Happy Janmashtami to my Hindu friends!
I’ve been enjoying reading and learning about Krishna Janmashtami, a holiday that begins either today or tomorrow, depending on local observances. It is a celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna, and it involves observances that can range from fasting to creating human pyramids. Happy Janmashtami, everyone!
Hindus celebrate the birth of Krishna on the eighth day of the dark fortnight of either Shravana or Bhadra (depending on whether it’s a leap year). I’m very glad there are smart people who can figure out when that is on the Gregorian Calendar, so I can say “Happy Janmastami!“ at the right time. I’ve been trying to do a better job, recently, of acknowledging major holidays that don’t happen in December.
One of the most memorable, photographable, and dangerous traditions is the Dahi Handi festival, most famously celebrated in Mumbai (but it’s pretty widespread, really). Inspired by stories of Lord Krishna and his friends creating human pyramids to raid household stashes of butter or yogurt, teams form each year, practice, and compete for prizes.
However you celebrate it, please stay safe!
IMAGE CREDITS: Many thanks to “Holidays Today” for the green image of young Lord Krishna as a butter thief, offering greetings of the day, and the blue image of the young Govindas.