Dussehra 2024 – 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 2024 is on Saturday, the 12th of October 2024

Previous dates for Dussehra

  • 2018 Dussehra was on Friday, the 19th of October 2018
  • 2017 Dussehra was on Saturday, the 30th of September 2017
  • 2016 Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami) was on Tuesday,  11th of October 2016
  • 2015 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
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