Festivals

Celebrating the Many Faces of the Divine

Spiritual festivals are held throughout the year at Bhakti Marga centres worldwide. All of the festivals include special ceremonies and prayers performed according to the event and each allows us to experience the Divine in a unique way. Bhakti Marga has an open and accepting attitude towards expressions of spirituality that celebrate the love of the Divine. As a result, we celebrate festivals from both Hinduism and Christianity.

Annual Hindu Festivals

Hindu festivals are accompanied by kirtan, Satsang, meditation, theatre and other devotional activities that cultivate the bhakti, or love, that one has within oneself.   

  • Paramahamsa Vishwananda’s Jayanthi: 13 June 1978: A joyful celebration of Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda’s birthday.

  • Gurupurnima: A day devoted to honouring the Guru.

  • Navaratri: A nine-night celebration commemorating the nine forms of Durga: Divine Mother.

  • Babaji Day: Celebrating the day that Babaji promised to stay in His body for the benefit of humanity.

  • Hanuman Jayanthi: The birthday of Hanuman, the monkey-god who is in eternal service to Lord Rama.

  • Ram Navami: The birthday of Lord Rama, the greatest model of righteousness.

  • Bhudevi/Lakshmi Yagna: A yagna dedicated to Bhudevi, Maha Lakshmi.

  • Narasimha Chaturthi: The day Lord Narasimha (half-man, half-lion) appeared on Earth.

  • Gayatri Yagna: Dedicated to Gayatri Devi, the Gayatri mantra is chanted continuously throughout the yagna.

  • Dhanteras/Diwali: The beloved festival of lights.

  • Karthik: An all-night celebration that praises the glory of Lord Krishna.

  • Pitra Paksh: Offering a prayer on behalf of our ancestors, so that their souls find peace.

  • Tulsi Vivaha: The wedding between Srimati Tulsi Devi and Lord Krishna.

  • Krishna Janmashtami: On Krishna Janmashtami, we remember the day that the world was blessed with the Lotus Feet of Lord Krishna.

  • Shivaratri: The all-night festival of Shivaratri is an opportunity to worship the greatest devotee of the Lord: Shiva.

Annual Christian Feast Days

Most of the Christian feast days include a liturgy with Holy Communion, procession, veneration of the saint and singing praises of God.

  • Christmas: Nativity of Christ

  • Baptism of Christ: Theophany, also called Epiphany

  • Meeting of the Lord: Presentation of Christ at the Temple

  • Annunciation of the Theotokos

  • Holy Week (Pascha): Palm Sunday, Last Supper, Crucifixion of Christ, Christ’s descent into Hades, and the Resurrection of the Lord

  • Easter: Ascension of Christ

  • Pentecost

  • St. Pantaleimon Feast Day

  • Transfiguration

  • Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Theotokos

  • Nativity of the Theotokos

  • Elevation of the Holy Cross: Exaltation of the Cross

  • All Saints Day

  • Presentation of the Theotokos in the Temple

  • St. Nicholas Feast Day