Janmashtami in Mizoram in 2021

Janmashtami in Mizoram in 2021
  How long until Janmashtami?
This holiday next takes place in 649 days.
  Dates of Janmashtami in Mizoram
2021 Mon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
2019 Sat, Aug 24Regional Holiday
2015 Sat, Sep 5Regional Holiday
  Summary
The birthday of Lord Krishna, the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu who gave the message of the Bhagwat Gita
  Janmashtami in other countries
Janmashtami internationally

When is Janmashtami?

Janmashtami is a Hindu festival and a Gazetted holiday in many regions of India.

It may be known as Gokulashtami or Sreekrishna Jayanthi in some regions.  ​According to the Hindu calendar, Janmashtami is celebrated on the Ashtami (eighth day) of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of Shravana or Bhadra (in the Hindu calendar, there is a leap month once every three years).

In India, is a Gazetted holiday in Bihar, Chandigarah, Chattisgarah, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Miizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

In Tamil Nadu this holiday is known as Sri Krishna Jayanti.

History and Background of Janmashtami

This is one of the most important Hindu festivals, Janmashtami (Krishna Jayanti) is the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth reincarnation of Lord Vishnu who gave the vital message of the Bhagwat Gita - the guiding principles for every Hindu.

Across India, there will be ceremonies and prayers at temples dedicated to Krishna. The day before may consist of fasting and prayer up to midnight, the time at which it was said that Krishna was born.

Krishna was born in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. In this region, a common tradition is the performance of Krishna Lila, a folk drama consisting of scenes from Krishna's life.

Many customs have developed in the different parts of India, all based on stories from Krishna's life. For instance, it is said that as a boy, Krishna loved butter and milk so much that they had to be kept out of his reach. This story is reflected in many climbing games for children.

  • In Tamil Nadu, oiled poles with pots of money tied to the top are set up. Boys dressed as Krishna then try to climb these poles to get the money while onlookers squirt water at them.
  • In Maharashtra, where the festival is known as Govinda, pots containing buttermilk are suspended high over streets. Teams of boys then form human pyramids competing against each other to see who can break the most pots.

Krishna

Many colourful legends tell of Krishna's life and he is a prominent figure in Hindu writings.

As a child, he is noted for his pranks such as the aforementioned butter stealing and images of him as a child often show him dancing joyously and holding a ball of butter in his hands.

As an adult, he is most commonly depicted as a dancer or a lover, often playing the flute and surrounded by adoring women. In one story, it is said that defeated the many-headed serpent Kaliya by dancing it into submission.

Janmashtami Around the World

Janmashtami is celebrated with great enthusiasm by Hindus across the Indian subcontinent and beyond. In "A Janmashtami Journey", we take a whistle-stop tour around the world to look at how this great festival is celebrated.

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