Today is Krishna Janmashtami, the commemoration of the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Though not born in the way that we are, subject to mortality and karma, Krishna's advent-birth is deeply significant for Hindu devotees and the day is one of the most widely-celebrated holidays in the world. Krishna's birth (janma) happened at midnight (onashtami) of the eighth day after the month's full moon on the Vedic calendar. It is a day of fasting, gift-exhange and dancing, readings of the Bhagavad Gita, and the honoring of images of Krishna as an infant. This site provides more information about the day and its celebration.