An annual Hindu festival, Maha Shivaratri gives reverence to the Lord Shiva god. The festival is also known as 'Great Night of Shiva' or 'Shivaratri.'
The festival involves an all-day and night fasting with offerings of Bael leaves to Shiva. It is a gazetted holiday in which most people have the day off. Government and businesses are closed.
The holiday represents the day Shiva married his wife, Parvati, representing a divine marriage.