Pitru Paksha, is a sixteen day period in which Hindus honor their ancestors. The period begins on the first Purnima and ends on Amavasya.
During this period, people not only honor those from their direct biological lineage, but also those who have contributed to their lives in a spiritual, moral or intellectual way.
Customs and traditions
The ritual of Shraddha may differ from person to person. But, generally, it combines three parts; the first part is Pindadan, the offering of Pinda to the ancestors.
For those who don’t know about Pinda Daan, Pindas are rice balls that are usually made of goat’s milk, ghee, sugar, rice, honey and sometimes barley.
The second part of the ceremony is Tarpan, the offering of water mixed with kusha grass, barley, flour, and black sesame. The final part of the ceremony is feeding the Brahmin.
It is also considered auspicious to read the Holy Scriptures during this time.
However, it is believed that there are some things that must be avoided during Pitru Paksha.
One should avoid engaging in new endeavors, eating non-vegetarian foods, onions, and garlic. Also shaving or getting haircuts should be avoided.
Pitru Paksha 2018 are starting from 24 September till 8 October.
24th September(Monday) Purnima Shraddha
25th September(Tuesday) Pratipada Shraddha
26th September(Wednesday)- Dwitiya Shraddha
27th September(Thursday) Tritiya Shraddha
28th September(Friday) Maha Bharani, Chaturthi Shraddha
29th September(Saturday) Panchami Shraddha
30th September(Sunday) Shashthi Shraddha
01st October(Monday) Saptami Shraddha
02nd October(Tuesday) Ashtami Shraddha
03rd October(Wednesday) Navami Shraddha
04th October(Thursday) Dashami Shraddha
05th October(Friday) Ekadashi Shraddha
06th October(Saturday) Magha Shraddha, Dwadashi Shraddha
07th October(Sunday) Trayodashi Shraddha, Chaturdashi Shraddha
08th October(Monday) Sarva Pitru Amavasya
The last day of Pitru Paksha is known as Sarvapitri Amavasya or Mahalaya Amavasya.
It is considered to be the most significant day of Pitru Paksha as on this day, a person who does not know the exact date of our ancestor’s death anniversary, can pay homage and offer food.>