India is known for its rich culture and vibrant festivals that are an integral part of India and its true soul. Different people, different languages, different customs and all are celebrated under one sky. With the starting of September, we have gathered a list of all major India festivals and events in India that will go to celebrate in the near future.
- Ganesh Chaturthi
- Ramnagar Ramlila
- Payippad Snake Boat Race
- Onam Pulikali Tiger Play
- Aranmula Snake Boat Race
- Pune International Literary Festival
- Neelamperoor Padayani
- Ladakh Festival
- Dasara of Mysore
- Abhaneri Festival
- Durga Puja
- Ashwa Poojan
1. Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi, a gala festival which is celebrated in the honor of Lord Ganesha birth. This extravagant 11 days festival is purely dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The festival is celebrated throughout the country with the same zeal and enthusiasm. People bring Ganesha Idol to their family, worship it for all 11 days, offer Prasad (modak – Ganesha favorite sweet) sing his prayers and dances. Several Mandap and pandals are set up during this time across the country. People who travel India under India tour packages during this time must visit Lal Bagh Cha Raja (Ganesha temple) in Mumbai.
When is Ganesh Chaturthi in 2018 – 13th September 2018 to 23rd September 2018
Where – Though celebrated in all India but majorly celebrated in Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Suggested Tour: Mumbai City Tour Package By Car
Onam is a significant part of South Indian culture and traditions. This is a 10 days festival which is celebrated as the harvest festival. People celebrate this festival with new clothes, a lavish feast served on banana leaf and various dances, sports, and games. The festival marked as the homecoming of the King Mahabali. It’s being said that he was the great devotee of Lord Vishnu and when Vishnu made Bali the king of the underground, Lord Vishnu promise him that he can return to earth once in a year and his people will celebrate his homecoming as Onam. Travelers can enjoy this festival during South India tourism. Locals decorate their houses with flowers and with different patterns of rangoli to welcome King Mahabali.
When is Onam in 2018 – 4th September 2018 is the day when Onam is celebrated but the celebration is started 10 days prior and continues a week after
Where – Trivandrum, Thrissur, and Kottayam in Kerala
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3. Ramnagar Ramlila
The event or festival that is one of its kinds, Ramnagar Ramlila is an oldest running recitation and enactment of Indian epic Ramayana in the world. This is the also known as the world’s oldest Ramlila which is running for more than 200 years. Ramayan is about the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu as Lord Rama came on earth to destroy evil forces in the form of Raksha king Ravana. The festival runs for a month every year and starts from Anant Chaturdashi (the last day of Ganesh Chaturthi) and it ends on full moon night. The event is celebrated in Varanasi, the ancient city of India that also keeps a major place in Golden Triangle Tours.
When is Ramnagar Ramlila – from 5th September 2018 to 6th October 2018
Where – In Varanasi city on the banks of Ganga River
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4. Payippad Snake Boat Race
Evident to its name, the event is all about boat racing. Payippad Snake Boat Race is a major event that happened in Kerala every year. This is an amazing boat festival is an integral part of the Kerala culture and traditions. Every year, Kerala boasted with the largest participants in this boat ride. This event generally happens after the prominent Nehru Trophy boat race in August. Also known as the Vallam Kalli this event generally falls during Onam time and thus it is considered as the important part of the festival.
When is Snake Boat Races – 6th September 2018
Where – At Payippad River in Harippad and in Alleppey in Kerala
5. Onam Pulikali Tiger Play
Puli is a Tamil word and it means “tiger”. The festival is about the play done by the men in south India dressed up as tigers. Several of grown-up men disguised as tiger dance on the beat of traditional percussion instruments. This event happens during Onam festival. Though seems quirkiest this festival is considered as the very business in India.
When is Onam Pulikali Tiger Play – 8th September 2018
When – At Swaraj Road in Thrissur
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6. Aranmula Snake Boat Race
Featuring as an integral part of Onam festival, Aranmula Snake Boat Race is one of the best festivals in South India. The festival is considered auspicious and is celebrated as a religious occasion. Under this boat race, you would be carried on a snake boat to Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. The event is marked as the day when Lord Krishna crosses the Yamuna River and forms mesmerizing South India tourism.
When is Arnamula Snake Boat Race – 8th September 2018
Where – At Pampa River in Arnmula and south of Alleppey in Kerala
7. Pune International Literary Festival
Going to step in its 5th year this year, Pune International Literary Festival is Maha Sangam of various giants from the literature world. The festival happens in Pine and celebrates authors, writers, and intellectuals from all over the world. The festival will offer you an opportunity to interact with authors in India. The festival includes the panel discussion, workshops, and book launches. Travelers on their Mumbai tourism can also visit Pune and attend this grand gala.
When is Pune International Literary Festival –8th September 2018
Where – In Pune, 3 hrs from Mumbai
8. Neelamperoor Padayani
A beautiful amalgamation of the Buddhist and Hindu culture, Neelamperoor Padayani festival is an important festival that is celebrated in the state of Kerala. The festival is boasted in the Neelamperoor Pally Bhagavathi Temple where the deity is 1700 years old and is considered as the form of Goddess Kali. This unusual temple festival runs for 16 nights. Huge effigies from Hindu mythology are being placed in the temple during this festival and taken out for the procession. This festival can complete your Indian culture and heritage walk.
