September Festivals and Fairs, 2016

Fairs / Festivals September 2016
Month Festival Place
September 4, 2016 Hartalika Teej North India
September 5, 2016 Ganesh Chaturthi Maharashtra
September 6, 2016 Nand Mahatosav All India
September 11, 2016 Eid al-Adha All India
September 13, 2016 Onam South India
September 17, 2016 Samvatsari All India
September 18, 2016 Rishi Panchami All India
September 20-26, 2016 Ladakh Festival Leh


India, the most colourful country in the world with diverse culture celebrates life every day of the year. September is a month for some amazing festivals and fairs. Let’s take a peek into them

Festivals

Hartalika Teej

When: 4th September

This festival is celebrated in North India and western parts of India including Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, and is some parts of Maharashtra. Based on the intense austerities kept by Godess Parvathi to be united in matrimony with Lord Shiva, it is believed that every girl who keeps a fast on this day will get a husband of her choice, who will love her and look after her well. Married woman also keep the fast for the well being of their husbands.

Celebrations:. Prayers are offered early in the morning to the idols of Shiv-Parvathi made of clay, before reading the Legend of Harthalika. Womenfolk fast all day long and abstain even from drinking water. It is celebrated during Shukla Paksha Tritiya of Bhadrapada month according to the Hindu calendar.

 

Hartalika Teej Calendar
Date Day Year
8 September Sunday 2013
28 August Thursday 2014
16 September Wednesday 2015
4 September Sunday 2016

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Ganesh Chathruthi:

When: 5th September

This day is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of all good beginnings and success. The celebrations are mainly held in Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Celebrations: In Maharashtra idols of Lord Ganesha are installed in different communities and localities across the cities. Maharashtrians also establish idols at home to conduct family prayers. The celebrations are 10 days long and conclude on Anant Chaturdasi day, when the idols are taken to large water bodies like rivers and oceans for immersion. The entire celebration is full of fanfare with a lot of rejoicing through singing and dancing.

Ganesh Chathurthi is celebrated in the other parts of India at the home level, and the prayers are held only on the day of Chathurthi which is on 17th September. The prasad or offerings made on this day is sure to include modak, sweet dumplings, which Lord Ganesha is very fond of.

Ganesh Chathruthi Related Links

 

 

Ganesh Chathruthi Calendar
Date Day Year
9 September Monday 2013
29 August Friday 2014
17 September Thursday 2015
5 September Monday 2016

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Eid ul Adha:

When: 11th September.

This Islamic festival is observed by the Muslims across India to commemorate the acceptance of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael as per the command of Allah.

Celebrations: On this day Muslims pray in mosques and listen to sermons given. They sacrifice an animal in an act of qurbani which is symbolic of the sacrifice of Ishmael. People wear new clothes and visit friends and family.

 

Eid-ul-adha Messages

Zindagi ka har pal khushiyon se kam na ho, ap ka har din Eid se kam na ho, Yehi dua hain ki aisa Eid ka din aapko hamesha naseeb ho. Eid-ul-Adha Mubarak!
Momin ka
her wo din
Eid ka din hay
jis din wo
koi gunah na kare.
Suraj ne bheji hai roshani kiranon me
Phoolon ne bheji hai mahak hawaon me
Aap Eid ke chaand se jagmagaate rahen
De asar itna khuda hamaari duaaon me
EID MUBARAK!
Dua ke liye uthe haath
Na kisi ko nuksaan pahunchaayen
Aaj is Mubarak din par
Hum ye Eidi paayen
Eid Mubarak!
Door hain ya paas hain
Meri duaayen sadaa aapke saath hain!
Allah ka haath sadaa aapke sar par rahe!
Eid ki Mubarakbaad!

 

Eid ul Adha Related Links

 

Eid ul Adha Calendar
Date Day Year
14 October Monday 2013
03 October Friday 2014
22 September Thursday 2015
11 September Saturday 2016

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Onam

When: September 13th

Onam is a 10 day long harvest festival of Kerala. It is believed that King Mahabali, a benevolent Asura King, and the grandson of Prahlada visits Kerala during Onam, and he brings along with him prosperity, health and happiness for the natives. Onam is celebrated to welcome this great king.

Celebrations: The festivities are spectacular, and Kerala is at its beat during Onam. Traditional rituals start very early in the morning. Mahouts take out a procession of beautifully dressed up elephants on the streets. Spectacular carnivals of fireworks, music and folk dance performances like Kathakali and Pulikali (Tiger dance) are hosted all over Kerala.

Onam celebration is unique because of the Aranmula Boat Race, held at Aranmula where there is a temple of Lord Krishna and Arjuna. Pairs of snake boats are rowed across the River Pampa, and they move to the rhythm songs, as thousands of spectators watch from the river banks.

 

Onam Related Links

 

Onam Calendar
Date Day Year
16 September Monday 2013
28 August Sunday 2014
7 September Sunday 2015
13 September Tuesday 2016
4 September Monday 2017

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Fairs

Ramnagar Ramlila :

When: 27th September- 27th October

This is a mela (fair) held in Ramnagar, on the banks of the Ganga, opposite Varanasi. The nearly 200 year old Ramlila is the longest in the world, and depicts the life of Lord Rama. The spectacle is indeed vibrant with colours and portrays the culture and mythology of the region.

The fair, or the lila as it is known locally, is vast with food stalls selling local delicaies like chaat (savoury), tea and the famous Banarasi Paan (betel leaf). The lila is concluded with arti of the lord.

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The Ladakh Festival:

When: 20th September - 26th September

If you are planning to visit the mystical land of Ladakh then September would be the best time when J&K Tourism Department organises a week long extravaganza known as the Ladakh festival, which highlights the beautiful culture and traditions of this region. There are processions, lion dances, yak dances, and sports including archery, rafting and polo. The gastronomic delights of Ladakh including thukpa, pava, khambir and sku are sold from stalls, and you can indulge yourself as you listen to some of the best talents in musical performances.

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Ziro Festival of Music:

When: 24th September - 27th September

Held in Arunachal Pradesh, this festival showcases the talented musicians of the North East. It is held in the Ziro Valley, over 5500 feet above sea level. The location itself is spectacular with the misty mountains towering on all sides. It is indeed a fun outdoor event, and youngsters from all over the world can be seen converging here for some good music, fun and frolic.