Dussehra 2018 – When is Dussehra

Dasara is among the most important festivals celebrated in India. The Word Dasara is derived from the Sanskrit word Dasha-hara meaning “remover of bad fate”. The name Dussehra is derived from Sanskrit Dasha-hara literally means The sun will not rise (Dasha(sun) and Hara(defeat)) referring to Lord Rama’s victory over the ten-headed demon king Ravana.

Next dates for Dussehra

  • Dussehra in 2018 will be on Friday, the 19th of October 2018

Previous dates for Dussehra

  • Dussehra in 2017 was on Saturday, the 30th of September 2017
  • Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami) in 2016 was on Tuesday,  11th of October 2016
  • Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami) was on Thursday, 22 October 2015


Regional spellings for the holiday include Dashera, Dussera and Dussehra. According to Google Trends, Dusshera is the most searched term in India

Specifically, it may refer to:

  • in Nepal, the 15-day festival of Dashain
  • in South India, the ten-day festival of Navratri as a whole
    • in Mysore, Mysore Dasara
    • in Madikeri, Madikeri Dasara
    • in Mangalore, Mangalore Dasara
  • in North India, the tenth day of the festival, Vijayadashami
  • in Himachal Pradesh, a seven-day festival starting on that day, Kullu Dussehra