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 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. In 2019, the Central Air Command will celebrate Indian Air Force Day 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 will be celebrated on the 24th of this month. The Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel 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 in this month. 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 Kannyakumari, portraying the traditions and rich culture of the place.

The famous Jhiri Mela of Jammu will be celebrated this month to pay homage to Baba Jitu and his holy soul. People from all round the world especially come and take a dip in the Babe-da-Talab to miraculously cure their skin disorders. 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, Rayalaseemma Food and Dance Festival, Autumn Festival, Koratty Muthy 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 Navaratri, Dussehra and Durga Puja. Karva Chauth this year falls on the 17th of October. Married Hindu Women observe fast of Karva Chauth for the well-being, prosperity and longevity of their husbands. Sikhs all around the world will celebrate Guru Ram Das Jayanti on the 9th of October.

The most awaited festivals of the year - Diwali, will be celebrated in every nook and corner of India and the rest of the world. People light diyas and candles and pray to Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity on this day. Falling two days after Dhanteras, this auspicious day is a great time for families to get together and have a great time. Followed by Goverdhan Pooja and another important festival for sisters and brothers i.e. Bhai Dooj.

October marks the death anniversary of many influential personalities of Indian history including that of Indira Gandhi, Jaiprakash Narain and Munshi Premchand. Other festivals to be celebrated in the month of October are Ayudha Puja, Kali Puja and Kojagari Puja.

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