Navratra is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. The Navratri word means nine nights, Nava means nine and ratri means nights. This festival is observed twice a year, once in the starting of summer and again at the starting of winter. Vasant Navratri is observed in the Hindu month Chaitra (March – April). Navratri is celebrated five times a year.

The Nine Nights festival Navratra:

They are Vasanta Navratri, Ashadha Navratri, the Sharad Navratri, and the Magha Navratri. Navratri is a very important and major festival in the states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. In Navratri the traditional dance of Gujarat

Navratri Mata

Maa Amba

called “Garba” is also performed.  During these nine nights and ten days, nine types of Devi are worshiped. The tenth day is known as “vijayadashmi.” This festival is celebrated with great passion in Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and the Punjab. It is believed that Goddess Durga was initially worshiped in the Chaitra month and was also known as Basanti Pooja. It was Lord Ram who changed the period of Durga Pooja.

One of the important events in Haryana and Punjab is the worshiping of little girls. These little girls represent Goddess Durga and are known as ‘kanyas’.  It is performed on the eight day or the Ashtami day. The devotees take nine little girls to their home and firstly wash their leg. They prepares and server them food and sweet dishes. Lastly women give them presents like clothes or various make up products.

Vasant Navratri 2014 Date :

Vasant Navratri will be celebrated on 31 March 2014.

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Navratri is a Hindu festival celebrated for nine nights and ends on the day of Dusshera. It is an important festival during which the nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped. The Indian women keep fasts and the use of ginger and onions in eatables is prohibited.

Navratri Garba Ras and Disco Dandiya :

Various rituals of traditional dance and song are performed in different cities of India. Garba is a religious and social event that is world famous event of Gujarat. The festive mood of Garba continues for all nine days and is followed by disco Dandiya.

Navratri is an occasion for people to celebrate the festive season and Garba Ras and Dandiya are the major attraction of it. People wear colorful clothes and use colorful sticks for playing Garba and Dandiya. Garba is an event for women and they wear colorful embroidered traditional ghagra, choli during the occasion, whereas Dandiya is performed by both women and men.

The men wear Kedias for the occasion. Garba is basically a western folk dance and is meant exclusive for women but many a times men also participate in Garba. Dandiya Ras is an important Ras of Garba and is the most exciting part of the festival. People from all over India celebrate Garba and Dandiya after aarti of goddess Durga.

The Dandiya sticks are made of Bamboo and performers turn around in huge numbers and play Dandiya in circular pattern. The dancers usually perform as a group and partners hit their sticks together and dance in circular motion. A drummer and an instrumentalist also play an important role during the Dandiya and walk with the dancers. The Garba dance is an active event and requires a lot of energy for performance. The Garba Ras and the Dandiya are an astonishing event to watch as well as perform.

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