India is a land of cultures and diversity. A land where people of different caste and culture unite together and celebrate it with joy and happiness. Several festivals are celebrated amongst several societies in India. And what is unique about those festivals? Well, in India, especially in the Hindu culture there are different festivals occurring in different part of months which creates more opportunity for holidays in India to be celebrated more vibrantly.
Navratri is also known as Durga Puja in West Bengal. People over there especially women play with colors. Navratri is one of those festivals. It is a nine day festival in India and on the tenth day, the concluding ceremony is done. During these nine days, we worship Goddess Durga and her other idols. From the very first day, all the idols of goddess Durga are being designed and decorated in such a way that they look immensely beautiful and it absolutely seems like they have come to life again.
The actual purpose of celebrating Navratri is to precede the belief of the good ending or overcoming the bad or good over evil. On all the 9 days different worshiping books are being read and the temples and houses are decorated with flowers and lights and prayers are being enchanted on the loud speakers all the time. A proper dress-up with accessories is being done for the idol. Each day is a day for a different idol. Every morning and evening devoted to prayers about the goddess. Different tents are being created those days to place the idol so that people could come and worship. Many families go out in the evening to attend the prayers happening in those tents where the idol is being placed.
In some part of the country, some devotees also are on a fast for those nine days to impress the goddess with the devotion they pay and for the love and affection, they have for the goddess and others feast. And during this period the food which is prepared for the devotees or the people on fast is totally different and they are cooked without salt in it. During the period of these nine days people don’t eat non-veg food as according to them this may get the goddess angry but for some, this is just not in their rituals and some people slaughter goats as an offering to the goddess.
Navratri is a festival which is mostly celebrated in the northeast and eastern part of India. Kids in schools have a holiday on the 7th, 8th and the 9th day. As those are the last days of the festival. The tenth day is also known as the Vijayadashami or Dussehra. On this day all the idols are being immersed in the water bodies. Different programs are being done on the tenth day such as Raam-Leela. In this event Raam-Leela, artists perform different stories and chapters of Lord Rama and entertain and acknowledge people. People take time out especially for the event, as they are very entertaining as well as knowledgeable about Hindu culture.
People in Bihar and other rural areas take this festival way too seriously and make it as a grand festival. Navratri generally comes in the autumn season. In Gujarat, people celebrate it playing Dandiya and Garba amongst themselves making a circle and dancing. During those nine days, it feels like someone from our family has come to meet us and after the tenth day, an absence is being felt when the idols are being immersed.
Navratri is one of the most vibrant and long festivals in Hindu and Indian culture. People all around the world come to attend Navratri in India. If you still haven’t experienced Navratri in India, you must. You won’t regret.