Dussehra (Maha Navami) in India

One of our Fair Trade orders has been delayed because of Dussehra (Maha Navami) in India.

Well, I have no idea of what this is about so on Mr Google I found some info, pasted here (reading up on it, I think I want to go - sounds like celebratory fun apart from the importance of it):

What do people do?

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.

Ref: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/india/dussehra

Durga Puja symbolises the commemoration of good over evil. It is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety by Oriyas and Bengalis residing in Orissa.

Durga Puja is celebrated in every town and city of Orissa. But mainly the celebration takes place in Cuttack, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Raurkela, Sambalpur, Balaswar and Jaipur.

The three major Pujas of the state are the Chandi medha ("Chandi" means Silver) of Cuttack, Shahid Nagar's Durga Puja and Nayapalli's Durga Puja.

Life comes to a stand-still in the city of Cuttack, Berhampur,  Raurkela and Bhubaneswar as crowds pour into the Puja Mandaps to enjoy the festivities.

Ref: http://www.puribeachresorts.com/festivals-in-puri/dasahara.html

Robert Roberts
Robert Roberts