Hindu Holidays 2017

There are other  Hindu holidays, festivals, and events, but these are the ones that we celebrate in our family. Click the name to learn more about how to celebrate each one. Here I’ll be talking about my crafts, preparations, and plans.

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Maha Shivaratri

February 24th (Friday)

This year I have my own Shiva Lingam (okay I did already have one but it is so small it is barely the size of my thumb). I’ll be putting to use this year my new found knowledge on how to worship Shivaling.

Holi

March 13 (Monday)

I’m sure we will be going out for this one. Either to the celebration at the ISKCON temple in Potomac and/or one I just found out about at Howard County Fair Grounds. Neither has announced the dates for 2017 yet, though.

Raksha Bandhan

August 7th (Monday)

I have a couple of special guys in my life that I make rakhi for. I need to dig out my red thread and make sure I get them done but there’s plenty of time still!

Krishna Janmashtami

August 14th (Monday)

Ms. Nima made a gorgeous display for her Janmashtami last year and I would like to put together something similar, particular with serving the different foods:

Janmasthami 2016

Also, her craft for reusable Krishna feet is awesome. I am definitely going to make these!

Lord Krishna’s feet – DIY for Janmasthami

I have a clay baby Krishna that I made a few years ago, though I am not very talented with clay and he’s not that cute. My crochet ones are better but I think I gave all those away. I may need to make one for us particularly for when Garrick gets old enough to participate.

Ganesh Chaturthi

August 25th (Friday)

I will, of course, be doing my usual biodegradable clay Sri Ganesh statue.

Navratri

September 20th (Wednesday)

I have a box for Navratri already with all my golu dolls. I’d like make a new doll this year.

Karwa Chauth

October 8th (Sunday)

I have a CD with the karwa chauth story that I got at an Indian grocery store years ago and have yet to use it. So I’m going to play it this year.

Diwali

October 19th (Thursday)

I really want to try my hand at rangoli the traditional way. Like this:

And Ms. Nima has a recipe for making the colored powder:

Rangoli – Diwali S9

I’d also like to make more malas and other general decor for all the holidays.

So my to-do list is:

  • Krishna Feet
  • Krishna Swing
  • Baby Krishna Doll
  • Golu Dolls
  • Garlands and tissue paper flowers
  • Rakhi
  • Rangoli powders

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About Ambaa Choate

Ambaa is an American woman of European ancestry who is also a practicing Hindu. She is fascinated with questions of philosophy, culture, and the meaning of life. Join her in the journey to explore how a non-Indian convert to Hinduism experiences her religion.

  • MANI S S

    I am sorry to note you forgetting many of the south Indian festivals say Pongal for just one example.

    What is karwa chauth?
    Though i have heard of holi, raksha bandhan etc?

    See the capital letters I have used in festivals, if you are interested in getting hurt further.

    We have enough divisions within India. Dont add to that sitting abroad please.

    • Ambaa

      I have not claimed this to be a definitive list of all holidays. In fact, I stated that these are the holidays that I currently celebrate and there are many more. Though I am most strongly connected to South India, I don’t currently do anything for Pongal.

  • rosewelsh44

    Is there a site that lists all of the holidays and their descriptions? Is there one in December? I seem to remember something, maybe you wrote about it, that American Hindus have taken to celebrating Ganesha during Christmas? Help?