In Odisha, Janmashtami will be celebrated on 14th August 2017 (Monday). The birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is celebrated as Janmashtami.
Hindus celebrate Janmashtami by fasting and staying up until midnight, the time when Krishna is believed to have been born. Images of Krishna’s infancy are placed in swings and cradles in temples and homes.
At midnight, devotees gather around for devotional songs, dance and exchange gifts. Some temples also conduct readings of the Hindu religious scripture Bhagavad Gita.
No grains should be consumed during Janmashtami fasting until the fast is broken on next day after Sunrise. All rules followed during Ekadashi fasting should be followed during Janmashtami fasting also.
Apart from worshiping Lord Krishna people also organize Dahi Handi festival in Maharashtra and other parts of India on Sri Krishna Janmashtami.
However, The Janmashtami tithi (timing) will begin on 5.55 pm on August 14 and it will end on 6.06 on Tuesday i.e August 15.