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India is a land of festivals and every month brings a new festival. This leads to celebrations, fun and enjoyments across the nation. As we move towards November 2020, we will be celebrating various festivals across the country.
Apart from Karwa Chauth and Diwali, there are many other festivals that will be observed this month. To know what those festivals are, scroll down to read more.
1. Rohini Vrat- 3 November 2020
Rohini Vrat is a monthly fasting day observed by people belonging to the Jain community. It is mainly observed by Jain women for the welfare of their husbands. It is observed on the day when Rohini Nakshatra begins after the sunrise. People believe that those who observe this fast get rid of their sorrows and pain.
2. Vakratunda Sankashti Chaturthi- 4 November 2020
Devotees of Lord Ganesha observe this festival every month on the Chaturthi tithi. The festival is observed in the Krishna Paksha, the waning phase of the moon. On this day, devotees observe a day-long fast and then break their fast after seeing and worshipping the moon.
3. Karwa Chauth- 4 November 2020
Karwa Chauth is another important festival celebrated every year in the Hindu month of Kartik. The festival is observed by Hindu married women to seek blessings in the form of healthy and long lives of their husbands. On this day, women observe a strict day-long fast and break their fast after seeing and worshipping the moon at night. The festival is widely observed in the northern states of India.
4. Kalashtami- 8 November 2020
Kalashtami is another Hindu festival i.e., celebrated in every Hindu month. Every month the festival is observed on the Ashtami tithi of Krishna Paksha. On this day, the devotees of Lord Bhairav observe a fast and worship the deity. It is believed that on this day, Lord Shiva incarnated as Lord Bhairav.
5. Ahoi Ashtami- 8 November 2020
Ahoi Ashtami is another important festival that will be observed in November 2020. On this day, mothers observe a day-long fast for the well-being of their children. They break their fast only after seeing and worshipping the stars in the sky. The festival is usually observed four days after the Karwa Chauth.
6. Rama Ekadashi- 11 November 2020
This is one of the two Ekadashis that will be observed in the month of November 2020. Devotees on this day will be observing a fast and worshipping Lord Vishnu. There are over 24 ekadashis in a year and Rama Ekadashi is one of them.
7. Dhanteras- 13 November 2020
Dhanteras is an important Hindu festival celebrated two days prior to Diwali also known as Deepawali. On this day, people purchase new utensils, gold, jewellery, car, etc. People worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber, the deities of wealth and prosperity.
8. Maasik Shivratri- 13 November 2020
Shivratri is the night of Lord Shiva and it is observed once every month. However, the one falling in the Hindu month of Falgun is considered to be the most important of all. On Shivratri, devotees of Lord Shiva observe a fast and worship Him.
9. Deepawali, Lakshmi Puja & Tamil Diwali- 14 November 2020
This year people will be observing Diwali, Lakshmi Puja and Tamil Diwali on 14 November 2020. On this day people celebrated the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya from 14 years of exile. It is said that when Lord Rama defeated Rahana and returned back to Ayodhya, people welcomed Him by decorating their houses and the entire city. The day coincided with Lakshmi Puja, the day dedicated to the worship of Goddess Lakshmi.
10. Kali Puja- 14 November 2020
Kali Puja is a Hindu festival dedicated to Goddess Kali. It is observed on the new moon day. The day coincides with Diwali and Lakshmi Puja. However, at times it also falls a day before Diwali. People observe a fast on this day and worship Goddess Kali to seek Her blessings. At some places, the idols of Goddess Kali are installed and worshipped by Her devotees.
11. Govardhan Puja- 15 November 2020
Govardhan Puja is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is believed that once Lord Krishna protected the people of Braj from heavy rains by lifting the Govardhan mountain. He did so to let people take shelter under the mountain and save themselves from the wrath of heavy rains.
12. Gujarati New Year- 16 November 2020
Gujarati new year begins on the Pratipada tithi in Shukla Paksha in Kartik Month. The day is also known as Chopda. People mark new account books with some auspicious symbols to mark a profitable beginning. They close their old account books and begin their work with the new ones.
13. Bhai Dooj- 16 November 2020
This is a popular Hindu festival dedicated to the lovely bond shared by sisters and brothers. On this day, sisters apply chandan and tilak on the foreheads of their brothers and pray for their well-being. Sisters then offer food to their brothers and in return, brothers promise to protect their sisters. It is believed that on this day, brothers should visit their sisters and eat at their places.
14. Chhath Puja- 20 November 2020
Chhath Puja is an important Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Surya (sun). It is a 4-day long festival and is mostly observed in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Jharkhand. People observe fast for four days and offer Arghya to Lord Surya. The festival is basically a thanksgiving to Lord Surya for bestowing life upon earth.
15. Masik Durgashtami- 22 November 2020
Masik Durgashtami is a monthly festival dedicated to Goddess Durga. The festival is observed on the Ashtami tithi in Shukla Paksha of every Hindu month. The festival is usually observed by the devotees of the Goddess. In order to worship the Goddess and seek Her blessings, they observe fast and chant the mantras.
16. Devutthana Ekadashi- 25 November 2020
Devutthana Ekadashi is one of the most important ekadashis falling in a year. The festival is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. On this day, people observe fast and pray to Lord Vishnu. It is said that on this day, Lord Vishnu woke up from His four month long sleep. From this day onwards, auspicious works such as marriages, house-warming ceremony, mundan, etc. are initiated.
17. Tulsi Vivah- 26 November 2020
Tulsi Vivah is another Hindu festival that will be celebrated in November 2020. The festival is dedicated to Lord Shalimar, one of the manifestations of Lord Vishnu and the sacred plant of Tulsi. People believe that on this day, Lord Vishnu married Tulsi in His Shalimar form. However, in some parts of India, it is also believed that Lord Krishna married Tulsi.
18. Guru Nanak Jayanti- 30 November 2020
Guru Naanak Jayanti is an important Sikh festival, observed by people belonging to the same community. The festival marks the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism and the first Guru of people belonging to this community. In order to celebrate the festival, people participate in some processions.
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