Covid-19 has dampened this year’s festivities of the major Hindu festival Dussehra. This festival celebrates good triumphing over evil. The festival is celebrated in various forms in different parts of the country.The tradition is especially popular in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Instead of the usual crowds of many hundreds, the audience will be limited to 200 people. Videos are recorded for YouTube and Facebook. Dussehra is an important festival in India that lasts for nine nights and ten days. According to the story of Ramayana, Rama is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The story of Ramayana is one of the epic stories of India. Since most part of India celebrate this festival to mark the defeat of Ravana against Rama, many pilgrim destinations dramatize the killing of Ravana. The actors play their parts with pride, while the audience often joins in with chants hailing Lord Ram, celebrating his victory over Ravan.
It is a belief that people, whatever the job they do, have a fresh start from the ninth day of Dussehra.The festival ends on the tenth day called Vijayadashami which means “victory on the tenth day”. Large effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna (Ravana’s brother) and Meghanad (Ravana’s son) are burn. Another big Hindu festival, Diwali, is celebrated after 21 days of Dussehra every year.