2016 Hindu Festivals charts the customary dates as per the dictates of the Hindu calendar on the modern day Gregorian calendar for your ease, and furthermore provides a brief a brief depiction to edify about the traditions and ceremonies.

Date Festival Name Description
15th January 2016 (Friday) Makar Sankranti, Uttarayana Sankranti , Pongal, Maghi, Lohri, Bhogali Bihu. This is the important day that marks the start of Spring all over India.
20th January 2016 (Wednesday) Pushya (Paush) Putrada Ekadashi This is the day where people pray for having children or for the well-being of their child.
23rd January 2016 (Saturday) Pushya (Paush) Purnima This is the best day to start all forms of formal education.
8th February 2016 (Tuesday) Mauni Amavas This is an important day for practicing discipline in your spiritual life.


Date Festival Name Description
12th February 2016 (Friday) Vasant Panchami This is the day where the Goddess Saraswati is worshiped by people attempting to obtain insight and knowledge.
15th February 2016 (Monday) Bhishma Ashtami This is the day where people pray to Lord Vishnu in an attempt to gain sincerity, honesty and candor that is a trademark for Bhishma, who is a loved character from the Mahabharata.
22nd February 2016 (Monday) Maagh Purnima This is an important day where everyone pays ritualistic tributes to their ancestors.
13th February 2016 (Saturday) Kumbha Sankranti This is an important day as it marks the start of the Solar calendar.
7th March 2016 (Tuesday) Maha ShivaRatri This is the day where people pray for forgiveness of their sins and seeking salvation from Lord Shiva.


Date Festival Name Description
23rd March 2016 (Wednesday) Holika Dahan/ Jalanevali Holi/ Chhoti Holi This was the day when Demon Holika had been killed and the people now burn edifices to mark sending the evil away from them.
24th March 2016 (Thursday) Holi This is also called the Festival of Colors and people will smear and throw colors on everyone else in welcoming celebration for spring.
8th April 2016 (Saturday) Yugadi , Gudi Padwa This is the start of the Andhra Pradesh’s traditional New Year as well as in Maharashtra as well.


Date Festival Name Description
9th April 2016 (Saturday) Gauri Puja/Gangaur This holiday is observed in a few parts of India and it is believed that praying on this specific day will give you a happy life when married.
15th April 2016 (Friday) Rama Navami This is the birthday one of the incarnations of the beloved Lord Vishnu, Lord Ram.
14th April 2016 (Thursday) Solar New Year – Baisakh/ Bohag Bihu/ Vishu/ Pahela Baisakh (Nabo Barsho)/ Navreh. This is the New Year for Kashmir, West Bengal, Kerala, Assam and Punjab. It is a huge celebration that everyone celebrates.
22nd April 2016 (Friday) Hanuman Jayanti This is the birthday celebration of the God Vanara.


Date Festival Name Description
8th May 2016 (Sunday) Parashuram Jayanti This day is celebrated as Parashuram’s birthday, which is the 6th incarnation of the Lord Vishnu.
9th April 2016 (Monday) Akshaya Tritiya/ Akha Teej This is one of the most important days that brings with it blessings on various virtues that aren’t possible to destroy.
21st May 2016 (Saturday) Buddha Purnima This is the day of celebrating the birthday, Nirvana and wisdom of Lord Buddha.
4th June 2016 (Saturday) Vat Savitri Vrat This is the day where all married men pray for the well-being of their husband’s.
5th June 2016
(Sunday) Shani Jayanti This day celebrates the birthday of Lord Shani.


Date Festival Name Description
14th June 2016 (Tuesday) Ganga Dussehra This is the special day when the river Ganga, which is a celestial entity is worshiped.
16th June 2016 (Thursday) Nirjala Ekadashi This is a day where people fast, and often without water, to seek gifts.
19th June 2016 (Sunday) Vat Purnima Vrat This is the day where all married women pray that their spouse lives a long life.
6th July 2016 (Wednesday) Jagannath Rathyatra This is a chariot celebration that is commemorated every year and Goddess Subhadra, Lord Balaram and Lord Jagannath are also worshiped.
15th July 2016 (Friday) Dev Shayani Ekadashi or Hari Shayani Ekadashi or Padma Ekadasi This is the starting date of the 4 month time frame that is called Chatur-Masa.
19th July 2016 (Tuesday) Guru Purnima On this day all of the disciples pay their teachers, whether they are religious or not, tribute.
5th August 2016 (Friday) Hariyali Teej On this day the women pray that their marital bond will remain strong.


