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Krishna Janmashtami 2018, also called Janmashtami and Gokulashtami is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, believed to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu.
On the day of Krishna Janmashtami in some parts of India, the smallest child in the house is dressed as Krishna. At the same time, the kid is served the food first as a symbol of completing the fast.
Similarly, the festival is celebrated in different parts of India with different rituals. Know more about the other parts as well.
North India
‘Rasleela’ is organized in the surrounding states including Delhi as it held great significance in the life of Lord Krishna. In this, the artists perform, as they show the love of Lord Krishna and Radha. With this, the tableaus of Krishna and Radha are also decorated. On the other hand, people celebrate this day in Kashmir State by flying a kite on their roofs.
Central India
The festival of Janmashtami is celebrated quite differently in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Games of ‘Dahi Handi’ are played in the streets and colonies. It holds significance because little Krishna used to steal curd (Dahi) and butter in his childhood. So, to portray the same, a mud pot full of curd and ghee is tied at a certain height and then people have to form a human pyramid to reach that pot. Different teams are formed and the one which wins is rewarded cash prize.
Provincial India
People from the areas of Assam, Manipur and surrounding areas sing ‘borgeets’ on this day. They also organise ‘Rasleela’.
South India
On the day of Krishna Janmashtami in South India, people make their kind of artwork from rice paste outside their homes. As well as fast for late nights and make small footprints in their homes, these feet symbolize the fact that Krishna came into the house.
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Author: Akshita Jain
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