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    Ceremonial parade during the Athachamayam Festival that is associated with Onam

    India is the birthplace of many religions and cultures. The vast diversity in the cultures, traditions, and religions is the reason for the plethora of festivals celebrated in India. And the festivals celebrated in India in September mark the begin of the most vibrant festive season, i.e September – January.

    From the regular worship of Lord Ganesha to the harvest celebration, and from nurturing of movies and books to the once-in-12-years Ladakhi Kumbh Mela; the list of festivals in September in India is jam packed with fun, fiesta, and a lot more.

    Glance at the list before you become a part of these festivals this year.

    Traditional & Religious Festivals in September in India

    1. Auspicious Ganesh Chaturthi

    A beautiful shot depicting the Ganesh Visarjan during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival

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    Where: Mainly in Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh

    Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the widely celebrated festivals in September in India. It is celebrated to honor the birth of Lord Ganesha. Life-size aesthetically crafted idols are established in households and public places (pandals). Aarti and puja are performed each day with complete grandeur. One of the popular religious festivals in September, Ganesh Chaturthi is also celebrated with cultural functions, live shows, health camps, fairs, and theater performances.

    What’s special: The grand and fantastic life-size idols of Lord Ganesha are worshiped for 10 days, followed by a mesmerizing immersion ceremony on the last day.

    2018 Date: 13th September

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    2. Popular Bakrid

    A greeting card for the festival of Eid-ul-Adha

    Where: Pan India

    Out of the widely celebrated festivals in September in India, Bakrid is the most popular one among the Muslims across the country. The festival memorializes the holy sacrifices of Prophet Ibrahim or Abraham, who was keen to compromise his first born on Allah’s command but later sacrificed a lamb as according to the God’s directives. Bakrid is known as Eid-Al-Adha globally. This holy day is observed on the end of the month of Islamic holy pilgrimage or Hajj.

    What’s special: Celebrated by sacrificing goat, sheep, cow, or camel; feasting; and visiting family and folks

    2018 Date: 21st-22nd August

    3. Colorful Onam

    A poster greeting on the occasion of Onam

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    Where: Celebrated with great pomp and show across the cities of Kerala

    Onam is one of the immensely colorful festivals celebrated in India in September. Celebrated all over the God’s own country, Onam honors the homebound journey of the Royal King Mahabali. People wear traditional attire and cook elaborate local cuisines to enhance the spirit of this festival. This is one of the most exciting festivals in September.

    What’s special: Thrilling Snake Boat Races, grand Elephant rally, Pulikali rallies where people dress up like tigers & hunters, vibrant Kaikottikali performances, and floral designs locally called Pookalam

    2018 Date: 15th August

    4. Exciting Athachamayam Festival

    Participants of the parade walk with tiger masks and painted bodies during the Athachamayam Festival

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    There are many festivals in the month of September in India that are closely related to Onam. Athachamayam is one such festival that celebrates the revolutionary victory of Raja of Kochi as the 10-day long Onam festival commences.

    Where: Tripunithura near Kochi in the Ernakulam district of Kerala

    What’s special: The gala procession ceremonial parade showcasing all art forms of Kerala (folk dances, elephant rallies, music, and dances) and colorful tableaus demonstrating local history, tradition, & culture

    2018 Date: 24th August

    5. Thrilling Snake Boat Festival

    Rowers competing in the Nehru Boat Race in Alappuzha

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    Where: Backwaters of Kerala

    The serene and picturesque backwaters of Kerala also witness the thrilling boat races. Both Payippad Boat Race and Aranmula Boat Race are celebrated as important festivals in September that are closely related to Onam. These races demonstrate the true essence of team coordination, bonding, and spirit.

    What’s special: Long snake boats are driven by local people with absolute zeal & fervor. The people watching these races also showcase equal enthusiasm.

