Shree Ganeshai Namah

 

 

 

 

 

 

Namaskar,

 

I hope you had lovely festive celebrations last month I certainly enjoyed the festive season. Best wishes to you and your family.

 

Introduction

 

The Hindu festivals, fasts, rituals, holy baths and the observance of sacred days are part and parcel of the great cultural heritage. They are religious and social and a great source of spiritual and moral enrichment. They also lend zest, variety, colour and grandeur to an otherwise insipid, routine and care-worn day-to–day human existence. The Hindu festivals are more than what they appear to be. They are essentially a way of living and thinking in the course of existence, and as such bring their whole right to bear on the individual and the society.

 

Unlike the deities of the Hindu pantheon, the festivals are numerous and frequent, but basically religious, psychological and intimately connected with the changes of seasons, though many of them have lost the history of their origin in the mists of hoary past. With passage of time they have undergone a process of transformation and evolution and many new festivals have been grafted upon the old ones.

 

A Hindu festival is, in fact, something more than a ‘festival’. It is cathartic in nature, and as a means of purification strengthens the spirit within. Their goal is to find enjoyment through renunciation and self-denial. They are more of an exploration of the colourful things of life, without being bound to or obsessed by them.

 

 

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LIST OF IMPORTANT HINDU FESTIVALS & VRATS FOR U.K. From 28-10-2019 TO 14-11-2020 - V.S. 2076 (Prepared according to local UK Time).

 

Important Note:

The Hindu festivals are generally based on a certain Tithi (roughly translated as the lunar phase) or the Nakshatra (Position of Asterisms with respect to the moon and the earth) in a given month or the transition of other heavenly bodies. When the time and place differ a lot from the place for which the Panchang (Religious Almanac) is computed the occurrence of the festival on a given day could change. To correctly compute the time and date of a festival, one must compute the Tithi, Nakshatra etc. for that place in terms of the local time of that place. The festival celebration times and days/dates listed here are calculated according to local UK times and these may differ from other places in the world (e.g. India, USA).

 

Date

Day

Festival Description

28-10-19

Mon.

New Year’s Day Vikram Samvat 2076, Jain Samvat 2546, Annakut

29-10-19

Tues.

Bhai Beej, Bhaiduj, Chandra (Moon) Darshan

01-11-19

Fri.

Labh Pancham, Jain Gian Panchami

03-11-19

Sun.

Shree Jalaram Jayanti

07-11-19

Thurs.

Probodhini, Devuthi Ekadashi, Tulsivivah Begins

12-11-19

Tues.

Vrat Purnima, Dev Diwali, Tulsi Vivah Ends

22-11-19

Fri.

Utpatti Ekadashi

26-11-19

Tues.

Darsh Amavasya

07-12-19

Sat.

Mokshada Ekadashi, Gita Jayanti

11-12-19

Wed.

Shree Dattatrey Jayanti, Vrat Purnima

22-12-19

Sun.

Safla Ekadashi

25-12-19

Wed.

Darsh Amavasya

06-01-20

Mon.

Putrada Ekadashi

10-01-20

Fri.

Vrat Purnima, Poshi & Shakambhari Purnima

15-01-20

Wed.

Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Punyakal from Sunrise to Sunset

20-01-20

Mon.

Shattila Ekadashi

24-01-20

Fri.

Darsh Amavas, Mauni Amavas (Jain)

26-01-20

Sun.

Bharat Republic Day

28-01-20

Tues.

Ganesh Jayanti, Vinayak, Tilkund Chaturthi

29-01-20

Wed.

Vasant Panchami, Shree Panchami, Saraswati Pooja

05-02-20

Wed.

Jaya Ekadashi

07-02-20

Fri.

Vishvakarma Jayanti

08-02-20

Sat.

Vrat and Maghi Purnima (15th Kshaya Tithi–UK)

19-02-20

Wed.

Vijya Ekadashi

21-02-20

Fri.

Maha Shivratri, Nishith Muhurt 23:50 to 24:45 Leic.

23-02-20

Sun.

Darsh Amavasya

02-03-20

Mon.

Holashtak begins 7:23

05-03-20

Thurs.

Amalki Ekadashi Smart UK, (11 Kshaya Tithi–UK)

06-03-20

Fri.

Amalki Ekadashi – Vaishnavi, UK

09-03-20

Mon.

Vrat Purnima, Holi, Shree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Jayanti, Holashtak ends 17:48

10-03-20

Tues.

Dhuleti

19-03-20

Thurs.

