India is a vibrant country with a rich cultural and religious heritage. Owing to its diverse religious landscape, it celebrates a variety of festivals throughout the year, and October is no exception. So, let’s move around to find the major Indian festivals in the month of October and celebrate them.
Gandhi Jayanti – Monday, October 2, 2023
Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on October 2nd to commemorate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian nation. It is a national holiday and is observed with prayer meetings and other events.
Avidhava Navami – Saturday, October 7, 2023
Avidhava Navami falls on the ninth day of the pitru paksha Shraddha. It is also known as Matra Navami or Naumi Shraddha. This day is dedicated to performing the shraddha rituals for deceased married women as well as mothers.
Pitru Paksha Amavasya – Saturday, October 14, 2023
Pitru Paksha Amavasya is a significant Hindu observance, marking the new moon day during the Pitru Paksha period, a 16-day lunar fortnight dedicated to honouring one’s ancestors. Pitru Paksha Amavasy usually falls in the month of September or October.
Durga Puja – Friday, October 20 to Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Durga Puja is one of the most significant festivals in West Bengal and other parts of India. It usually falls in October and celebrates the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. This festive runs for the complete nine days, where Pandals are decorated installing Maa Durga’s idol and puja is performed. A lot of people come to visit these pandals and seek Mata Durga’s blessings.
Navratri – Sunday, October 15, to Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Navratri is a nine-day festival dedicated to the goddess Durga. It is celebrated in various parts of India, typically in the month of October. The festival is marked by dance (Garba and Dandiya) and fasting. People also visit temples and offer prayers to the goddess Durga. Navratri is a time for celebration and devotion. It is a time to reflect on one’s life and to seek blessings from the goddess Durga. Let’s find more…
Dussehra – Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, marks the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana. It usually falls in October and is celebrated with great enthusiasm, including the burning of effigies of Ravana. Lord Rama is worshipped and people seek for his blessings. Let’s find more…
Papankusha Ekadashi – Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Papankusha Ekadashi is a sacred Hindu fasting day observed on the eleventh day (Ekadashi) of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of the moon) in the Hindu month of Ashwin, which is the month of October or November according to the Gregorian calendar. Devotees believe that observing this Ekadashi helps in atoning for sins and obtaining liberation from past wrongdoings. It is a day of fasting, prayer, and spiritual purification in honour of Lord Vishnu. Let’s Find More…
Kojagari Puja – Saturday, October 28, 2023
Kojagari Puja, also known as Sharad Purnima, is a Hindu festival celebrated to worship the goddess Lakshmi on the full moon night in the month of Ashwin. Devotees perform rituals, including offering kheer (sweet rice pudding) to the goddess, seeking her blessings for prosperity and wealth. Let’s Find More…
Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti – Saturday, October 28, 2023
Celebrated on the full moon day in October, this day honours Maharishi Valmiki, the sage who composed the epic Ramayana. It is a day to pay tribute to the great sage and his work. Let’s find more…
Sharad Purnima – Saturday, October 28, 2023
Sharad Purnima, also known as Kojagari Purnima, is celebrated in October to mark the end of the monsoon season. It is believed that on this night, the moon is particularly bright and brings blessings and prosperity. People of many regions worship the full moon at night for wealth and success. Let’s find more…