Gandhi Jayanti ( National Holiday): Celebrates the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the 'Father of the Nation' on 2nd October.

Dussehra (all over the country): Ten days celebration culminating in the burning of the effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhakarna signifies the victory of good over evil. It is celebrated as Durga Pooja in West Bengal. In Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, icons of the deities of all the neighbouring villages are brought in colourful processions to pay homage to the reigning deity, Raghunathji. In Mysore, the festivities are conducted in royal style, as they used to be in the days of the Maharajas. Gaily decorated elephants lead the procession.

Navratri (Ahmedabad & Vadodara, Gujarat): Coinciding with Dussehra, this ancient and colourful festival honours the 'Divine Shakti' which supports the universe. Celebrated with great fervor where people dance the lively Garba and Dandiya Raas.

Garhwal Festival (Garhwal, U.P.): A festival of music and dance of the people of Garhwal to celebrate the majesty of the Himalayas.

Ganga Festival (Varanasi, U.P.): Celebration of the ancient glory of the Ganga, a festive experience like no other, on the banks of the holy river.

Vrindavan Sharadotsava (Vrindavan, U.P.): A presentation of the many- faceted culture of Brajbhoomi.

Marwar Festival (Marwar, Rajasthan): Folk singers bring alive the legends of earlier times describing the romantic life of Rajasthan's former rulers.

Diwali (throughout India) Oct or Nov :This 'Festival of Lights' celebrates the return of Lord Ram to his Kingdom of Ayodhya.

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