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Happy Hindu Holidays !  -   Holidays listed in Alphabetical Order
Articles on Indian Culture in relation to Hindu Holidays

By: Jennifer Kumar, Cross-Cultural Coach

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Aadi Masaum

     Aadi Masam 2009 – Aadi Month in 2009 in Tamil Calendar

Akshya Tritiya (April/May)

Attukal Pongala (February)

    Celebrating the Feminine Divine: Attukal Pongala in Kerala

Ayuda Puja (during Navarathri)

       Ayuda Puja - The Day Hindus "Pimp their rides" (added 2010)


        Diwali Delicacies (Food!!) (added 2010)

      Diwali from a Kerala Perspective (Joby George, 2009)

      How to Celebrate Diwali like a local in Six Easy Steps!

      Story of Diwali

      Onam and Diwali: A Mysterious Connection

            Search Alaivani for all articles on Diwali

Ganesh Chathurthi

    A Promise to Lord Ganesh: One American’s Journey to Celebrating Ganesh Chathurthi in America 

    Ganesh Chathurthi in Mauritius

    Ganesha's Blessings

      Inspirational Ganapathi Idols by Roopashri and her Friends

    Lessons From Ganesha Chathurthi 

    Lord Ganesh Freed India From the British?

    Video Diary - 2009 Ganesh Chathurthi Celebrations span 2,300 Miles

          Search Alaivani for all articles on Ganesh Chathurthi/Vinayaka Chathurthi


     Holi in a Different Hue: Exploring Connections to Holi in Kerala

     Holi - The Colorful Festival Submitted by Ajoy

Independence Day (August 15, 1947)

    Independence Day (India)

Karkidaka Vavu (July/August)

Karthigai Deepam (November/December)

    Karthikgai Deepam: Festival of Lights

     Kartikai Deepam Reason – Why do we observe Karthigai Deepam?

Krishna Jayanthi (August/September)

    Krishna Jayanthi - Birthday of Lord Krishna

Makara Jyothi (January, usually same day as 1st day Pongal/Tamil New Year)

    Makara Jyothi - The Light That Signals Longer Days

Malayalam New Year (Chingam 1) (August/September)


    Mulaipari – Goddess Festival in Southern India (A. Nagarajan, 2007)

Navarathri (September/October)

    Navaratri: Then and Now (Padmini Natrajan, 2009)

    Nothing like Navarathri: An American’s Passion and Continuation of Navarathri in US

    Nothing Like Navarathri: Preparing for Festivities

    Nothing Like Navarathri: What Is Celebrated During Navarathri

    Vidhyarmbam: Conclusion of Navarathri in Kerala (Saju, 2009)

    Virtual Golu - Videos of Dolls Display for Navarathri

           Search Alaivani for all articles on Navarathri

Onam (August/September)

    Onam and Diwali: A Mysterious Connection

    Onam Ashamsakal – An American’s Journey to Understanding Onam (BN Kartha, 2008)

    Onam Sadhya Overload

     The Dance of Slow Gracefulness: Thiruvathirakali

     Thiruvathira - Folk Dance Performed During Onam in Kerala India

          Search Alaivani for all articles on Onam

Panguni Uthiram (March/April)

Pongal (January 14 or 15 annually, first day coinciding with Tamil New Year)

    An American Pongal

    FAQ – Questions about Pongal the South Indian Thanksgiving Harvest Festival

    Hindu Holidays in America: Pongal

    Pongal 2000- Pakka Pongal Celebration in Tamil Nadu Village

    Pongal Menu and Recipes

    Slideshow Podcast - Pongal Celebrations in Our Home in U.S.

Rakhi (July/August)

Ramanavami (March/April, last day of Spring Navarathri)

    Ramayana (Padmini Natarajan, 2009) 

Sankranti (Makara Sankraanti - January 14 or 15 yearly)

     Ellu Bella - Sweet Exchange to Celebrate Sankranti Habba in Karnataka (added 2010)

     Sankranti: A Kannadiga Perspective (Anonymous, 2010)   

Saraswathi Puja (September/October, second to last day of Navarathri)   

    Reading Retreat

Sivarathri (March/April)

Tamil New Year/Vishu (March/April)

    Happy Tamil New Year! (Sindhu, 2008)

    Varusha Pirappu - Tamizh New Year's Day (Padmini Natarajan, 2009)

Thaipusam (January/February)

     Thaipusam in Singapore: Exploring Reasons and Meanings behind the rituals of Thaipusam (Arun, 2002)

     Thaipusam in Singapore - Stories and Legends of Thaipusam (Arunm 2002)

Thrissur Pooram (April/May)

      Thrissur Pooram - Kerala Celebration Where Decorated Elephants Steel the Show! (BN Kartha, 2008)

Tulasi Puja

     Tulasi Puja – Utthaana Dvaadashi (Anonymous, 2009)

Ugadi (April/March)

Varalakshmi Vratham (July/August)

    Attending Varalakshmi Vratham Puja - Hindu Etiquette Tips (added 2010)

    Varalakshmi Vratham

    Varalakshmi Vratham Prayer Celebrations Video, Tutorial and Tips

    Tutorial: Tips and Etiquette for Attending Varalakshmi Puja at Home or in Temple

Vijaya Dashami (September/October, last day of Navarathri)

    Viajaya Dashami Festival in Mauritius (Part 1 of 2) (Baree, 2007)

    Vijaya Dashami in Mauritius (Part 2 of 2)Stories, legends and myths of Vijaya Dashami/ Navarathri (Baree, 2007)

Vidyarmbam (September/October, last day of Navarathri)

   Vidhyarmbam: Conclusion of Navarathri in Kerala (Saju, 2009) 

Vishu  (March/April)

    Vishu Ashamsakal – Happy Vishu to One and All (BN Kartha, 2009)


Curious about the Hindu calendar systems? Learn about the Hindi/Tamil/Malayalam calendar system as compared to the western calendar by reading the article on the Vedic Tamil Hindi and Malayalam Calendar.


The festivals outlined in purple font within are special to Kerala Hindus. This means they are celebrated only in Kerala or by Malayalees or celebrated in a special way in Kerala as compared to the rest of India as in terms of the articles on Alaivani.

Articles outlined in red are specific to South Indian Hindus in various states/places mostly in South India.

The festivals outlined in blue font within are special to Tamil Hindus. This means they are celebrated only in Tamil Nadu or by Tamils or select locals in different parts of India or Tamils settled outside India, with focus on Malaysian Hindus, Sri Lankan Hindus and Singaporean Hindus of Tamil origin.


Related Posts:

Western - Vedic Calendars: Western/ Hindi/ Tamil/ Malayalam Highlights the Indian Hindu Calendars (Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam) with coorelations of months and days to Western calendars.

Interfaith Amerian Indian Calendar - Follow my Google Calendar with 2009 dates for Hindu (All-India, Tamil, Telugu, Kerala), Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Parsi, Jain, Sikh and social holidays of India and US.

Kerala Calendar Tutorial


Site owner, compiler of these articles, and author of many articles here, Jennifer Kumar, CC, MSW, is a cross-cultural coach helping people find comfort in foreign lands through multicultural advising, interfaith coaching, expat mentoring, English as Second Language conversational and life skills coaching and more! Contact her for more information at authenticjourneys at gmail dot com or follow her on Facebook.



Added November 2008. Updated January 2010. November 2010, March 2011.


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