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National Hari Day – September 26, 2023

National Hari Day is observed annually on September 26. Hari is a masculine given name of Sanskrit origin which is usually associated with the words ‘lion,’ ‘tawny,’ ‘yellow,’ or ‘brown.’ In Hinduism, lions are considered to be an embodiment of the deity ‘Vishnu,’ making Hari an epithet for the deity. ‘Hari’ and ‘Vishnu’ are often used interchangeably, to the extent that both are considered the same. In addition, Hari symbolizes someone who is forgiving of sins or ‘one who takes away evil.’ Interestingly, Hari is also found in other cultures.

History of National Hari Day

Hari is a masculine name of Sanskrit origin that is usually associated with the words ‘lion,’ ‘tawny,’ ‘yellow,’ or ‘brown.’ In Hinduism, lions are considered to be an embodiment of the deity ‘Vishnu,’ making Hari an epithet for the deity. ‘Hari’ and ‘Vishnu’ are often used interchangeably, to such an extent that both are considered the same. In addition, Hari symbolizes someone who is forgiving of sins or ‘one who takes away evil.’

Hari appears as the 656th name of Vishnu in the ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’ of the Mahabharata, considered significant in Vaishnavism. In Hinduism, the ‘Harivamsha’ — which means ‘lineage of Hari’ — is a text in the Itihasa and Puranic traditions. Furthermore, ‘Harihara’ is the joint name of the gods Vishnu and Shiva. It is also the name of a class of deities under the fourth ‘Manu.’ In other religions, such as Sikhism, Hari refers to the monotheistic god of Sikhism.

Though the name is most prevalent in India, it has also become the last name among South Indians in the U.S. However, it does not make the list of the U.S.’ 1,000 most popular names, whether feminine or masculine. Interestingly, Hari can be found in other cultures. In Swiss German, it is a variant of the name ‘Harig.’ In Slovenia, Hari is a derivative of the personal name ‘Zaharija,’ a variant of ‘Zacharias.’

National Hari Day timeline

2300 B.C. — 1500 B.C.
Hinduism Begins

Hinduism begins in the Indus Valley, somewhere around modern-day Pakistan.

1700 B.C. — 1200 B.C.
Sanskrit Originates in India

Sanskrit originates as Vedic Sanskrit, and the Vedas are composed of Indo-European-speaking people in India.

900 B.C.
The Brahmanas are Composed

The Brahmanas are composed, detailing myths and explanations of rituals.

500 B.C.
Panini Standardizes Vedic Sanskrit Grammar

Panini standardizes the grammar of Vedic Sanskrit, including 3,959 rules of syntax, semantics, and morphology.

National Hari Day FAQs

How is Hari pronounced?

Hari is made up of two syllables and pronounced as ‘HA-REE.’

What countries speak Sanskrit?

Sanskrit is a coded, liturgical, unspoken script that is an official language in India and a recognized minority language in South Africa.

Are there any popular people with the name ‘Hari’?

Famous people named ‘Hari’ include Hari Nef, Hari Singh, and Hari Kondabolu.

National Hari Day Activities

  1. Celebrate Hari

    Name holidays are for honoring and celebrating people with specific names. If you know anyone named Hari, take this opportunity to celebrate them today.

  2. Find rhyming words

    Have fun on this holiday by finding names that rhyme with ‘Hari.’ We’ll go first with ‘Larry’ and ‘Cary.’

  3. Share this holiday

    Let others know about National Hari Day. Hit the share button to create more awareness.

5 Lovely Sanskrit Names (For Boys)

  1. Bhavin

    Bhavin is a name that means ‘blessing’ or ‘illustrious.’

  2. Chitraksh

    Chitraksh means ‘beautiful eyes.’

  3. Dhanush

    Dhanush means ‘bow.’

  4. Aadyot

    Aadyot means ‘praise.’

  5. Gagan

    Gagan means ‘sky’ or ‘the heavens.’

Why We Love National Hari Day

  1. Hari is sweet

    The name ‘Hari’ has a sweetness not common in other male names. Its rhythmic pronunciation is beautiful to hear.

  2. Hari is significant

    Hari is a name with religious significance. For Hindus, the name is a reminder of a beloved deity.

  3. Hari is unique

    In countries other than India, Hari is a unique and distinctive name. In the U.S., it doesn’t make it into the top 1,000 names, and rather than detract from it, this rarity enhances the name’s attraction.

National Hari Day dates

YearDateDay
2023September 26Tuesday
2024September 26Thursday
2025September 26Friday
2026September 26Saturday
2027September 26Sunday

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