Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, is a major Hindu festival celebrated 10 days after Navaratri every year. Throughout these 10 days, the triumph of Lord Rama over Demon Ravana (symbolically: the victory of good over evil) is honoured with ceremonies, fasts, rituals and celebrations.
The festival also starts preparations for Diwali - the Festival of Lights - which commences twenty days after Dussehra.How do you celebrate? Across the country, theatrical re-enactments of the battle are held, with larger-than-life effigies of the demon Ravana and his son and brother set to fire. The burning of the effigies symbolises the burning of evil within everyone.