October is the month that observes some of the most auspicious festivals in India. This month welcoming the advent of winters is an exuberant festive time in this country. The raindrops of monsoon make the environs of this country extremely soothing this month and the celebration season is in its complete swing. The fairs and festivals in October are filled with music, lights and dance. This celebratory month has its own set of events that are celebrated to solemnize great deeds of saints, deities and heroes. There are many rejuvenating fairs organized in this month as well.
Durga Puja, West Bengal
Durga Puja is the most important festival of the Bengal. It can be felt with its gush of fanfare on four days of the festival. Durga Puja is commonly known as Sharodotsav, which evokes the supremacy of female Shakti signified by the Goddess Durga who slaughtered Asura to reinstate serenity and sacredness on earth again.
Dussehra is also popular as Vijayadashmi. It is a prominent Indian festival commemorated on the tenth day, just after Navaratra. The sacred day is celebrated to memorialize the slaughter of Ravana by Lord Rama. Thus, this day is the emblem of victory of noble over the evil. The effigy of Ravana, Meghanath and Kumbhakaran are burnt on this auspicious day.
Diwali is one of the most widely celebrated festivals of India. This sacred festival is also known as the Festival of Lights. The day is mainly celebrated to solemnize the homecoming of Lord Rama from his fourteen years of exile. The people rejoice this day by burning crackers and lighting their homes with candles. It is believed that the deity of wealth (Goddess Lakshmi) use to arrive at home on Diwali.
Id-ul-Zuha is also known as Bakr-Id in India and Id-ul-Adha in Arabic. It is the practice of sacrificing a goat. Id-ul-Zuha is called a festival of sacrifice. On Bakra-Eid, Muslims sacrifice best halal domestic animals to honor the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim.
Marwar Festival, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Jodhpur Marwar Festival is the most popular festival of Jodhpur. It is organized every year in the memory of the idols of Rajasthan. This unique festival was in the beginning known as the Maand Festival.
The festival of Navratri continues for 9 days dedicated to worship of Maa Durga. All through the nine days of Navratri, fasting and feasting take primacy over all ordinary daily activities amongst the Hindus devotees. Navratri is a significant Hindu festival and is celebrated with immense fervor all through the nation.
Rajgir Dance Festival, Bihar
Rajgir Dance festival is also known as the Rajgir Mahotsav. It is a festivity of classical music and dance, which is held every year with spectacular fervor at Rajgir in Bihar. Popular celebs and dance freaks from all over the country visit this occasion.