Date Festival Name Description
7th August 2016 (Wednesday) Nag Panchami During this time people are looking for good fortune through snake worship.
12th August 2016 (Friday) Varalakshmi Vrat This is another day when the married women pray to have children and also for their family’s well-being.
18th August 2016 (Thursday) Raksha Bandhan This is a day that celebrates the bonds between sisters and brothers.
21st August 2016 (Sunday) Kajari/ Kajli Teej This is a day where married women fast for the well-being and long life of their husband.husband.
25th August 2016
  Janmashtami This day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna, who was another incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
4th September 2016
(Sunday) Hartalika Teej On this day the women will pray for a marital bond that is fulfilling.
5th September 2016
(Monday) Ganesh Chaturthi This is the birthday of Lord Ganesha and it is thought to be a good time to start any new beginnings.
6th September 2016
(Tuesday) Rishi Panchami This is the day where the great sages all over the country are honored for guiding everyone through the right path of life.


Date Festival Name Description
9th September 2016 (Friday) Radha Ashtami This is the birthday of Radha, who is known to be the divine consort of Lord Krishna.
13th September 2016 (Tuesday) Parsva Ekadashi or Vamana Ekadasi This day is when Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Vamana.
15th September 2016 (Thursday) Ganesh Visarjan, Anant Chaturdashi This is the last day of the Ganesh Puja and the day when Anant Dev is worshiped for those seeking prosperity.
30th September 2016 (Friday) Sarva-Pitru Amavasya/ Mahalaya Amavasya This day is spent paying tribute to their departed relatives by the living ones.
1st October 2016 (Saturday) Sharad Navratri or Maha Navaratri begins This is the starting date of the 9 days that are spent worshiping the various forms of Goddess Durga.


Date Festival Name Description
11th October 2016 (Tuesday) Dussehra Mythology says that this is the day that Ram defeated Ravana and people celebrate this day to signify that everything is good.
12th October 2016 (Wednesday) Papankusha Ekadashi This is the day where people ask Lord Vishnu to forgive their sins through worship.
15th October 2016 (Saturday) Sharad Purnima or Kojagari Poornima. This is the day where Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped by people who are looking for prosperity, contentment and serenity.
19th October 2016 (Wednesday) Karwa Chauth This is a fast that is observed by married women who are praying for their husband to be happy and have a long life.
22nd October 2016 (Saturday) Ahoi Ashtami This is the day where mothers fast for their son(s) well-being.
26th October 2016 (Wednesday) Rama Ekadashi This is the day that believe believe that they can attain salvation by observing certain rituals.
28th October 2016 (Friday) Dhan Teras/ Dhana Trayodashi On this day people buy precious metals and worship Lord Kubera and/or Goddess Lakshmi.
29th October 2016 (Saturday) Narak Chaturdashi/ Kali Chaudus/ Chhoti Deewali On this day the people ask for strength by worshiping Goddess Kali.
30th October 2016 (Sunday) Diwali or Deepavali This is the day where a huge celebration is held to get rid of all darkness from one’s life.
31st October 2016 (Monday) Gowardhan Puja/ Annakut This is the day people seek protection by worshiping Lord Krisna.
1st November 2016 (Tuesday) Bhaiya Duj/ Bhai dooj/ Bhatri Dwitiya/ Bhau Bij/ Bhai Tika/ Bhai Phota This is the day where the sisters pray for their brothers to have a long and happy life.
6th November 2016 (Sunday) Chhath Puja or Surya Shashti This is the day where the Sun God is prayed to.


Date Festival Name Description
10th November 2016 (Thursday) Prabodhini Ekadasi or Devutthana Ekadashi This is the ending day of the 4 month period of Chatur-Masa.


Date Festival Name Description
10th December 2016 (Saturday) Gita Jayanti , Mokshada Ekadashi This is the day when the Bhagavad Gita is thought to have been written. This is the day when praying can help you to achieve salvation.
13th December 2016 (Tuesday) Dattatreya Jayanti This is the birthday of God Dattatreya, who is a mixture of Maheswara (Shiva), Vishnu and Brahma.
13th December 2016 (Tuesday) Margashirsha Purnima This is the day where the unmarried females bath in the river Yamuna while praying to get their choice groom.