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Karwa Chauth is a festival full of legend and tradition celebrated by all married Hindu women, mostly in Northern India. 

One legend goes that a long long time ago, there lived a beautiful princess called Veeravati. She was the only sister of seven doting brothers, and was married to a handsome king. On the first Karwa Chauth after her marriage, she went to her parents’ house and after sunrise, and she observed a strict fast. However, Veeravati became faint and was desperately waiting for the moon to rise so she could eat.  Her brothers who loved her dearly, hated seeing her distress and decided to end her fast early by…. read the rest of the Karwa Chauth Vrat story

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Pretty explosive stuff!

Dussehra is a Hindu festival celebrated all over India. It is also known as Vijayadashmi (‘Vijay’ meaning ‘victory’ and ‘Dashmi meaning ‘tenth day), as it is believed that it was on this day that Lord Rama killed the demon-king, Ravana and rescued his abducted wife Seeta. It signifies the triumph of good over evil and the legendary triumph is reenacted in an explosive style.

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Happy Janamashtami

The birthday of Lord Krishna, the original superhero. Legend has it that he was born at midnight on a dark, stormy night in a jail, to end the rule and atrocities of his uncle Kansa. In Maharashtra, the playful side of Krishna’s youthful days and his more mischievous side is celebrated where teams of young men form human pyramids to reach a Handi (clay pot) of buttermilk hanging up high in order to break it spilling the sticky liquid all over themselves! 

Picture: Janmashtami-Dahi Handi by anupama kinagi

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Kajari Teej  - A celebration of women, eelcoming the mosoon season in India

Women all over India celebrate Kajari Teej by dressing in their best saris and honouring the other women of the family and their husbands. They gather ather around the holy neem tree and perform sacred rituals called pooja of neem, sing songs to welcome monsoon season or that depict the happiness and union of lovers.

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Fast for the health and happiness of your man!

Karwa Chauth is a festival full of legend and tradition celebrated by all married Hindu women, mostly in Northern India. During the day they fast for the long life, health and prosperity of their husbands. The event is growing bigger with each passing year and nowadays, Karwa Chauth is more for fun than a serious festival.

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Picture: Karwa Chauth henna by HennaLounge, on Flickr

Nine nights of music and dancing…

Navratri (literally meaning “nine nights”) is one of the greatest Hindu festivals and one which symbolises the triumph of good over evil and in which God is adored as Mother. It is actually held several times a year with the most important being around harvest time. 

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Do not look at the moon! The moon laughed at Ganesh when his stomach burst open and the sweets fell out!

Ganesha Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, is celebrated by Hindus around the world as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. On the last day, a Ganesha idol is carried through the streets in a procession to be immersed in a river or the sea in a ritual send-off on his in his journey towards his abode in Kailash taking with him all the misfortunes of man.

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A Hindu celebration of marriage and family

Women all over India celebrate Teej with great enthusiasm, dressing in their best saris and honouring the other women of the family and their husbands.

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Picture: Teej Festival, Jaipur by Bahadur Singh aus Rajasthan, Indien, on Flickr

Cover the floor with flower carpets and dance with the decorated elephants until you are blue in the face…

Elaborate feasts, elegant dances, ornately dressed elephants, vibrant parades, snake boat races and intricate flower carpets are all part of this breathtaking harvest festival, the biggest festival in the South Indian state of Kerala .

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Picture: Onam in Kerala. Gods with Green Faces ! by Anoop Negi, on Flickr