HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : 21 - 6.
21. Skanda Sashti - 6.
In addition to the Skanda Sashti, devotees of Lord Subramanya observe weekly and monthly days in His honour.
Every Friday, or the Kartigai Nakshatram day every month, or the sixth day of the bright fortnight,—all these are sacred days for His devotees.
The sixth day of the month of Tulam (October-November) is the most auspicious of them all.
This is the Skanda Sashti day.
In many places the festival commences six days prior to the Sashti itself and concludes on the day of the Sashti.
During these days, devotees recite various inspiring hymns and read stories connected with Lord Subramanya.
They worship the Lord and take Kavadi (see below).
They go on pilgrimage to the various Subramanya shrines.