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Season of Festivals

From 1st October Durga Puja will start, then Eid-uz-Zuha on 6th October and then Lakshmi Puja on 7th October. After that Kali Puja and Diwali will be celebrated on 23rd and 24th October and then Muharram on 4th November. People from all over the country start buying new dresses according to their choices and start enjoying the festival and pray for themselves and for others also.

The meaning of Durga is "the inaccessible" or "the invincible". Goddess Durga is the main forms of the Shakti (power) and it is the most popular incarnation of Goddess according to Hindu pantheon. The Goddess Gita, declares Goddess Durga to be the greatest Goddess. Durga puja is celebrated four days (Saptami to Dashami). The victory of Durga's over demons Mahisasur is celebrated on these days.

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Ram was a Durga worshiper and worshiped Goddess Durga before going to war with Ravana. Lord Rama had performed "Chandi Homa" and invoked the blessings of Durga to kill Ravana, the ten-headed king of Lanka who had abducted Sita and had charmed life. Goddess Durga blessed Lord Rama with secret knowledge how he could kill Ravana. On the day of Ashvin Shukla Dashami, Rama's party found Sita and defeated Ravana. This day is thus celebrated as Dussehra and Durga puja will end on this day by burning the effigy of demons Ravana

Eid-uz-Zuha festival of Muslim people will come after Durga Puja. Eid-uz-Zuha is a "Festival of Sacrifice" and it is most popularly known as "Kurbani" or "Bakra Eid" or "Greater Eid". Eid-uz-Zuha commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim Sallallahe Alaihe Wasallam to sacrifice his son Ismaeel Sallallahe Alaihe Wasallam as an act of obedience to Allah, before Allah intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead.

The meat of Eid-al-Adha is divided into three parts. One third of the share retains by the family; another is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the other is given to the poor and needy. Muslims people from all over the world gathers in Mecca to perform "Hajj".
After Eid-uz-Zuha, Lakshmi puja will be celebrated on 7th October. Goddess Lakshmi means Good Luck to Hindus. Lakshmi is the Goddess of Wealth and Beauty.

After Lakshmi puja, Kali puja and Diwali will be celebrated on 23rd and 24th October. Diwali is also known as "Festival of Lights". Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana to Ayodhya from their 14 years long exile and vanquishing the demon king Ravana. To celebrate this occasion people of Ayodhya illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas (clay lamps) and by bursting firecrackers.

After Diwali, Muharram will be celebrated on 4th November. Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. The meaning of the word "Muharram" is "Forbidden" and is derived from the word haram which means "sinful". On the day of Ashura, Shia Muslims replicate the assassination of Hussein ibn Ali.

Some Muslims fast during this day, according to the Hadith that Musa and his people obtained a victory over the Egyptian Pharaoh on the 10th day i.e, Ashura of Muharram. Hazrat Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wasallam also asked Muslims to pray on this day i.e, Ashura and on a day before Ashura i.e, 9th.