What Are the Three Main Hindu Festivals?

Among the numerous Hindu festivals, Diwali, Holi and Navaratri are the three largest and most widely celebrated. Hindu festivals primarily commemorate a notable event in the life of a god or holy figure. Other celebrations focus on seasonal changes.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is a five-day celebration associated with several deities. Occurring in the fall, it typically marks the Hindu New Year. Holi is a seasonal holiday marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It is renowned for street parties filled with copious amounts of colorful powder thrown on revelers. Navaratri is observed biannually and consists of nine days devoted to worship of Durga, the holy mother.