Are you going to travel to India? If so, it is very likely that when you are there you can live some of their festivities in the first person. Indian festivals tend to attach great importance to spirituality and religion, especially Hinduism.
Here are describe top festivals in September and October 2019 in India.
Some of India’s largest religious festivals are held in September, as the holiday season is in full swing. Here is the most exciting event and festival held in India in September.
1. Ganesh Chaturthi – 2nd September 2019
Ganesha is one of the most popular and beloved deities of the Vedic tradition. In his submission are life obstacles that every person inevitably encounters in his life. Ganesha is depicted with the head of an elephant, with two or more hands (depending on how old he is portrayed).
Lord Ganesha is considered a cheerful, sociable god. He has a good appetite, he loves sweets! Therefore, piles of fruits and sweets, especially such as modaka, are offered to him on this holiday.
- Where to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi: Mainly in Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh
- Date for Ganesh Chaturthi: 2nd September 2019
2. Onam – 1st – 13th September 2019
Onam Festival is a vibrant and colorful festival in the Indian state of Kerala dedicated to the harvest. Onam is celebrated in the first month according to the Malayal calendar, which in the traditional system of the Gregorian calendar falls on the end of August and the beginning of September.
The Onam carnival lasts for ten days, starting on the day of the appearance of asterisms in the sky near the moon.
During the ten-day holiday, hundreds of colorful events are held on the streets of Kerala cities and villages with the participation of the best actors, musicians and dancers of the state.
The colorful cycle of the festival includes carnival processions with the participation of elephants, a staging of plays on mythological subjects, races of “snake” boats and temple dances in the “Katakali” style.
- Where to celebrate Onam : Celebrated with great pomp and show across the cities of Kerala
- Date for Onam: 1st – 13th September 2019
3. Neelamperoor Padayani – 27th September 2019
The Neelamperoor Padayani Festival is a unique tradition involving Kettukazhcha. The festival begins at 10 pm and the portrait of the legendary character is taken to the Palli Bhagavati Temple.
After a colorful parade, the portrait will be shown to the public. More than 100,000 rupees are used to create huge portraits. The festival takes place in the Palli Bhagavati Temple in Neelamperoor, Alappuzha.
- Where to celebrate Neelamperoor Padayani: Celebrated in Kerala by Buddhists
- Date for Neelamperoor Padayani: 27th September 2019
4. Chakradhar Samaroh – 2nd – 12th September 2019
Chakradhar Samaroh 10-day festival of classical music and dance is held during the Ganesha festival every year in honor of the former king and musician Chakradhar Singh from the cultural capital of Chhattisgarh.
- Where to celebrate Chakradhar Samaroh : Raigarh, Chhattisgarh
- Date for Chakradhar Samaroh: 2nd – 12th September 2019
5. Ziro Festival – 26th – 29th September 2019
The Ziro Festival is the most celebrated music festival in the green valley of Arunachal Pradesh. It is an outdoor music festival that showcases the talents of Indian independent artists.
This festival brings together India’s most important music talents and a variety of audiences to witness it. The Ziro Festival is a vibrant culture, a mix of music and art.
- Where to celebrate Ziro Festival: Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
- Date for Ziro Festival: 26th – 29th September 2019
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6. Navratri – 29th September – 7th October
Navratri is an Indian festival that takes place over nine nights in spring and autumn. Literally translated from Sanskrit, Navratri means “nine nights.” It is one of the most popular and important festivals in India.
The holiday is dedicated to the feminine aspect of divine energy – the mother goddess. In India, the Devi (goddess) or Shakti (power) turns to her. It is believed that female divine energy bestows wealth, prosperity, knowledge and other forces that help to overcome life’s obstacles.
In Navratri, three aspects of the divine energy of Shakti are worshiped – Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.
Each day is dedicated to a separate incarnation of Durga.