Papmochni Ekadashi

23-03-20

Mon.

Darsh Amavasya, (Somvati Amavash from 7:01)

25-03-20

Wed.

Chaitri Navaratri, Gudi Padvo, North India Vikram Samvat 2077 Begins

27-03-20

Fri.

Matsya Jayanti

29-03-20

Sun.

British Summer Time Begins (BST)

02-04-20

Thur.

Shree Ramnavami, Abhijit Muhurt 12:42 to 13:34 Leic., Sh. Swami Narayan J.

04-04-20

Sat.

Kamda Ekadashi, Shree Vallbhacharya Vadhai

06-04-20

Mon.

Shree Mahavir Jayanti

07-04-20

Tues.

Vrat & Chaitri Purnima, Shree Hanuman Jayanti, (Purnima (15) Kshaya Tithi – UK)

18-04-20

Sat.

Varuthini Ekadashi, Shree Vallabhabda - 543

22-04-20

Wed.

Darsh Amavasya

25-04-20

Sat.

Parshuram Jayanti

26-04-20

Sun.

Akshay-Akhatreej

03-05-20

Sun.

Mohini Ekadashi

05-05-20

Tues.

Nrusinh Jayanti

06-05-20

Wed.

Kurma Jayanti, Vrat Purnima

07-05-20

Thurs.

Vaishakhi & Budhha Purnima (Purnima until 11:45)

18-05-20

Mon.

Apra Ekadashi, Bhadrakali Ekadashi-Punjab

22-05-20

Fri.

Darsh & Bhavuka Amavasya, Shanaishchar Jayanti

02-06-20

Tues.

Nirjala-Bheem Ekadashi

03-06-20

Wed.

Vat Savitri Vrat Begins

05-06-20

Fri.

Vrat & Vat Savitri Vrat Purnima

16-06-20

Tues.

Yogini Ekadashi

20-06-20

Sat.

Darsh Amavasya

22-06-20

Mon.

Kachchi, Halari Aashadhhi Samvat 2077 Begins

01-07-20

Wed.

Devshayni Ekadashi, Saurashtra Molakat Begins

03-07-20

Fri.

Jaya Parvati Vrat & Gujarat Molakat Begins

04-07-20

Sat.

Vrat & Guru Purnima, Saurashtra Molakat Jagran

06-07-20

Mon.

Jaya Parvati Vrat Jagran & Gujarat Molakat Jagran

16-07-20

Thurs.

Kamika Ekadashi

20-07-20

Mon.

Darsh Amavasya, Somvati Amavas until 18:33, Divaso, Aevrat Jeevrat Jagran

21-07-20

Tues.

Shravan Month & Shiv Pooja Begins

24-07-20

Fri.

Naag Pancham

25-07-20

Sat.

Randhan Chhath, Kalki Jayanti

26-07-20

Sun.

Sheetla Satam

28-07-20

Tues.

Noli Nom (South Gujarat)

30-07-20

Thurs.

Putrada, Pavitra Ekadashi

03-08-20

Mon.

Vrat & Nariyeli Purnima, Balev & Raksha Bandhan

07-08-20

Fri.

Bor Chauth

08-08-20

Sat.

Naag Pancham

09-08-20

Sun.

Randhan Chhath

10-08-20

Mon.

Sheetla Satam

11-08-20

Tues.

Shree Krishna Jayanti, Vratotsav, Nishith Muhurt 24:51 to 25:28 Leic., Kalashtami, (8th Vruddhi Tithi - UK)

12-08-20

Wed.

Janmashtami - Vaishnav

15-08-20

Sat.

Aja Ekadashi, Bharat Independence Day

18-08-20

Tues.

Darsh & Sarva Pitru Amavasya, (Amavas (30) Kshaya Tithi – UK)

21-08-20

Fri.

Varah Jayanti, Hari Talika, Kevda Treej

22-08-20

Sat.

Shree Ganesh Chaturthi, Vinayak Chauth

23-08-20

Sun.

Rushi Panchami, Sama Panchami

25-08-20

Tues.

Durga, Radha and Durva Ashtami, Dharo Attham

28-08-20

Fri.

Parivartini-Jal Zilani Ekadashi

29-08-20

Sat.

Vaman Jayanti

01-09-20

Tues.

Vrat Purnima

13-09-20

Sun.

Indira Ekadashi

16-09-20

Wed.

Sarvapitri Darsh Amavas, Amavas-Purnima Shraddh

18-09-20

Fri.

