Hindu Festivals in October 2016 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in October 2016



Dates of important festivals and fasting associated with Hinduism in October 2016 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

October 1 – Navratri Begins
October 1– Ashwin month begins in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh
October 6 – Lalitha Panchami
October 7 – Sashti Fasting – Durga Puja Shasti
October 8 – Durga Puja Saptami, Saraswati Avahan
October 9, 2016 – Durga Ashtami, Saraswati Puja, Mahanisha Puja
October 10 – Mahanavami, Saraswati Visarjan – Navratri ends
October 11 – Vijayadasami, Dasara
October 11 – Shirdi Saibaba Punyatithi
October 11 – Vidyarambham in Kerala
October 12 – Ekadasi Vrat
October 13 – Pradosh Vrat
October 15 – Kojagari Lakshmi Puja
October 15 – Sharad Purnima
October 16 – Purnima – full moon day
October 17 – Kartik Month begins in North India
October 17 – Aippasi month begins in Tamil Calendar
October 17 – Thulam Month begins in Malayalam Calendar
October 18 – Kartik Month begins in Bengali Calendar
October 19 - Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat
October 19 - Karwa Chauth
October 22 - Ahoi Ashtami Vrat
October 23 - Radha Ashtami
October 26 - Ekadasi Fasting
October 28 - Govatsa Dwadasi.
October 28 – Dhanteras, Dhanvantri Jayanti
October 29 – Hanuman Jayanti, Kali Chaudash
October 29 – Narak Chaturdasi
October 30 – Diwali, Lakshmi Puja
October 30 – Amavasya
October 31 – Gujarati New Year – Vikram Samvat 2070 begins
October 31 – Kartik month begins in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
October 31 – Skanda Sashti Fasting begins - dedicated to Muruga
October 31 – Annakut, Govardhan Puja