Upcoming Festivals in India
India is a land of festivals and fairs. It is the place that witnesses hundreds of festivals throughout the year. From harvest to rain to full moon, there is an Indian festival for every occasion. There are festivals that pertain to religion and are associated with important dates of the panchang. Whereas there are some Indian festivals that celebrate the birthdays of divine saints and mark the change of season or the year.
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Depending upon the religion and culture, people observe different festivals and traditions. However, there are various festivals that are common among Indians. These festivals of India are called by different names and are celebrated by observing specific customs and traditions.
Interestingly, the festivals of India are not not always observed on fixed dates. Apart from the national festivals of Indian, there are some Indian festivals that are celebrated on Hindu Panchang dates. As the date of these festivals change every year, it becomes hard to remember the commencement of festivals.
In this post, you may find all the Indian festivals celebrated throughout the year. Read on to know about the famous festivals of India for this month
Festivals in This Month
Here is the September month festival list.
3rd September - Aja Ekadashi
5th September Pradosh Vrat
7th September Pithori Amavasya
9th September Hartalika Teej
10 September Ganesh Chaturthi
11 September Rishi Panchami
13 September Lalita Saptami
14 September Radha Ashtami
17 September Parsva Ekadashi
Here is the list of October month festival list.
2nd October Indira Ekadashi
6th October Ashwin Amavasya, Sarva Pitru Amavasya, Sarvapitri Darsha Amavasya
7th October Navratri Festival Begin - See Sharad Navratri Festival Calendar
Navratri Calendar For All Nine Days.
Popular Festival in India
Also known as Samavatsar Padvo, Gudi Padwa (गुढी पाडवा) is the popular festival of Marathi and Konkani community. It is the spring festival time that marks the beginning of the New Year as per luni solar calendar. Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, the first day of the Chaitra month of Hindu Calendar.
Vaisakhi or Baisakhi (ਵੈਸਾਖੀ or ਵਸਾਖੀ) marks the start of Punjabi New Year. It is the most awaited harvest festival that commences either on April 13 or 14 of every year. Baisakhi also marks the birthday of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.
Bihu (বিহু) is the most important festival of Assam that marks the shift in the Sun’s equinox. This harvest festival comprises three festivals- Rongali festival, Kati Bihu or Kongali and Magh Bihu or Bhogali. The Rongali Bihu commences on New Year Baisakhi and is celebrated as Assamese New Year in the month of April. Kati Bihu falls in October and is not celebrated like the other Bihu. It is observed as the day to provide offerings and prayers for the well being of the family. Bhogali Bihu commences in January and is all about feasting and eating a lot of food.
Also known as Akti or Akha Teej, Akshaya Tritiya (अक्षय तृतीया) is one of the significant festivals of Hindus women. Akshaya Tritiya commences on the third lunar day of Shukla Paksha of Hindu month Vaishakha. This day is considered very auspicious and sacred to buy gold or silver jewellery. It is believed that purchasing gold on this day brings good luck and prosperity. People honor Maa Lakshmi, Lord Ganesh, Lord Kuber and Lord Vishnu on this auspicious day.
Karwa Chauth (करवा चौथ) is a prominent Hindu festival that is celebrated by married women. This festival is celebrated on the fourth day following Purnima of the Karthik month. On this auspicious day, married women observe fast and offer prayers to Devi Karwa for the longevity and prosperity of their husband. They perform Karwa Chauth Puja and listen to Karwa Chauth Katha singing folk songs to make this day more lively and auspicious.
Teej is the most significant festival of Hindu women that is celebrated in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. Teej is celebrated during the Krishna Paksha of Sawan and Bhadrapada month of Hindu Calendar. There are three popular festivals of Teej- Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej. Out of these Teej, Kajali Teej or Kajari Teej is referred to as Badi Teej and Hariyali Teej is referred to as Choti Teej.
Vat Purnima is one of the significant festivals that is celebrated by Hindu women for the longevity of their husband. This festival commences on the Purnima of the Hindu month, Jyestha (May- June as per Gregorian Calendar). On this festival, married women tie ceremonial knots around the Banyan tree and observe fast for the long life of their husband. As per the Hindu legends, this day honors the chastity of Savitri who brought back the life of her husband Satyavan from the Lord of Death, Yama.
Onam (ഓണം) is the famous festival of the Malayali community. This is a harvest festival that is celebrated mainly in the state of Kerala. This 10 day festival commences in the month August/September every year. As per Malayalam Calendar, Onam festival is celebrated mainly on 22nd Nakshatra Thiruvonam. It marks the beginning of Kolla Varsham, a Malayalam New Year. Onam celebrations begin on Atham and end on Thiruvonam, the tenth day from Atham.
Nag Panchami is a Hindu festival dedicated to Nag Devta (Serpent God). This festival is observed on the Panchami Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Hindu month, Shravana (July-August). This festival is celebrated to seek blessings of Serpent God and get protection against the fear of Snakebite. On this day, people worship Serpent God by offering milk, sweets and lamps.
