List of Festivals of Delhi

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Delhi Festivals in September

Onam

Onam is celebrated with great enthusiasm amongst the Kerala Community in Delhi. It falls on the month of Chingam between August and September but recently has spilled into the month of September only. A ten-day carnival is organised to thank God for the good harvest. The festival encompasses family reunion and shopping for new clothes and kitchenware to welcome King Mahabali. These 10 days are filled with rituals like Maveli pooja, Onathallu, traditional folk dance called 'Thumbi Thullal' performed by women, Pulikkali, Kaikotti Kali, snake boat race and other sport events which are celebrated with great zeal along with mouth-watering cuisines and sweets.

Teacher's Day Delhi

Teacher's Day is marked as a very important day amongst schools and colleges when the imparter of knowledge is shown gratitude and respect in order to make them feel that they also form a very significant part of society in nurturing young minds towards achieving their professional goals in life. The 5th of September was chosen by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a teacher and former President of India, which also happens to be his birthday. He dedicated this day to the teachers and since then this day has been religiously observed and devoted to all the professors and teachers of India.

Eid-Ul-Fitr

Eid-Ul-Fitr marks the end of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan and celebrated religiously by all Muslims. 'Eid' means 'festivity' and 'Fitr' means 'To break a fast'; hence, the festival symbolises the end of the fasting period and falls on the first day of Shawwal. This festival continues for three days which is accompanied by a recital of the Takbir throughout this period. It is believed that the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammed on the last 10 days of Ramadan and this day also marks the victory of the Prophet in the Battle of Badr and his conquest of Makkah. The fast kept mandatory before the festival of Eid is to conquer oneself, attain self-control in order to get closer to Allah. It also spreads the message of thanksgiving and joy which is participated by people from other religious sects too.

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival Delhi

Ganesh Chaturthi also known as 'Vinayaka Chaturthi' is the festival of Lord Ganesha when he bestows his blessings on his ardent devotees. It is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha who is also the God of wisdom that falls on the 4th day of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada which is during the month of September as per the Gregorian calendar. Preparation begins a month in advance that starts with the installation of the statue of Lord Ganesha adorned in vibrant attire and jewellery and filled with devotional songs, drum beats and dance during the grand procession observed by His devotees. Maharashtra celebrates this festival with great pomp and grandeur. One will also notice various cultural events and the day ends when the Idol of Lord Ganesha is immersed in water accompanied by loud shouts of 'Ganpati Bappa Maurya'.

Phoolwari Ki Sair

Phoolwari Ki Sair also known as the 'flowers sellers' festival' is actively celebrated together by Hindus and Muslims post monsoon in September and is confined to the Mehrauli area of Delhi only. It last for three days when people gather together at the Temple of Devi Jog Maya and the Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki Dargah to celebrate this festival. Flower sellers offer flowers to the deity and at the Dargah and prayer for a good and vibrant flower growth for the forthcoming years.

A colourful procession of flowers walk through the Mehrauli Bazaar led by fire dancers from the Temple of Jog Maya to the Tomb of Saint Qutb-ud-din Bakhtiyar Kaki where a curtain made of different variety of flowers are placed on his tomb as respect and honour. The festival is filled with classical Kathak dances, Qawwalis, lights, huge Palm leave fans decorated with flowers that attract everyone to this spot.

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