Festivals of India

List of festivals in September 2017

  Dates   Festivals
  September 04   Eid-al-Adha Onam
  September 14   Holy Cross Day
  September 17   Vishwakarma Puja
  September 19   Mahalaya Amavasya
  September 21   Rosh HaShanah starts Navaratri begins
  September 22   Hijra - Islamic New Year
  September 23   Rosh HaShanah ends
  September 24   Fast of Gedaliah
  September 29   Michael and All Angels Navaratri ends / Maha Navami
  September 30   Yom Kippur Dusshera


Come September and all of India gears up for the celebration of the great Goddess, be it the Durga Puja of Kolkata, the navaratri golu of Tamil Nadu or the Gujarati garba dances associated with this sacred period. The Navaratri or 9 sacred nights marks the timeless battle between good and evil as the goddess Durga battles with and wins over the evil Mahishasura. This festival symbolically represents the destruction of our own inner demons and hence, our own spiritual growth.

In north India, people celebrate Navaratri by worshipping the idols of the deity Durga. In Bengal, decorative pandals are made, where devotees visit for the blessings of goddess Durga. In Gujarat, the nine nights of this festival are celebrated by performing garba. In South India, during this festival 'Golu' is celebrated in which various kinds of clay dolls are decorated on the nine steps of golu. This festival is very popular in the states of west Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh.

The Navaratri festival is also popular by other names such as Dusshera and Durga Puja. The word "Navaratri" means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning night. During these ten days we invoke the energy aspect of goddess Durga in the form of universal mother. Navaratri in India follows the lunar calendar and is celebrated in March/April as Chitra Navaratri and in September/October as Sharad Navratri.