Top Festivals in September and October 2019 India

India is a land of colorful fest and festivals. Indians celebrate the festivals with enthusiasm and splendor. They perform the rituals wholeheartedly and seek blessings from the Gods and Goddesses. Each of the festival has its own significance and creates a wonderful surrounding.

September and October comes on a happy note with pleasant weather and a lot of holidays lining up the calendar the reason being the month has a lot of festivals. Events also get lined up as holidays come around and people look for different plans to occupy their weekends. Coming to India in September and October can be a good decision as one can witness loads of festivals and culture on display. Every year, grand festival of Durga Pooja in the north with its varied faces across the country covers the atmosphere.

It is during the festivals, one can see the true color of this glorious country. Therefore, visiting India at the time of festivals can help you explore the best of it. Below mentioned are some of the popular upcoming festivals of India to be held in the month of September and October.

Festival to Be Celebrated in September

1. Janmashtami

The birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated as the festival of Janmashtami in all over India. It is observed in between August and September also known as the month of Bhadra (according to Indian Calendar).

On this day, Lord Krishna was born at Mathura and thus, Janmashtami is celebrated to honor his birth.People at Mathura and Vrindavan celebrate this festival with joy as Lord Krishna spent his childhood there. Prayers are held in the temples and hymns are also sung all through the night. Scenes from Lord Krishna’s childhood are also enacted.

It will be celebrated on 24, August 2019 this year.

Mother Yashoda bathes Krishna

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2. Muharram

Muharram, which is one of the major festivals of the Muslims is celebrated throughout India, in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain- the grandson of Prophet Mohammad. Tazias beautifully decorated are taken out in processions during this festival. Tazias are replicas made of paper and bamboo. The procession is taken to the Martyr’s tomb at Karbala.

Muharram will be celebrated in India will be begin on 31st August 2019.

Tazia Procession on Muharram
Tazia Procession on Muharram

3. Ganesh Chaturthi

It is observed all over India in between August and September, which is also known as the month of Bhadra to honor Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed God of the Hindus.

Lord Ganesha is believed to be the remover of obstacles. He is also considered as the god of wisdom and beginnings. This festival is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi lasts for 10 days. It gets over on Anant Chaturdashi or the 14th day of waxing moon period.

Though it is celebrated all over India, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana is celebrated elaborately and is the grandest among all other celebration in the country.

Ganesh Chaturthi in this year will be begin on 2nd September and Ends on 12th September 2019.

Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai

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4. Hartalika Teej

Hartalika Teej is one of the major festivals of North India. On the third day of North Indian Lunar month also known as Bhadrapud, this festival is celebrated.

This festival is observed by the women folk. They fast at the evening hours of Hartalika Teej and continue fasting till next day without even drinking water. They pray to Goddess Parvati & Lord Shiva and stay up all night. The fast is also known as nishivasar nirjala vrat.

In India, it is mainly celebrated in Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar. Madhya Pradesh also observes the festival of Hartalika Teej as a minor festival.

This year Hartalika Teej will be celebrated on 1 Sep 2019.

Teej Festival Celebration Jaipur

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5. Abhaneri Festival

This festival is celebrated for2-4 days in the small village of Abhaneri. This festival focuses on highlighting the richness, color and diversity of the Rajasthan culture. You can enjoy Kalbelia dance performances, Langa singing, Kachhi Ghodi dance, Bhawai dance, puppet shows, exhibition for crafts and art-works and many others. This festival is the right place to explore the cuisine of the land to take a camel for village exploration.

This is a local festival celebrated only in Abhaneri Village, which is 90km away from Jaipur. You can find numerous public and private transportation to reach Abhaneri from any part of Rajasthan.

This year; Abhaneri Festival is celebrated on 29th and 30th September, 2019. The date of the festival varies every year.

Abhaneri Festival 2019

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6. Naropa Festival

If you are looking for enjoying the innate culture of Buddhism, it is time to visit Ladakh. The Naropa festival is called as the Kumbha of Ladakh. During this celebration, millions of Drupka followers visit the Hemis Monastery for rituals, performance arts and much more. The best of all is the grand opening ceremony. This festival covers display of relics, archery competition, panel discussion, feast of traditional food and many others.

This festival takes place on September, once in 12 years. The last festival took place in 2018. Next celebration can be expected in 2030.

Naropa Festival, Ladakh

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7. Onam Festival

Onam is celebrated by the state of Kerala at the end of monsoon season. Starting from royally decorated elephant procession to the iconic Kathakali dance, nothing about this festival is simple. This festival welcomes the harvest festival and is celebrated for 10 days. Apart from religious rituals and elaborate feasts, this festival is famous for flower decorations, elephant procession, snake boat race, tiger dance, traditional music performances and many others.

