All festivals observed by Bharatiyas have a marvelous inner meaning. But men in general view them in terms of external observances and celebrate them with feasts and frolic. These festivals were really intended to be used for the exclusive worship of the Divine, enjoy the bliss of that devotion and overcome pain and sorrow. These holy days were instituted for the purpose of getting rid of ignorance and cultivating right knowledge, the higher wisdom and cosmic consciousness. - Baba

Festival Calendar 2020

(Note: All festivals are tentative, please call the center for more information)

Month Date

Festival

Importance

JANUARY 01 New Year

Celebration of the first day of the New Year

15 Makara Sankranti (Pongal)

The beginning of the auspicious half of the year, based on the Sun’s movement.

FEBRUARY 21 Maha Shivaratri

A night time vigil of devotional singing adoring Lord Shiva.

MARCH

10 Holi

Holi is a Hindu spring festival in India and Nepal, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love.

25 Ugadi

New Year's Day for the people of the states of Andhra, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra

April 2 Sri Ramanavami

Birthday Celebrations of Lord Sri Rama

6 Mahavir Jayanthi Birth celebrations of Mahavir
12 Easter

Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ

14-15 Tamil New Year and Vishu New Year’s Day for the people of the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
24 Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam

Bhagawan's Maha Samadhi Anniversary

MAY 06 Easwaramma Day Celebration of the life of the Mother of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
07 Buddha Poornima

Commemoration of the life and teachings of Lord Buddha

24 El-Ul-Fitr The Muslim festival marking the end of the fast of Ramadan
JULY 5 Guru Poornima

Celebration of the Divine Guru embodied as Sathya Sai

AUGUST

12 Sri Krishna Janmashtami The birthday of Lord Krishna.

22 Ganesha Chaturthi

A day dedicated to the worship of Lord Ganesha

31 Onam

Commemoration of Emperor Bali’s surrender to Lord Vamana, the Avatar of Lord Vishnu.

SEPTEMBER 19-20 Rosh Hashanah Jewish New Years
28 Yom Kippur

Jewish festival the holiest day of the year. Fasting and atonement, solemnity and joy.

OCTOBER

20 Avatar Declaration Day Commemoration of Bhagavan Baba’s declaration of Avatarhood in 1940.
25 Vijay Dasami (Dasera)

Celebration and worship of the Divine Mother for ten consecutive days.

NOVEMBER 14

Deepavali (Diwali)

Festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness over evil.

 

14-15 Global Akhanda Bhajans

Uninterrupted bhajans for 24 hours in the Center as a prelude to Baba’s Birthday celebrations.

19 Ladies Day Celebration of the greatness of women and the ideal of motherhood.
23 Bhagavan Baba’s Birthday Millions throng to pay homage to the Avatar of the Age.
30 Guru Nanak Jayanthi

Guru Nanak Jayanthi

DECEMBER 10 First Day of Hanukkah

Celebration of the birthday of Lord Jesus.

 

25 Christmas

Celebration of the birthday of Lord Jesus.

Note: Dates given above are only indicative and are subject to change.