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Popularly known as Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, the holiday is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. Sri Krishna is said to be the eighth incarnation of god Vishnu who gave the very important message of the Bhagwat Gita. As a child, Krishna was a naughty boy known for his pranks, such as tricking people out of their butter or stealing their clothes on the riverside as they took a bath. He is also known for defeating a 100-headed serpent by just dancing it to submission.
When is Janmashtami?
Janmashtami is marked on the eighth day of the dark month of Bhadrava, which is between August and September. Number eight is of considerable significance since it is believed that god Krishna was the eighth child of his mother, Devaki. Janmashtami 2020 will be observed on Wednesday, 12 August.
Is Janmashtami a public holiday?
Janmashtami is a public and a gazetted holiday in India. This means that it is a day off to all employees unless those offering essential services. In Tamil Nadu, this festival is referred to as Sri Krishna Jayanti.
What is closed or open on Janmashtami?
As a gazetted holiday, government offices, schools, organisations, and most businesses remain closed. The public transport is mostly unaffected as people travel for religious celebrations. It is, however, paramount to check with your local transport authority for any timetable changes.
Why is Janmashtami celebrated?
Janmashtami commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna over 5200 years ago in Mathura. Lord Krishna is considered humble, generous, intelligent, and people mark this day to seek blessings from him. Janmashtami is also celebrated as a way to strengthen unity and bring people together.
Things to do on Janmashtami
The festival is marked for 2-3 days by Hindus not only in India but across the globe. Janmashtami is observed with all-night vigils, devotional songs, fasting, sharing of sweets and Janmashtami decorations, and Rangoli designs.
You can attend prayer meetings and ceremonies at the temples. Ritual performances such as bathing the idol Krishna and dressing it in new clothes and jewellery are conducted.
If you are in Maharashtra, you can plan on taking part in exciting rituals such as the pots filled with money, butter and curd hanging high over the streets. Boys then form human pyramids to try and break them. The fun activity is in imitation of Krishna's childhood play. This event is usually accompanied by 108 different dishes that are religiously identified by the Hindu faithful.
Take this festival as a perfect time to pump your home with Janmashtami decorations. Lord Krishna's paintings and sculptures depicting his life as a divine lover, dancing, playing the flute, and surrounded by adoring women will be a beauty in your home. Also, invite family and friends over for a feast and have fun playing pranks on each other as you commemorate Krishna is a fun way.
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