Golu – the word itself inspires every child in oneself. It is all about making new friends by visiting other neighborhood homes, singing beautiful and soul stringing carnatic songs, beautiful and gorgeous navaratri dolls and most of all – every kids’ favorite – the various sundal varieties served everyday. Yeah, of course the small surprise gift for everyone who comes to the home for seeing the golu display is also a special part of this festival.
In this festive melee, what makes these nine days so unique is that they are communal in nature and bring about a great bonding between neighbors, family and friends. It’s a great occasion to catch up with our loved ones.
It is the beauty of Indian subcontinent from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Assam to Afghanistan although we spoke different languages but remained united in this Dusshera/ Navarathri.
Nava means nine and rathri means nights. We celebrate this for nine months starting from the no moon day (amavashya) of that month. First three days is for Parvati Matha and the middle three days for Lakshmi Devi and the last three days for the sacred Saraswathi matha.
Vijayadasami is the last day (10th day) of the festival where it is said that this was the day when Rama defeated Ravana and rescued Sita from Sri Lanka! Nowadays, we keep it as a habit to start a new study or a new hobby, a new learning. Its all about a fresh beginning like how it was a afresh start to Ram and Sita.