Adhik Aaso, Purushottam month begins

27-09-20

Sun.

Kamla Ekadashi

01-10-20

Thurs.

Vrat Purnima

02-10-20

Fri.

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti (date)

13-10-20

Tues.

Kamla Ekadashi

16-10-20

Fri.

Darsh Amavasya, Adhik Month ends

17-10-20

Sat.

Navaratri Begins

23-10-20

Fri.

Shree Durga Ashtami, Maha-Havan Ashtami

24-10-20

Sat.

Maha Navami

25-10-20

Sun.

Vijya Dashami, Dashahara, Vijay Muhurt 13:27 to 14:07 Leic., Greenwich Mean Time Begins (GMT)

26-10-20

Mon.

Pashankusha Ekadashi

30-10-20

Fri.

Vrat Purnima

31-10-20

Sat.

Sharad Purnima

04-11-20

Wed.

Karva and Sankat Chauth, Moonrise 18: 37 Leicester

11-11-20

Wed.

Rama Ekadashi

12-11-20

Thurs.

Govats Dwadashi, Vagh Barash, Dhan Terash, Dhan Pooja

13-11-20

Fri.

Kali Chaudas,

14-11-20

Sat.

(Narak Chaturdashi, Moon rise 6:00am, Leicester), Diwali, Lakshmi-Sharda-Chopda Pujan, (Amavas (30) Kshaya Tithi – UK)

15-11-20

Sun.

New Year’s Day Vikram Samvat 2077, Jain Samvat 2547, Annakut

 

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2019/2020 Eclipse Details

 

25 December 2019 – Annular Solar Eclipse (GMT) (Not Visible in UK) - (25th late night)

Beginning 02:29:48, Greatest 05:14:30, End 08:05:42

(Visible in - Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UAE)

 

10 January 2020 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (GMT) (Moon rise 15:49 Leicester) (Visible in UK and it is not observed) –

Eclipse Details:- Beginning - 17:05:36, Mid - 19:10:00, End - 21:14:24

(Visible in - Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia.)

 

5 June 2020 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse BST (Moon rise 21:12 BST Leicester) (Visible in UK and it is not observed) –

During the Moon rise you will see the ending of the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (Moon rise 21:12 Leicester)

Eclipse Details:- Beginning - 18:43:24, Mid - 20:25:00, End - 22:06:30

(Visible in - Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia.)

 

21 June 2020 – Annular Solar Eclipse BST (Not Visible in UK) -

Beginning 04:45:54, Greatest 07:41:18, End 10:34:42

(Visible in - Africa, SE Europe, Asia.) [Annular: C Africa, S Asia, China, Pacific]

The instant of greatest eclipse takes place on 2020 Jun 21 at 07:41:18. This is 6.2 days after the Moon reaches apogee. During the eclipse, the Sun is in the constellation Taurus.

 

5 July 2020 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse BST (Moon Set 04:43am BST Leicester) (Visible in UK and it is not observed) –

During the Moon set you will see the beginning of the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (Moon set 4:43am Leicester).

Eclipse Details:- Beginning - 04:04:12, Mid - 05:30:00, End - 06:55:30

(Visible in - Americas, SW Europe, Africa.)

 

30 November 2020 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (Moon set 07:47am GMT Leicester) (Not Visible in UK and it is not observed) –

Eclipse Details:– Beginning - 07:29:54, Mid - 09:42:48, End - 11:55:42

(Visible in - Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas.)

 

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Adhik Aaso (Ashvin) Maas – Starts Thursday, September 17th 2020, 12:00 BST & ends Friday, October 16th 2020, 20:31 BST

According to the sidereal zodiac system this year the Sun enters the zodiac sign Virgo (Kanya) on September 16th, 14:38 B.S.T. (British Summer Time) and stays in this zodiac sign until October 17th, 02:35 B.S.T. During this period two new moons (Amavasya) occur, the first new moon occur on September 17th, 12:00 B.S.T. and the second new moon occur on October 16th, 20:31 B.S.T. and hence the Adhik Maas. The Adhik Maas occurs at the beginning of the lunar month Aaso (ashvin), hence it’s called as Adhik Aaso (Ashvin), and the following lunar month is regular lunar month Aaso (Ashvin).

 

Blue moon

The term "blue moon" is most often defined as the second full moon occurring within a single month. In 2020 the two full moons (Purnima) occurs in the month of October. The first full moon on 1st October – 22:05 (BST) and the second full moon on 31st October – 14:49 (GMT).

 

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