Fairs and shops are constructed at numerous destinations for shopping traditional items and souvenirs. The main aim of the festival is to establish the culture and, the beauty that comes from it.

In 2019, the festival of Onam is celebrated from 1st September to 13th September.

Onam Festival in Kerala

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8. Chakradhar Samaroh

Chakradhar Samaroh is a music and dance festival, in which many celebrities and local talented performers showcase their abilities. Starting from Bharthanatyam to Sufi performance, you can find all heritage dance and music performances of the country in this festival.

This festival is celebrated in Raigarh of Chhattisgarh. This festival is celebrated to commemorate the talents of King Chakradhar Singh of Raigarh and it has now spread its fame throughout the country. This festival is usually celebrated during the Ganesh Chaturthi. Apart from the dance and music performances, you can enjoy light and sound show during this festival.

In 2019, Chakradhar Samaroh will be celebrated from 2nd September to 12th September.

Chakradhar Samaroh
Chakradhar Samaroh

9. Karni Mata Festival

Karni Mata temple of Bikaner is one of the important and unique temples of Rajasthan. In this temple, people pray to rats, feed them and consider the remaining food as offering from God. The Karni Mata festival is celebrated twice a year. This festival is mostly celebrated inside the temple and areas around it. Special rituals and decorations are conducted and a small fair is conducted around the temple. This festival is also called as the Karni Mata fair. The fair is also celebrated in March-April month.

In 2019, Karni Mata festival starts on 10th September and ends on 19th September.

10. Payippad Snake Boat Race

On the backwaters of Payippad in Alappuzha of Kerala, this traditional snake boat race takes place every year. This race is linked with Hindu temple Subramanya Swamy Temple. The main deity of the temple was found from the bed of this backwater and this race commemorates inauguration of the deity in the temple. This is the most visited and participated race of Kerala.

The beauty of the race is the long boat that accommodates fifty to hundred rowers. The rowers chant enthusiastic songs to motivate themselves. It would be a colorful race to watch.

In 2019, Payippad snake boat race takes place on 13th September.

Payippad Jalotsavam Boat Race, Kerala
Payippad Jalotsavam Boat Race, Kerala

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11. Pune International Literary Festival

This is an English literary festival, which is aimed at creating an interactive platform for writers, publishers and readers of Pune. Authors and publishers can showcase their creative works during this festival. Speakers from around the world like Ciler Ilhan, Alexander Buchler, Clara Macedo Cabral, Bahar Dutt and others inaugurate this festival.

In 2019, Pune international literary festival will start on 20th September and ends on 22nd September.

Pune International Literary Festival
Pune International Literary Festival

12. Ziro Festival

Ziro music festival takes place in Ziro of Arunachal Pradesh. This is an open-air concert festival. Visitors get to stay in small tents, which are arranged by the festival organizers. Some even bring their own tents. For four days, music performers from around the world stage their shows in the festival area. Apart from music celebration, people love to hike around the Alpine area, learn about their culture and get closer to the nature.

In 2019, Ziro festival starts on 26th September and ends on 29th September.

Ziro Festival, Arunachal Pradesh
Ziro Festival

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13. Neelamperoor Padayani

This local Hindu festival is a unique tradition involving Kettukazhcha (decorated effigies). The festival starts at night 10 pm with effigies of legendary characters brought into the Palli Bhagavati Temple. After a colorful procession, the effigies are displayed to the public. More than a lakh INR is spent on creating the huge effigies. This festival takes place inside Palli Bhagavati temple of Neelamperoor in Alappuzha.

In 2019, this festival takes place on 27th September. The festival usually falls in the month of Chingam (August/September).

Neelamperoor Padayani, Alleppey

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14. Jaipur Shopping Festival

Not every festival has to be related to a mythical event or a religious ritual. Some are just celebrated for the fun of it. One such festival is the Jaipur Shopping Festival. This festival takes place at different destination, every year. The main element of this festival is the one grand large shopping fiesta for all your needs starting from wooden handicraft to electrical appliances.

In 2019, this festival takes place from 25th of September to 23rd of October.

Jaipur Shopping Festival

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15. Thiruvullakavu Festival

Thiruvullakavu festival is also called as the Navaratri celebration that takes place in Sree Dharmasastha temple of Thrissur, Kerala. The temple has two main celebrations and this is one of those. The main element of this celebration is the Vidyarambham ceremony. This is the ceremony in which, the locals bring their young children to the temple and make them write or read for the first time. Models of pen or tongue made of silver or gold is dedicated to the God by the locals for the knowledge power of their children. During this celebration, the temple opens from 4 in the morning and many elaborate rituals will be conducted.

