|Fairs / Festivals October 2017|
|October 1st to 31st, 2017||Muharram||All India|
|October 2nd, 2017||Gandhi Jayanti||All India|
|October 8th, 2017||Karwa Chauth||North India|
|October 17th, 2017||Dhanteras||All India|
|October 18th, 2017||Kali Puja||West Bengal|
|October 19th, 2017||Diwali||All India|
|October 20th, 2017||Vishwakarma Pooja||North India|
|October 21st, 2017||Bhai Dooj||North India|
India is a land of festivals, for the people of India believe in celebrating life. And October here can be described as the Queen of all months where festivals and fairs are concerned. Some of the major festivals in India normally fall in the month of October. Here is a list of the few important ones:
|1 - 31 October||Saturday||2016|
|1 - 31 October||Sunday||2017|
|1 - 31 October||Tuesday||2018|
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.
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.
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.
|Bhai Dooj Calendar|