Gangaur is the Hindu festival that honors Goddess Parvati. This festival is celebrated by both married and unmarried women. Married women observe this festival for longevity and good health of husband while the unmarried women observe it for finding desirable husband and marital bliss. Gangaur is celebrated for 18 days following the day after Holi. Gangaur celebrations are worth watching. This colorful festival of Rajasthan is celebrated mainly in the areas of Udaipur, Jaiselmer, Jodhpur, Nathdwara and Bikaner.
Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to honor the birth of Lord Hanuman. This festival is observed every year twice on Chaitra Purnima and Narak Chaturdashi of the Kartik month. On this day, devotees read the Akhand Path of Ramcharitmanas and Sundarkand and offer prayers to attain the blessings of Lord Hanuman. It is believed that praying to Lord Hanuman can remove all the fears and help the devotee to attain victory against all the evil practices.
Raksha Bandhan is the festival of siblings. It celebrates the sacred love of brothers and sisters. Also referred to as Rakhi, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated every year on the Purnima of Shravan month of Hindu Calendar. On this auspicious day, sisters tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers and seek their longevity and prosperity. In turn, brothers promise to protect their sisters and give them flowers, chocolates and Rakhi special gifts.
Krishna Janmashtami is the festival of Hindus that is celebrated to honor the birth of Lord Krishna. This festival is celebrated every year on the Ashtami of the Hindu month, Bhadrapada. As per Gregorian Calendar, Krishna Janamasthami falls in the August- September month. Janmashtami is also known as Gokulashtami and Krishna Jayanti. On this day, people observe fast and perform Krishna Puja at the midnight of the Janmashtami.
Guru Purnima is dedicated to honor Gurus and teachers. This festival commences on the Purnima or full moon day of the Ashada month of Hindu calendar. It also commemorates the birth day of Maharishi Ved Vyas, the authors of various Puranas, Vedas and the epic, Mahabharata. Thus, Guru Purnima is also known as Vyas Purnima.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to mark the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the deity of new beginnings and auspiciousness. This is an important Hindu festival that falls in the month of Bhadra of Hindu Calendar. As per Gregorian Calendar, Ganesh Chaturthi falls in the month of August/ September. This 10 day long festival is celebrated with great fervor mainly in Maharashtra, Pune and states of North India.
Navratri is the nine day festival of Hindus that is celebrated every year to honor Goddess Durga. This festival is prominently celebrated in West bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan and the other parts of India. Navratri comes four times in a year, however, the Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri are widely celebrated by the people. Chaitra Navratri, also known as Vasant Navratri commences on Chaitra Shukla Paksha (March-April) while the Sharad Navratri or Maha Navratri is falls commemorates on the Partipada of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month.
Durga Puja is a famous Hindu festival that exemplifies the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon king Mahishasur. It commences in Ashwin (September- October), the seventh month of Hindu Panchang. Although it is a ten-day festival, the main festivities begin from the sixth day. Shashti, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami, and Vijayadashami are the names revered to the last five days of Durga Puja. The festival is mainly celebrated in Kolkatta, Assam, Tripura, Odisha, and Bihar.
Also referred to as Dusshera, Vijayadashami is a major festival observed on the last day of Navratri or Durga Puja. It commences on the tenth day of Ashwin month which mostly falls in the month of September and October. The day commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over the wicked king Ravana. It also celebrates the triumph of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasur.
Dhateras or Dhantrayodashi marks the beginning of Diwali festivities. It is believed that on Dhanteras, Goddess Lakshmi emerged from Samudra Manthan with a pot of Gold and riches. On this day, Hindus worship Lord Kubera and Goddess Lakshami majorly. They also rever the God of Ayurveda, Lord Dhanvantri. As per Hindu Panchang, the Dhanteras date commences on the 13th day of Karthik Krishna Paksha.
Diwali or Deepawali is one of the most-awaited and major festivals of Hindus. It is observed on the day of Amavasya (New Moon) in the Hindu month of Kartik. On this day, people worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. They light up Diyas and celebrate the homecoming of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lord Lakshman to Ayodhya after completing 14 years of exile. Also called as festival of lights, Diwali is celebrated for 5 days from Dhanteras to Bhaiya Dooj.
Govardhan Puja is celebrated mainly by Vaishnavs to honor the history of Govardhan Parbat. The festival commences on the next day of Diwali Puja, the first day (Pratipada) of Kartik Shukla Paksha. People observe this festival by worshipping Govardhan and Lord Krishna. They make Govardhan mountain using Cow dung to worship the Lord. The day is observed as Padva or Bali Pratipada, Bali Padyami, and Annakuta in other parts of the country.
Bhai Dooj is another Hindu festival that celebrates the unconditional love between brothers and sisters. It is celebrated on the last day of the Diwali festival. As per the Hindu calendar, the day commences on the second day of Kartik Shukla Paksha (October- November). The festival is known as Bhau Beej in Maharashtra, Bhai Pota in West Bengal, and Yama Dwitiya in Southern parts of India.
Chhath is the main festival of natives of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Chhatisgarh. The festival commemorates the worship of the Sun God and Chhathi Maiya (Shasti Devi). It commences two times a year- during Chaitra month (March-April) and Kartik month, after 6 days of Diwali. The four-day festival is observed by various rituals, including fasting, holy bathing, meditation while standing in water, and offerings prayers to the rising and setting Sun.
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