The marriage of Shiva and Parvathi is celebrated as Sitalsasthi.  It is celebrated as a carnival. 

Kumbh Mela

The Kumbh Mela, one of the India’s largest fairs, takes place ina 12 year cycle at Prayag (Allahabad), Hardwar, Nasik and Ujjain. The holiest of these is the mela at Prayag, at the confluence of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati.  Millions of pilgrims at Prayag to bathe in the Ganga during the mela. The Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years, and is an ordinary large Kumbh Mela.  The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela, a smaller Kumbh Mela, is celebrated every six years.  the normal Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 4 years.  The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela, a special large Kumbh Mela, occurs every 12 “Purna Kembh Melas” or 144 years. 

Karthik Purnima (Dev Diwali)

A unique festival is celebrated in Varanasi this day which is called Dev Devali.  The Kartik Purnima festival also coincides with the Jain Light Festival and Guru Nanak Jayanti.


Prathamastami is a festival that originated in Oriya.  It is held on the 8th day of the month of Agrahayana, when older female relatives pray for the prosperity of their eldest child.  The festival is followed by rituals and recitations of the Glory of Mahalakshmi and Shashti Devi.

Bhai Dooj

Bhai Dooj, also referred to as Bhaubeej, is the ceremony performed by Hindus, generally, on the second day of Deepavali.  It is celebrated among brothers and sisters and is similar to Raksha Bandhan, except there is no tying of Rakhi involved.

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