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When is Navaratri 2023? Festival Date, Calendar, and Event Info

When is Navaratri 2023? Festival Date, Calendar, and Event Info

By CarolUpdated Nov. 2, 2022

Navaratri is a nine-night Hindu festival that celebrates the goddess Durga in her nine forms. The festival falls between October 15th to 24th in 2023.

While some places dedicate this festival to the goddess Durga and her nine manifestations, other places celebrate Navaratri by worshipping Rama, one of Lord Vishnu’s 10 avatars.

Some of the Navaratri festivities include traditional music and dance performances, rituals, and the singing of devotional songs, and the festival culminates on Dussehra — a celebration of the victory of good over evil.

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Navaratri Dates and Holiday Calendar

Celebration Navaratri Dussehra
Dates September 26th to October 5th October 5th
Days Monday to Wednesday Friday
Event Details Worshipping the goddess Durga in her nine forms. Celebrating Rama’s victory over the ten-headed demon Ravana.

How Long is the Navaratri Festival?

The post-monsoon autumn Sharada Navaratri is the most observed among the four seasonal Navaratri celebrations throughout the year and lasts for nine nights and 10 days. It may also be held for a day more or a day less, depending on the adjustments in sun and moon movements and whether the current year is a leap year.

  2023 Date Celebrated in Meaning Celebrations
Sharada Navaratri October 15th to 24th West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu Worshipping of the nine forms of the goddess Durga Celebrations include people wearing different colors on different days, representing the 9 significant colors of Navaratri.  
Magha Navaratri January 22nd to 30th Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh Worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga Idols of Goddess Durga are presented with offerings such as vermillion powder, rice, flowers, and incense sticks.
Chaitra Navaratri March 22nd to 31st Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh Worshipping of the nine forms of the goddess Durga Celebrations include people wearing different colors on different days, representing the 9 significant colors of Navaratri. 
Ashada Navaratri June 19th 28th Individuals or Hindu sages Worshipping of the nine forms of the goddess Durga Devotees fast and prayers are chanted to the goddess Durga.

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Navaratri Dates Across India

Navaratri celebrations vary by region and the goddess Durga is celebrated in some, while others dedicate the festival to Rama.

Regarded as an optional holiday, many government offices and businesses still operate during Navaratri, though some companies might choose to give their employees time off. Below is a list of all the different Navaratri celebrations across India:

Event Location 2023 Date Description
Durga Puja West Bengal October 20th to 24th Thousands of temporary podiums, called pandals, are erected in community squares, roadside shrines, and Durga temples.
Navaratri North India (Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Madhya Pradesh) October 15th to 24th  Episodes of the Ramayana, the Hindu epic narrating the life of Rama, are reenacted in cultural centers, temples, and on temporary stages.
Navaratri Gujarat October 15th to 24th  Devotees fast and abstain from eating grain. Prayers and clay pots, known as garbo, are offered to the goddess Shakti.
Navaratri Goa October 15th to 24th  Devotional songs, religious conversations, and musical performances are held at Devi and Krishna temples.
Dasara Karnataka October 15th to 24th  Houses, temples, and cultural sites are brightly lit up with artificial lights.
Navaratri Kerala October 15th to 24th  The Saraswati Puja is performed, a ritual where books are worshipped alongside  Saraswati — the Hindu goddess of knowledge and enlightenment.
Navaratri Maharashtra October 15th to 24th  Rural households prepare a copper or brass jar filled with water, symbolizing the goddess Durga, and worship it for nine days, performing rituals and presenting it with offerings.
Navaratri Tamil Nadu October 15th to 24th  Traditional Hindu dances like Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam are performed in temples, palaces, and community centers.
Navaratri Telangana October 15th to 24th  A nine-day floral festival known as Bathukamma takes place and is dedicated to Gauri, one of the manifestations of the goddess Parvati.

Navaratri is Determined by the Hindu Calendar

Similar to most Hindu festivals, Navaratri follows the Hindu calendar, which is based on a lunisolar system and has been used by the majority of Hindus to mark important festival dates for thousands of years.

The festival celebrated for nine straight nights throughout the Hindu month of Ashvin. Also known as Aswayuja, Ashvin is the seventh month in the Hindu calendar and begins on the new moon following the autumn equinox, typically falling in either September or October on the Gregorian calendar.

Aside from Navaratri, other major Hindu festivals celebrated in Ashvin include Diwali, the festival of lights, Kali Puja, dedicated to goddess Kali, and Durga Puja, a festival celebrating the victory of the goddess Durga over the buffalo demon Mahishasura.

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Navaratri Dates: 1990 to 2030

Year Navaratri Date Day
1990 September 19th Wednesday
1991 October 8th Tuesday
1992 September 26th Saturday
1993 October 15th Friday
1994 October 5th Wednesday
1995 September 25th Monday
1996 October 12th Saturday
1997 October 2nd Thursday
1998 September 21st Monday
1999 October 9th Saturday
2000 September 28th Thursday
2001 October 17th Wednesday
2002 October 7th Monday
2003 September 26th Friday
2004 October 14th Thursday
2005 October 4th Tuesday
2006 September 23rd Saturday
2007 October 12th Friday
2008 September 30th Tuesday
2009 September 19th Saturday
2010 October 8th Friday
2011 September 28th Wednesday
2012 October 16th Tuesday
2013 October 5th Saturday
2014 September 25th Thursday
2015 October 13th Tuesday
2016 October 1st Saturday
2017 September 21st Thursday
2018 October 9th Tuesday
2019 September 29th Sunday
2020 October 17th Saturday
2021 October 7th Wednesday
2022 September 26th Monday
2023 October 15th Sunday
2024 October 3rd Thursday
2025 September 22nd Monday
2026 October 11th Sunday
2027 September 30th Thursday
2028 September 19th Tuesday
2029 October 8th Monday
2030 September 28th Saturday

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How to Celebrate Navaratri

There are a few ways travelers can celebrate Navaratri, including:

Cleansing the Mind

The purpose of Navaratri is to cleanse yourself of negative feelings like hatred, jealousy, anger, and violence. The best thing to do on Navaratri is to keep your mind and thoughts pure and avoid negative thoughts about other people.

Treating Women with Great Respect

Since the goddess Durga is said to be represented by young girls, a common way Navaratri is celebrated is by offering gifts like sweets, traditional food, and fruit to young girls during the festival. This also applies to married women, who are to be treated with the utmost respect.

Engaging in Spiritual Deepening

Navaratri is all about spiritual deepening. Try meditating for at least 15 minutes a day throughout the entire nine-day festival. If you want to take it a step further, join the local devotees on their fast by only eating fruit and drinking milk, or restrict yourself to one vegetarian meal a day.

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