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Janmashtami is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna. It is a sacred, holy and important day for the hindus. Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the Ashthmi, the eighth day of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Shraavana in the Hindu Calender . It usually falls in the mid August or the early September.  In 2012, the date of Janmashtami in North India is August 10 and in other parts it is on August 9. In Tamil Nadu, it is observed on September 8, 2012. In Kerala, Sri Krishna Janmashtami is on September 8, 2012.

The devotees visit the temple at the night and offer devotions to lord Krishna. The celebrations are spiced up with the Krishna Ras Lila, dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna are a special feature in regions of Mathura and Varindavan. The way of celebrating Janamasthmi varies from place to place. Some places even practice the dahi handi traditon. Lord Krishna is perceived to be a mischievous child who loves to eat butter in his childhood. He's known to steal the butter somehow to fulfill his needs. So, a matki filled with butter is hung up on a rope and a human pyramid is formed to break the matki. This celebration is really a fun to watch and those who have seen it or taken part in it know very well.