Hindu and Jain Holidays

August 30, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On August 30, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "as Americans celebrate Labor Day weekend, two of India's major religions will observe significant holidays. On Saturday, Hindus will celebrate Krishna Janmashtami, honoring the birth of Lord Krishna. Celebrants listen to sacred stories and worship Krishna, the avatar, or incarnation, of the god Vishnu. From Tuesday through Sept. 10, Jains in the Shvetambaras (white clad) sect will observe the Paryshuna Festival, a time of fasting, meditation and prayer."