Guru Purnima ranks among the major festivals in India. It is widely celebrated in various parts of the country and especially in North India. Hundreds of people take part in the Guru Purnima festival.
The Guru Purnima festival takes place on the day of the full moon in the month of Ashadh according to the Hindu calendar. On the day of the festival, people pay their homage of their Guru by offering pujas to them. After the initial worship, widespread celebrations take place.
Guru Purnima is also celebrated to mark the birth of Guru Veda Vyas. He was the author of the Mahabharata. He collected all the Vedic hymns and divided them into four parts according to their use in the sacrificial rites. After collection them he taught them to his disciples.
On the day of the Guru Purnima, people go to the temples and offer worships to the respective Gurus. After the worship, the prasad is distributed among the people. People also exchange gifts and greetings between family members, relatives and friends. Women dress themselves in traditional sarees and decorate themselves with traditional jewelry. Men also wear new clothes. Traditional dances and music are performed to pay homage to the gurus. People cook mouth watering delicacies and have meals together.
Guru Purnima is very much prevalent in the northern parts of India. To mark the event most offices, educational institutions and business houses in North India remain closed.. Companies and business houses offer gifts to the customers and employees as a goodwill gesture. One can also buy a wide range of items at discounted rates as the shopping sale takes place during this period.