Festivals

Bihar Festivals have been centre of attraction for tourists across the globe. Many traditional festivals are celebrated here reflect the true fragrance of Indian Culture. Apart from them Bodhgaya Festivals are attended by Buddhists of all parts of the world. For any tourist especially Buddhists, Bodhgaya Festivals in India are the main focal point which makes them visit India and bodhgaya many times in their lives.

Some the most popular Bihar Festivals and Buddha Festivals & Events are:


Buddha Jayanti
In the month of April or May it is celebrated on a full moon day as Buddha’s birth anniversary as well as enlightenment.

Nyingma festival  
It is celebrated for world peace and is often attended by the Dalai Lama as well. 

Buddha Mahotsava
The important of all Buddha Festivals & events is Buddha Mahotsava which is a three-day celebration filled with cultural and religious activities.

Nyingma Monlam Chenmo
It is celebrated in January –February for around three weeks.

Chatth Puja in Bihar
It is celebrated around a week after the festival of Diwali. However, the two festivals are not connected, mythologically speaking. While Diwali celebrates the return of Lord Rama after the battle with the demon king Ravana, Chhath is an ancient festival supposedly started by the King of Anga Desh (modern Bhagalpur region in Bihar) named Karna. Karna is a powerful character in the epic Mahabharata.

Sama-Chakeva
This festival is celebrated in the Mithila region of Bihar dedicated to the brother- sister relationship. It is time when birds migrate from the Himalayas to the plains heralding the beginning of this festival with the girls making and decorating clay idols of various birds....

Ramnavami - Ramanavami
festival is celebrated with traditional reverence and gaiety in Bihar with people observing seven days fasts. This is the auspicious day when lord Rama was born. Temples dedicated to Lord Rama are beautifully decorated and special prayers are carried out

Makar-Sankranti
This festival marks the end of winter and beginning of the summer season. It is also known as Tila Sankranti. Every year it is observed on the 14th of January. People celebrate it by giving offerings to the poor.

Bihula
This festival is celebrated in the Eastern Bihar especially famous in Bhagalpur district. People pray to goddess Mansa for the welfare of their family.

Madhushravani –
Madhushravani is celebrated in the month of Sawan (Hindu calendar August all over Mithilanchal in Bihar with enthusiasm and reverence.

Buddha Jayanti
On Buddha Jayanti in the month of Vaisakh (April/May), Buddhists from India and abroad throng to Bodhgaya and Rajgir.

Mahavir Jayanti
There are two major Jain festivals: Mahavir Jayanti (April) which is celebrated with great pomp on Parasnath hill and Deo Diwali (10 days after diwali) which marks the final liberation of Lord Mahavira in Bihar.

Saurath Sabha
Every year for a fortnight in June, the village of Saurath in Madhubani district witnesses a unique gathering of Mithila Brahmins from all over India.It is called Saurath Sabha and is the biggest marriage market. Parents of marriageable children bring horoscopes and negotiate marriages in a vast mango grove.

Teej:
Teej is celebrated by women in Bihar for the long life of their husbands. The other festivals which are also celebrated with same joy and happiness are BasantPanchami, Shivratri, RakshaBandhan, Holi, Durga Puja, Deepawali, Id, Bakrid, Christmas etc.

Newan or Newani:
When the crops are cut, some of the new grain is taken home and eaten with certain ceremonies. This feast is known as Newan or Newani. When the grain is collected on the threshing-floor, a cake of cow dung is placed on the top of the heap to avert the evil eye . South of the Ganges, worship is also done to the village deity.

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