Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is the occasion of the birth of Lord Krishna. Hindus celebrate it every year.

It came in the eighth tithi (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in Bhadrapada Masa, the Hindu lunisolar calendar. Krishna is the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu.

In the Gregorian calendar, the date overlaps between August and September. It is an auspicious festival, particularly in the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism.

The devotional song played at midnight, and a night vigil (Ratri Jagran) took place when Krishna was born. Devotees worship the infant, Lord Krishna. 

Devotees make fasting (upavasa) a part of the Janmashtami celebrations. It is celebrated all over India, especially in Mathura and Vrindavan. 

Priests Dahi-handi recite the Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita. Devotees organize dance-drama events called Rasa Lila or Krishna Lila. 

In the northern region, on the next day of Janmashtami, people celebrate Dahi-handi. Another name is Yadukula Ashtami and Srikrishna Jayanti.

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