The festival of Dussehra sees 10 days of festivity in the Shukla Paksha (Moonlit fortnight) of the Ashvin month of the Hindu calendar. The festival comprises of two parts – Durga Puja and Vijay Dashami. The first nine days are about worshipping the nine forms of Durga, each with her own distinct characteristics. The last day is about the victory of good over evil symbolised by the killing of Ravana by Ram depicted through burning of effigies.
While India, and especially the eastern part of the country, celebrates Durga Puja with a lot of pomp and show, this cultural extravaganza has been nominated by the apex cultural body in India, Sangeet Natak Academy, for a UNESCO World Heritage status. Durga Puja has found a global recognition, and is celebrated worldwide by not just the Indian communities abroad, but also the culturally enthusiastic locals.
If you are not in India on this Durga Puja, you may enjoy the festival at any of these places abroad: