India Fairs and Festivals

October Events

Fairs / Festivals October 2015
Month Festival Place
13th to 22nd October, 2015 Navaratri All India
October 13th to November 12th , 2015 Muharram All India
18th to 23rd October, 2015 Durga Puja West Bengal
October 22nd, 2015 Dussehra All India
October 22nd, 2015 Ashwa Poojan Rajasthan
23rd to 27th October, 2015 Rajasthan International Folk Festival Rajasthan
26th to 27th October, 2015 Marwar Festival Rajasthan
30th October, 2015 Karwa Chauth North India

India is a land of festivals, for the people of India believe in celebrating life. And October here can be described as the Queen of all months where festivals and fairs are concerned. Some of the major festivals in India normally fall in the month of October. Here is a list of the few important ones:




Navaratri Calendar
Date Day Year
5 - 13 October Saturday 2013
September,25 - October,4 Thursday 2014
13 - 23 October Tuesday 2015
1 - 11 October Saturday 2016
When: 13th October-22nd October

Navaratri, meaning the nine nights, is an important festival of India where Goddess Durga in her various manifestations is worshipped. The festival is celebrated all over India but can be mainly seen in Gujarat and Mumbai. It begins on the day of Mahalaya (new moon) and concludes on Dussehra.

Celebrations: During Navratri, people fast for nine long days and consume only satvik ( vegetarian food prepared without onions and garlic) food when they break the fast at the end of each day. In the evening and till late night the goddess is again worshipped in the form of dandiya and raas garba (dances of Gujarat), where everyone dressed in their finest traditional clothes dance all night long, in large areas arranged for the event.

Navratri Cards


Navratri SMS

Kabhi na ho dukhon se saamna
Pug pug Maa Durga ka ashirvaad mile!
yahi hai hamaari taraf se Navratri ki shubhkaamna !
Jagat paalanhari hai
Bhakti ka adhaar hai
Hamara mukti dhaam hai
Maa !
Navratri ki Shubhkamnaayen!
Maa shakti ka vaas ho
Sankton ka naash ho
Har ghar me sukh-shaanti ka vaas ho
Jai Mata Di!
Happy Navratri!.


Navaratri Related Links



Durga Puja

Durga Puja Calendar
Date Day Year
9 - 14 October Sunday 2013
September, 29 - October, 4 Monday 2014
12 - 22 October Monday 2015
September, 30 - October,11 Friday 2016
When: 18th to 23rd October

Durga Puja is one of the most important festivals in India. Goddess Shakthi in the form of Durga is worshipped in various parts of India.

Celebrations:In North India the idols of Goddess Durga riding a tiger, as depicted in mythology, is placed in different localities and worshipped for 4 consecutive days. There is a lot of fanfare with loudspeakers blaring music and the streets lit up with colourful lights.

In West Bengal, Durga Puja is marked by the sound of the dhak (drum) and the conch shell reverberating through the air. The belief here is that Ma Durga (as the Bengalis address the goddess)after killing the demon Mahishasur, visits her parents’ place for 4 days, before heading back for Kailash, the abode of her husband Lord Shiva. The Bengalis welcome their Ma every year with great fervour. The idol of Ma Durga in the pose of killing Mahishasur along with the idols of Lord Karthik, Lord Ganesh, Goddess Saraswati, and Goddess Laxmi (who are considered to be Ma Durga’s children as per Bengali tradition) are placed in beautifully constructed pandals. The Puja begins on the sixth day of the new moon, and continues for four days with celebration of great fervour. There are many fairs all over Kolkata, with rides and food stalls, On The 4th day the idol is immersed in rivers symbolising the departure of Ma Durga for Kailash.


Durga Puja Bengali SMS

Durga Pujor kota din shobai hoi badhonchara. Pujor shuvecha or shuvokamona roilo.
Subhro shitol kasher sobhay juralo dui nayan, shiulir modhur gondhe bhuvan holo bhorpur. Ei kamona roilo je pujor dingulo tomader hok modhur.
Sisir bheja bhorer batash ar jholmole rod niye elo khushir amej o pujor anondo. Pujo katuk shobar hullor, adda r pujo porikromar anonde.


