Festivals and fairs in September– Owning to the pleasant weather after the rains, the month of September brings a medley of festivals and fairs in India, from Krishna Janmashtami to Ganesh Chaturthi to Onam Kala Kettu. So that you make most of this festival season, we have a list of major festivals and fairs in September:
1-Krishna Janmashtami, September 02 and 03: The festival of Janmashtami is celebrated in almost every part of India. One of the major attractions on this day is the tableau processions and sports that people enthusiastically take part in. One of the most enjoyed sports is ‘Dahi handi’ where the high hung curd and buttermilk pots or matki, are broken by reaching to it through the huge human pyramid. A competition is held among various pyramid groups to boost the sportsmanship of the participants.
One of the best places to enjoy this festival is Mathura and Vrindavan, the birthplace of Krishna and the place where he spent most of his life afterward respectively.
2 – Gogamadi Fair, September 4-6: This is one of the major fairs set up to honor the Serpent God, celebrated in the state of Rajasthan where people from nearby states come in large numbers for the fair. This fair showcases Rajasthani handicrafts and other local crafts. It takes place at Gogamadi at a large scale but is also celebrated at other parts of Rajasthan.
3 – Neelamperoor Patayani, September 9: This festival is celebrated for sixteen nights to witness descend of Gods and Goddess on earth. It is celebrated with lights, colors, and good food. The tall effigies of different Gods are made as a tribute to the local temple Goddess. It is celebrated in Neelamperoor, Alleppey, Kerala.
4 – Ganesh Chaturthi, September 13-23: This festival is celebrated to mark the birth of Hindu god Lord Ganesh. Massive Ganesh idols are created and profusely decorated, worshipped and then submerged in the water on the final day. The best place to witness this festival and its huge processions is Mumbai’s Lal Bagh Ka Raja (aka wish fulfilling Ganesh), where the largest Ganesh Idols is worshipped by crores of people.
5 – Onam Kala Kettu festival, September 21: This festival celebrates the annual harvest with displaying of large Bull idols; they are believed to be Nandhikesha, the vehicle of Parabrahman (the greatest brahman).
There is also holding a competition among people for creating the tallest and biggest Bull idol where a large sum of prize money is given to the winner. It is celebrated in Ochira, Kerala.
6 – Muharram festival, September 21: Also known as Ashura, it is a Muslim festival celebrated by both Shias and Sunni Muslims that celebrates the holy prophet’s son, Hazrat Imam Hussain’s martyrdom. It falls in the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is celebrated on the 9th, 10th, and 11th day of the first month by fasting, exchanging gifts and blessings. It is celebrated at various places in India.
7 – Ramnagar Ramleela, September 23-October 24: This Ramleela has been taking place in Ramnagar from last 200 years. It is a re-enactment of the Hindu epic Ramayana: The victory of Good over evil. It takes place for 30 days on the banks of River Ganges. It is enacted in the holy city of Ramnagar, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
These are some of the major Festivals and fairs in September that are celebrated in India.