Amavasya holds great significance for Hindus as many festivals and vrats/ fastings are associated with it.
Amavasya in December 2021, which falls on Saturday, is the last of the two Shani Amavasyas in the year.
Amavasya is the most auspicious day to offer shraddh and pay homage to ancestors, especially dead parents.
Margashirsha Amavasya 2021 Date: December 4 (Saturday).
Tithi Begins – 04:55 PM, Dec 03.
Tithi Ends – 01:12 PM, Dec 04.
Mauni Amavasya, Shani Jayanti, Vat Savitri Vrat, Bhaumvati Amavasya, Lakshmi puja (Diwali), Hariyali Amavasya, Mahalaya Amavasya (Pitru Paksha) are some of the most popular observances and important amavasya days.
An amavasya falling on Monday is considered most auspicious. It is known as Somvati Amavasya.
Fasting is an important part of Somvati Amavasya vrat.
People also take holy dip in rivers on the occasion of Amavasya.
Donation or Daan is another important ritual observed on this day as a symbol of gratitude to the ancestors and attaining the highest level of virtue.