Jan Sat 14
Makar Sankranti is one of the most important festivals of the Hindu calendar and celebrates the sun's journey into the northern hemisphere.
Jan Sat 28
Dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and Brahma's wife. The festival marks the beginning of Spring.
Feb Mon 20
Mahashivratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.
Mar Thu 8
The Hindu spring festival.
Mar Fri 23
Ugadi (literally 'the start of an era') is the New Year festival for Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in southern India. It occurs on the first day of the month of Chaitra.
Apr Sun 1
Birthday of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana
This day marks the birth of Lord Swaminarayan for followers of the Swaminarayan tradition.
Apr Fri 6
This festival marks the birth of Hanuman, the Monkey God.
Aug Thu 2
Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love. "Raksha Bandhan" means a thread for protection.
Aug Fri 10
The Janamashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, the most highly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon.
Oct Tue 16
Navaratri (nine nights) symbolises the triumph of good over evil and marks the start of autumn.
Oct Wed 24
Celebrates Lord Rama's victory over the evil demon Ravana.
Nov Tue 13
Diwali, the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.