Festivals of India, November - 2019

Fairs / Festivals November 2019
Month Festival Place
November 9, 2019 Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi All India
November 12, 2019 Gurpurab All India
November 14, 2019 Children's Day All India

 

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

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi

When: 9th November

On the Islamic calendar, Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi festival falls on the same day every year but the date varies as the per the Gregorian calendar from year to year. This difference is due to the fact that the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar.

Guru Nanak Jayanthi

 

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Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi Calendar
Date Day Year
1 December Friday 2017
20 November Tuesday 2018
9 November Saturday 2019

Guru Nanak Jayanthi - Gurupurab

When: 12th 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.

Celebrations:
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

 

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Guru Nanak Jayanthi Calendar
Date Day Year
4 November Saturday 2017
23 November Friday 2018
12 November Tuesday 2019


Children's Day

When: 14th November

Children's day is celebrated on the 14th November every year. As a tribute Children's Day is celebrated on the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru's birthday. Lovingly called 'Chacha Nehru' which means Uncle Nehru by the kids, Jawaharlal Nehru gave emphasis to the significance of giving love and affection to children, who are the bright future of India. The main purpose of this day is to encourage the welfare of children all over the country.

Children's Day

 

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Children's Day Related Calendar
Date Day Year
14 November Tuesday 2017
14 November Wednesday 2018
14 November Thursday 2019