The Dussehra Festival
India is a land of festivals. There are several major festivals which includes Diwali, Dussehra, Id, Holi, Christmas, Janamashtami etc.
Dussehra is an important festival of Hindus. It comes during the autumn season in the month of October. The festival marks the victory of Ram over Ravan, the demon king of Lanka. This festival is known as the victory of the good over the evil. This festival lasts for ten days. The `Ramayan’ is staged at nights for ten days regularly. The people go to see it as Ram Lila and enjoy it. They learn many things from Ram Lila.
A procession is taken out everyday. Thousands of men, women and children go to see the Jhankis of Ram. The fair is held in an open ground on the last day. The people go to see the fair. Big effigies of Ravan, Kumbhakaran, Meghnath over 80 feet in height are set up with explosives, crackers, etc. beset in them. At sunset, Ram throws a fiery arrow at them and they are set on fire. After the effigies are burnt down, the people return to their houses.
During the festival days. the markets get crowded. Children wear new clothes. They make merry. People look cheerful and happy. The shops are decorated. The people buy sweets and enjoy.