Halloween is one of the most well-known festivals worldwide, but how many of you are familiar with these Indian festivals similar to Halloween? Even though there are no pumpkins or spooky costumes, the traditions are similar. So, like the rest of the world prepares for Halloween, here’s a look at our own desi versions of Indian Halloween Celebrations during the holidays.
Odisha’s Badabadiya Daka
The Badabadiya Daka festival is held in the Indian state of Odisha. Badabadiya Daka is a special puja ritual performed on Diwali for the forefathers, praying and requesting that they come in the dark and leave in the light. People light sticks and point them up into the sky to pray to their ancestors. It is observed on the holy steps of Odisha’s famous Jagannath Temple.
Mahalaya Amavasya during Pitru Paksha,
In India, people observe Pitra Paksha, a sixteen-day period during which Hindus remember and pray to their ancestors. The most important day of Pitru Paksha is Sarvapitri Amavasya or Mahalaya Amavasya, which occurs on the last day of the month. Throughout this period, family members perform Shraddha (a ritual in which food and water are offered to the deceased souls). This is done to ensure that our ancestors’ souls are cared for even after they die and continue to live in heaven.
The Bhoot Chaturdashi, also widely recognized as the Narak Chaturdashi, follows. The day is observed on the fourteenth day of Krishna Paksha in Kartik month, according to Hindu rituals (according to the Hindu calendar). Choti Diwali is observed on the same day in North India; however, this is the day when evil spirits are expelled in the far east. On this day, 14 forefathers are summoned and then warded off; rituals also include preparing 14 types of vegetables and the lighting of 14 earthen lamps on the same day.
Another festival, Shab e-Barat, is primarily observed by the Muslim community. It is observed on the fourteenth night of Sha’aban, and people pray to the Lord as He writes their fate. It is presumed that the Lord writes people’s fate based on their deeds on the Night of Records, also known as the Night of Fortune and Forgiveness. People visit their loved ones’ graves and pray for them as part of the celebrations.
So these are some known celebrations during Halloween in India. tell us comments below if you celebrate Halloween being an Indian. Well particularly, I don’t have any species on this occasion but it always excites me. So that’s all for today.
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