Navratri Day 1 Pratipada: Ghatasthapana Shailputri Pujan
Navratri Day 2 Dwitiya: Chandra Darshan Brahmacharini Pujan
Navratri Day 3 Tritiya: Chandraghanta Pujan
Navratri Day 4 chaturthi: Kushmanda Pujan
Navratri Day 5 Panchami: Skandamata Pujan
Navratri Day 6 Shashthi: Katyayani Pujan
Navratri Day 7 Saptami: Kalaratri Pujan
Navratri Day 8 Ashtami: Mahagauri Pujan, Maha Ashtami
Navratri Day 9 Navami: Siddhidatri Pujan, Durga Visarjan, Maha Navami
- Where to celebrate Navratri: All over the country
- Dates for Navratri : 29th September – 7th October, 2019
7. Dussehra – 8th October
The Dussehra festival, falling for the month of the Ashwin of the Hindu calendar, is associated with the worship of the goddess Durga.
Through the crests of the mountains, from other valleys, through dense forests, through swift rivers, the inhabitants of the villages carry their gods on a holiday in the Kullu Valley – Dussera, or Dasher.
- Where to celebrate Dussehra: All over the country
- Dates for Dusshera: 8th October (Dussehra), 2019, 8th October – 15th October (Kullu Dussehra)
8. Durga Puja – 4th to 8th October
Durga Puja (“worship of Durga”) or Durgostav (“Durga festival”) is a celebration in honor of the goddess Durga, who is considered one of the incarnations of the wife of the destroyer Shiva Parvati. Warlike Durga, seated on a lion with weapons in her many hands, is revered as the killer of the formidable buffalo demon Maheshi, who threatened the very foundations of the universe.
It is celebrated in mid-autumn when the long-awaited cool season arrives in India. Durga Puja begins in the month of Asvayuj at the end of another popular Indian festival – Navratri.
- Where to celebrate Durga Puja: Kolkata and other metropolitan cities
- Dates for Durga Puja : 4th – 8th October 2019
9. Mysore Dussehra – 29th September to 9th October
Mysore Dussehra is one of the largest and most famous festivals in Karnataka. This is a 10-day festival starting with Navaratri and the last day is Vijayadashami.
This festival was observed on the tenth day of the Ashvin Indian calendar month, which is usually the month of Gregory in September and October.
- Where to celebrate Mysore Dussehra : Mysore
- Dates for Mysore Dussehra : 29th September to 9th October 2019
10. Diwali – 27th October
Diwali is one of the most important and famous festivals in India. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and enthusiasm throughout its length and breadth across the country.
Known as the “light festival”, Diwali is a five-day celebration where friends and family get together and light up ‘Diyas’ or earthen lights in their houses, exchange gifts, enjoy sweet food, and burn cookies.
- Where to celebrate Diwali: Pan India
- Date for Diwali : 27th October 2019
11. Ashwa Poojan
Ashwa Poojan is one of the richest festivals held annually in the city palace complex, adhering to the long tradition of the world’s most serviced dynasty Mewar House. This festival is a performance of the “Eternal Mewar” witnessed by tourists from far and near.
- Where to celebrate Ashwa Poojan : Udaipur, Rajasthan
- Date for Ashwa Poojan 18th October 2018
12. Rajasthan International Folk Festival – 10th – 14th October
Rajasthan International Folk Festival is an annual festival of music and art, organized to popularize traditional folk music and art of various people around the world. The festival is always held at Mehrangarh Fort, in Jodhpur, Indian state of Rajasthan.
The festival offers an open arena for all folk artists and musicians from India and around the world. About 250 musicians and artists from Rajasthan and other places participated in the festival.
- Where to celebrate Rajasthan International Folk Festival: Jodhpur, Rajasthan
- Dates for Rajasthan International Folk Festival : 10th – 14th October 2019
13. Marwar Festival – 12th – 13th October
The Malwa Festival in Rajasthan is held once a year to commemorate the martyrs of the motherland of Jodhpur. The festival takes place in Ashwin, between September and October, it celebrates two days during the full moon of Sharad Poornima.
This festival is often referred to as the Maand Festival, It is a traditional folk music style that focuses on the romance and courtesy of the Rajasthan rulers.
- Where to celebrate Marwar Festival: Jodhpur, Rajasthan
- Dates for Maand festival: 12th – 13th October, 2019
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