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Most Important Holidays and Popular Festivals in November in India. Photo: Samacharnama

November marks the beginning of cool climate in India. By the end of October, frequent rainfalls would cease and the place starts to cool gradually.

With full moon around the corner, this month has many auspicious dates and unique celebrations in its pockets. You would find many religious celebrations and joyous happenings at various places in the country.

Full Calendar for Most Important Holidays in India in November

This page contains a national calendar of all 2021 public holidays for India. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national list or choose your state’s calendar, Publicholidays noted.

1 Nov Mon Kut MN
1 Nov Mon Puducherry Liberation Day PY
1 Nov Mon Haryana Day HR
1 Nov Mon Kannada Rajyothsava KA
4 Nov Thu Diwali National
5 Nov Fri Deepavali Holiday DD, HR, KA, MH, RJ, UK & UP
5 Nov Fri Vikram Samvat New Year GJ
5 Nov Fri Govardhan Puja DD & DN
6 Nov Sat Bhai Dooj GJ, RJ, SK, UK & UP
6 Nov Sat Ningol Chakkouba MN
10 Nov Wed Chhath Puja BR, CG, DD, DN & JH
11 Nov Thu Chhath Puja Holiday BR
12 Nov Fri Wangala Festival ML
19 Nov Fri Karthika Purnima OR & TG
19 Nov Fri Guru Nanak Jayanti

National except 15 states

23 Nov Tue Seng Kut Snem ML

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List of most popular festivals in India in November

Rann Utsav, Kutch

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Photo: Financialexpress

Date : 11th Nov – 28th Feb

This is a version of desert carnival that takes place in Kutch of Gujarat. The days are filled with dance, folk music, handicraft stalls, adventure sports in desert, food stalls, local excursion and much more. By night, you can find numerous luxury and basic tents on the desert sand for a wonderful time in the cool desert. This festival starts by 11th November, 2020 and ends by February 28th , 2021. It is best to visit this carnival during full moon nights like November 29, 30 / December 29, 30, 31 / January 28, 29, 30 and February 26, 27, 28. This carnival takes place in the Great Rann salt desert of Kutch in Gujarat, Travelogyindia noted.

Chhat Puja

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Photo: Shethepeople

Date : 20th Nov

This festival is celebrated all across North Indian states including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal and others. The best place to enjoy this festival is along the banks of Ganges River. Varanasi is a good tourist spot if you are willing to witness this festival and also, Juhu Beach of Mumbai. This festival takes place on 20th November by sunset. People join together near the river edge and chant prayers together. They sing songs in favour to Sun God and perform many rituals. The ritual during sunset is a good event for photography and for watching.

Diwali

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Photo: Lifepart2

Date : 4th Nov

The most famous Diwali festival, also known as the festival of lights brings with it a lot of positive vibes. The most-awaited Indian festival involves a series of rituals that are extended for four days, and each day holds great significance. This beautiful festival emblematizes positive aspects such as the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. The preparation of Diwali begins much prior to the auspicious day as it involves rituals such as deep cleaning homes and offices, according to Adotrip.

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Bhai Dooj

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Photo: Thequint

Date: 6th Nov

Akin to Raksha Bandhan, Bhai Dooj is an Indian festival that celebrates the eternal bond between the siblings. Customarily referred to as Tika in some parts of the country, Bhai Phonta, Bhaubeej or Bhaiya Duj is an extension to Diwali. Commemorating the sacred relationship of brother and sister, on this auspicious occasion sisters pray for the well-being of their brothers. Sisters apply tilak on their forehead and tie a Raksha sutra around their wrist in a hope that lord Yama will bless their brothers with a long life. The sweet ritual of acknowledging sisters' affection with gifts is also an integral part of the festival. Though material things can never substitute for emotions, however, it’s just a small gesture in return from brothers to their loving and caring sisters.

READ MORE: Holi Bhai Dooj 2021: Date, History & Significance, Celebrations and All You Need To Know

Guru Nanak Jayanti

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Photo: Dnaindia

Date : 19th Nov

The founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev left behind the legacy that is followed by Sikh and also Non-Sikh communities from all over the world. Guru Nanak Dev’s birthday or Guru Nanak Jayanti is a grand occasion especially in Punjab and neighbouring states where Gurdwaras are lit with myriad fairy lights and a grand celebration is organized.

Hampi Festival

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Photo: Thetoptours

Date: First week of November

This annual celebration of Hampi (Karnataka) is also called as the Vijaya Utsav. This cultural celebration is dated back to the era of Vijayanagar. The festival is celebrated with dance, drama, puppet show, traditional music, processions, rituals and fireworks.

This is a three day festival, which attracts tourists from around the world. During this festival, you can find numerous stalls where you can buy traditional souvenirs, musical items, fashion items and much more. The best part of all is the Jumbo Savari (the elephant march). By the end of the day, light and sound show is conducted.

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