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iXiGOers Oct 24 2013

Events and festivals celebrated in November in India

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The events and festivals celebrated in November bring the whole country together! You can spot festivity and celebrations on every street corner. There is food, frills and fun everywhere. Enjoy these festivals celebrated in India in November!

Pushkar Camel Fair

The Pushkar Camel Fair is a 5-day festival celebrated in Pushkar, Rajasthan. During the festival, camels are paraded, entered into beauty contests and traded. What not to miss are the magicians, musicians, dancers and snake charmers entertaining the crowd. Pilgrims from far flung parts of Rajasthan travel to Pushkar to take a holy dip in the Pushkar Lake during this period. Today, Pushkar has become one of the major tourist attractions in Rajasthan. Watch out for the interesting camel races and hot air balloon rides!

by sheetalsaini

Festival dates: 30 October-6 November 2014.

Kolayat Fair

Kolayat Fair (Kapil Muni Fair) is one of the largest events of Bikaner. Pilgrims come from all over the world to take a holy dip in the Kolayat Lake. The sight of thousands of beautiful clay lanterns set afloat by devotees in the holy lake is truly a breath-taking one. You can also see horses, cattle and camels being traded during this festival.

from the official page of rajasthanforyou.wordpress.com

Festival dates: 30 October-6 November 2014.

Ganga Mahotsav

Held along the banks of the holy River Ganga in Varanasi, Ganga Mahotsav is celebrated annually during the auspicious period between Prabodhini Ekadasi to Kartik Poornima. Artists from all parts of India congregate during the festival and the performances by these music and dance greats draws throngs of tourists. The main highlight is the last day of the festival, when millions of clay lamps are floated down the river at dusk and Vedic hymns are chanted as a part of the occasion of Dev Deepavali. Not to miss are the beautifully lit-up ghats of Varanasi that offer a remarkable view.

by Bobinson K B

Festival dates: 3 November-6 November 2014.

Kartik Poornima

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kartik Poornima is a holy festival celebrated in Orissa (Odisha) on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Kartik. It is believed that on this day, Lord Shiva destroyed the demon Tripurasura along with his cities using a single arrow. Overjoyed by this, the gods declared the day as a festival of illumination. Consequently, this day is observed as Tripura Poornima and Dev Deepawali. Devotees start the rituals of this festival with a holy bath, Kartik Snaan, in the Ganga. Donation of cows, feeding Brahmins and fasting are other religious activities carried out during the festival.

Kartik Poornima (by Pictowrit)

Also, you can see devotees singing, making artistic floral designs and offering prayers at temples on this day. Some communities perform the Tulsi Vivah ritual on Kartik Poornima. Tiny leaf boats filled with flowers and lights are set afloat on the river. Another major attraction of the festival is the Bali Yatra, a huge fair that is held in Cuttack on the occasion of Kartik Poornima.

Festival date: 6 November 2014.

Guru Nanak Jayanti

Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrates the birth of of the first Sikh guru and the founder of Sikhism. It is believed that Guru Nanak was born on a full moon day in the month of Kartik, as per the Hindu calendar. The Golden Temple in Amritsar is where Sikhs from all over the country participate in several kirtans (religious songs) and “prabhat pheris” (processions) in which they recite several shabads (extracts from the Guru Granth Sahib) to celebrate this auspicious day.

by Arian Zwegers

The holy book is surrounded by “panj pyaras” (religious guards) who protect it and the “nishan sahib” (the holy flag of the Sikhs) during a procession. The Guru Granth Sahib is carried around the gurudwara. When you visit the Golden Temple, you must have food served at the langar (community kitchen), where everyone participates in karseva (cooking and distributing food). This food is provided to all who come to the gurdwara, free of cost.

Festival date: 6 November 2014.

Sonepur Fair

The Sonepur Fair is one of the famous events and festivals celebrated in November. It is held along the banks of the Ganges River where thousands of pilgrims take a holy dip. Elephants, too, are given a ritualistic dip in the holy waters of the Ganga. You can see elephants and livestock being traded at the fairground.

by Roshan Raj - Explorer

Festival date: 6 November 2014

Puri Beach Festival

Celebrated with much enthusiasm and zeal, the Puri Beach Festival is one of its kind. This beach festival is organized every year by the local tourism authorities. It provides a platform for visitors to interact with the locals and for artists to showcase their work.

from the official tourism website of Odisha

Handwoven and handcrafted items like shawls, sarees, dupattas, baskets, filigree jewellery are on display here. Besides handicrafts, also on display are the local music and dance. You can catch dance performances, whose themes are mythologies such as the Dashavatara, Mahabharata and Ramayana. Another very popular part of this festival is the Sand Art Festival. Sand artists from across the world create amazing sculptures out of sand.

Festival dates: November (to be announced)

Wangala Festival

The Wangala Festival in Garo Hills is one of the biggest harvest festivals celebrated in Meghalaya--the abode of clouds. Also known as the 100 Drum Wangala Festival, it marks the end of the agricultural year and sowing season.The festival is celebrated with traditional dancing, beating of drums and blowing of horns.

by rajkumar1220

Festival date: 7 November 2014

Bundi Utsav

Held in Bundi, Rajasthan, the Bundi Utsav showcases the folklore, craft, culture and traditions of the region. An arts and crafts fair, cultural exhibitions, folk dance and music performances and traditional rural sports are some of the main highlights of this festival. Interestingly, there’s also a turban tying competition, which is enjoyed both by locals as well as by tourists. Fireworks mark the end of the festival.

from the official website of rajasthantourismbuzz.files.wordpress.com

Festival dates:
9 November-11 November 2014

Chemrey Angchok Festival

Held annually on the 28th and 29th days of the 9th month of the Tibetan calendar, the Chemrey Angchok Festival is celebrated in the picturesque Changla Valley, located about 45 km from Leh. It is one of the famous places to visit in Ladakh, as it houses the idol of Padmasambhava, who was the prime force behind the spread of Buddhism amongst Tibetans. He translated several scriptures from Pali and Sanskrit to the Tibetan language in order to spread the philosophy of the faith. Colourful parades with various folk artists performing a dance drama to narrate the triumph of good over evil.

by Ramon Uribe

Festival dates: 20 November-21 November 2014

These events and festivals celebrated in November are reasons enough to travel and explore these lovely places in India. Feel free to share other events and festivals that are coming up in November.
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