May 21, 2017: Hanumad Jayanthi
May 22, 2017: Apara Ekadasi
May 23, 2017: Bhauma Pradosha Vratam
Hanuman Jayanti that falls in the month of Chaitra (generally Chaitra Shukla Purnima that falls in the English calendar month of March / April every year) according to the Hindu Calendar marks the celebration of the birth of Hanuman, the monkey god who helped Lord Rama cross the ocean in search of Sita.
Lord Hanuman is born to Anjana (also called Anjani) who is wife of the King of the Money kingdom. This is why Hanuman is sometimes referred to as Anjanisut. Sut in Sanskrit means 'Son'. Hanuman is also considered by many as the Son of the Lord of Wind and so is referred as Vayuputra. It is believed that Hanuman, soon after his birth, flew in the air to catch the Sun thinking it to be a ripe fruit.
Hindus consider Hanuman to be a symbol of strength, vigor, virtue, power, courage and energy. Hanuman has the energy to move mountains, fly in the air or seize the clouds and is thus considered a personality who can tune energy into any form that he desires. South Indians often consider him as 'guru'. Bachelors often pray him for Lord Hanuman himself served Lord Rama and Sita for a long time as a bachelor.
Hanuman Jayanti for the year 2006 falls on April 13, 2006
Reading Hanuman Chalisha or praying to Lord Rama, at least on the Hanuman Jayanthi day, is considered the best form in which we can pray to Lord Hanuman.