The fun and gaiety of Indian celebrations continue throughout the year. The celebration of the festivals in September is a blend of tradition with enthusiasm. Some of the biggest religious festivals in India take place during September as the festival season is in full swing.
Every year tourists visit India to get a glimpse of its unique festivals that reflect an integral part of our traditions and culture. Unfortunately, this year the celebrations would not be the same due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s the complete list of festivals that will be celebrated in September 2020:
Ganesh Chaturthi (August 22-September 1)
It is observed all over India in between August and September, which is also known as the month of Bhadra to honor Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God of the Hindus. Though it is celebrated all over India, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana is celebrated elaborately and is the grandest among all other celebration in the country. This festival is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi lasts for 10 days. It gets over on Anant Chaturdashi or the 14th day of the waxing moon period.
Onam (August 22-September 2)
The biggest festival of the year in Kerala, Onam is a traditional 10-day harvest festival that marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. People decorate the ground in front of their houses with flowers arranged in beautiful patterns to welcome the king. The festival is also celebrated with new clothes, feasts served on banana leaves, dancing, sports, games, and snake boat races.
Pitru Paksha (September 1-17)
Pitru Paksha is 16 days from Bhadrapada Purnima to Sarvapitri Amavasya, when Hindus pay homage to their ancestor, especially through food offerings. The last day of Pitru Paksha is known as Sarvapitri Amavasya. It is also known as Pitru Amavasya, Peddala Amavasya, Mahalaya Amavasya, or simply Mahalaya. It is the most significant day of Pitru Paksha.
Teacher’s Day (September 5)
Teacher’s day is celebrated to honor the teachers for their contribution to our lives. It is also the birthday of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was the first Vice President and second President of Independent India. The day is celebrated as Teacher’s Day to pay tribute to this remarkable teacher.
Muharram (September 19-22)
Muharram celebrates the start of the new Islamic year. The painful history of Muharram depicts that Hussein who was the Prophet’s grandson was murdered by a cruel ruler in Karbala. Muslims all over the world recognize the suffering of Hussein and observe Muharram. Muslims fast during the Muharram to wash away their sins in memory of Hussein. Also, they take out giant processions or taziyas where some Shia Muslims whip themselves to mourn the suffering of Hussein.
Vishwakarma Puja (September 16)
Vishwakarma Puja is celebrated all over India to praise the divine architect. One can find the mentions of Lord Vishwakarma in Rig Veda. Holy rituals are followed and charity is done to mark the significance of this day.