Gandhi Jayanti- Mahatma Gandhi Birthday
(02 October)

Gandhi, the apostle of peace, was born on 2nd October 1869 at Porbandar in Gujarat.Gandhi, as he was popularly called, 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.

Id-ul-Fitr (Ramzan)-All over India
(02 October)

Eid-ul-Fitr, popularly known as the "Festival of the Breaking of the Fast", occurs as soon as the new moon is sighted at the end of the month of fasting, namely Ramadan. The festival is intended to be a festive and joyous occasion. Special foods and delicacies are prepared for the day and are distributed among neighbours and friends. The devotees gather in the mosques to pray, friends and relatives meet and exchange greetings. Prayers, family get-togethers and feasts are the major highlights of the festival.

Durga Puja-Culmination of Durga festival-North India & West Bengal
(09 October)

Durga Puja is an important Hindu Festival celebrated all over India with different rituals and festivities. It is celebrated in the month of September/October every year. 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
(09 October)

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. Along with Ravana, effigies of his brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnad are also burned

Diwali- All over India
(28 October)

Perhaps the best-known Hindu festival, it marks the end of the festival season. It usually takes place eighteen days after Dussehra. Diwali is called the "festival of lights", and the name itself means an array of lamps. Illumination is characteristic of Diwali - even the humblest of households lights small oil lamps, diyas, and places them around the house. The diyas are symbolic of the welcome given to Lord Rama, Prince of Ayodhya, on his return after 14 years of exile. Homes are given a thorough cleaning and rangoli designs (intricate patterns made of coloured powders or flowers on the floor) adorn the entrance. Everyone feasts on mithai (traditional Indian sweets) and as night falls, children celebrate with fireworks.