Fairs and Festivals of India

November Event

Fairs / Festivals November 2015
Month Festival Place
November 9, 2015 Dhanteras All India
November 10, 2015 Kali Puja All India
November 11, 2015 Diwali All India
November 12, 2015 Goverdhan Pooja North India
November 12, 2015 Vishwakarma Pooja North India
November 13, 2015 Bhai Dooj North India
November 17, 2015 Chhath Puja Bihar, Jharkhand & Uttar Pradesh
November 25, 2015 Gurupurab Punjab

Come November, and India is literally lit up with lights of different festivals. Let's take a peek into a few of them:

Guru Nanak Jayanthi - Gurupurab

When: 25th November

Guru Nanak Jayanthi is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of one of the youngest religions in the world, which gives the simple message of "Ik Onkar" meaning "We are all one, with the One Creator of all Creation. This festival is celebrated in Punjab with great fervour by the Sikhs, and also by Sikhs all over India, and the world.

The Gurupurab celebrations start 2 days prior, with the Akhand Path of the Guru Granth Sahib, meaning reading the holy scripture of the Sikhs without a break in between.

On the morning of Guru Nanak Jayanthi, a procession led by the Panj Pyares (5 armed guards) is taken out. Known as the 'Prabhat pheri', all the Sikhs participate in it with religious music playing on speakers in the moving convoy.

All the Sikhs sporting new clothes converge to the Gurudwaras nearby and participate in the prayers and kirtans held there.

The highlight of every Sikh festival is the Langar, meaning the open kitchen, where the rich and the poor alike go to partake in a meal. Many also offer seva in the langar, meaning to help in the kitchen, in preparing the food, in serving and in cleaning.

Guru Nanak Jayanthi Related Links


Guru Nanak Jayanthi Calendar
Date Day Year
17 November Sunday 2013
6 November Thursday 2014
25 November Wednesday 2015
14 November Monday 2016

Chhath Puja

When: 17th November

Celebrated with great gusto and fervour in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, Chhath Puja is celebrated to venerate the Sun God and Chhatti Maiyya (known as Usha in the Vedas) who is believed to be the consort of Sun God. This festival symbolises sunís role in sustaining life on earth.

The festival goes on for a period of four days.

The first day is when the womenfolk take a holy dip in a river (Kosi, Karnali or Ganga). The houses are spring cleaned.

On the second day the women folk observe a fast without water until sunset. They worship the setting sun and the moon with an offering of kheer, puri and bananas. The women partake of the prasad before going on a fast again, this time for 36 hours.

On the third day the women along with the entire family go to the riverbank or any waterbody to offer sandhya arghya (offering of water at sunset) to the Sun God. The procession sings folk songs and devotional hymns on the way to the water body.

The fourth day is the day of Chhath Puja when the devotees head for the water body early in the morning to offer arghya to the rising sun.

The festival ends with the breaking of the fast by the women folk with the prasad including kheer, thekua (a sweet dish made with wheat flour and jaggery) and fruits.

Chhath Puja Calendar
Date Day Year
8 November Friday 2013
29 October Wednesday 2014
17 November Tuesday 2015
6 November Sunday 2016

Chhath Puja Messages

May this Chhath Puja brings
Blessings and happiness in your way
May all your dreams come true
And all evils shed away.
Happy Chhath Puja 2015.
Chhath Puja ka Pavan Avsar
Milkar Manate He Sab.
Aao Chalo Hum Bhi Shaamil Ho jae,
Is Dharm Ki dhara me Bah Jaye.
Happy Chhath !!
Sabke Dilo Mai ho sabke liye Pyaar.
Aanewala har din layee Khushiyo ka Tyohar,
Is ummeed ke saath aao bhulke saree Ghum..
Chhath puja 2015 ko Hum Sab kare Welcome.
Saat ghodon ke rath par savaar.
Bhagvan surya aaye aapke dwaar.
Kirno se bhare apka ghar sansaar.
Chhath parva ho apke liye smriddhi ka tyohar.



When: 9th November

Celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of the month of Karthik as per the Hindu calendar, this festival is popular in Northern and Western parts of India. This auspicious day is dedicated to worshipping Goddess Laxmi and Lord Kubera who are the Gods of wealth.

Celebrations: Business premises are renovated and decorated to welcome the Goddess of Wealth.
The festivities begin in the evening with prayers and bhajans (devotional songs) Traditional sweets are offered as prasad.
It is considered auspicious to purchase gold, silver or steel articles on this day. The shops selling these items do the maximum business of the year during this festival. In villages people worship cattle.

Dhanteras Related Links


Dhanteras Calendar
Date Day Year
1 November Friday 2013
21 October Tuesday 2014
9 November Monday 2015
28 October Friday 2016



When: 11th November

Diwali or Deepavali is the Festival of Lights, and one of the most important festivals of India This festival has several connotations including the beginning of a new year for many in North India, return of Lord Rama after 14 years of exile, the killing of Narakasura by Lord Krishna, and the yearly Kali Puja for the Bengalis.

Celebrations: Preparations for Diwali begins many days in advance with the spring cleaning of the house and preparation of a variety of homemade sweets and savouries.

For the people of South, Diwali is on Chathurdasi, which is the day before the new moon or Amavasya. People get up before sunrise, have an oil bath and wear new clothes before lighting firecrackers.

In Bengal, Assam and Orissa, Diwali is celebrated in the form of Kali Puja. The puja begins after midnight on Amavasya, and continues through the night. People fast the entire day and break it only after the puja is over. The unique feature of Kali Puja is the Tantric ceremonies that take place in some temples and also the offering of meat and liquor to Kali Mata by some devotees.

In North India, Diwali ushers in the New Year. People sporting new clothes worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi. People all over India light up their houses with electric lights and earthen diyas (lamps). Rangolis and candles adorn the houses. The sky is lit with firecrackers.


Diwali Calendar
Date Day Year
3 November Sunday 2013
23 October Thursday 2014
11 November Wednesday 2015
30 October Sunday 2016


Bhai Dooj- Bhau Beej

When: 13th November

Bhai Dooj is a festival which celebrates the eternal bond of love and affection between brothers and sisters. It is celebrated on Dooj, which is the second day of the new moon, in north, west and eastern parts of India.

As per mythology, on this day Lord Yama visits his sister Yami who greets him with a tilak (vermillion) on the forehead for his well being.
Another legend says that Lord Krishna, after killing Narakasura, visits his sister Subhadra on this day , who greets him with a tilak.

It is a time for festivities where the entire family comes together dressed in their best fineries. The sisters apply tilak on the forehead of their brothers and take their aarti (showing of the holy flame) which wards off evil spirits and protects them.

The brothers shower the sisters with gifts and blessings.
The entire family gets together for a feast.
In Bengal this festival with the same significance is known as Bhai Phota.

Bhai Dooj Related Links


Bhai Dooj Calendar
Date Day Year
5 November Tuesday 2013
25 October Saturday 2014
13 November Friday 2015
1 November Tuesday 2016