Indian community celebrates Navratri with Garba and Dandiya

The Navratri Festival is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights and is celebrated to worship the goddess Durga. The festival is celebrated all over India with joy and fervor. The spirit of the festival has traveled the world and the Irish Indian community celebrated the nine-day Navratri Festival with traditional Garba, Dandiya and Gujarati music.

The Indian diaspora in Ireland celebrates Navratri

Indians living in Parkside, Dublin 13 in Ireland celebrated the nine-day Navratri festival as they dressed in colorful traditional chaniya cholis and saris played Dandiya as an offering to the goddess Durga. Indian children in the community were seen actively participating in the event and were extremely excited to learn more about the culture and rituals of the country of origin.

People who have lived in Ireland for some time believe that celebrating Indian cultural festivals in a home away from the motherland helps them instill traditional culture and beliefs in the younger generation growing up in Ireland. The traditional Garba dance is usually performed during the evenings of the nine-day festival, which ultimately culminates in Dussehra.

A man was seen performing the aarti and other children were seen enthusiastically participating in the festivities and even performing a special performance. Take a look at the images below.

Navratri, which translates from Sanskrit to “nine nights” falls in early fall. During these nine nights and ten days, the Hindu goddess, Durga, is celebrated in each of her nine manifestations otherwise known as avatars. The Hindu festival also marks the triumph of evil. Throughout the festival period, each night is devoted to common prayers, followed by music and dancing.

Festival celebrations include the worship of nine goddesses in nine days, stage decorations, recital of the legend, staging of history, and chanting of Hinduism scriptures. The nine days are also a major cultural event of the harvest season, such as the design and staging of pandals, a family visit to these pandals, and the public celebration of classical and folk dances of Hindu culture. Hindu devotees often celebrate Navaratri by fasting. The festival also begins preparation for Diwali, the festival of lights, which is celebrated twenty days after Vijayadashami.

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