Some important Hindu religious holidays include Diwali, Holi, Gudi Padwa, Pongal and Ganesh Chaturthi. Diwali, the festival of lights, and Holi, the festival of colors, are the most widely known and celebrated Hindu holidays.
Diwali includes four days of celebration, each with its own stories and traditions honoring light. Firecrackers, lanterns and candles feature prominently in celebrations. Holi is a spring festival for blessing the ground for a good harvest. The participants throw colored powder or squirt colored water at each other in celebration.
Gudi Padwa is a new year celebration. Pongal is a harvest festival, and Ganesh Chaturthi honors Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, known to Hindus as the remover of obstacles.