Gandhi Jayanti—Mahatma Gandhi Birthday
02 October’10

Gandhi, as he was popularly called, the apostle of peace, was born on 2nd October 1869 at Porbandar in Gujarat. He proved that non-violence is the most effective instrument of social change. His teachings are promoted even today to avoid violence and find peaceful solutions to conflicts. Through his sheer dedication and self-belief, Gandhi freed India from the British Raj (British Rule). He proved to the world that freedom can be achieved through the path of non-violence. The United Nations General Assembly announced on 15th June, 2007 that October 2nd will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.

Durga Puja, North India & West Bengal
08-17 October’10

Durga Puja is an important Hindu Festival celebrated all over India with different rituals and festivities. The beautiful idols of the ten headed but fierce goddess on her lion is worshipped with great enthusiasm. The excited festivity is omnipresent during Durga Puja throughout India, specifically in East-India particularly in West Bengal. Durga Puja is more than a festival; it is a celebration of life, culture, popular customs and traditions. It is a time of reunion and rejuvenation to love, to share and to care.

Dussehra Mela—All over India
17 October’10

Dussehra is the 10th day of the month of Ashwin in the Hindu calendar. Dussehra is a very important festival of the Hindus, celebrated all over India especially in North India with loads of fun and zest. Dussehra marks the victory of Ram over the demon Ravana, the victory of good over evil. Navratri is celebrated for nine days preceding Dussehra. During this time, Goddess Durga, the powerful female deity is worshipped all over India. On the 10th day of Ashwin, when people celebrate Dussehra, colossal effigies of Ravana are burned in several places to mark the victory of Ram.