April 9, 2016
|Last Year (2015)||22th March|
|Present Year (2016)||9th April|
|Next Year (2017)||30th March|
Gangaur is a Hindu festival, which is celebrated in the state of Rajasthan and few parts of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal , which is celebrated in honour of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is one of the famous festivals for Rajasthani’s people and celebrated with great fervour. It is the celebration of harvest and welcoming the spring season and martial fidelity.
When Is It Celebrated?
The festival of Gangaur commences from the first day of Chaitra months of Hindu calendar, the day after Holi, which continues for next 16 days and falls generally in the months of March and April as per the English Georgian Calendar.
How It Is Celebrated?
The word Gana is the name of Lord Shiva and word Gaur stands for Goddess Gauri or Parvati , which together symbolize Saubhagya “marital bliss”. On this day unmarried women worship Lord Shiv-Parvati for being blessed for a good husband, while the married women celebrate the festival for the prosperity of their husbands and pray for a happy married life. In earlier period Rajasthani people migrated to Kolkata in West Bengal and starts celebrating Gangaur. Now this celebration is more than hundred years old in Kolkata and Bengali people also celebrated it with great fervour.
Ganguar is celebrated on the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, which gives young boys and girls an occasion for interaction among each other. It is an auspicious occasion and having several rituals related to it. According to the one of the most famous rituals, the newly married women do fasting for the whole coming eighteen days for the success of their married life and pray for the prosperity of their husband while unmarried girls fast for the whole period of eighteen days and enjoy only one meal in a day in the hope to find an ideal husband. Gangaur Melas (Fairs and Fest) are organised throughout the eighteen day period, which ends on the third day of the Shukla Paksha of Chaitra Month.