During the nine days, devotees solemnly fast and worship the nine manifestations or forms of Goddess Durga, also known as Shakti. Each day has a special significance, and one form of the Goddess is worshipped. Each day is also associated with one colour, and one planetary body.
The Mahalaya amavasya is said to be the most important day of the Pitru Paksha period. This year, Mahalaya amavasya falls on September 19 and timings for conducting the shradha puja is between 1:13 pm to 3:35 pm.
Mahalaya marks the end of the Pitri Paksha and beginning of the Devi Paksha. According to mythology, it is said that the goddess Durga was created with the blessings of all the other gods, especially Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, so as to defeat the demon king Mahishasura, who had received a boon that he could not be killed by any man or god.
Navratri and Durga Puja, both are nine-day festivals that are celebrated during the months of September-October. While the core reason behind the festival remains the same - that is victory of good over evil - the significance behind both differ.
Eid al-Adha is considered holier of the two Eids and also known as the sacrifice feast, as it is celebrated to honour the dedication and willingness of Ibrahim (Abrahim) to sacrifice his son as an act of submission on God's command.
Onam is celebrated with much fanfare not only in Kerala but by Malayalis across the world. The 10-day festival concludes with Thiruvonam, which - according to folklore - is said to be the day when the beloved demon king Mahabali visits earth. From a nine-course feast called Onasadya to festivities called Onakalikal, Onam is the most important annual festival for Malayalis.
On the auspicious occasion of Hartalika Teej, women wake up early in the morning and adorn themselves in new clothes and jewellery. In certain states the tradition of 'solah shringar' (16 elements) is followed. They then visit the temple and pray to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
The Parsis dress up in their traditional clothes and begin the day by making a visit to fire temples, also known as 'Agiary', and making the sacred offering of fruits, flowers, sandalwood and milk to the fire and celebrate over the lavish spread of delicious Parsi cuisine.
Parsis in India and Pakistan follow the Shahenshahi calendar does not take into account leap years and as a result of which, the Parsi New Year is celebrated in India and Pakistan about 200 days after it is celebrated across the world.
Raas lila or Krishna lila — dance-drama enactments of Krishna's life as per the Bhagavata Purana - is a popular tradition to celebrate Janmashtami. In addition to rasa lila, a night vigil (jagarana), fasting (upavasa) and celebrations (mahotsava) are important parts of observing Janmashtami.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva saved the universe by drinking poison which emerged from the Samudra Manthan i.e. the churning of the milky ocean, during the month of Sawan. It is believed that worshipping the Mahadev during this period is 108 times more powerful than worshipping him on any other day.