Indian Festivals are celebrated by varied cultures and through their special rituals add to the colours of Indian Heritage. Some festivals welcome the seasons of the year, the harvest, the rains, or the full moon. Others celebrate religious occasions, the birthdays of saints and gurus (revered teachers), or the advent of the New Year. A number of these festivals are common to most parts of India. However, they may be called by different names in various parts of the country or may be celebrated in a different fashion

October (Ashwin / Karthik)

Welcome to the land of Festivals - India! Here each festival has a deep cultural, philosophical and traditional value attached with it. It is the land of celebrations, carnival and festivities where every month comes with an unmatched splendor and pomp. And October opens a basket full of festive goodies for all of us.

Beginning on a note of patriotism, this month marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (हिंदी) on the 2nd of October. It is also a day to commemorate the birth of the former PM of Republic India- Shri Lal Bahadur Shashtri (हिंदी). In 2020, the Central Air Command will celebrate Indian Air Force Day (हिंदी) on October 8th. The traditional parade at the respective Air bases will be conducted to mark the beginning of the celebration. Also, the UNO Day (हिंदी) will be celebrated on the 24th of this month. The Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (हिंदी) is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (हिंदी) on October 31st every year. Several activities including Run for Unity and March Past will take place in the country's capital New Delhi.

From this month on, Nagaland gears up for its week long Tsokum Festival to thank god for great crops and well being of their loved ones. While Meghalaya celebrates its Pomblang Lewduh. This 3 day festival is celebrated by performing the traditional tribal Khasi dance. The Cape Festival will begin this month in the far south of Kanyakumari, portraying the traditions and rich culture of the place.

In the Barabanki Mela of Uttar Pradesh, celebrations including Kavi Sammelan, Kite Flying, Rifle Shooting etc. will keep you busy all throughout. This is the most incredible aspect of the month of October that special regional celebrations of festivals, fairs and carnivals like Kati Bihu (हिंदी), Autumn Festival (हिंदी), Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival, Koratty Murthy's (हिंदी) Feast and many more glorify the spirit of togetherness in our country.

Since this month corresponds to the Hindu months of Ashwin and Karthik, October also hosts the much awaited festival like Tula Sankranti (हिंदी), Papankusha Ekadashi (हिंदी) etc.October also hosts the much awaited festival like Navaratri (हिंदी), Dussehra (हिंदी) and Durga Puja (हिंदी). Sikhs all around the world will celebrate Guru Ram Das Jayanti (हिंदी) on the 9th of October.

October marks the death anniversary of many influential personalities of history Indira Gandhi (हिंदी), Jayaprakash Narayan (हिंदी) and Munshi Premchand (हिंदी). Other festivals to be celebrated in the month of October are Ayudha Puja (हिंदी) and Kojagari Puja (हिंदी).

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