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What are some widely recognized Hindu celebrations?

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There are many Hindu festivals, but some of the most well-known Hindu festivals include Diwali, Holi and Ganesh Chaturthi Other popular celebrations are Raksha Bandhan, Navaratri and Dusshera. Festivals often celebrate gods' birthdays and generally involve feasting, singing and dancing.

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The Hindu New Year -- Diwali, or the festival of lights -- happens around October or November. Hindus light small lamps to encourage Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, to visit their houses. Traditionally, the lights helped Rama on his return from exile.

Holi, the festival of colors, is a spring celebration. Hindus light bonfires to remember the defeat of the demoness Holika. It is a time for throwing colored powders at each other and spraying friends and neighbors with colored water.

Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates when elephant-headed god Ganesh arrived on earth. Before the 10-day festival, Hindus make clay models of Ganesh. On the last day of the festival, they parade the models through the streets and then submerge them in water.

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