The festival of Vasant Panchami 2019 falls on February 10 in India, Australia, and New Zealand. The festival is also known as Saraswati Puja. The word “vasant” means spring. Vasant Panchami marks the beginning of the spring season and the coming of the festival of Holi. Since Indian festivals are based on the lunar calendar, […]
Navratri Festival Commences October 15 (or 16), 2012
In the Vedic calendar, immediately following Pitru Paksha, the time for honoring our ancestors, comes a much more joyous celebration. Tonight (October 15, 2012) marks the beginning of the month of Ashwina in Vedic astrology and the first of nine nights of the Indian holiday of Navratri (also spelled Navaratri). The prefix nav means nine and raat […]
Happy Navaratri 2011!
Following Pitru Paksha, the time for honoring our ancestors comes a much more joyous celebration. Tonight marks the first of nine nights of the Indian holiday of Navaratri (also spelled Navratri). Navaratri marks nine days of celebrating the goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, and Sarasvati. It is time of celebration, dance, feast, and devotion. Friends and families […]
The Holidays Commence…Navratri 2007
Today marks the first night of Navratri 2007 (pronounced Nuh-vuh-rah-trii (as in bee)) in the Indian calendar. Nav = nine and ratri = night. Thus, it is the night nights that are dedicated to the celebration of the goddess. The first three days/ nights are dedicated to the goddess Durga (pronounced Dour (rhymes with tour) gah […]