Dussehra is a major Hindu festival, celebrated across India, especially in the northern states like Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. It is the celebration of ‘Good’ over ‘Evil’, as it is marked by burning the effigies of the demon god Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhkaran. It is also marks the end of Navratri celebrations, through the burning of firecrackers, and in eastern part of India, in Bengal, this day is referred to as ‘Vijaya Dashami’, the culmination of Durga Puja. In Delhi and UP, there are huge effigies and cut outs of the demon god Ravana that are burnt in various localities, and that marks or signifies the victory of Lord Rama, over the powerful demon Ravana. This festival is celebrated with huge enthusiasm across the state of Delhi, as various Akharas and Samitis perform ‘Ramlila’, the enactment of the entire story of Lord Rama in short, which is a part of Ramayana, the Hindu epic. It is also the onset of winter season in the northern states, followed by the festival of Diwali that is celebrated approximately one month later. In states like Bengal and Assam, people visit the houses of friends and relatives, as they are treated with traditional sweets. So, its sweet dishes everywhere,as it is a happy and joyous moment for all devout Hindus across India and abroad.
Sweets and New Dresses
People in India, celebrate Dussehra with immense festive passion and religious fervor, as it marks something ‘Good’ and ‘Prosperous’. This festival is associated with Lord Rama, who defeated and killed the demon god Ravana in his home turf, and returned victoriously to his own home, in the present day Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, where he was born. So, it is celebrations everywhere, as it marks the victory of Good over Evil. People can be seen wearing new clothes and distributing sweets to friends and relatives that come to their home. It is the women folk that wear traditional Indian sarees, and the young girls can be seen wearing colorful lehenga cholis and salwar kameez. It is festive frenzy everywhere as people come out of their houses in numbers and visit the houses of friends and relatives. It’s a festive ambiance with people celebrating the victory of good over evil or vice. Therefore, it is celebrated through the making and distribution of sweet dishes and through the burning of firecrackers. This festival is really important for all Hindus, and also celebrated by Sikhs, residing in India.