Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)

Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu): August 25th, 2016     



In an effort to create more awareness about world faiths and philosophies, the Office of Internal Affairs and International Initiatives would like to notify campus community members about dates of significance within several world religions.  This message relates to Krishna Janmashtami which is celebrated on August 25th this year.

Krishna Janmashtami is a celebration of the birth of Lord Sri Krishna, who Hindus consider to be their leader, hero, protector, philosopher, teacher and friend.  The celebration is spread over two days, the first day is called Krishan ashtami or Gokul ashtami and the second day is called Kaal ashtami or Janam ashtami.  During this celebration Hindus are likely to forego sleep and sing traditional Hindu songs.  Because it is believed that Krishna was born at midnight, it is at this time that the true festivities begin.  Food is prepared with milk and curds which are said to be some of Krishna’s favorites and dances and songs are used to venerate and remember this supreme God.   Some choose to fast the first 24 hours and only eat after the midnight celebrations.  They also recite hymns from the gita, sing devotional songs and chant mantras.

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Prairie View A&M University acknowledges and embraces the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff. Due to the great number and diversity of viewpoints, this resource is not able to provide an exhaustive list of significant dates for all faith and philosophical traditions. Likewise, the practice of special dates may differ based on region, denomination or generational differences.