Dussehra derives from ‘dasha hara’ or the triumph over the Lankan King Ravana. Effigies of Ravana are burnt with spectacular firecrackers reaching the sky and the whole of India just revels in the festival. The festival of Dussehra is celebrated with different traditions and rituals throughout the country. Different parts of the country celebrate Dussehra in their own unique and fascinating way. Mysore, for example, conducts a torch-light parade in the outskirts of the city. And in Delhi Ram Lila depicting the historic tale of Rama defeating Ravana and winning back his wife Sita is showcased.
However, if you are missing out on all the fun, here are a few fun ways to celebrate Dussehra this year.
- Gift sweets to the loved ones
Make sweets at home and distribute them to your neighbors, friends and relatives. It’s wise to use jaggery instead of sugar to make sweets, as it’s a healthy alternative.
- Play rummy online
- Decorate your home by recycling
While most people will decorate their homes with plastic lanterns and floral arrangements, you choose to reuse and recycle. Decorate a Pringles can and use it as a vase. Adorn it with fresh flowers. You can try and make a giant ball made of unused CD and place an LED bulb at the centre to give it a disco light look. Use earthen pots for lighting the house or make artificial flowers out of plastic or old newspapers.
- Serve food to those less fortunate
In Ben Carson’s words – Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give. This Dussehra visit an orphanage or old aged home and gift them a meal. Spend some quality time with them and it’s going to be a day you will cherish forever.
- Visit your family
Dussehra is a wonderful day to meet your family. Take blessings from the elders and enjoy a meal with all. You can take gifts for them too. Also, you can organize a small Ramayan skit or a special Vijayadashami puja at home.
- Organize Durga puja at home
You can organize Durga puja at home for the last three or four days of Navratri. Offer prayers, special food, fruits and sweets to Goddess on these days. Besides, to add some excitement you can also organize some fun activities like singing/bhajan competition or something similar to feel the spirit of festival.
Hope you enjoy a safe and pollution-free Dussehra with your loved ones this year. Wish you all a very Happy Dussehra!!