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to Hindu calendar.
Chhath is a very popular festival in Bihar, Jharkhand and Eastern Uttar Pradesh. It is ancient Hindu festival. It is the only Vedic festival which is dedicated to God Sun and Chhath Maiya (ancient Vedic Goddess Usha). Sun is worshiped on the day of chhath puja because it is the god of energy and life.
Chhath puja is also known as Dala Chhath. It is celebrated exactly six days after Diwali every year.