Hey you all!! Are you ready for Navratri? It is nothing new for us, the Indians, the heavy crowd during the festive seasons. Most of us become great shopaholics at this time of the year. But before we start with fashion and shopping, let’s have a glance on something which is related to fashion and shopping.
Need not to mention that India is vast country of great diversity in religions and languages. Navratri is celebrated in nationwide but it is named differently in different parts of nation and for sure the celebrations and customs are diverse. Read on to know more about these celebrations and customs:
The most awaited festival of Gujarat is Navratri. The devotees keep fast for 9 day and worship “Maa Shakti” on the first nine days of Ashwin month. During the evenings, women perform aarti by lighting diyas inside an earthen pot with holes.
This is named as “Garbi”. “Maa” has specific colour codes of attires on the 7 days of week. Everyone celebrate the nights performing Garba dance and Dandiya Raas, their well-known dance forms, in their traditional dresses.
West Bengal and Assam
In West Bengal and Assam the festival is celebrate as Durga Puja. This festival is observed in the last four days of Navratri. Durga Puja is the main festival of West Bengal and Assam and is celebrated in a grand manner in various parts of both the states. Large sized “Maa Durga” idol on her lion, Mahishasur, Lord Ganesha, Kartikeya and Goddess Laxmi and Saraswati are worshiped in large decorated Pandals.
People come wearing their new colourful ethnic as well as chic and trendy dresses. A very common sight is seen, Bengali women wearing their traditional red bordered saree in and around the pandals. Dhunuchi nach, dhaak, dhol are the speciality of Durga Puja which should be experienced by people other than the Bengalis once in their lifetime.
Punjab and Uttar Pradesh
People celebrate and keep fast for the first 7 days of Navratri and end their fast on Ashthami or Navami by worshipping 9 little girls and a boy, which is known as “Kanjika” or “Kannya Pujan” in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh respectively. The Punjabis arrange for jagratas where they stay awake the entire night and worship Goddess Shakti in their traditional attires.
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In this state, the celebration of Navratri starts on the 10th day as “Kullu Dussehra” as the day of return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya. On this day, idols from various temples are taken out in processions. The devotees wearing their traditional clothes visit various temples in Una, Kangra and Bilaspur districts of Himachal Pradesh and worship Goddess Durga.
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So with the upcoming festival season of this year, again there is a boast of celebration in nation. Thus, happy upcoming festive season! Share lots of your thoughts and stay stylish the entire time!!!