Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honor of the god Shiva. The name also refers to the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance called Tandava. In every month of the lunisolar Hindu calendar, there is a Shivaratri – “night of Shiva” – on the day before a new moon.
Shivratri is said to be the night when Shiva and Shakti, the masculine and feminine energies that keep the planet in balance, come together. This is an important festival in Hindu culture that commemorates ‘overcoming darkness and ignorance in life.