    2018 Date: 24th August

    6. Traditional Neelamperoor Padayani

    One of the beautiful sights from the Neelamperoor Padayani festival in Kerala

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    Where: Celebrated in Kerala by Buddhists

    Among the traditional festivals in September in India, Neelamperoor Padayani holds a special significance for the Buddhists in Kerala. It is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Chingam and has a rich history of over 1700 years associated with it.

    What’s special: Dances and rally of effigies of swans (locally known as annam kettu) & other mythological characters including Bhima, Ravana, and Yakshi

    2018 Date: 9th September

    Art & Cultural Festivals in India in September

    7. Enthralling Lonavala International Film Festival

    A promotional poster of the Lonavala International Film Festival

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    Where: Lonavala, Maharashtra

    The Lonavala International Film Festival is ranked #1 in our list of art & cultural festivals in India in September. The charming and photogenic hill station of Lonavala is ready to host the International Film Festival for the first time this year to showcase the work and creation of learners, independent, and famous filmmakers with innovative ideation & styles.

    What’s special: Lifetime Achievement Award for the veteran filmmaker Govind Nihalani and the screening of new films, short films, & documentaries

    2018 Date: 7th – 9th September

    8. Annual Pune International Literary Festival

    A promotional poster of the Pune International Literary Festival that is one of the most famous events in September

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    Where: Pune, Maharashtra

    To all the book lovers, we have some good news. Pune International Literary Festival is round the corner. This three-day-long affair is one of the most important annual literary events in September and receives the footfall of a massive number of bookworms. Book releases, talk shows, workshops, and exhibitions make it one of the most popular lit festival and the top events in India in 2018.

    What’s special: Exhibition on the life and works of Enid Blyton – the veteran children’s story writer

    2018 Date: 28th – 30th September

    9. Cultural Ladakh Festival

    Lamas perform mystic mask dances in Hemis Festival at Hemis Monastery

    Where: All over Ladakh

    Ladakh festival is celebrated for a week in Leh and its surrounding villages. As one of the most popular art festivals celebrated in India in September, this celebration is marked with a rally of cultural troupes, dancing, singing, and enacting scenes from the folklores. Local people wear colorful traditional Ladakhi attires and rejoice every bit of this gala celebration with solemn joy.

    What’s special: Archery, polo, and masked dance

    2018 Date: 25th – 28th September

    10. Interesting Ziro Festival

    Tribal dances under an open sky at Ziro Festival

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    Where: Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh

    The breathtaking Ziro Valley of Arunachal Pradesh hosts one of the most popular music festivals in September – Ziro Festival. With more than 100 bands, folk troupes, and individual singers; this is one of the most renowned outdoor events in September and has everything to offer to music enthusiasts.

    What’s special: Masterpieces of Nicholson, Pratik Kuhad, Dualist Inquiry, North, Tetseo Sisters, Nush Lewis, and The Koniac

    2018 Date: 27th – 30th September

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    Suggested Read: 10 Must-Attend Music Festivals In Hill Stations Of India

    Exclusively in 2018

    Naropa: Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas

    A group of performers dance in front of the local crowd during the Naropa festival

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    Where: Ladakh

    Consider yourself lucky if you happen to be present in Ladakh to witness Naropa. This is Ladakh’s largest Buddhist Festival in history and happens only once in 12 years. Tagged as one of the most infrequent festivals in the month of September in India, this month-long fiesta includes many grand cultural events performed by Himalayan artists that represent the greater Drukpa community.

    What’s special: The largest silk embroidery of Buddha Amitabha that extends several stories in height and the charming ceremonial art piece

    2016 Date: 16th – 20th September

    This sums up the list of the most important festivals in September in India. Hence the month is full of celebration and grandeur throughout the country. Just decide on your pick from the list and start planning a holiday in India now to be a part of this gala celebration.

    Further Read: 15 Best Places To Visit In September In India

    Frequently Asked Questions About Festivals In September In India

    Q: What weekend is Labor Day in 2018?

    A: Labor Day in 2018 is on 3rd September.

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