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DUSSEHRA

When is Dussehra in 2021?

Dussehra in 2021 is on the Friday, 15th of Oct (10/15/2021).

Dussehra is on the 288th day of 2021. There are 77 days left in the year.

Dussehra Facts

  • Date: Oct 15, 2021
  • 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
  • Tue
  • Oct 11, 2016
  • Sat
  • Sep 30, 2017
  • Fri
  • Oct 19, 2018
  • Tue
  • Oct 08, 2019
  • Sun
  • Oct 25, 2020
  • Fri
  • Oct 15, 2021

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of India in 2021

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
FridayFriJan 01, 2021Jan 01New Year's Day
ThursdayThuJan 14, 2021Jan 14Makar Sankranti / Pongal
TuesdayTueJan 26, 2021Jan 26Republic Day
ThursdayThuMar 11, 2021Mar 11Maha Shivaratri
MondayMonMar 29, 2021Mar 29Holi
FridayFriApr 02, 2021Apr 02Good Friday
TuesdayTueApr 13, 2021Apr 13Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
WednesdayWedApr 21, 2021Apr 21Ram Navami
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25Mahavir Jayanti
SaturdaySatMay 01, 2021May 01Labour Day
ThursdayThuMay 13, 2021May 13Eid-ul-Fitar
WednesdayWedMay 26, 2021May 26Budhha Purnima
MondayMonJul 12, 2021Jul 12Rath Yatra
TuesdayTueJul 20, 2021Jul 20Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
TuesdayTueAug 10, 2021Aug 10Muharram
SundaySunAug 15, 2021Aug 15Independence Day
SaturdaySatAug 21, 2021Aug 21Onam
SundaySunAug 22, 2021Aug 22Raksha Bandhan
MondayMonAug 30, 2021Aug 30Janmashtami
FridayFriSep 10, 2021Sep 10Vinayaka Chaturthi
SaturdaySatOct 02, 2021Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
FridayFriOct 15, 2021Oct 15Dussehra / Dasara
ThursdayThuNov 04, 2021Nov 04Diwali / Deepavali
FridayFriNov 19, 2021Nov 19Milad un Nabi
FridayFriNov 19, 2021Nov 19Guru Nanak's Birthday
SaturdaySatDec 25, 2021Dec 25Christmas