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12 Unique Indian Festivals Celebrated in the Month of November 2020

India, the land of endless magical possibilities is loaded with tons of interesting, religious, and spiritual festivals and events. Almost every month in India brings with itself a sense of vivaciousness along with a freshness of spirit. What’s more, is the fact that the cool weather of November only makes it more attractive making November an excellent month to witness and explore fascinating hues of this country.

Keeping all this in mind, we have prepared a list of the top 10 unique Indian festivals happening in the month of November. So, without any further delay, let’s dive in the topic.

1. Bhai Dooj

Bhai Dooj

The festival of Bhai Dooj celebrates the eternal bond of brother and sister love. Observed on the second day of Diwali, the major attraction of this festival is the tilak ceremony wherein the sister applies tilak on the foreheads of their brothers and pray for their overall health, happiness and prosperity in life. 

Bhai Dooj 2020 will be observed on November 16th.

2. Chhath Puja

Chhath Puja

Commemorated to worship the Sun god, the Chhath Puja is one of the most popular festivals in India and is celebrated with a great fervour especially in the state of Bihar. Held over a course of four days, the Chhath Puja is an ode to our ancient Hindu culture. Marked by rituals like fasting, singing hymns, the Indian festival Chhath Puja celebrates the feeling of mutual love towards family and friends. 

Chhath Pooja 2020 will be celebrated on November 20th.

3. Dhanteras

Dhanteras

This day is considered to be very auspicious in the Hindu calendar. Perhaps that is why on this day, people buy utensils, silver coins, gold and even vehicles for their families. Commemorated as the birthday of Sri Dhantaveri God, the physician of the Gods, also considered as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Dhanteras is all about exploring the traditions of this immense culture.

4. Diwali

Diwali

Diwali 2020 is falling in the month of November. This joyous day is celebrated with great zeal all across India when people light diyas and burn crackers. Speaking about the Hindu Itihaas, it was on this day that Lord Rama had returned to his kingdom of Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Raavana. This year, Diwali will be observed on November 13.

5. Govardhan Pooja

Govardhan Pooja

The fourth day of the five auspicious days of Diwali is celebrated as the Govardhan Pooja. As per the Hindu folklore, the Govardhan Pooja marks the day when Lord Krishna had defeated Lord Indra and had protected all the villagers by lifting the entire Govardhan mountain.

6. Dev Deepawali

Dev Deepawali

Celebrated in Varanasi, after 15 days of Diwali, Dev Deepawali falls on the full moon day in the holy month of Kartika. On this pious occasion, the steps of all the ghats on the riverfront of the Ganges River from the Ravidas Ghat at the southern end to Rajghat are completely lit with more than a million diyas (earthen lamps). The locals and devotees celebrate it with great fervour on the last day of Ganga Mahotsav. 

Dev Deepawali 2020 will be celebrated on November 29th.

7. Wangala Festival

Wangala Festival

The Wangala Festival is the largest harvest festival of Meghalaya’s Garo tribe situated in northeast India. Wangala Festival marks the end of the sowing season for the locals and is celebrated with great enthusiasm among the entire villages of the region. The festivities include the beating of drums, blowing horns, as well as traditional dancing. Apart from all this, people also indulge in slow-cooking competition, indigenous games, as well as handlooms. To explore this lit festival head to Meghalaya in November. 

Wangala Festival 2020 will be celebrated between November 12-14.

8. Ka Pomblang Nongkrem

Ka Pomblang, Nongkrem

Celebrated as the Thanksgiving festival in Meghalaya among the Khasi tribe, Ka Pomblang Nongkrem is commemorated for a period of about five days particularly in the month of October and November. On this occasion, the goats are sacrificed and then are offered as a gift to the head of the tribe. 

The festivities are observed for pleasing the all-powerful Goddess Ka Blei Synshar for having a bumper harvest. And once the religious rituals are over, the music form Tangmuri and Nakra take the whole scene to its crescendo culminating into a well-exhibited festival.

9. International Yoga and Music Festival

International Yoga And Music Festiva

Featuring about 50 wellness professionals and yoga teachers, yogis, yoga lecturers, musicians, philosophers and many other eminent personalities, the International Yoga and Music Festival is everything you want to explore and know about the essence of Indian culture.

The International Yoga and Music Festival will be celebrated from November 1 to November 7 in the spiritual ambience of Rishikesh.

10. Rann Utsav

Rann Utsav

The event cum festival of Rann Utsav is set against the backdrop of the magical land of Kutch. It showcases the region’s culture and heritage which includes activities like folk dances, music, food stalls, para-motoring, meditation, yoga and trips surrounding the region.

For the festival to take place, a luxury tent is created on the fringe of the salt desert to accommodate the visitors. The celebrations for Rann Utsav will commence from November 12 to February 28, 2021, at the Great Rann of Kutch in the salt desert, Dhordo, Gujarat.

11. Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

On the occasion of Pushkar Camel Fair, the town of Pushkar converts into a fascinating tapestry of colours. With this fair, you get to witness the age-old traditional-style Indian traditions.

Majorly this festival was created to attract the local traders to do business during the holy Kartik Purnima Festival and now, over the years, this festival has become quite a delightful tourist attraction. 

12. Bundi Utsav

Bundi Utsav

This charming festival of Rajasthan is no less than an extravaganza of flavourful art, customs, traditions exhibiting the rich cultural heritage of the land of royal blood: Rajasthan

The traditional folk music and folk dance of the festival take the centre stage in all of the festivities. Apart from all this, one can also witness several jovial events like turban-binding competition, moustache competition as a part of the larger extravaganza.

So, this was the list of the most unique and popular festivals celebrated in the month of November. For making your travel itinerary and exploring the magical land of India, you can always rely on Adotrip’s circuit planner.

--- Published By  Rohan Bhalla