Festivals in November 2020

Indian Festivals in November 2020

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

Karva Chauth (04 November 2020) - This is a festival fervently observed by married women, especially in North India. It starts with a day-long fast that is observed and women apart from offering prayers, also pampers themselves with mehndi designs.

Dhanteras (13 November 2020) - 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.

Kali Puja (14 November 2020): - 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.

Chhoti Diwali (14 November 2020) - This day is also known as Narakchaturdashi. Legend states that on this day, Narakasur was killed by Lord Krishna. However, he requested for being remembered after his death. So, the day was named after him.

Diwali (14 November 2020) - 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.

Govardhan Puja (15 November 2020):This festival is celebrated with great zeal, especially those who are Lord Krishna's devotees. Lord Krishna is also known as Govardhan dhari. This day is ties to the legend of mount Govardhan and the Lord.

Bhai Dooj (16 November 2020): 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 (20 November 2020) - 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 (30 November 2020) - 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 13, 2020