October 2019 Festivals, Events and Holiday Calendar: Dussehra, Karwa Chauth, Diwali; Know All Important Dates and List of Fasts for the Month
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The tenth month of the year and it could not get more exciting. Yes, it's October 2019, and the month is filled with festivals and events. Religious celebrations, national festival, international days, fasts and minor fun observances, the October calendar month has it all. From Durga Puja to Dussehra (Vijayadashami) and Karwa Chauth to Diwali, the biggest Hindu festivals are taking place this month. This also means people will have a good number of bank holidays to enjoy time with family and friends. The month is also important from health days point of view as October is declared Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Not only this, other health days like World Mental Health Day, World Obesity Day also falls in the same month. And with Halloween falling on October 31, expect the month to end on a fantastic note. Let us look at the September 2019 calendar in detail, the important days and events to commemorate, along with religious festivals, birth and death anniversaries. Calendar 2019 For Free Download in PDF: Know List of Hindu Festivals, Holidays, Fasts According to Drik Panchang, Kalnirnay, Lala Ramswaroop Calendars Online.

Week October 1, 2019, will witness one of the three national festivals of India, Gandhi Jayanti. Celebrated on October 2 every year, the day marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. This year, it's extra special as we commemorate Bapu's 150th birth anniversary. There is a lot happening in the first week, with Sharad Navratri 2019 celebrations taking place in full swing. Durga Puja will also kick-start in the eastern states, especially in West Bengal, Assam and Odisha from October 4 and last until October 8.

The highlight of Week 2 has to be Dussehra or Vijayadashami celebrations. The significance of the day is the victory of good over evil. While Bengali will be celebrating Maa Durga's victory over the buffalo demon, Mahishasura on Subho Bijoya, rest of the country will be celebrating Lord Rama's victory over the demon king, Ravana. On Vijayadashami, Bengali, especially women, participate in Sindoor Khela followed by Durga Visarjan (immersion of Durga idols). As for Dussehra celebrations, effigies of Ravana are burned that's significant of the end of evil. Karwa Chauth, a highly popular festival for Hindu married women, will also take place in Week 3 of the month.

The last week of the month will see people celebrate the most significant Hindu festival, Diwali or Deepavali. Called the 'Festival of Lights,' Diwali is celebrated to mark Lord Rama's victorious return to Ayodhya with Devi Sita. It is a five-day festival that witnesses many important rituals like Dhanteras, Naraka Chaturdasi, Lakshmi Puja, Govardhan Puja and Bhai Dooj.

List of International Days and Bank Holidays in October 2019

Sr. No. Date Day Fasts/Festivals/ National/International Days
1. October 1 Tuesday International Day of Older Persons, World Vegetarian Day, International Coffee Day
2. October 2 Wednesday Gandhi Jayanti, International Day of Non-Violence, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Lalita Panchami
3. October 3 Thursday Skanda Sashti, Bilva Nimantran,
4. October 4 Friday Cinnamon Roll Day, Saraswati Avahan, Kalparambha, Akaal Bodhon, Durga Puja Begins, eDay (Electronic Waste Awareness Day in NZ), World Smile Day, World Animal Day
5. October 5 Saturday Saraswati Puja, Navpatrika Puja, International Day of No Prostitution, Ashwina Navapada Oli Begins, World Teachers' Day
6. October 6 Sunday Mahashtami (Durga Ashtami), Sandhi Puja, Saraswati Balidan, Maha Navami, National Poetry Day in Britain
7. October 7 Monday World Habitat Day, Durga Balidan, Shastra Puja (Ayudha Puja), Saraswati Visarjan, South Saraswati Visarjan, Bengal Maha Navami, Buddha Jayanti
8. October 8 Tuesday Durga Visarjan, Dussehra, Vijayadashami, Bengal Vijayadashami, Dasara, Vidyarambham Day, Sri Madhvacharya Jayanthi
9. October 9 Wednesday Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat
10. October 10 Thursday World Post Day, World Mental Health Day, World Sight Day, National Day of Fiji, Padmanabha Dwadashi
11. October 11 Friday International Day of the Girl Child, World Obesity Day, National Coming Out Day, Pradosh Vrat
12. October 12 Saturday International Migratory Bird Day, Fiesta Nacional de España (National Day of Spain),
13. October 13 Sunday World Thrombosis Day, International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction, Ashwina Purnima, Ashwina Purnima Vrat, Anvadhan, Kojagara Puja, Sharad Purnima, Valmiki Jayanti, Meerabai Jayanti, Ashwina Navapada Oli Ends
14. October 14 Monday World Standards Day, Ishti, Kartika Begins* North
15. October 15 Tuesday Global Handwashing Day, White Cane Safety Day, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
16. October 16 Wednesday World Food Day, Boss's Day, World Anaesthesia Day, Atla Tadde, Masik Karthigai
17. October 17 Thursday International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Vakratunda Sankashti Chaturthi, Karwa Chauth
18. October 18 Friday World Vasectomy Day, Tula Sankranti, Rohini Vrat
19. October 19 Saturday
20. October 20 Sunday World Osteoporosis Day, World Statistics Day,
21. October 21 Monday International Day of the Nacho, Back to the Future Day, Trafalgar Day, Kalashtami, Ahoi Ashtami, Radha Kunda Snan
22. October 22 Tuesday International Stuttering Awareness Day, CAPS LOCK DAY
23. October 23 Wednesday Cyrus the Great Day, Mole Day, World Ballet Day
24. October 24 Thursday United Nations Day, World Development Information Day, Rama Ekadashi
25. October 25 Friday Govatsa Dwadashi, Dhanteras, Yama Panchaka Begins, Yama Deepam, Pradosh Vrat
26. October 26 Saturday Masik Shivaratri, Kali Chaudas, Hanuman Puja
27. October 27 Sunday World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, Narak Chaturdashi, Tamil Deepavali, Diwali, Lakshmi Puja, Deepamalika, Kedar Gauri Vrat, Chopda Puja, Sharda Puja, Kali Puja, Kamala Jayanti, Darsha Amavasya, Anvadhan
28. October 28 Monday International Animation Day, Kartika Amavasya, Ishti, Govardhan Puja, Annakut, Bali Pratipada, Dyuta Krida, Gujarati New Year
29. October 29 Tuesday World Stroke Day, National Cat Day (USA), Chandra Darshana, Bhaiya Dooj, Yama Dwitiya
30. October 30 Wednesday Mischief Night
31. October 31 Thursday Halloween, Nagula Chavithi, Vinayaka Chaturthi
32. October 1 - 31 National Pizza Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Apart from these significant Hindu festivities, there are numerous fasts (vrat) like Masik Durga Ashtami, Pradosh Vrat, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat and Lalita Panchami. There are international days, mostly health-related days such as International Day of Older Persons, World Mental Health Day, World Sight Day, International Day of the Girl Child, World Obesity Day, National Coming Out Day, World Food Day, Boss's Day, World Anaesthesia Day, World Vasectomy Day, World Osteoporosis Day and so many more.

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