September is the 9th month of the year, which has 30 days. The name is derived from septem, meaning "seven" in Latin, indicating the position in the early Roman calendar. It is a month of many festivals celebrated across the world with their unique significance, cultural heritage and traditions. In India, several festivals are celebrated in September, showcasing India’s cultural diversity and heritage. Below is the list of festivals celebrated this month; let's have a look:
Kajari Teej is referred to by various names in different regions of India. The festival is one of the significant festivals for Hindu married women where Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshipped. The festival marks the welcome of the monsoon season and also worshipping the neem tree and the moon. Kajari Teej is observed on the third day of the dark fortnight of the moon in the months of August and September. On this auspicious festival, both married and unmarried women keep a strict fast for the long life of the husband and to get the desired husband. Although this festival is celebrated nationwide, the grand celebration can be witnessed in Rajasthan. Women celebrate the festival by adorning themselves with new clothes and performing many rituals.
Teacher's Day is dedicated to teachers' honour. It is celebrated annually on the 5th of September as National Teachers' Day and secondly on the 5th of October as World Teachers' Day. The day also celebrates the birth anniversary of Dr. S. Sarvepalli, the second President of India and the first Vice President of India. Teacher's Day also marks as Guru Purnima by Hindus, Jains and Buddhism. The first Teacher's Day was celebrated in 1962, and this day should be celebrated with utmost love and respect for those who have always inspired us to walk on the right path.
Janmashtami is celebrated on the Ashtami of the Krishna Paksha of the holy month of Shravan; hence this year, it will be celebrated on 7th September 2023. It is one of the auspicious festivals among Hindus and is celebrated with much fervour all over the world. In India, the festival of Janmashtami is mainly celebrated in Mathura and Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna was born and brought up.
Hartalika Teej vrat is one of the holy Teej festivals for Hindus. This festival is specially celebrated by Hindu women, where both married and unmarried women keep fast. Hartalika Teej is marked to honour goddess Paravati for a happy married life. Hartalika Teej is majorly celebrated in the northern and western states of India. This year this festival will be celebrated on Monday, 18 September 2023. The significance of Hartalika Teej is that unmarried women will get a good husband, and married ones will be blessed with prosperous and long life of their husbands.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a significant Hindu festival in India, celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion. It is a festival to commemorate the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This festival lasts for 10 days, where people offer prayers, sweets to Lord Ganesha to seek his blessings. This year, Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on 19 September 2023, Tuesday. This fun and frolic festival brings friends and families together during prayer and celebration.
Among all Chaturdashis, Anant Chaturdashi is one of the important festivals for Jains and Hindus. According to the Hindu calendar, this holy festival is celebrated annually on the 14th day of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada. Anant Chaturdashi, also known as Anant Chaudas, marks the worship of Lord Vishnu. On this auspicious day, devotees go to the waterfront with idols of Lord Vishnu, accompanied by dancing and singing in a procession. On this day, both men and women observe a fast for a prosperous and blissful life. This festival is celebrated enthusiastically in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Eid Milad un Nabi also known as Mawlid or Eid-e-Milad, is one of the important festivals of Muslims, celebrated all over the world. The day marks the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. According to the Islamic calendar, Prophet Muhammad was born on the 12th day of the third month. That's why Eid Milad un Nabi is celebrated on the 12th day of the third month. This holy day will be celebrated this year on 28 September 2023, Thursday. On the day of Eid-e-Milad, Muslims carry processions and also recite the teachings of Prophet Muhammad. On Eid Milad Un Nabi, the Relics of Prophet Muhammad are displayed after morning prayers at Hazratbal Dargah, Jammu and Kashmir. Huge religious gatherings, rallies and parades are also organised in Hyderabad. The day is celebrated all over the world with utmost joy and faith.