India Fairs and Festivals

September Events

Fairs / Festivals September 2015
Month Festival Place
September 5, 2015 Krishna Janmashtami All India
September 5, 2015 Teachers' Day All India
September 6, 2015 Nand Mahatosav All India
September 16, 2015 Hartalika Teej Uttar Pradesh
September 17 to 27, 2015 Ganesh Chaturthi Maharashtra
September 17, 2015 Samvatsari All India
September 18, 2015 Rishi Panchami All India
September 20-26, 2015 Ladakh Festival Leh
September 22, 2015 Eid al-Adha All India
September 27-October 27, 2015 Ramnagar Ramlila Varanasi

India, the most colourful country in the world with diverse culture celebrates life every day of the year. September is a month for some amazing festivals and fairs. Letís take a peek into them

Festivals

Janmashtami:

When: 5th September

This day marks the date of birth of Lord Krishna. This festival is celebrated across India with great fervour. It is believed that Lord Krishna was born at the stroke of midnight. People fast through the day and conduct the prayers at midnight. The sky can be seen lit with firecrackers and the sounds reverberate through the air till very late in the night.

Celebrations: Ras Lila, depicting the colourful life of Lord Krishna is enacted in Vrindavan and Mathura.

In Maharashtra, people enact the act of Lord Krishna stealing butter through human pyramids made to reach Dahi Handi hung high up in the air. On this day people make a pilgrimage to Dwarka where Lord Krishna is believed to have established his kingdom.

In Jammu kite flying marks the celebration of Janmashtami.

Janmashtami Related Links

 

 

Janmashtami Calendar
Date Day Year
28 August Wednesday 2013
17 August Sunday 2014
5 September Saturday 2015
25 August Thursday 2016

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Hartalika Teej

When: 16th September

This festival is celebrated in North India and western parts of India including Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, and is some parts of Maharashtra. Based on the intense austerities kept by Godess Parvathi to be united in matrimony with Lord Shiva, it is believed that every girl who keeps a fast on this day will get a husband of her choice, who will love her and look after her well. Married woman also keep the fast for the well being of their husbands.

Celebrations:. Prayers are offered early in the morning to the idols of Shiv-Parvathi made of clay, before reading the Legend of Harthalika. Womenfolk fast all day long and abstain even from drinking water. It is celebrated during Shukla Paksha Tritiya of Bhadrapada month according to the Hindu calendar.

 

Hartalika Teej Calendar
Date Day Year
8 September Sunday 2013
28 August Thursday 2014
16 September Wednesday 2015
4 September Sunday 2016

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Ganesh Chathruthi:

When: 17th September

This day is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of all good beginnings and success. The celebrations are mainly held in Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Celebrations: In Maharashtra idols of Lord Ganesha are installed in different communities and localities across the cities. Maharashtrians also establish idols at home to conduct family prayers. The celebrations are 10 days long and conclude on Anant Chaturdasi day, when the idols are taken to large water bodies like rivers and oceans for immersion. The entire celebration is full of fanfare with a lot of rejoicing through singing and dancing.

Ganesh Chathurthi is celebrated in the other parts of India at the home level, and the prayers are held only on the day of Chathurthi which is on 17th September. The prasad or offerings made on this day is sure to include modak, sweet dumplings, which Lord Ganesha is very fond of.

Ganesh Chathruthi Related Links

 

 

Ganesh Chathruthi Calendar
Date Day Year
9 September Monday 2013
29 August Friday 2014
17 September Thursday 2015
5 September Monday 2016

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Eid ul Adha:

When: From the evening of 22nd September till the evening of 23rd September.

This Islamic festival is observed by the Muslims across India to commemorate the acceptance of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael as per the command of Allah.

Celebrations: On this day Muslims pray in mosques and listen to sermons given. They sacrifice an animal in an act of qurbani which is symbolic of the sacrifice of Ishmael. People wear new clothes and visit friends and family.

Eid ul Adha Related Links

 

 

Eid ul Adha Calendar
Date Day Year
14 October Monday 2013
03 October Friday 2014
22 September Thursday 2015
10 September Saturday 2016

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Fairs

Ramnagar Ramlila :

When: 27th September- 27th October

This is a mela (fair) held in Ramnagar, on the banks of the Ganga, opposite Varanasi. The nearly 200 year old Ramlila is the longest in the world, and depicts the life of Lord Rama. The spectacle is indeed vibrant with colours and portrays the culture and mythology of the region.

The fair, or the lila as it is known locally, is vast with food stalls selling local delicaies like chaat (savoury), tea and the famous Banarasi Paan (betel leaf). The lila is concluded with arti of the lord.

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The Ladakh Festival:

When: 20th September - 26th September

If you are planning to visit the mystical land of Ladakh then September would be the best time when J&K Tourism Department organises a week long extravaganza known as the Ladakh festival, which highlights the beautiful culture and traditions of this region. There are processions, lion dances, yak dances, and sports including archery, rafting and polo. The gastronomic delights of Ladakh including thukpa, pava, khambir and sku are sold from stalls, and you can indulge yourself as you listen to some of the best talents in musical performances.

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Ziro Festival of Music:

When: 24th September - 27th September

Held in Arunachal Pradesh, this festival showcases the talented musicians of the North East. It is held in the Ziro Valley, over 5500 feet above sea level. The location itself is spectacular with the misty mountains towering on all sides. It is indeed a fun outdoor event, and youngsters from all over the world can be seen converging here for some good music, fun and frolic.