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11 Fairs and Festivals in golden, sunny October in India

The month of October is a great month to attend fairs and festivals that are both intriguing and educational.

Starting with the patriotic celebrations of Gandhi Jayanti and on to religious events such as Durga Pooja, the month is fairly active and colourful in terms of festivities in India.

As the monsoon season draws to a close, it is time to look forward to October, called the ‘festivals” season. There is a close connection between Indian festivities and the agricultural cycle. October is the most productive month after the monsoon season, and many places consider it to be the last month of the agricultural season before harvesting. The following are fairs and festivals 2022 that will take place in October.

Navaratri

Date: 26 September – 4 October

Navratri Navaratri festival preparations and performance 11 Fairs and Festivals in golden, sunny October in India
Navaratri festival preparations and performance – pix courtesy Sarah Welch

Navratri is held every year during the fall season, and it is a Hindu festival that lasts nine nights.  It is celebrated and performed differently in different regions of the Hindu Indian cultural realm for a variety of reasons. The festivities involve the adoration of nine goddesses over the course of nine days, stage displays, a narration of the narrative, an enactment of the story, and the singing of Hindu religious texts.

Dussehra

Date: 5 October

Kullu Dussehra main procession 11 Fairs and Festivals in golden, sunny October in India
Kulu Dussehra – main procession pix courtesy Kondephy

The tenth day following Navratri is known as Dussehra, and a large number of festivals are held across northern India on this day, with effigies of Ravana being burned. It is also referred to as “Vijaya Dashami” or “Vijayadasami” since it commemorates Lord Rama’s triumph over Ravana on this day. Vijaya Dashami is believed to be an ideal day for the Indian householder since it is the day on which he worships, protects, and maintains Shakti, the goddess of female power and fertility.

Gandhi Jayanti

Date: 2 October

Gandhi Jayanti pix credit Murali krishna 11 Fairs and Festivals in golden, sunny October in India
Gandhi Jayanti – pix credit Murali krishna

Gandhi Jayanti is observed on the 2nd of October every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, often known as Mahatma Gandhi, who was born on October 2, 1869. He was a leader in India’s liberation struggle, which included many other national leaders who were all opposed to British authority in the country.

His nonviolent approach to civil rights campaigns has served as an inspiration to numerous civil rights movements throughout the globe. The 2nd of October is observed as a national holiday every year to commemorate his contributions to the nation’s development. The United Nations also recognises this day as the International Day of Non-Violence.

Durga Puja

Date: 1 October

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Durga puja pix courtesy Subhrajyoti07

In India, one of the major holidays known as Durga Puja is celebrated with tremendous passion and enthusiasm all throughout the nation, and this year is no exception. It is mainly performed in the state of West Bengal, namely in the city of Kolkata, in honor of Goddess Durga, who is revered for her unfathomable might.

A total of 10 days is dedicated to this event, which takes place during the month of Navaratri, from beginning to end. The enormous pandals of the Goddess Durga are exposed to the public from the sixth day of Navaratri till the ninth day of the festival. The tenth day of Navaratri is known as Dashami, and it is on this day that the statues of the Goddess Durga are submerged in water, a procedure known as Visarjan, to purify them.

Rajgir Dance Festival

Date: 4 October – 26 October

Rajgir Dance Festival 11 Fairs and Festivals in golden, sunny October in India
Rajgir Dance Festival

Every year at Rajgir, the Department of Tourism of Bihar organises a vibrant festival of dance and music known as the Rajgir Mahotsav or Dance Festival. Whether it’s musical form, devotional songs, opera, traditional dance, ballet, or one of the numerous schools of classical dance and music, geniuses in their own fields create an almost ethereal ambiance in their respective performances. This event, which takes place during the final week of October, draws a considerable number of visitors.

Marwar Festival

Date: 12 October – 13 October

marwar 11 Fairs and Festivals in golden, sunny October in India
Marwar Festival

The annual dance and music event Marwar Festival is held in Jodhpur, and the dates are usually October 23 and 24, which coincide with the city’s Independence Day celebration. It is the dance and folk music that are the main attractions of this festival, which center around or are focused on the love lives of Rajasthan’s former kings and rulers.

You will get the opportunity to see local folk dancers and singers dressed in exquisite traditional Rajasthani clothing and performing live for the enjoyment of the audience. Major performance venues, such as the Mehrangarh Fort, the Umaid Bhawan, and Mandore, serve as the principal platform for these artists.

Karwa Chauth

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Karwa Chauth

Date: 13  October

Karwa Chauth is one of the most widely observed festivals in India, particularly among the Hindu population. The event commemorates the religious relationship that exists between a husband and his wife. Wives observe a whole day of fasting in order to show their love to their husbands on this occasion. They only break their fast after viewing the Moon in the night sky, and they do so by drinking water from their husband’s hand.

Guru Ram Das Jayanti

Date: 9 October

Guru Ram Das Jayanti 11 Fairs and Festivals in golden, sunny October in India
Guru Ram Das Jayanti

Guru Ram Das Jayanti is observed as an honor to Guru Ram Das, the fourth of the Ten Gurus of Sikhism and the fourth guru of the Sikh faith. Each year, the whole Sikh community throughout the globe comes together to celebrate Guru Ram Das Jayanti with great pomp and passion.

People actively assure their involvement in order to achieve the great goal of promoting love and peace to all people everywhere on the planet. Colorful lights are strung between the pillars of gurudwaras to commemorate the births of the great and the good in a festive way. Across the 11-day period, a plethora of religious events are held, creating a joyous mood throughout the country.

Yom Kippur

Date: 4 October – 5 October

Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur pix courtesy Maurycy Gottlieb 11 Fairs and Festivals in golden, sunny October in India
Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur – pix courtesy Maurycy Gottlieb

Yom Kippur is the highest day ever in Judaism, and it is observed on September 5th. The concepts of atonement and repentance are at the heart of the book.

Jewish custom dictates that they fast for the whole of the day and pray intensely, with many of them attending synagogue services most of the time throughout the day. It is the High Holy Days, which include both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, that are celebrated.

Bathukamma

Date: 25 September – 3 October

Women Celebrates Bathukamma With their Children pix courtesy Chanduclicks 11 Fairs and Festivals in golden, sunny October in India
Women celebrates Bathukamma pix courtesy Chanduclicks

Bathukamma is a vibrant floral festival celebrated by ladies in Telangana, when they decorate their homes with exotic flowers from the area. Over the years, the event has established itself as a symbol of Telangana culture and heritage.

Diwali

24 October

Fairs and Festivals - Diwali
Fairs and Festivals – Diwali

Diwali is known as the festival of lights and is a celebration lasting over five days. The month of Diwali is called Kartik and is a time of festivities celebrated across the country by all people of all faith. The festival of Diwali celebrates with lights and recreates the joyful return of Lord Ram’s return to his kingdom, the city of Ayodhya after a period of 14 years of exile.

Sweets are distributed, green crackers and light shows brighten the night skies, homes are decorate with candles and diyas, hand drawn patterns called rangoli welcome families and friends to homes. Prayers are performed as Lakshmi Puja – the Goddess of wealth to bless all with good health and good fortune.

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