Dussehra – Essay 1.
Dussehra is an Indian Festival celebrated in all major parts of India, and in some neighboring countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka; in the months of September-October. It is one of the most prominent Festival Celebrations with Mythological, Spiritual and Religious Significance for the Indian people. Dussehra festival has a great history attached to it as it gets celebrated because Lord Rama killed the Ravana on this special occasion.
The Victory of Good over Evil
Dussehra is also called and celebrated as Vijayadashami in some parts of India. Basically with minor, regional differences, they both signify similar events.
They signify the Victory of the Power of the Good over the Power of the Evil. As per mythology, it is said that Goddess Durga eliminated the Demon Mahishasura on this day. Some other traditions believe that Lord Rama destroyed the Demon King Ravana on this day.
The Ten-Day Festival
Dussehra is the last day of the ten-day Festival of Durga Puja or Navaratri. Durga Puja is the ten-day ritual worship and celebration period for the Goddess Durga. A Big idol of the Goddess is installed and worshipped in many private and public ceremonies. On the last day, the idol is immersed in Water. Navaratri means the festival of Nine Nights. It is also similar worship and celebration for Goddess Durga in other regions of India.
How This Festival Is Celebrated In India
People buy a lot of firecrackers, and people around the country try to show their excitement for this day by bursting lots of firecrackers and bombs.
A lot of organizations around the country build statues of Ravana and his brothers and the special guest fires the statues which are full of fireworks and bombs etc. in front of a huge crowd.
People eat sugar canes and sweets on this special occasion, and sugarcane juice gets drunk by every family member as it’s a tradition getting followed from years.
Twenty days after Dussehra one gets to enjoy the Diwali festival. A lot of schools around the country give Dussehra vacations to their students due to which students enjoy this festival very much. Dussehra festival is a few days from now, so start making your to-do list for Dussehra festival.
By Teamwork (2019)
Dussehra Festival: Celebration, Mythology and Conclusion – Essay 2
Introduction: Dussehra (also Dashahara, Vijayadashami, Dasara) is a major Hindu festival. The other name of Dussehra is “Vijayadashami”.
Dussehra festival generally falls around 20 days before the Diwali festival in the month of September or October.
Significance: This festival signifies the victory of good over the evil, right over wrong, and virtues over vices. (Also read: Short essay on Significance of Dussehra)
Celebration: People celebrate Dussehra with all enthusiasm, pomp and show. Different people have their own distinct cultures.
The 10 day long battle between Prince Rama and Demon Ravana is enacted in dramatic form. This dramatic form of folk art is known as Ram-Leela. People of North India celebrate the Dussehra festival by depicting the fight of Rama and Ravana with the help of some masked dancers.
The paperboard made effigies of three principal demons of the Ramayana, the ten- headed Ravana, Meghanada and Kumbakarna are filled with explosives.
Rama burns the effigies with the help of fiery arrows. A fair is held on this occasion at various places.
Dussehra festival is also celebrated in the name of Durga Puja in the many parts of the country.
Mythology: There are many mythological stories behind the great Dussehra festival. Once upon a time, the Prince of Ayodha, Prince Rama undertook 14 yrs of exile. When the exile period was about to end, Prince Rama killed the demon King Ravana. Thereafter, Prince Rama returned to his kingdom (Ayodhya) along with his wife (Sita) and brother (Lakshman). Here, Prince Rama stands for the good (virtuous) and the demon king Ravana stands for the evil (vice). This is one of the reasons of celebrating the Dussehra festival.
There is also another story for the celebration of Dussehra festival. Dussehra festival is celebrated in the honour of Durga Maa who killed the demon Mahisasura.
Conclusion: Boys and Girls of the Schools and Colleges enjoy their holidays on this day. On this day, everyone put on their new clothes and enjoy the festival with great joy.
By Festival Team (2015)