Celebrating the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Maha Shivratri is celebrated each year on the 13th night and 14th day in the Hindu month of Phalguna. This usually falls in the late winter months of February or March.
This year, Maha Shivratri will be marked on March 11, which falls on Thursday. The name Maha Shivratri also refers to the night when Lord Shiva performed the heavenly dance.
On this day, people celebrate the day by observing the day-long fast. They offer raw milk, honey and bel-patra (leaves of Aegle marmelos) to Lord Shiva’s lingam, along with flowers and dhoop (incense sticks).