Samvatsari will be celebrated all over Gujrat between mid-August and September 2021. This regional holiday is celebrated on Shukla Panchami in the month of Bhadrapada in the Jain calendar. The festival is celebrated on the same day as Ganesh Chaturthi.
Samvatsari Date 2021
|10 September 2021||Friday||Gujarat|
Other Holidays in September 2021
Samvatsari is believed to be one of the holiest and most important day in the Jain calendar. This festival is celebrated on the last day of ‘Parva Paryushana’ which is the holiest festival for the Shwetambara sect of Jainism. On this day, Jains beg forgiveness from all living beings for faults they have made, whether deliberately or unknowingly. They also forgive people who have wronged them in the past. Kshama yachna divas (apology-seeking day), daya divas (kindness day), and ahimsa divas (non-violence day) are some of the other names given to this festival.
On the day of the festival, the poor are given alms, and the picture of a Jina (great teacher) is ceremoniously carried through the streets. The believers undertake a communal confession, and letters are sent asking for forgiveness.
Jains say ‘michachhami dukkadam’ to their friends and family on Samvatsari. The meaning of the phrase is ‘I want your forgiveness if I have offended you in any way, consciously or inadvertently, in thought, word, or deed.’
List of Monthly Holidays 2021