Indian Festivals in November 2016
There are several important festivals in November that are celebrated in India with special fervour and enthusiasm. Some of them are mentioned herein below:
Bhai Duj (1 November 2016): Bhai Duj is a Hindu festival celebrated in various parts of India. This festival has many names including Bhai Duj, Bhai Tika, Bhai Phota, Bhai Bij, Bhau Beej, Bhatru Dviteeya and Bhatri Ditya. In this festival, the sisters invite their brothers to their home and arrange a feast for them. They apply tilak on their brother’s forehead which is then followed by other rituals. In Haryana and Maharashtra, women who do not have brothers worship the moon on this day. The ceremony signifies the responsibility of a brother to protect his sister.
Chhath Puja (4 – 7 November, 2016): This is an ancient Vedic festival in which Sun and Usha (Wife of Sun God) are worshipped. This festival is performed by both men and women to express gratitude to the Sun God for sustaining life on the earth. Men and women also keep fasts so that God grants their certain wishes. They perform the rituals late in the evening and early in the morning.
Gurunanak Jayanti (14 November, 2016): Gurunanak Jayanti, also called Guru Nanak Gurpurab and Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav is celebrated on the full moon day of the Karthik month. The celebration starts in early morning, around 4-5 a.m. They begin the day with morning hymns which is followed by exposition of the scripture and hymns from the Sikh scriptures, in order to praise the guru. A special community lunch is also arranged at Gurudwara, which they call Langar. In some of the Gurudwaras, the evening prayers and kirtan are also done. They sing Gurbani at 1.20 a.m. as Guru Nanak was born at that particular time.
Thanksgiving Day (24 November, 2016): Though Thanksgiving Day is a concept that has come from the western countries, but it is equally celebrated in India as well. The festival is celebrated by Christians. The preparation for the day starts by purchasing gram, wheat, candles, wine and coloured tinsel paper. They construct a temporary platform and decorate it with flowers, creepers and vine. They start the celebration with hymns and prayers.