November 2020 Festivals: November falls in the Kartik month of the Hindu Lunar calendar. India’s biggest festivals including Diwali will be celebrated this month. Apart from Diwali, Kartik month has several other festivals including Karwa Chauth, Bhai Dooj, Dhanteras, Lakshmi Pujan and others.
Check out November 2020 festival calendar here:
November 4 – Vakratunda Sankashti Chaturthi
Devotees of Lord Ganesha observe the Sankashti fast on every Chaturthi Tithi, Krishna Paksha. Devotees keep a day-long fast and break it only after sighting the Moon in the evening.
November 4 – Karwa Chauth
On this day, married women keep a day-long fast to pray for the wellbeing of their husbands, while unmarried girls wish for a life partner of their choice. Those who are married, break their fast after sighting the Moon at night and then seeing their husband through a sieve.
November 13 – Dhanteras
Dhanteras is celebrated on the Trayodashi Tithi, Krishna Paksha in the month of Kartik. This significant day marks the beginning of Diwali festivities. This year it will be observed on November 13.
November 14 – Diwali
Diwali marks the day of Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya, his birthplace after completing a fourteen-year long vanvas (exile) on Amavasya Tithi, Kartik month. Since it was a New Moon Day, and there was no moonlight, the people of his kingdom lit oil lamps to welcome him and celebrate his homecoming.
November 14 – Lakshmi Pujan
On this day, devotees perform the Lakshmi Pujan to welcome the Goddess of wealth. People pray to the Mother Goddess for a wealthy and prosperous life.
November 14 – Kali Puja
On this day, devotees in the eastern part of the country worship Goddess Kali, one of the fiercest avatar of the Mother Goddess. Pandals are erected, and idols of the Mother Goddess are installed in states such as West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Tripura and Bihar.
November 15 – Govardhan Puja
Devotees celebrate the victory of Lord Krishna over Indra Dev. This festival is associated with the Govardhan Parvat (hill) that Krishna lifted with his little finger to save the people of the Braj region from torrential rains.
November 16 – Bhai Dooj or Bhau Beej
Siblings celebrate this festival. It is similar to the Raksha Bandhan. On Bhai Dooj day, sisters pray for the wellbeing of their brothers while putting a tilak on their forehead.
November 20 – Chhath Puja
Women who hail from the states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh keep a fast and worship the Sun God on Chhath puja day. This festival spans over 4 days and culminates with the puja of Chhati Maiyya or Goddess Usha, the consort of Surya Dev.
November 20 – Soora Samharam
This day marks the triumph of Lord Kartikeya or Murugan over a demon named Soorapadman. Devotees celebrate the victory of Lord Kartikeya by observing this festival.
November 11 and 25 – Rama Ekadashi and Devutthana Ekadashi
Devotees keep the Rama and Devutthana Ekadashi vrat and worship Lord Vishnu on the Ekadashi Tithis of Kartik Shukla Paksha and Kartik Krishna Paksha respectively.
November 26 – Tulasi Vivah
On this day, devotees perform the marriage ceremony of the holy Tulsi plant, also known as Vrinda and Lord Krishna. After Tulsi Vivah, the wedding season in Indian begins.
November 30 – Guru Nanak Jayanti
The 551st Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji Jayanti will be observed on November 30. This day, a Full Moon Day (Kartik Purnima) marks the birth anniversary of the founder of the Sikh religion.