The main purpose of Navratri is to cleanse oneself, and one's home of bad luck during the year while also honoring gods and gaining spiritual strength. People usually take a few days off work to devote themselves entirely to Navratri observances. Navratri also symbolizes renewal and new beginnings.
Many people enjoy participating in various cultural activities related to Navratri during these nine days. Some common activities include fasting, singing religious hymns, worshipping Goddess Durga or other gods and goddesses, performing puja (worship), etc. They also visit temples and pray to receive blessings from the goddess Durga. Navratri typically falls between September and October each year, but it can be observed at any time during the month depending on regional custom. Observances typically involve fasting, prayer, and meditation. Many people celebrate Navratri by eating special vegetarian foods such as dal bhat (rice and lentils), kheer (a milk-based pudding), or pakoras (fritters). They also enjoy Sharing family traditions and celebrating with friends.
So what are some of the unique customs associated with Navratri?
Some people abstain from food or drink throughout Navratri, while others enjoy a variety of dishes made especially for this occasion. Some Hindus offer prayers to various deities using milk products such as ghee or curdled milk, which they believe will appease them better than other offerings. Finally, many people dye their bright hair colors in tribute to Durga's power and triumph over Mahishasura
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