India is a country with innumerable festivals throughout the year and October is a month when the festival season is in full swing. Plan a trip to India during this time and be a part of some of the most interesting and religious festivals. We have got you a list of events and festivals in India in October 2019 to help you plan wisely.
If you have ever been to India, you must have heard about the Epic Ramayana of Hindu mythology. The story is enacted as Ramleela in various places in the month of Ram Navami. The oldest Ramlila of the world is held in Ramnagar, Varanasi, since almost 200 years now. The act starts with the birth of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, to destroy the demon Ravana and save humanity. The act continues for a month from the day of Anant Chaturdashi to full moon night (Poornima).
Location: Ramnagar, Varanasi
Dates: 12 September, 2019 to October 13, 2019
Abhaneri Festival is a two day annual festival organized in Rajasthan with an intention of promoting rural tourism in the state. The festival boasts of entertaining cultural performances from different states of India, puppet shows, Rajasthani folk songs and dance performances and a large fairground. The festival is held in the Abhaneri Village near Harsha Mata Temple and the age-old Chand Baori or step well.
Location: Abhaneri Village in Rajasthan
Dates: 30 September, 2019 to 1 October, 2019
It is a 9 days festival when Goddess Shakti is worshipped in all her manifestations like Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kali, etc. People keep fasts and organize jagratas during these 9 days. Both young and old come together to celebrate the spiritual festival by dancing and feasting at night. In Gujarat, the main highlight of Navratri is Dandia Raas. The festival ends on the 10th day with Dussehra, the day when good wins over evil. There are several places to celebrate navaratri in India. The festival is celebrated with different names and different ways all across the city such as Golu in South India, Durga Puja in Kolkata, Navratri in Gujarat, etc.
Location: Throughout India
Dates: 29 September, 2019 to 7 October, 2019
Bathukamma is a popular festival in the state of Telangana in South India. It is a flower festival that worships Mother Goddess or Goddess Shakti during Navaratri. The festival is mainly dedicated to Goddes Gauri who is regarded as the Goddess of womanhood and a life-giver. A floral structure is designed, known as Bathukamma which looks similar to a temple. Women participate in the celebrations n by singing and dancing on folk devotional songs.
Location: Hyderabad in Telangana
Dates: 29 September, 2019 to 7 October, 2019
Rajasthan International Folk Festival
The popular Rajasthan International Folk Festival features the regional roots, arts and music of the state. The event is a fantastic blend of staged performances, interactive educational sets and midnight jam sessions. Various performers from the Rajasthani folk communities which includes singers, dancers, storytellers and instrumentalists come together to participate in this festival. Recognized international artists have also been part of this festival since years. The festival is organized in a magnificent location – in the majestic Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur.
Location: Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Dates: 10 October to 14 October, 2019
If you have ever been to Jodhpur in Rajasthan, you must have heard about Marwar Festival that showcases the culture of Marwar area in Rajasthan. The event continues for 2 days under the full moon in commemoration of the medieval heroes of Rajasthan. The main highlights are the classical folk dance and music that brings together the myths and legendary stories of Marwar alive. Some interesting activities involved in the festival are horse polo, horse riding and camel tattooing.
Location: Marwar, Rajasthan
Dates: 12 October, 2019 and 13 October, 2019
One of the most popular festivals of India, Diwali will be celebrated in the month of October this year. The festival of lights is celebrated throughout the country with spirituality and enthusiasm. The day is observed to honor the return of Lord Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. People light clay lamps called diyas, burst crackers and eat delicious food this day.
Date: 27 October, 2019 In South India: 26 October, 2019
Tawang Festival is the annual festival of Arunachal Pradesh held by the state tourism department. The festival is observed to feature the culture of Arunachal; Pradesh and popularize adventure tourism in the region. The key elements of the festival include the tribal and folk dances, monks chanting in the Tawang Monastery and a grand fair.
Location: Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh
Dates: 29 October to 31 October, 2019