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Most Important Holidays and Popular Festivals in November in India

The onset of cooler weather in India commences in the month of November. Towards the conclusion of October, the occurrence of regular precipitation would diminish, leading to a gradual decrease in temperature.

With the impending arrival of the full moon, this month presents a multitude of auspicious dates and distinctive celebrations. Numerous religious festivities and jubilant occurrences can be observed at diverse locations throughout the nation.

Full Calendar for Most Important Holidays in India in November

This webpage presents a comprehensive compilation of all public holidays observed in India, serving as a national calendar. The aforementioned dates are subject to potential modifications in accordance with official announcements. Therefore, it is advised to periodically revisit this source for any updates. Please navigate downwards to access the national list or select the calendar specific to your state.

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 variation of the desert carnival that occurs in Gujarat's Kutch region. Dance, folk music, handicraft stalls, desert adventure sports, food stalls, local excursions, and much more fill the days. For a wonderful time in the cool desert at night, you can find many basic and opulent tents on the sand. This festival begins on November 11th, 2020, and runs through February 28th, 2021. The best times to go to this carnival are on nights with a full moon, such as November 29, 30, December 29, 31, January 28, 29, and February 26, 27, 28. The Great Rann salt desert of Kutch, Gujarat, is the location of this carnival.

Chhat Puja

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Photo: Shethepeople

Date : 20th Nov

Every state in North India, including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, and others, celebrates this festival. Along the banks of the Ganges River is the ideal location to take in this festival. If you want to see this festival, Varanasi is a good tourist destination, as is Mumbai's Juhu Beach. This festival is held on November 20 at dusk. Near the river's edge, people congregate and chant prayers together. They carry out numerous rituals and sing songs in praise of the Sun God. The ritual that takes place at dusk is an interesting thing to photograph and observe.


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Photo: Lifepart2

Date : 4th Nov

The most well-known Diwali festival, also referred to as the festival of lights, is very uplifting. The most anticipated festival in India consists of a series of rituals that last for four days, and each day has a significant meaning. This lovely festival symbolizes good things like the triumph of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and light over darkness. Due to rituals like deep cleaning homes and offices, Diwali preparation starts well before the auspicious day.

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Bhai Dooj

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Photo: Thequint

Date: 6th Nov

Similar to Raksha Bandhan, the Indian holiday of Bhai Dooj honors the unbreakable bond between siblings. The extension of Diwali is known as Bhai Phonta, Bhaubeej, or Bhaiya Duj in some regions of the nation. Sisters pray for the welfare of their brothers on this auspicious occasion to commemorate the sacred relationship between siblings. In the hopes that Lord Yama will grant their brothers a long life, sisters apply tilak to their foreheads and fasten the Raksha sutra around their wrists. The festival also includes the sweet custom of gift-giving to sisters to express their affection. Although nothing can ever replace emotions, it's just a small act of gratitude from brothers to their devoted and kind sisters.

Guru Nanak Jayanti

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Photo: Dnaindia

Date : 19th Nov

Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh religion, left a legacy that is upheld by Sikh and non-Sikh communities worldwide. The celebration of Guru Nanak Dev's birthday, also known as Guru Nanak Jayanti, is a significant event, particularly in Punjab and neighboring states where Gurdwaras are decorated with a variety of fairy lights.

Hampi Festival

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Photo: Thetoptours

Date: First week of November

The Vijaya Utsav is another name for this Hampi (Karnataka) annual festival. This celebration of culture dates back to the Vijayanagara era. Fireworks, processions, traditional music, dance, drama, puppet shows, and processions are all used to celebrate the festival.

This three-day festival draws visitors from all over the world. There are many stalls set up during this festival where you can purchase traditional mementos, musical instruments, clothing, and other goods. The Jumbo Savari, or elephant march, is the highlight of the event. A light and sound show is presented by day's end.

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