October 2016 Has Got a Lot of Events and Festivals to Engage the Holidays in India
October comes on a happy note with pleasant weather and a lot of holidays lining up the calendar the reason being the month has a lot of festivals. Events also get lined up as holidays come around and people look for different plans to occupy their weekends. Coming to India in October can be a good decision as one can witness loads of festivals and culture on display. Every year, grand festival of Durga Puja in the north with its varied faces across the country covers the atmosphere. Here’s a glimpse of what October 2016 in India has in stock for this year:
This nine-day long festival has to come on top of the list with the grand celebration, joy and festivity it gets. It celebrates mother goddess in all her manifestations that includes Durga, Saraswati, and Lakshmi. Worshiping, fasting, dancing and feasting, all of it covers the entire days with various culture celebrations that happen across the country. The tenth day is Dusshera that celebrates the victory of good over evil. Ramlila is the main attraction of celebrating these days.
2. Ramnagar Ramlila
This is the world’s oldest Ramlila, Varanasi that reenacts the Hindu epic Ramayana and commences with the incarnation of Lord Vishnu as Rama to win over Ravana. Ramlila goes on for a month every year from Anant Chaturdashi and ends at full moon night.
3. Mysore Dasara
This Dussehra with a difference is celebrated on a grand scale and ensures a lavish cultural display with a carnival. In Mysore, Dussehra honors Goddess Chamundeswari, who killed the demon Mahishasur.
4. Durga Puja
This is a festival to live and no one on a trip to India during this time should miss out of the grandness of this festival. Huge Durga idols installed on podiums and massive pandal decoration is done to cover the whole city in the excitement of the festival. The celebration drives the crowd to witness the shows, lights and picturesque idol view with aromatic food stalls.
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5. India Art festival
This festival aims to provide modern art fair bring the artists, art galleries, art collectors and connoisseurs at one platform. The artwork includes paintings, sculptures, drawing and installation with video and digital art by over 400 artists. It includes panel discussions and various workshops and the entry is free.
6. Kota Dussehra
With cultural performances, the look of this festival is a rural one. Artisans from different places come to sell their wares. It also see towering effigies of Ravana being burnt. Additionally, there is a captivating procession from the royal palace to the ground that features decorated elephants, camels and folk dancers.
7. Ashwa Poojan
This Rajasthani festival is grandly celebrated by the Mewar royal family of Udaipur on the last day of Navratri and marks the worshipping of Horse. It is dedicated to the special relationship of the warrior and the horse. Mouthwatering Rajasthani cuisines are the main highlight of the event.
8. Samsara Himalaya Edition
Bringing a new outlook to the wellness and connecting the music lovers from across the world is Samsara Himalaya edition is all about. It also features a range of wellness and natural health practitioners while encompassing the Bir international Yoga festival. The visitors will also be introduced to sound and vision healing.
9. Kullu Dussehra
This dussehra is celebrated differently than the other cities as effigies of Ravanaare not burnt. Goddess Hadimba is carried from the temple in Manali down to Kullu, and taken to the palace to have her blessing from the royal family. The fair ground is dipped in cultural performances and venders from all the countries. On the last day of the festival the chariot is carried to the Beas river and then a pile of bushes in burnt depicting the burning of Lanka.
All of these festivals are worth witnessing with the diverse cultural display and togetherness.
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