Navratri is a Hindu holiday celebrated annually, according to the lunar calendar. In 2022, it falls on September 26th. There are no uniform customs and traditions in India regarding the celebration; each region has its own rules. In some regions, the holiday is dedicated to the victory of Durga Puja over the demon, in others – the victory of Rama over the leader of the demons.
This special event is connected to the legend of Lord Rama, and the goddess Durga’s battle with the demon Mahishasura.
- Navratri celebrates the goddess Durga and symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
- The battle between the goddess and the demon lasted 10 days, so Navratri lasts 10 days – the celebration begins on September 26th and ends on October 5th.
- On each day of the holiday, a festival is held, which corresponds to a certain color, symbolizing a character trait of the goddess.
- The main dances of Navratri are Garba and Raas.
How to take part
Try to perform traditional dances for the holiday or attend a relevant performance. Keep a fast or a light diet until sunset, and at sunset you can eat a full meal. Pray to the deities who bring abundance, joy, and happiness.
When is Navratri celebrated in 2023?
Navratri is observed every year according to the lunar calendar.