Fairs and festivals in India in month of October
Rajgir Dance festival
Rajgir, located in Bihar, India is sacred place for Buddhists and Jains due to its association with Buddha and Mahavir. Harmony of Rajgir Mahotsav/Rajgir Dance Festival lies in enthusiasm of the participants and audience. Rajgir Dance Festival held during the last week of October allures large number of tourists from India and abroad to witness the joyful performances which include instrumental music, devotional songs, opera, folk dance, ballet.
Every year in the month of October the beautiful city Jodhpur prepares for the Marwar festival. It is held over two days and one of which coincides with the full moon. During the festival the people of Jodhpur celebrate the rich cultural legacy of Marwar (Jodhpur) and honour the region’s heroes. The festival features lots of regional folk artists, the great art of turban tying and a moustache competition. This festival was originally known as ‘ Maand festival’.
Cape Festival, Kanyakumari:
Cape Festival is celebrated on the grandiose scale at Kanyakumari, TamilNadu. Kanyakumari also referred as “Cape Comorin” is the southernmost tip of the country and is popular for its natural exquisiteness. Three day long festival is celebrated in the month of October.
Dussehra is a festival of reverence of good and its power to subdue evil. This exhilarating and inspiring festival is celebrated by Hindus across India and is known by different names across the country. It is also known as Vijayadashmi, according to Hindu mythology. It is believed that it was on this day that Lord Rama killed Ravana, the demon King of Lanka to rescue his beloved wife Sita, after cutting ten heads of Ravana, on the tenth day of the ensuing battle. Hence, to celebrate the day, colossal effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnath, filled with crackers and surrounded by fireworks, are burnt to signify the end of evil. Besides this, play enactments of Ramayana, known as Ram Leela are also performed across India preceding Dussehra. These plays are based on the epic Ramayana, which describes the life saga of Lord Rama.
Nav means nine and Ratri means night thus Navratri means nine nights. It is a festival of Hindus that is related to Goddess Shakti (The Mother Goddess Durga) and her various forms. This festival holds a special significance for people of Gujrat and West Bengal. Dandiya dance and Garba Raas are the highlights of this festival.
Durga Puja, West Bengal:
It is the one of the most prominent festivals in the country extensively celebrated in the Northern and Eastern states of the country, especially in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, and Tripura. In Bengal, the Durga Puja is celebrated with great pomp and show. The grandeur of the Puja turns Kolkata into a new city during the last four days of the festival beginning from Maha-Shashti (the sixth day) till the day when the idols are immersed in the rivers, lakes, and seas on the evening of Dashmi.
Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Every year, this auspicious occasion is celebrated on October 2 with great zeal and enthusiasm.
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