I should have posted this two days back and so I apologize for not being prompt.
It is that time of the year that every Indian looks forward to. The months of October and November bring with them strings of some very prominent festivals and so it is a time to delve into sweets, new clothes, and not to forget the festive season sales!
So last week was buzzing with outings, people, religious gatherings, and colors and lights!
Why? Because from the 5th of October to the 13th of October, a festival named Navratri lasted. Then on 14th of October, Dussehra came. And lets not forget that the 9th of October to the 14th of October were celebrated as Durga Puja! (I have attached links to Wikipedia articles because Wiki is so much better at explaining!)
Okay. Lets begin, shall we?
Navratri is literally translated to ‘Nine Nights’ and the tenth day is celebrated as Dussehra. Each day, different forms of the Goddess are worshipped (And this is where Wiki should step in.) 😛
Durga Puja is a very important Bengali festival and since my family and I are hugely drawn to the Bengali culture, we celebrate it too. We visit different pandals which are set up all over the city, we witness the aarti (prayer) and it is all very enchanting and very therapeutic (and very musical).
And then we come to Dussehra. On this day, effigies of Ravana and his brothers – Kumbhakarna and Meghanada – are burned to symbolize the victory of good over evil. My sister and I prepare our own little Ravanas each year and then burn them. This day also marks the end of Durga Puja and so the idols of the Hindu goddess Durga are immersed in the water bodies.
And then October 16 is Bakri Id/Eid ul-Adha which is an important Muslim festival and is characterized by family and friend gatherings, meals, Eid prayers, sacrificing a sheep, cow, goat, buffalo or camel, and in some societies, chicken in the name of Allah and other festivities.
Plus, the festival of Diwali is on its way and we are very excited! Yayy!
Here is one photo from the Durga Puja celebrations mentioned above:
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And here is the little Ravana my sister and I made. It ended in flames as it customary: