Top Festivals in September and October 2018 India

India is a land of colorful fest and festivals. Indians celebrate the festivals with enthusiasm and splendor. They perform the rituals wholeheartedly and seek blessings from the Gods and Goddesses. Each of the festival has its own significance and creates a wonderful surrounding.

September and 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 September and October can be a good decision as one can witness loads of festivals and culture on display. Every year, grand festival of Durga Pooja in the north with its varied faces across the country covers the atmosphere.

It is during the festivals, one can see the true color of this glorious country. Therefore, visiting India at the time of festivals can help you explore the best of it. Below mentioned are some of the popular upcoming festivals of India to be held in the month of September and October.

Festival to Be Celebrated in September

1. Janmashtami

The birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated as the festival of Janmashtami in all over India. It is observed in between August and September also known as the month of Bhadra (according to Indian Calendar).

On this day, Lord Krishna was born at Mathura and thus, Janmashtami is celebrated to honor his birth.People at Mathura and Vrindavan celebrate this festival with joy as Lord Krishna spent his childhood there. Prayers are held in the temples and hymns are also sung all through the night. Scenes from Lord Krishna’s childhood are also enacted.

It will be celebrated on 2, September this year.

Mother Yashoda bathes Krishna

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2. Moharram

Moharram, which is one of the major festivals of the Muslims is celebrated throughout India, in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain- the grandson of Prophet Mohammad. Tazias beautifully decorated are taken out in processions during this festival. Tazias are replicas made of paper and bamboo. The procession is taken to the Martyr’s tomb at Karbala.

Moharram will be celebrated in India will be begin on 10th September.

3. Ganesh Chaturthi

It is observed all over India in between August and September, which is also known as the month of Bhadra to honor Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed God of the Hindus.

Lord Ganesha is believed to be the remover of obstacles. He is also considered as the god of wisdom and beginnings.

This festival is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi lasts for 10 days. It gets over on Anant Chaturdashi or the 14th day of waxing moon period.

Though it is celebrated all over India, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana is celebrated elaborately and is the grandest among all other celebration in the country.

Ganesh Chaturthi in this year will be begin on 12th September and Ends on 23rd September.

Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai

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4. Hartalika Teej

Hartalika Teej is one of the major festivals of North India. On the third day of North Indian Lunar month also known as Bhadrapud, this festival is celebrated.

This festival is observed by the women folk. They fast at the evening hours of Hartalika Teej and continue fasting till next day without even drinking water. They pray to Goddess Parvati & Lord Shiva and stay up all night. The fast is also known as nishivasar nirjala vrat.

In India, it is mainly celebrated in Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar. Madhya Pradesh also observes the festival of Hartalika Teej as a minor festival.

This year Hartalika Teej will be celebrated on 29 August.

Teej Festival Celebration Jaipur

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5. Bakri Eid

Bakri Eid is one of the major festivals of the Muslims, which is celebrated on the 10th day of the month Zil-Haj (according to Muslim calendar). It is observed by Muslims remembering the offer of Prophet Ibrahim’s to sacrifice his son.

This festival is also known as Id-ul-Azha, people offer prayers at mosques. It is then followed by feasting and rejoicing.

On 21st August, this year Bakri Eid will be celebrated in India.

Muslims pray during Eid Al-Adha celebrations

 

Festival to Be Celebrated in October

6. Gandhi Jayanti

Every year on 2nd October, Gandhi Jayanti is observed to honor the Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is celebrated in schools and colleges with great devotion.

It is the birth anniversary of Gandhiji. Therefore, Government offices remain closed on 2 October, as it is declared as national holiday throughout the country.

See the Gandhi Jayanti Celebration on Rajghat, Delhi

Gandhi Jayanti Celebration at Rajghat, Delhi

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7. Navratri or Durga Puja

During Navaratri, Goddess of strength, Durga is worshiped with rituals and faith. This festival is celebrated in all parts of India with much enthusiasm. Navratri in Sanskrit means nine nights. This nine-day long festival has to come on top of the list with the grand celebration, joy and festivity it gets. Therefore, Goddess Durga is worshiped for nine nights in her nine different forms. Along with Goddess Durga, Saraswati and Lakshmi are also worshipped. Worshiping, fasting, dancing and feasting, all of it covers the entire days with various culture celebrations.

During this time should not 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.

This festival is celebrated in different region of India in between September and October in the month of Sharad (according to Hindu calendar). The festival is celebrated as Navaratri or Durga Puja. Kolkata is the city where Durga Puja mainly celebrated. The tenth day is

This year Navratri or Durga Puja will begin on 10th October and Ends on 18th October

Durga Puja

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8. Kota Dussehra

With cultural performances, the look of this festival is a rural one in Kota, Rajasthan. 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. It will be begin from 10th October.

Kota Dussehra

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9. Vijaya Dashami/Dussehra

Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami is celebrated as the tenth day of Navratri or Durga Puja. It is celebrated all over India as the end of Navratri.

The victory of Rama over Ravana is celebrated on this day. In the northern part of India ‘Ramleela’ is observed by enacting plays from the heroic life of Lord Rama, recitations are held and music are also being played.

In the eastern part of India and in Bengal, Dussehra is celebrated as the immersion of goddess Durga’s Idol in a river or in the sea.

This year Vijaya Dashami or Dusshera will be observed on 19th October.

Dussehra Celebration India

 

10. 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. This year the festival will be celebrated on 19th October.

Mysore Dasara

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11. Kullu Dussehra

This dussehra is celebrated differently than the other cities as effigies of Ravana are 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. This year it will be celebrated on 19th October.

Kullu Dussehra

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12. Karwa Chauth

The Karwa Chauth is specially celebrated by all the married women in India. On this day, married women fast for the long life of their husbands. According to Hindu calendar, this festival is observed in the month of Kartika that is in between October to November.

Karwa Chauth will be celebrated on 28th October this year. Know more about Karva Chauth by witnessing the festival.

Karwa Chauth ceremony

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13. 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.

ramnagar-ramlila

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14. 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.

Ashwa Poojan, Udaipur

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Samsara Himalaya Edition

All of these festivals are worth witnessing with the diverse cultural display and togetherness. Take a religious tour to India to with Travelogy India enjoy the Top Festivals celebrated in this pious land.

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Moon Moon is a Delhi based travel writer. She is a passionate writer, who is fond of traveling as well. Thus, she prefered to blend both the things together in her and became a travel writer. She's a true nature lover and believes that every element recites poetry to her. Being a traditional Indian woman, she wants to promote India and its culture to everyone.

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