The Krishna Janmashtami festival celebrates the birth of Krishna who is the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu. It is also known as Janmashtami Puja, Jayanthi Sree, Janmaashtami, Gokulaashtami, Srikrishna Jayanti or Krishnaashtami.
The festival starts by fasting on the previous day (Saptami), followed by a nightlong celebration of the birth of Krishna, and his removal by his father to a foster-home to ensure his own safety. At midnight, the idol of the infant Krishna is bathed and placed in a cradle. In the early morning, women draw little children feet patterns outside the house with a dough made of flour and rice to symbolize and mark the entrance of the Krishna child into his foster home.
After worship, morning prayers and ablutions, devotees break their fast with Prasadam, which was offered to the Lord.