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FEAST OF St. FRANCIS XAVIER.
St Francis Xavier was a Roman Catholic missionary from Portugal who introduced Christianity in Goa. Today his embalmed body lies in a silver casket at the Bom Jesus Church in Panaji and is worshipped by the faithful. On this day in December there are special ceremonies to commemorate his death and it is also the day when he was buried.
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SRI DATTATREYA JAYANTI.
On this day people worship the saint Dattatreya who is considered to be an avatar encompassing the trinity of the Hindu gods - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Dattatreya was the son of the sage Rishi Atri and became a wandering ascetic and a great teacher in the Maharashtra-Karnataka region where he is worshipped.
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MARGASHIRSA PURNIMA.
The Hindu month of Margashirsa is considered the month of dedication and the full moon day of purnima is especially auspicious. The moon is worshipped on this day and during the month devotees pray to Lord Vishnu, recite the Gayatri and Namo Narayan mantras. They take a dip in the river, spend time fasting and listen to the Satyanarayan Katha. It is highly auspicious to give to charity during this month as the givers gain great benefit for the act. On purnima night people visit temples and yagyas are held.
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KARTHIGAI DEEPAM.
This beautiful festival of lights is celebrated in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh during the Tamil month of Karthigai. During the month oil lamps called agal vilakkus are lit every evening to ward off evil and usher in joy and prosperity into a home. The most famous celebration takes place on top of the Tiruvannamalai Hills where a huge fire called Mahadeepam is lit that is visible from far away.
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THIRUVATHIRAI, MADURAI. DECEMBER 2017
At the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, there is an anointing ceremony for nine days and the image of goddess Meenakshi Amman is taken out in procession along the Chitra streets. The ceremony of Arudhra Darshan is followed by the Nataraja image being taken out in procession along the Masi streets. On ashtami the Lord and the Goddess ride oxen carts to go round Kottai streets. There are recitations of sacred poetry and religious discourses by spiritual teachers. Students take part in competitions and are given prizes.
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HORNBILL FESTIVAL. 1ST TO 10TH DECEMBER 2017
This annual festival, named after a bird, the Hornbill, is celebrated in Nagaland to encourage amity and understanding among the Naga tribes. Organised by the government of Nagaland this colourful festival celebrates the many social and religious aspects of Naga culture. It is held at the Naga Heritage Village near Kohima and there are displays of crafts, food, traditional games, music and dances.
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ID MILAD-UN-NABI. 1st DECEMBER 2017
In India this day is also called Barawafat, Id- e- Milad or Mawlid and the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad is celebrated on this day. The day falls in Rabi al-awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar. On this day people gather at the mosques to listen to sermons and offer prayers. They decorate their homes and donate in charity. Food is shared with both guests and the poor.
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DAY OF THE COVENANT, BAHA’I FAITH.

On this day in the 19th century, Bahaullah, the founder of the Baha’i faith appointed his eldest son Abdul Baha as his successor. Followers of the Baha’i faith commemorate this day as the day he entered the Baha’i Covenant and it is called Jashn-i-Azam or the Greatest Festival in Persian.
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THANKSGIVING DAY.
Thanksgiving is celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Called l’Action de Grace in French it is a festival to give thanks for the new harvest. It was begun by the settlers who came from Europe to live in the region. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November with special dishes being cooked like roasted turkey and pumpkin pie.
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VRISHCHIKA SANKRANTI.
Also called a Vishnupadi sankranti this is considered a very auspicious day. On this day the sun enters the Vrischik rashi or Scorpio from Tula rashi or Libra. Devotees worship the sun on this day, take a dip in a river and give in charity.
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