Krishna Janmashtami, also known simply as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. It is observed according to the Hindu luni-solar calendar, on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in Shraavana or Bhadrapad (depending on whether the calendar chooses the new moon or full moon day as the last day of the month), which overlaps with August/September of the Gregorian calendar.
It is an important festival particularly to the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism.
Dance-drama enactments of the life of Krishna according to the Bhagavata Purana (such as Rasa lila or Krishna Lila), devotional singing through the midnight when Krishna was born, fasting (upavasa), a night vigil (ratri jagaran), and a festival (mahotsava) on the following day are a part of the Janmashtami celebrations.
Krishna Janmashtami is followed by the festival Nandotsav, which celebrates the occasion when Nanda Baba distributed gifts to the community in honour of the birth.
- Date: August 11 2020
- Also Called: Krishnashtami, SaatamAatham, Gokulashtami, Yadukulashtami, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti
- Significance: Celebrate the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu
- Celebrations: Dahi Handi (next day), kite-flying, fair, traditional sweet dishes etc
- Observed By: Hindus in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia ,Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname etc.
- Religious Type: Hindu