Navratri (meaning nine nights) is a nine-night festival that honors the mother goddess Durga (Devi) and has been celebrated for centuries throughout India.
There are four different Navratri festivals in India including two main ones. One of them is called Chaitra Navratri and takes place in spring. The other one is Sharad Navratri which is the most widely celebrated throughout the country. It begins on the first new moon in early autumn, lasts ten days, and ends with the celebration of Dasera on the tenth day. (Sep.29 – Oct.7)
Indians celebrate Navratri with colorful clothes and decoration. During this festival, the mother goddess is worshiped in her own various forms. The rituals of worship take place in the mornings and are accompanied by fasting. Evenings are for feasting and dancing. Dances performed include Garba, especially in the state of Gujarat. Groups dance in circles around the Garba flame and rhythmically tap small sticks which are painted in vibrant colors and decorated with tassels.