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DUSSEHRA

When is Dussehra in 2018?

Dussehra in 2018 is on the Friday, 19th of Oct (10/19/2018).

Dussehra is on the 292th day of 2018. There are 73 days left in the year.

Dussehra Facts

  • Date: Oct 19, 2018
  • Regional (Religious)
  • Also Called: Durga Pooja, Vijayadashmi, Dasahara
  • Celebrations: Worshiping Goddess Durga, Burning Ravana's Statues
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Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi, is a major Indian festival celebrated on the tenth day of Ashvin month according to the Hindu calendar. This day falls in the month of September or October. The day culminates a 9 day fasting period of Navratri in the Hindu culture. The day also coincides with immersion of the idol of Goddess Durga. The day is celebrated to commemorate the killing of Ravana by Lord Rama. The day also celebrates the killing of demon Mahishasur by Goddess Durga. Dussehra celebration spreads the message of the victory of good over sin.

It is believed that the celebration of Dussehra started in the 17th century, when the king of Mysore ordered the celebration of the day on a grand scale. Ever since, the day is celebrated with great fervor and energy. There are a lot of mythological tales associated with the day. According to Ramayana,

Ravana was killed by Lord Rama on this day as revenge against the cruel act of kidnapping Goddess Sita by the former. Mythology also has it that Goddess Durga killed demon Mahishasura after a long spell of cruelty and oppression by Mahishasura. Another story associated with the origins of this day is the raining of gold coins. After Kautsa asked King Raghu for 140 million coins to give an offering to his Guru in return for his knowledge, Raghuraja went to Indra for help who then asked Lord Kuber to rain coins on the city of Ayodhya. After giving 140 million coins to his Guru, Kautsa distributed the rest to the people of Ayodhya.

Largely, the day is celebrated to commemorate the prevalence of good over evil. The day is celebrated on a large scale in India as well as in Bangladesh. The most famous Dussehra celebrations in India are those in the city of Mysore. Goddess Chamundeshwari is worshipped on this day and a grand procession of her idol is taken out across the city. Major buildings are decorated with lights and color across the city.

Other famous Dussehra celebrations in India include that of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, Kolkata and Orissa, where the festival is preceded by week long celebrations. People visit the Pooja Pandals wearing new clothes, prepare traditional food at home and celebrate the festival with their friends and families. In most other parts of India, plays are organized across cities depicting the story of Ramayana which culminates in the killing of Ravana on this day. Statues of Ravana are burnt everywhere in India on Dussehra and in Delhi, the event is attended by political dignitaries in the Ramlila Maidan.

Dussehra Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Thu
  • Oct 09, 2008
  • Mon
  • Sep 28, 2009
  • Sun
  • Oct 17, 2010
  • Thu
  • Oct 06, 2011
  • Wed
  • Oct 24, 2012
  • Mon
  • Oct 14, 2013
  • Fri
  • Oct 03, 2014
  • Thu
  • Oct 22, 2015
  • Fri
  • Oct 19, 2018
  • Tue
  • Oct 11, 2016
  • Sat
  • Sep 30, 2017

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of India in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01New Year's Day
SundaySunJan 14, 2018Jan 14Makar Sankranti / Pongal
FridayFriJan 26, 2018Jan 26Republic Day
WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2018Feb 14Maha Shivaratri
FridayFriMar 02, 2018Mar 02Holi
SundaySunMar 18, 2018Mar 18Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
SundaySunMar 25, 2018Mar 25Ram Navami
ThursdayThuMar 29, 2018Mar 29Mahavir Jayanti
FridayFriMar 30, 2018Mar 30Good Friday
MondayMonApr 30, 2018Apr 30Budhha Purnima
TuesdayTueMay 01, 2018May 01Labor Day
SaturdaySatJun 16, 2018Jun 16Eid-ul-Fitar
SaturdaySatJul 14, 2018Jul 14Rath Yatra
WednesdayWedAug 15, 2018Aug 15Independence Day
WednesdayWedAug 22, 2018Aug 22Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
SaturdaySatAug 25, 2018Aug 25Onam
SundaySunAug 26, 2018Aug 26Raksha Bandhan
MondayMonSep 03, 2018Sep 03Janmashtami
ThursdayThuSep 13, 2018Sep 13Vinayaka Chaturthi
FridayFriSep 21, 2018Sep 21Muharram
TuesdayTueOct 02, 2018Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
FridayFriOct 19, 2018Oct 19Dussehra / Dasara
WednesdayWedNov 07, 2018Nov 07Diwali / Deepavali
WednesdayWedNov 21, 2018Nov 21Milad un Nabi
FridayFriNov 23, 2018Nov 23Guru Nanak's Birthday
TuesdayTueDec 25, 2018Dec 25Christmas