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September 30, 2017
Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami, Dasara, or Dashain) is a Hindu festival that celebrates the Hindu god Rama’s victory over the demon king Ravana and the triumph of good over evil. The epic Ramayana tells the mythical story of the Lord Rama who wins the lovely Sita for his wife, only to have her carried off by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka.
Many people of the Hindu faith observe Dussehra through special prayer meetings and food offerings to the gods at home or in temples throughout India. They also hold outdoor fairs (melas) and large parades with effigies of Ravana (a mythical king of ancient Sri Lanka). The effigies are burnt on bonfires in the evening. Dussehra is the culmination of the Navaratri festival.
Many Hindus also believe that it is lucky to start a new venture, project or journey on Dussehra.
It is celebrated in various forms across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.