Mahashivaratri (Hinduism) Mahashivaratri is dedicated to Shiva, one of the major deities to whom Hindus direct thier devotion. The night before the feast, Hindus recite texts, sing, and tell stories in honour of thie God whose dynamic cosmic dance creates, preserves, destroys, and recreates the world.
Diwali (Hinduism) Diwali (Deepavali), a very popular Hindu festival known as the Festival of Lights, is dedicated to the Goddess Kali in Bengal and Lakshmi (the Goddess of Wealth) in the rest of India. Diwali is associated with a story about the destruction of evil by Lord Vishnu in one of his many manifestations.
Dassehra (Hinduism) Dassehra (Vijay Dasami) celebrates the victory of good over evil: of Lord Rama over the demon Ravan, and the Goddess Durga over a demon. It follows the nine-day celebration of Navaratri (nine nights) and the Durga Puja (worship), when other Goddesses are worshiped.
Ganesh Chaturthi (Hinduism) Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birthday of Ganesh, God of Success.