Janmashtami—Birthday of Lord Krishna, North India
02 September’10

Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna is celebrated all over India in the month of August/September on the eighth day in the month of Bhadon according to the Hindu calendar with great devotion and zeal. The Janmashtami of Mathura and Vrindavan, the places where Lord Krishna had spent his childhood, are famous all over the world. Devotees from across the world reach these pious places to celebrate Janmasthami. On this auspicious occasion, temples and homes are beautifully decorated and illuminated. Night long prayers are offered and religious hymns are sung in temples. Devotional songs and dances mark the celebration of this festive occasion all over Northern India. The temples especially in Vrindavan witness an extravagant and colourful celebration on this occasion.

Ganesh Chaturthi- Birthday of Lord Ganesha
11 September’10

On the 4th day of the bright half of Bhadrapad, the great festival of Ganesh or Ganpati is celebrated as Ganesha Chaturthi. This festival marks the birthday of Lord Ganesh. Lord Ganesha or Ganpati is one of the most followed deities in Hindu religion. Both Shivites and Vaishnavites worship him. On the occasion of the Ganapati festival, a large number of idols are made of clay or metal in all possible sizes sometimes even up to twenty feet. People buy them and install them in their houses and worship the idol for one to ten days, after which the idol are taken out ceremoniously, carried in a procession through the streets of the town (especially in Maharashtra) and immersed into the river, sea or well. The sea front at Mumbai, packed with people, is a spectacular sight. A cultural feast is held to coincide with Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra especially at Pune. Classical dance, music performances, poetry recitations, folk dances, theatre and film festival are the main features of this festival.