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Fair / Festivals October 2014
Month Festival Place
September 25 to October 3, 2014 Navratri All India
September 25 to October 4, 2014 Dussehra All India
October 04, 2014 Durga Puja West Bengal
October 04, 2014 Eid-Ul-Adha All India
October 07-08, 2014 Marwar Festival Jodhpur, Rajasthan
October 11, 2014 Karwa Chauth North India
October 21, 2014 Dhanteras North India
October 23, 2014 Diwali All India
October 24, 2014 Vishwakarma Pooja North India
October 25, 2014 Bhai Dooj North India
October 27 - 30, 2014 Chhath Puja Bihar, Uttar Pradesh & Nepal

The month of October is full of various celebrations and it’s worth the wait! It is a diverse country which marks more than one religion by the names of Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, etc. and each of them is associated with many festivals and rituals. The Indians are united through them. All of them celebrate every other religion with unity and love. Every month has vast series of festivals and events lined up. The month of October is no differeny with the following events-


  • Durga Ashtami- Durga Ashtami marks the 8th day of Navratri and Durga puja. Fasting is practised by the followers on this day. The weapons of Goddess Durga are worshipped during the puja this day. Durga Ashtami is also known by the name of Astra puja marking the worship of weapons and Mahashtami marking the importance of this 8th day. Maha Gauri who was the 8th incarnation of Goddess Durga is believed to appear this day to solve the problems of all the followers. Therefore Maha Gauri is worshipped on Mahashtami day.

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  • Mahanavami- Mahanavami marks the 9th day of navaratri. Special puja is performed to celebrate this day. Mahanavami is considered to be the day before victory, the day before Vijayashtami where Vijay symbolises victory. Mahanavami is celebrated with great excitement.

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  • Gandhi Jayanti- 2nd October is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti all over India which marks the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the great Indian hero who sacrificed and struggled for the Independence of India. Special prayer services are arranged at Raj Ghat, New Delhi. It is a national holiday in India.

  • Dusshera- Marking the victory of good over the evil, Dussehra is celebrated all over India on the 10th day after Navaratri. Ramleela is performed in several places of North India represent the short form of Ramayana. Dussehra marks the victory of Lord Ram over the devil Ravana according to the Hindu calendar. The end of Dusshera celebration is marked by the burning of effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnath and his big giant brother Kumbakarna The ten headed monster is set on fire by the public before sunset by filling it with crackers.

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  • Eid ul Adha or Bakrid- Celebrated by Muslims all over the country, Bakrid marks the importance of sacrifice attempted by Prophet Yusuf (p.b.u.h) when asked by the Almighty. It is celebrated by the sacrifice of a goat in the name of Allah that respects the sacrifice of Prophet Yusuf when he was about to sacrifice his son for Almighty but God replaced his son with a goat and respected his love for Him. The day begins with morning prayers in mosque followed by the sacrifice of sacred goat. People in the household do not eat anything until the sacrifice is done. Once it is done, they finally greet each other with siwai and other delicious dishes like dahi bada, chole, kababs, biryani etc.

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  • Valmiki Jayanthi- Valmiki Jayanti is owed to the famous author Valmiki, the author of epic Ramayana. It is a holiday in the country in the name of Valmiki. He gave shelter to Goddess Sita when she was banished by Lord Ram. Lord Ram met Valmiki during his exile period. His birthday is celebrated as Ashwin purnima according to the Hindu calendar.

  • Karwa Chauth -This is celebrated fourth day after the full moon according to Hindu lunar calendar. On this day, fast is observed by the married Hindu women of North India for the long life and wellbeing of their husbands. Some females also fast for their desired husbands or fiancés. They dont eat or dtink the whole day.The fast starts from the dawn and continues till moonrise when they finally break their fast by drinking water from their husband's hands.

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  • Narak Chaturdashi -Falling on the second day of Diwali, Narak Chaturdashi is the festival of Hinduism. Its significance lies in the fact that Kali killed Naraksura, the most wicked. Puja is performed by offering coconut to Hanuman and it involves oil, sandalwood and flowers.

  • Diwali -Celebrated in autumn, Diwali is the most important festival of the Hindus. Referring to victory of good over evil, fair over unfair and light over darkness, Diwali is celebrated all over the country with great excitement. Houses and buildings are illuminated with lights and bright bulbs. Some use diyas to lit candles. Exchange of sweets and gifts among friends and dear ones. Crackers are burnt after the sunset to compliment the celebration with lot of joy and excitement.

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  • Govardhan Puja- Celebrated on the fourth day after Diwali, Govardhan Puja is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna defeated Indra. The believers of Krishna celebrate this day with a lot of joy. It is celebrated by practising Anna Koot on the second day where followers prepare bhog and offer to Lord Krishna. Fourth day celebration includes Padwa which is believed to be the day when Bali came. This is followed by Gudi Padwa when women pray for long life of their husbands by greeting them with Tilak. Husbands return gifts to their wives as presents. Govardhan Puja os a holiday in the country.

  • Bhaiya Dooj- Is the festival representing brother-sister love. It is celebrated on the fifth day of Diwali after the long 5 day Diwali celebration is over. It is a way of saying how much the love of a brother means to a sister. It is celebrated differently in different parts of the country. In some parts, sisters practise fast for brothers, in some they perform mornung prayer followed by the tilak ceremony of their brother and in some parts brothers are tied a cloth with sugar balls indicating the sweetness of their relationship. The brothers express their love by giving them gifts and sweets.

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  • Chath Puja- Falling in last October, Chath puja is celebrated on the sixth day of Kartik according to Nepali calendar. Puja is performed by the followers of Surya to thank him for sustaining life and asking to grant some wishes of the followers. It is celebrated by the hindu community of Jharkhand and Bihar. They aim to thank Surya devta for all the mercy and well being of their lives. This puja takes place at the sunrise. It is celebrated with great fun. People dress in their best clothes and sing folk songs at home and everywhere. Sun temple in Aurangabad is seen decorated on this day.

Therefore the month of October is heavy in celebrations and is worth the wait.
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