When is Neelamperoor Padayani – 19th September 2018
Where – Palli Bhagavathi Temple at Alleppey in Kerala
9. Ladakh Festival
The Ladakh festival is a unique cultural festival of North India. This festival is featuring as the cultural burlesque that aims to offer the rich culture of the region’s unique culture, traditions, and its practices. The festival starts from Leh and then proceeds further to the villages of the region. Festival is compact with a procession, cultural programs and many more. One can enjoy activities such as polo match, music, dance, concert, mask dance and motorcycle expedition to Khadun-La. You can also enjoy the spectacular Thanka painting exhibition, archery, river rating and folk songs.
When is Ladakh Festival –It runs from 20th to 27th September 2018
Where – Leh and its surrounding villages
One of the most auspicious times of the year Navratri is also falling in September this year. The festival is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and her different forms. The festival runs for 9 days and each day is dedicated to one form of Goddess Durga such as Shailputri, Katyayani, Kali, and Gauri are just to name a few. Festival is celebrated with all zeal throughout the country. Daytime is for fasting and nighttime is for celebration, feast and Dandiya dance which is considered as the favorite dance form of Goddess. The festival is celebrated to mark the win of good over evil. The next day of Navratri is another major festival Dussehra, the day when Lord Ram killed Ravana. Enjoy these 9 days under your North India tour packages.
When is Navratri – It happens from 21st to 29th September 2018
Where – All over India and especially in Gujarat, Mumbai, Varanasi and Rajasthan
11. Dasara of Mysore
To mark the day as the win of Good over evil, Dasara in Mysore is celebrated. This is the beautiful festival is Dussehra with a difference. It is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm in Navratri for 9 days and accomplishes on the 10th day as Vijayadashmi, the day when Goddess Durga killed demon king Mahishasur. This historical festival is centuries old and this year it completes the 407th year. Celebrated on the grand scale the festival showcases the grandeur of the Karnataka state. Dedicated to Goddess Chamundeswari, the Mysore Dasarah festival is the nice way to enhance your South India tours.
When is Dasarh of Mysore – 21st September 2018 to 30th September 2018
Where – Mysore in Karnataka
12. Abhaneri Festival
These two days of the festival is a major attraction among the travelers who are on their Rajasthan tourism. The main aim to organize this festival is to promote the rural tourism. One can enjoy the cultural performance of various artists who came here from the different part of the country. The major attraction of this festival is the Rajasthani songs, folk dances, puppet shows and camel cart rides. Generally, this event or festival takes place in Harshat Mata Temple and step well of Chand Baori.
When is Abhaneri Festival – 22nd September and 23rd September 2018
Where – At Abhaneri Village in Rajasthan’s
13. Durga Puja
The word Durga Puja brings the image of the sweet and charming city of Kolkata. The festival of Durga Puja is a major attraction that generally happens during the time of Navratri. The festival is celebrated with all high zeal and enthusiasm in the city Kolkata. Dedicated to Goddess Durga, the festival symbolizes the power of women in our life, society and in our culture. Kolkata during this festival decorated like a bride, various pandals with the huge deity of Goddess, dance, celebrations, feasts and many things that will make your Kolkata tourism a memorable one. People from all across the globe visit Kolkata especially to attend Durga Puja. On the last day of Durga Puja the procession of Durga idol taken through the city and then immersed in water.
When is Durga Puja – 26th to 30th September 2018
Where – In Kolkata City in West Bengal
14. Ashwa Poojan
Ashwa is derived from the Sanskrit word Ashwa which means Horse and evident to its name, the festival is known for worshiping the horse. This majestic festival is celebrated by the Mewar Royal family of Udaipur. This unique Rajasthani festival is an integral part of a Rajasthani culture. People in Udaipur tourism can take part in this festival. The festival is celebrated on the last day of Navratri. The festival is celebrated to honor the relation of horse and a warrior. Royal head of the royal family worship the royal horses accompanied by a lavish band. Scrumptious Rajasthani Cuisine is the major attraction of the festival.
When is Ashwa Poojan – On 29th September 2018
Where –At Udaipur City Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan
Here are the names of some more festivals that will make your September more Merry and Enjoyable –
1. Ziro Festival of Music in Arunachal Pradesh – From 28th to 1st October 2018
2. Bakri Eid – 2nd September 2018
3. Dussehra – 30th September 2018
4. Moharram – 21st September to 19th October 2018
5. Kota Dussehra in Kota, Rajasthan – 28th to 30th September 2018
6. Kullu Dussehra in Dhalpur Maidan in Kullu Valley – 30th September to 6th October 2018
7. The Park’s New Festival in all major metro cities –
Chennai – 20th to 24th September 2018
Hyderabad – 25th to 28th September 2018
Bangalore – 29th September to 2nd October 2018
Kolkata, Mumbai, and Delhi – in October 2018
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