Diwali/Dipawali(October/November, lasting several days)
A festival of lights which celebrates the New Year. It is celebrated between late October and mid-November.
Ten days of celebration in honour of Durga or Kali. It is held between late September and mid-October and lasts nine days to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.
Holi (February/March, 2–5 days)
The spring festival associated with Krishna when people throw coloured powder and water at each other. Holi also celebrates creation and renewal.
Makar Sankrant (January)
Makar Sankrant is the first Hindu festival of the solar calendar year.
Navaratri (Navratri) and Durga Puja
Navaratri (nine nights) is one of the greatest Hindu festivals. It symbolises the triumph of good over evil.
Mahashivratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.
Ram Navmi (March/April)
Rama Navami celebrates the birth of of Lord Rama, son of King Dasharatha of Ayodhya.
Ganesh Chaturthi (August/September)
The last week in August sees Hindus all over the world celebrating the birthday of Lord Ganesh (Ganesh Chaturthi).
An April harvest or New Year's festival depending on area, Vaisakhi is also celebrated by Sikhs .
Raksha Bandhan (July/August)
The Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love.
The festival marks the birth of Krishna , the most highly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon.