Explanation on Festivals

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.

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.

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.