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DUSSEHRA

When is Dussehra in 2024?

Dussehra in 2024 is on the Sunday, 13th of Oct (10/13/2024).

Dussehra is on the 287th day of 2024. There are 79 days left in the year.

Dussehra Facts

  • Date: Oct 13, 2024
  • 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

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DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2024Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 15, 2024Jan 15Makar Sankranti / Pongal
FridayFriJan 26, 2024Jan 26Republic Day
FridayFriMar 08, 2024Mar 08Maha Shivaratri
SaturdaySatMar 09, 2024Mar 09Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
MondayMonMar 25, 2024Mar 25Holi
FridayFriMar 29, 2024Mar 29Good Friday
ThursdayThuApr 11, 2024Apr 11Eid-ul-Fitar
WednesdayWedApr 17, 2024Apr 17Ram Navami
SundaySunApr 21, 2024Apr 21Mahavir Jayanti
WednesdayWedMay 01, 2024May 01Labour Day
ThursdayThuMay 23, 2024May 23Budhha Purnima
MondayMonJun 17, 2024Jun 17Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
SundaySunJul 07, 2024Jul 07Rath Yatra
WednesdayWedJul 17, 2024Jul 17Muharram
ThursdayThuAug 15, 2024Aug 15Independence Day
MondayMonAug 19, 2024Aug 19Raksha Bandhan
MondayMonAug 26, 2024Aug 26Janmashtami
SaturdaySatSep 07, 2024Sep 07Vinayaka Chaturthi
SaturdaySatSep 14, 2024Sep 14Onam
MondayMonSep 16, 2024Sep 16Milad un Nabi
WednesdayWedOct 02, 2024Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
SaturdaySatOct 12, 2024Oct 12Dussehra / Dasara
ThursdayThuOct 31, 2024Oct 31Diwali / Deepavali
FridayFriNov 15, 2024Nov 15Guru Nanak's Birthday
WednesdayWedDec 25, 2024Dec 25Christmas

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FridayFriFeb 02, 2024Feb 02National Wear Red Day
WednesdayWedFeb 07, 2024Feb 07National Signing Day
FridayFriFeb 09, 2024Feb 09National Pizza Day
TuesdayTueFeb 13, 2024Feb 13Galentine's Day
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WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2024Feb 14Valentine's Day
ThursdayThuFeb 15, 2024Feb 15National Bagel Day
SundaySunFeb 18, 2024Feb 18National Drink Wine Day
ThursdayThuFeb 22, 2024Feb 22National Margarita Day
ThursdayThuFeb 29, 2024Feb 29Leap Day
FridayFriMar 01, 2024Mar 01National Employee Appreciation Day
ThursdayThuMar 07, 2024Mar 07National Cereal Day
SundaySunMar 10, 2024Mar 10Daylight savings
MondayMonMar 11, 2024Mar 11National Napping Day
ThursdayThuMar 14, 2024Mar 14National Walkout Day
ThursdayThuMar 14, 2024Mar 14National Pi Day
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2024Mar 20National Proposal Day
SaturdaySatMar 23, 2024Mar 23National Puppy Day
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ThursdayThuApr 04, 2024Apr 04National Burrito Day
SundaySunApr 07, 2024Apr 07National Beer Day
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FridayFriJun 07, 2024Jun 07National Donut Day
SaturdaySatJun 08, 2024Jun 08National Best Friends Day
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FridayFriJun 21, 2024Jun 21National Selfie Day
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SaturdaySatJul 13, 2024Jul 13National French Fry Day
SundaySunJul 14, 2024Jul 14National Nude Day
WednesdayWedJul 17, 2024Jul 17National Hot Dog Day
SundaySunJul 21, 2024Jul 21National Ice Cream Day
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MondayMonJul 29, 2024Jul 29National Chicken Wing Day
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SundaySunAug 04, 2024Aug 04National Sister Day
WednesdayWedSep 18, 2024Sep 18National Cheeseburger Day
ThursdayThuOct 03, 2024Oct 03National Boyfriends Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2024Oct 04National Vodka Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2024Oct 04National Taco Day
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SundaySunNov 03, 2024Nov 03National Sandwich Day
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