Festivals in November in India
Come November in India and the air is filled with the festive spirit and excitement. India has always fascinated the tourists from around the world and November is one of the most special months of the year as it is the best time to visit India because of the fairs and festivals held in November 2018 in India.
Inarguably, the best festivals in India take place during the month of November apart from some special events and fairs that are of interest to international tourists. To delve deeper into the details of festivals in November in India, jump the bandwagon and uncover the excitement:
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Top 7 Indian Festivals in November
1. Chhath Puja
Dedicated to the Sun God and His wife Usha, Chhath Puja in India is celebrated every year in the month of November. One of the most unique and an eco-friendly festival, Chhath Puja is widely observed all across North India, particularly in states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, and more. The best place in India to witness celebration of Chhath Puja in all its glory is Varanasi or anywhere besides the banks of River Ganga.
Taking place on 13th November, people gather near the river by sunset and chant prayers, perform rituals while offering homage to Sun God. This is one of the best festivals in India to capture on camera to cherish for a lifetime.
Where: Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Mumbai, Delhi, Nepal
When: 11th – 14th November 2018
2. Pushkar Camel Fair
A traditional camel fair that was once just a spot for trading of camels has now been evolved into a full-fledged Pushkar Camel Fair. Also popular as best desert festival in India, Pushkar Camel Fair takes place in Pushkar, the desert town of Rajasthan. This is the biggest animal fair in India with over 30,000 camels showcased for trading.
Not just camel trading but the fair also hosts a gamut of other interesting shows like camel beauty contest, camel racing, camel parade, game stalls, fairs, and showcasing the best Rajasthani cuisine. There is a different magic in the air by the crack of dusk when people gather around bonfire and celebrate while singing and dancing folk songs of Rajasthan.
Where: Pushkar, Rajasthan
When: 15th – 23rd November’2018
3. International Yoga & Music Festival
Taking place in the yoga capital of the country, Rishikesh, International Yoga and Music Festival is your absolute key if you want to attain inner peace. This unique festival is much sought-after by foreign visitors as India is the land of Yoga and alternative sciences. The best part about this festival is the number of activities you get to do here and the knowledge of yoga you gain. Plan a trip to Rishiskesh, India now if you are craving for solace and a cleansing process.
Where: Rishikesh, India
When: 1st – 7th November 2018
4. Ganga Mahotsav
Just as the name says, Ganga Mahotsav festival is related to River Ganges. Starting from November 11th to 14th, Ganga Mahotsav festival is celebrated in Varanasi for four days. Varanasi is the best place to visit in India if you want to witness the elaborate celebration of Ganga Mahotsav where thousands of women are seen floating the oil clay lamp placed on a leaf at the banks of River Ganga. It is a sight to behold and capture on camera when thousands of oil lamps are seen floating on the water along with many interesting rituals happening too.
Where: Varanasi, India
When: 20th – 23rd November 2018
5. Deepawali / Diwali
Diwali is one of the biggest and most elaborate Hindu festivals in India that celebrates the homecoming of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years accompanied by Goddess Sita and Laxman. Diwali in India is more than just lighting diyas and candles, it’s about the cleansing of one’s mind and soul against all the negativity in one’s life and an introspection.
On the eve of Diwali, Indians dress up in their traditional fineries, decorate their houses with lamps and candles and offer prayer to Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and overall wellbeing. The day gets all the more special with friends and relatives exchanging sweets and gifts.
Where: All over India
When: 7th November 2018
6. Guru Nanak Parv / Gurupurab
In honor of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev, popular Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Jayanti is marked as one of the most important festivals in Sikhism. The festival usually spans over three days where on the first day, an Akhand Path (48 hours of non-stop recital of Guru Granth Sahib) is observed while the second day marks a huge and fancy procession led by Sikh Gurus. The last and the third day is celebrated as Guru Nanak Jayanti when a community lunch (langar) is offered to everyone in the gurudwaras after offering prayers.
Where: Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab
When: 23rd November 2018
7. Bhai Dooj
Quite similar to Raksha Bandhan, Bhai Dooj is celebrated a day after Diwali and is an important Indian festival signifying the bond of love between a brother and sister. The story behind Bhai Dooj says that on this day, Yama (Death God) visited his sister Yami and she welcomed him by smearing his forehead with a tilaka nd offered him sweets, thus the festival.
It’s said that this festival is observed by all sisters who put tilak on their brother’s forehead and pray for their long life while the brother promises to protect his sister from all the evils of the world. The festival is widely celebrated all over India and is known by different names.
Where: All over India
When: 9th November 2018
India is a land of diverse culture and festivals and November is the best time to visit India for its amazing line-up of festivals. Plan a trip to India in November and witness the glory and grandeur all the festivals in India in November.
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