Planning a visit to India in September? We share with you a list of fairs and festivals Of India in September. Here’s the best of what the month of September has in store if you are interested in discovering India’s cultural heritage and rich traditions that it is known for globally.
Discussed here are the top fairs and festivals of India in September.
Fairs And Festivals Of India In September
Ganesh ChaturthiWhen: September 5 – 15, 2016
Where: Maharashtra and other parts of India
One must be in Maharashtra to witness the glory and grandeur of this spectacular 11-day festival that is celebrated in honour of the birth of Hindu elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesha, the lord of prosperity and wellbeing. Though the festival is celebrated all through India, Maharashtra commemorates Ganesh Chaturthi with immense zeal and fervour that is certainly a spectacle to behold forever. Elaborately crafted idols of Lord Ganesha adorn all through the state and are worshipped with grandeur. The biggest spectacle of the festival is the last day called Anant Chaturdasi when the idols of Lord Ganesha are paraded through the streets, accompanied by music and dance, and then submerged in the sea. The sheer magnificence and traditions related to this festival make it a worth experience for international tourists.
Ladakh MarathonWhen: September 11 2016
If you are a fitness freak, adventure enthusiast or one who loves to race, Ladakh Marathon is an experience you would cherish forever. After all, the temptation of racing and at the same time witnessing the most breathtaking landscape of Ladakh is simply irresistible. The toughest of all marathons, the unique race festival celebrates the stunning beauty of Ladakh offering panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, lush valleys and gurgling rivers. Ladakh Marathon comprises of four races that cover Leh, Khardung Village and Choglamsar Village.
Ladakh FestivalWhen: September 20 – 26, 2016
Now that you plan Ladakh to witness the most spectacular marathon races of all, just extend your holiday to be a part of Jammu & Kashmir’s one of the biggest festivals, Ladakh Festival. The annual fiesta honours the rich traditions and heritage of Ladakh that is unique and vivid unlike any other part of the country. For international travellers, the festival is a must-experience as the weeklong extravaganza takes you through grand and colourful processions that start from different parts of the region and traverse through Leh Market. The magnificent demonstration of myriad colours, traditional masked dances, music and dance, and sports performances like polo and archery make Ladakh Festival the grandest of all. And yes, do not miss savouring mouth-watering local delicacies that are one of the prime highlights of this festival. It is certainly one of the top fairs and festivals in September.
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OnamWhen: September 14, 2016
Where: Trivandrum, Kottayam and Thrissur
If you are lucky to visit Kerala during this time of September, you would feel and experience the vigour and joy of Onam which is one of the biggest festivals of Kerala. The traditional 10-day harvest festival highlights Kerala’s rich culture and traditions that are imbibed into each custom related to Onam. It marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali, when people decorate their home’s entrance with strikingly beautiful rangolis and flowers to welcome the king. It is one of the most popular fairs and festivals of India in September, especially for international tourists because it lets them experience Kerala’s unique traditions and heritage. Mouth-watering delicacies served on banana leaves, dance, sports and snake boat races are the prime highlights of this festival.
Aranmula Snake Boat RaceWhen: September 18, 2016
Where: Pampa River at Aranmula near Chengannur, south of Alleppey in Kerala
Kerala’s one of the most famous boat races has become so popular worldwide that it is celebrated as a festival today. Aranmula Boat Race is typically a part of Onam festival that retraces the intriguing legend related to snake boat race. The boat race has become more of a ritual than a race event and is renowned for its longstanding traditions and grandeur. Beautifully decorated giant snake boats soar through the Pampa River, with the oars splashing through the water, recreating spectacle to behold forever.
Ziro FestivalWhen: September 22 – 25, 2016
Where: Arunachal Pradesh
The world-famous Ziro Festival of Music is again back with a bang this year, presenting wonderful artists and cultures that is surely a “wilderness for any music buff to cherish and remember.” India’s greatest outdoor music festival is celebrated amidst world’s most picturesque locations in Arunachal Pradesh – a one-stop experience that lets music lovers unwind and devour their souls to some of the best performances. Indulge yourself in 35 top acts from across the world that include some of the most famous artists like Shye Ben Tzur& The Rajasthan Express, Gramlines, Natasha HumeraEjaz and Akummika. So, get off to Arunachal Pradesh this September and immerse yourself in 4 days of sheer music, eat, drink and being merry.
Athachamayam: A Festival of GenerationsWhen: September 4, 2016
Where: Tripunithura, near Ernakulam in Kochi
Athachamayam is a colourful start to the famous Onam festival and is a brilliant occasion to witness rich folk art forms of Kerala. The greatest highlight of the festival is its grand processions that include everything from caparisoned elephants, musical ensembles, various folk art forms and much more. Beautiful floats highlighting moments from Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata, and Bible and other social issues are depicted on this festival. This reflects secularism, harmony and unity. Several cultural competitions and other entertainment activities are also a part of the festival. So, if you are planning to visit Kerala in September, do not miss to be a part of this colourful festival.
Your visit to India is never dull and boring; thanks to numerous fairs and festivals of India that are the best way to discover the country’s rich culture and heritage. September brings to you many pleasant surprises, making your visit most memorable.