A fast is observed on Sri Krishna Jayanti by many devout Hindus. Janmashtami fasting is observed 24-hour before the birth of Lord Krishna, which had taken place during the midnight. Sri Krishna Jayanti Fasting date in 2014 is August 18 in most places. During Janmashtami fast most people spend the time in community prayer in temples. Pujas and rituals will be held from 23:00 hrs of August 28 to 04:00 hrs of August 29.
Some people opt to read chapters from the Srimad Bhagavad Purana.
The pujas and rituals associated with Sri Krishna Jayanti are performed during midnight.