Festivals in November 2018


Indian Festivals in November 2018



There are several important festivals that are celebrated in November with fervor and enthusiasm. Some of them are mentioned below:

Dhanteras (5th November 2018) - Dhanteras is celebrated by performing Lakshmi puja in the evening. The entrance of the house is decorated with lanterns and women also light earthen lamps. They also purchase gold or silver articles or at least a utensil.

Diwali (7th November 2018) - Diwali is celebrated in all parts of India. On this auspicious day, people decorate their houses with rangoli art works. They light earthen lamps, light crackers and also prepare home-made sweets.

Kali Puja (7th November 2018) - While the rest of India celebrates Diwali, the Bengali community keeps itself busy with Kali puja, also know as Dipanwita Kali Puja. Though Goddess Kali is worshipped on other new moon days of the year, as well, but the community observes this Kali puja on the new moon day of the month of Kartika. For them, this is the annual Kali puja celebration. She is worshipped at night and tantric rites and mantras are followed. She is usually offered animal blood in a skull, rice and lentils, sweets, fish and meat and red hibiscus flowers.

Bhai Dooj (9th November 2018): Bhai Dooj is a Hindu festival celebrated in various parts of India. This festival has many names including Bhai Dooj, Bhai Tika, Bhai Phota, Bhai Bij, Bhau Beej, Bhatru Dviteeya and Bhatri Ditya. In this festival, sisters invite their brothers to their home and arrange a feast for them. They apply tilak on their brother's forehead which is then followed by other rituals. In Haryana and Maharashtra, women who do not have brothers worship the moon on this day. The ceremony signifies the responsibility of a brother to protect his sister.

Chhath Puja (13th November 2018): This is an ancient Vedic festival in which Sun and Usha (Wife of Sun God) are worshipped. This festival is performed by both men and women to express gratitude to the Sun God for sustaining life on the earth. Men and women also keep fasts so that God grants their wishes. They perform the rituals late in the evening and early in the morning.

Guru Nanak Jayanti (23rd November 2018): Gurunanak Jayanti, also called Guru Nanak Gurpurab and Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav is celebrated on the full moon day of the Karthik month. The celebration starts in the early morning, around 4-5 a.m. They begin the day with morning hymns. A special community lunch is also arranged at the Gurudwara, which they call Langar. In some of the Gurudwaras, the evening prayers and kirtans are also performed. They sing Gurbani at 1.20 a.m. as Guru Nanak was born at that particular time.

Last Updated on : January 30, 2018



     


     

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