Durga Puja 2018

National and Public Holidays in India Regional Hindu Holiday in India

Godess Durga

When is Durga Puja?

How long until Durga Puja Holiday?
This holiday next takes place in 31 Days.
1 Day
Sikkim, Tripura. Additional holiday for the festival that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga
Dates of Durga Puja
Year Weekday Date
2020 Sunday
2019 Tuesday
2018 Friday
2017 Thursday
2016 Wednesday
2015 Saturday
Regions where Durga Puja Holiday is a holiday
Sikkim, Tripura

In India, Durga Puja is a public holiday in several states. The names and dates may differ and some states observe holidays related to the festivals of Dusserhra and Navrati which are celebrated on similar dates.

Traditions of Durja Puja

Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava or Mahashtami, is a Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates the worship of the goddess Durga.

Durga Puja celebrates the ten-armed mother goddess, and her victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.

While celebrated across India, In West Bengal, Assam and Tripura, it is the biggest festival of the year and the most significant cultural event in Bengali Hindu society.

The world was under threat from the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura, that no man or god could defeat. To vanquish the demon, Durga emerged from the collective energies of all the gods. Each of her ten arms brandished the deadliest weapon of each god. Durga was the mother to four gods, Kartikeya, Ganesha, Saraswati and Lakshmi.

To Hindus, Durga represents the embodiment of shakti, the powerful feminine force that governs all cosmic creation, existence and change.

Before his battle with Ravana, Lord Rama invoked the goddess and her victory over the buffalo-demon, which ties the festivals of Durga Puja and Dusserhra closely together.

Key days during Durga Puja

The rituals of Durga Puja last ten days with the start and the last five days being special festivals that are refelected in public holidays in some states in India.


Mahalaya marks the start of the Durga Puja festival. Read more about Mahalaya.

Maha Saptami

On the seventh day (saptami) of Durga Puja, the goddess started her epic battle against Mahishasura. In 2018 Saptami of Durga Puja is celebrated on in .

Durga Ashtami

This is the eighth day of Durga Puja celebrations, when the weapons used by Durga are worshipped. Read more about Durga Ashtami.

Vijaya Dashami

Aalso known as Dashain or Tenth day of Navratri or Durgotsav, Vijaya Dashami commemorates the day that Durga appeared riding a lion to slay the Mahisasura. Statutes of Durga are paraded through the streets, then immersed in water. In 2018 Vijaya Dashami is celebrated on in . In , this day is celebrated as Durga Puja on October 19th.

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