Durga Puja Related Links




Muharram Calendar
Date Day Year
November ,03 - December,03 Sunday 2013
October,24 - November,23 Friday 2014
October,13 - November,12 Tuesday 2015
1 - 31 October Saturday 2015
When: October 13th –November 12th
This Islamic festival commemorates the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Holy Prophet. This day is observed by Muslims across the nation.

Rituals: Muharram is a very sombre affair for the Muslims where they mourn the killing of Imam Hussein ibn Ali in the Battle of Karbala. During the period of mourning Muslims beat their chests, and some even whip themselves with the belief that the blood flowing out will rid them of any evil thoughts that they have.




Dussehra Calendar
Date Day Year
13 October Saturday 2013
4 September Friday 2014
22 October Thursday 2015
11 October Tuesday 2016
When: October 22nd

The tenth day of Navaratri is celebrated as Dussehra all over India. According to mythology on this day Lord Rama killed Ravana. It is basically symbolic of victory of the good over evil.

Celebrations North India: All over North India very big effigies of Ravana filled with firecrackers are erected in an open area. With very large crowds watching, these effigies are then set on fire. Normally someone in the costume of Lord Rama shoots a lighted arrow at the effigy. As the effigy burns and the firecrackers light up the night sky, there is great rejoicing and people wish each other a Happy Dussehra.

Kullu: Here Dussehra is celebrated to worship Goddess Hadimba, who according to mythology was the wife of Bhim and mother of Ghatotkacha.

Kota: Here a big mela (fair) is organised and artisans come from far and wide with their wares. All the villagers are dressed in traditional clothes and spectacular procession of decorated elephants, camels, horses, folk dancers is taken from the Royal Palace to the fair ground. Ravana effigy is also burnt.

South India: Dussehra is a major festival of Mysore. According to the mythology in Karnataka, on this day Goddess Shakti, in the form of Chamundeshwari, killed the demon Mashishasur. The festival is celebrated on a grand scale, and the highlight is the Mysore Palace, illuminated with nearly 1 lakh light bulbs. There also various cultural programmes all over the city.


Dussehra Messages

Ye tyohaar...
Khushiyon ka ujaala laaye
Aur hridy me Ram basaaye!
Vijaydashmi ke paavan avsar ki
Aap sabko shubhkamnayen!
Vijaydashmi ke is paavan parv par
Apne andar buraayi ke raavan ko mitayen
Aur achchhayi ke Ram ko jagayen
Jai Shri Ram!
Navraatri aur Dussehra ki hardik shubhkamnaayen!
Jai Shri Ram!
Happy Dussehra!


Dussehra Related Links



Ashwa Poojan

Ashwa Poojan Calendar
Date Day Year
13 October Saturday 2013
3 October Friday 2014
22 October Thursday 2015
When: October 22nd

As the name suggests, this festival is to worship horses.

Celebrations: This festival is celebrated by the Mewar Royal family and is unique to Rajasthan. The festival is symbolic of the special relationship that a warrior and his horse share. Horses are worshipped. The highlight of the festival is the gastronomic delights of Rajasthan cuisine.

However, it can also be seen that on this day all over India people worship their modes of transport by offering flowers and tika (vermillion)



Karwa Chauth

Karwa Chauth Calendar
Date Day Year
22 October Tuesday 2013
11 October Saturday 2014
30 October Friday 2015
19 October Wednesday 2016


Karwa Chauth Related Links




Rajasthan International Folk Festival

When: 23rd October-27th October

This festival, showcasing the deep rooted cultural heritage of fine arts of the vibrant state of Rajasthan, is a myriad of cultural and educational events, stage performances, and late night jam sessions where musicians perform, and story tellers from the rural areas narrate regional stories through a puppet show. It is held in the spectacular location of the majestic Mehrangarh Fort.

Marwar Festival

When: 26th October-27th October

This 2 day long festival is held to honour the medieval heroes of the state of Rajasthan. The myths and legends of the era gone by seem to come alive as artists perform the classic folk music and dance. This festival reflects the culture of the Marwar region and is held in Jodhpur in Rajasthan.