The festival of Krishna Janmaashtami celebrates the birth of Krishna that is the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu. It is also known as Krishna Janmashtami Puja, Sree Jayanthi, Janmaashtami, Gokulaashtami, Srikrishna Jayanti or Krishnaashtami.
The festival commences by fasting on the previous day (Saptami). It is followed by a night-long celebration of the birth of Krishna. Lastly, his removal by his father to a foster-home for safe-keeping. The idol of the infant Krishna is bathed and placed in a cradle at midnight. Ladies make the patterns of feet of little children outside the house with rice-flour paste to symbolize and signify the entry of the infant Krishna into his foster-home in the early morning.
The devout break their fast with Prasadam, food that has first been offered to the lord after the worship, morning prayers and ablutions.