Maha Shivaratri : The festival of Maha Shivratri falls on the 13th (or 14th) day of the month of Phalguna (February–March) of the Indian calendar. The weather remains pleasant throughout India during this time of the year. The word Shivratri literally translates into "the night of Shiva.” This is because the ceremonies take place chiefly at night. A daylong fast, a nightlong vigil, and the reverberating rhythm of sacred chants mark the day. This is a festival observed in honor of Lord Shiva. It is said that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati on this auspicious day. The Shiva Lingam is worshipped throughout the night by washing it every three hours with milk, curd, honey, rose water, etc., whilst the chanting of the Mantra “Om Namah
Shivaya” continues. Offerings of bael leaves are made to the Shiva Linga. Bael leaves are very sacred, for it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi resides in them.