In 2019, Thiruvallakavu is celebrated from 29th September to 8th October.

Festival to Be Celebrated in October

16. Gandhi Jayanti

Every year on 2nd October, Gandhi Jayanti is observed to honor the Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is celebrated in schools and colleges with great devotion.

It is the birth anniversary of Gandhiji. Therefore, Government offices remain closed on 2 October, as it is declared as national holiday throughout the country.

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Gandhi Jayanti Celebration at Rajghat, Delhi

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17. Navratri or Durga Puja

During Navaratri, Goddess of strength, Durga is worshiped with rituals and faith. This festival is celebrated in all parts of India with much enthusiasm. Navratri in Sanskrit means nine nights. This nine-day long festival has to come on top of the list with the grand celebration, joy and festivity it gets. Therefore, Goddess Durga is worshiped for nine nights in her nine different forms. Along with Goddess Durga, Saraswati and Lakshmi are also worshipped. Worshiping, fasting, dancing and feasting, all of it covers the entire days with various culture celebrations.

During this time should not miss out of the grandness of this festival. Huge Durga idols installed on podiums and massive pandal decoration is done to cover the whole city in the excitement of the festival. The celebration drives the crowd to witness the shows, lights and picturesque idol view with aromatic food stalls.

This festival is celebrated in different region of India in between September and October in the month of Sharad (according to Hindu calendar). The festival is celebrated as Navaratri or Durga Puja. Kolkata is the city where Durga Puja mainly celebrated. The tenth day is

This year Navratri or Durga Puja will begin on 29th September and Ends on 7th October, 2019

Durga Puja

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18. Kota Dussehra

With cultural performances, the look of this festival is a rural one in Kota, Rajasthan. Artisans from different places come to sell their wares. It also see towering effigies of Ravana being burnt. Additionally, there is a captivating procession from the royal palace to the ground that features decorated elephants, camels and folk dancers. It will be begin from 8th October 2019.

Kota Dussehra

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19. Vijaya Dashami/Dussehra

Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami is celebrated as the tenth day of Navratri or Durga Puja. It is celebrated all over India as the end of Navratri.

The victory of Rama over Ravana is celebrated on this day. In the northern part of India ‘Ramleela’ is observed by enacting plays from the heroic life of Lord Rama, recitations are held and music are also being played.

In the eastern part of India and in Bengal, Dussehra is celebrated as the immersion of goddess Durga’s Idol in a river or in the sea.

This year Vijaya Dashami or Dusshera will be observed on 8th October 2019.

Dussehra Celebration India

20. Mysore Dasara

This Dussehra with a difference is celebrated on a grand scale and ensures a lavish cultural display with a carnival. In Mysore, Dussehra honors Goddess Chamundeswari, who killed the demon Mahishasur. This year the festival will be celebrated on 29 September to 8th October 2019.

Mysore Dasara

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21. Kullu Dussehra

This dussehra is celebrated differently than the other cities as effigies of Ravana are not burnt. Goddess Hadimba is carried from the temple in Manali down to Kullu, and taken to the palace to have her blessing from the royal family. The fair ground is dipped in cultural performances and venders from all the countries. On the last day of the festival the chariot is carried to the Beas river and then a pile of bushes in burnt depicting the burning of Lanka. This year it will be celebrated on 8th October 2019.

Kullu Dussehra

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22. Karwa Chauth

The Karwa Chauth is specially celebrated by all the married women in India. On this day, married women fast for the long life of their husbands. According to Hindu calendar, this festival is observed in the month of Kartika that is in between October to November.

Karwa Chauth will be celebrated on 17th October 2019 this year. Know more about Karva Chauth by witnessing the festival.

Karwa Chauth ceremony

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23. Ramnagar Ramlila

This is the world’s oldest Ramlila, Varanasi that reenacts the Hindu epic Ramayana and commences with the incarnation of Lord Vishnu as Rama to win over Ravana. Ramlila goes on for a month every year from Anant Chaturdashi and ends at full moon night.


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24. Ashwa Poojan

This Rajasthani festival is grandly celebrated by the Mewar royal family of Udaipur on the last day of Navratri and marks the worshipping of Horse. It is dedicated to the special relationship of the warrior and the horse. Mouthwatering Rajasthani cuisines are the main highlight of the event.

Ashwa Poojan will be celebrated on 18th October 2018 this year.

Ashwa Poojan, Udaipur

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Bringing a new outlook to the wellness and connecting the music lovers from across the world is Samsara Himalaya edition is all about. It also features a range of wellness and natural health practitioners while encompassing the Bir international Yoga festival. The visitors will also be introduced to sound and vision healing.

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