Indian Festivals Blog : October

Gandhi Jayanti
Gandhi Jayanti is the national festival of India and is celebrated on 2nd October. This festival is celebrated due to the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation.
Durga Puja
Durga Puja is performed during the nine days of Navratri in West Bengal. Community pujas in Bengal are organised in every locality. Families visit each other to share feasts. On Bijoya day, the idols are taken in elaborate processions and immersed in the river or the sea. 
Navratri is the longest Hindu festival which is celebrated all over India. This festival is celebrated for nine consecutive nights in praise of Lord Rama and goddess Durga. During these nine days and nights, there is continuous chanting from the great epic Ramayana and as well as various performances from the episodes of his life also known as Ramlila. This festival is a combination of many concepts. It is believed that Durga, the goddess of power and vitality, has nine forms called Navadurga and on each day she takes a new form, with an arsenal of weapons, to ride a lion and fight the demon Mahishasura.
Dussehra is celebrated all over India to mark the homecoming of Lord Rama. This festival is celebrated as a triumph of the good over the evil. This festival is celebrated for nine consecutive days in praise of Lord Rama and his victory over the demon Ravana. During these nine days, the Ramlila, an enactment is made on the various episodes of the life of Lord Rama and there is continuous chanting from the great epic Ramayana. On the tenth day, the Lord Rama killed the demon Ravana, the abductor of his beloved Sita. On Dussehra, larger than life effigies of Ravana, his brothers Meghnath and Kumbhkarna filled with different fire crackers are set alight to celebrate the victory of good over evil. In Himachal Pradesh, a week long fair is held at Kullu during the Dussehra festival. From the little temples in the hills, the deity of Lord Raghunathji is brought in procession to the Kullu Maidan with lot of gaiety, music and colour.  On this day the Mysore Palace in Mysore is also illuminated with lights. Majestic processions, a torch lights parade and dance and musical events enliven the tranquil city. In south India during Dussehra, houses are decorated with displays of dolls, toys and idols. In West Bengal, the decorated idols of goddess Durga which were worshipped for nine days are taken out in huge procession and immersed in tanks, rivers or sea.
Marwar Festival
Marwar Festival is mainly celebrated in Jodhpur. This festival is devoted mainly to the music and dance of the Marwar region. The festival was originally known as the ‘Maand festival’. Marwar festival is celebrated for two days. On the night of full moon-the Sharad purnima, folk artists bring to life the myth, legend and folklore of the area.
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