Pretty explosive stuff!
Dussehra is a Hindu festival celebrated all over India. It is also known as Vijayadashmi (‘Vijay’ meaning ‘victory’ and ‘Dashmi meaning ‘tenth day), as it is believed that it was on this day that Lord Rama killed the demon-king, Ravana and rescued his abducted wife Seeta. It signifies the triumph of good over evil and the legendary triumph is reenacted in an explosive style.
In the northern parts of India, huge effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnath are placed in an open area. Fireworks and crackers are placed inside the effigies.
Actors dressed as Rama, Sita and Rama’s brother Lakshmana re-enact the final moments of the battle to free Sita from Ravana. Rama shoots a flaming arrow at the effigies and the crowd cheers as the effigies explode with fireworks and flames.
When is the Dussehra Festival?
Dussehra (or Vijayadashami) is celebrated on the tenth day of the Hindu autumn lunar month of Ashvin, which falls in September or October of the Western calendar.
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Bengalis celebrate Dusshera as a part of another festival called ‘Navratri’. In Karnataka (especially Mysore) and Andhra Pradesh, Dusshera is celebrated with fanfare. Huge processions can be witnessed in both the States. Although Dussehra is celebrated in different ways across India, the motive remains the same – to spread good cheer and celebrate the victory of good over the evil. Book flights and hotels with ebookers.com. You may need to search for flights and hotels separately.
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