October is a celebration time for India, when the whole country comes alive with festivals and celebrations. Children and adults across the country wait for this time of the year, as some of the most significant festivals fall in this month. Here is a small rundown of the festivals of India celebrated during the month of October.
When: Oct 4
Dussehra, also known as Vijaydashami, this is the tenth day of Navrathri. This is one such festival that is celebrated throughout the country. This day is celebrates Lord Ram’s victory over the demon king Ravana marking the victory of good over evil. This is a Hindu festival observed by the devotees across the country; people do special pujas by offering garlands, lighting incenses and adorning the whole house with flowers.
When: Oct 11
Karwa Chauth, is the ritualistic fast which is done by married women in India. Hindu women of all ages observe fast on Karwa Chauth for their partner’s wellbeing, health and longevity. Women offer prayers and worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi, and no food or water is taken before the sunset. This is seen as one of the important day for all married women, where they fast all day and break their fast only after sighting the moon. On this day, women dress in new clothes, get their puja thali ready with diyas, a glass of water, exotic incense sticks, kum kum box and sweets. Once the moon rises, the women perform the ritual by doing puja and breaking their fast.
When: Oct 22
Naraka Chaturdashi is the most significant day of the 5-day festival of Diwali. Diwali begins with the Dhantreras and ends with Bhaiya Dooj day. Naraka Chaturdashi, also known as Choti Diwali, falls on the second day of the festival and this day is celebrated to rise above the laziness and evil from our lives. The main ritual of Naraka Chathurdashi is to wake up and take oil bath before the sunrise. People decorate the house with beautiful rangoli and light diyas all around the house.
When: Oct 23-24
Diwali is one of the biggest Indian festivals celebrated throughout the country. Unlike other festivals of India, which is celebrated for a day or two, Diwali is celebrated for 5 long days. Most people make special effort to clean the house and some even renovate their homes for this festival. It is considered auspicious to buy new things on this day. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on this day and the whole house is decorated with lights and diyas. This festival is celebrated with fireworks, food and fun.
When: Oct 24
Gowardhan Puja is usually celebrated on the next day of Diwali. Popularly known as Annakut Puja, it is believed that worshipping Lord Krishna on this day will bring wealth and prosperity to the family. The idol is made of cow dung and offered annakut as an offering to the Lord. Annakut usually consists of heaps of grains, fruits, salads, pulses and juices. This auspicious day is celebrated with fervor across North India and devotees of Lord Krishna celebrate this festival by wearing bright clothes and worshipping the Lord with garlands, flowers, incense sticks and many food offerings.
There are very many festivals celebrated in India during the month of October. This is the month where the monsoon rains have eased in most places and the festival season is in full swing. Enjoy the festivities, fun and food with your loved ones this October!