The festival of Krishna Janmashtami will take place on August 11 and 12, and around the world Hindus will come together to celebrate. This year wil
The festival of Krishna Janmashtami will take place on August 11 and 12, and around the world Hindus will come together to celebrate. This year will celebrate the 5,247th birthday of Lord Krishna, one of the main dieties of the religion.
What is Krishna Janmashtami?
The Hindu festival Janmashtami is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India, and is celebrated across the world as well.
It honours Krishna Janmashtami, or the birth of Lord Krishna, who is believed to be the eighth avatar of the Hindu god Lord Vishnu.
He is said to be born on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapad according to the Hindu calendar.
The festival is especially celebrated in the Indian city of Mathura, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, which is said to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna.
Celebrations this year will look a little different, particularly in India, where COVID-19 cases are climbing exponentially.
Confirmed cases have hiked by more than 60,000 per day and the total infection rate stands at around 2.2 million.
More than 44,000 people have died in India after contracting the virus.
Many religious festivals and ceremonies have been disrupted this year due to coronavirus.
Two of the biggest Islamic events, Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha were both subject to restrictions in various parts of the world.
This year the Hajj was considerably slimmed down, with only 1000 pilgrims allowed into the centre and social distancing strictly adhered to.
Easter ceremonies were also cancelled as churches closed at the height of the pandemic in the west hit in April.