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April 2024 packed with Hindu festivals: Exhaustive list

To make sure you prepare well for the April festivals — Papmochani Ekadashi, Pradosh Vrat, Baisakhi, Vishu Kani, Rama Navmi etc — here's a full compilation

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In March, the festivities began with Maha Shivratri and concluded with Holi. However, in April, various festivals will be observed to commemorate the commencement of the Hindu New Year. These celebrations differ slightly in each state.

This year, on 9 April, the start of Vikram Samvat 2081 will be marked by festivals such as Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, and Cheti Chand celebrated by the Sindhi community.

Following this, on 13 April, Baisakhi will be celebrated in Punjab, while Puthandu will be observed in Tamil Nadu, Vishu Kani in Kerala, and Poela Boishakh in West Bengal on 14 April. Additionally, on 9 April, devotees of Maa Durga will eagerly anticipate the commencement of Navratri, which falls on the first day of the Hindu month of Chaitra.

To ensure that you adequately prepare for the April festivals, such as Papmochani Ekadashi, Pradosh Vrat, Baisakhi, Vishu Kani, or Rama Navami, we present a comprehensive compilation of all the festivals occurring this month.

April 2024: List of Hindu festivals

1 and 2 April: Sheetala Saptami and Sheetala Ashtami are celebrated on the seventh and eighth day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Chaitra, typically occurring a week after the festival of Holi. Devotees worship Maa Sheetala to protect themselves from heat-borne diseases like smallpox, as well as to seek success and prosperity.

5 April: That will be Papmochani Ekadashi. It is considered an auspicious day for Hindus. On this day, Vishnu devotees observe a day-long fast to cleanse themselves of past sins. Ekadashi, the 11th day of the lunar calendar, occurs twice a month during Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha.

Papmochani Ekadashi: An occasion this April

6 April: Shani Trayodashi, Pradosh Vrat

7 April: Masik Shivratri and Somvati Amavasya

8 April: Somavati Amavasya, Chaitra Amavasya

9 April: Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Chaitra Navratri begins: The commencement of the new Vikram Samvat will be joyously celebrated throughout the nation. It is believed that Brahma brought forth the universe on this auspicious day. While Ugadi is observed in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka, Gudi Padwa is the festival of Maharashtra and Goa. Chaitra Navratri is celebrated across the country.

11 April: Matsya Jayanti, Gauri Puja, Gangaur, Masik Karthigai, Swayambhuva Manvadi

Gangaur
Gangaur, a colourful festival dedicated to Ma Gauri and celebrated in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh during the Hindu month of Chaitra

12 April: Lakshmi Panchami, Rohini Vrat

13 April: Baisakhi, Mesha Sankranti, Skanda Sashti: Baisakhi, primarily celebrated in Punjab and Haryana, is the festival of Northern India. Traditionally, it is celebrated every year on 13 or 14 April. This spring festival is commemorated with great enthusiasm.

14 April: Yamuna Chhath, Puthandu, Vishu Kani, Poela Boishakh: Puthandu, Vishu Kani, and Pohela Boishakha are celebrated by the people of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and West Bengal respectively, signifying the commencement of a new year.

15 April: Chaitra Navapada Oli begins

16 April: Tara Jayanti: This day commemorates the manifestation anniversary of Goddess Tara, renowned for her compassionate nature and protective abilities (read the caption of the image above for more).

17 April: Rama Navami: Celebrated annually on the final day of Chaitra Navratri, Rama Navami signifies the birth of Rama, believed to be the incarnation of Vishnu. Swaminarayan Jayanti is observed on this day too.

19 April: Kamada Ekadashi: Falling on the 11th lunar day of the waxing moon in the month of Chaitra, Kamada Ekadashi is observed.

20 April: Thrissur Pooram, Vamana Dwadashi: The grand temple festival of Thrissur Pooram takes place at Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur, Kerala, with a magnificent procession featuring over 50 elephants adorned with golden ornaments. Various temples are invited to pay homage to Vadakkunnathan.

21 April: Celebration of Mahavir Swami Jayanti and observance of Pradosh Vrat.

23 April: Commemoration of Hanuman Jayanti and the auspicious occasion of Chaitra Purnima.

24 April: Vaishakha begins. It’s also the day for Ishti.

27 April: Observance of Vikata Sankashti Chaturthi, a festival dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the god of wisdom, knowledge and prosperity.

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