Celebrate the 9-day festival of Navratri
Finally, that time of the year has come when everyone celebrates nine long days of festivities. This Hindu festival is significant throughout the country, and people celebrate it with passionate devotion. As its name sounds, Navratri- Nav means Nine, and Ratri means nights. Indians worship Goddess Durga for nine days and observe fast during this period. The tenth day is celebrated as Vijayadashami or Dussehra.
People in various parts of India majorly celebrate Navratri differently. This celebration of Navratri includes cultural dances, decorations, pandal decorations, and other family programs. The nine days of Navratri are considered very auspicious, and people believe beginning their new projects during this time will give them luck and prosperity.
Dates: September 26 and end on October 5
Each day of Navratri is associated with worshipping different forms of Goddesses. People chant shlokas dedicated to each goddess and decorate their temples and surroundings. They pray to the goddess with zest and zeal and seek her blessings for a prosperous, happy, and fulfilling life.
Play Garba and Dandiya during Navratras
These nine days of celebrations are incomplete without cultural dances. Garba is a form of traditional dance where you clap your hands and do rhythmic movements in making a circle, while Dandiya is a form of dance played with sticks. Everyone holds two sticks and beats them against each other, making rhythmic sounds with the music.
Places in Vancouver where you can enjoy Garba and Dandiya
- Gujarati Society of BC
You can enjoy Navratri festival Garba and Dandiya Dance on 30 Sep 2022 (Fri) | 01 Oct 2022 (Sat) | 02 Oct 2022 (Sun) from 6 PM onwards
Location: Mirage Banquet Hall
17767 64 Ave, Surrey, BC V3S1Z2
Click here to book the tickets.
- Garba Night
Sway to the beats of Garba with Live Orchestra on 30 Sep 2022, Friday 8 pm onwards
Location: 6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby, V5H 3G4
- Raas Garba Razamat
Dance to the tunes of melodious Garba songs on Oct 7, 2022, 7:00 pm onwards
If you are a new international student in the lower mainland or in or around Vancouver, there are a few temples that you can visit during these nine days:
1. Lakshmi Narayan Mandir
8321 140 St, Surrey, BC V3W 5K9
2. Hanuman Temple
13415 Comber Way #4, Surrey, BC V3W 5V8
3. Shri Shirdi Sai Kripa Dham Temple
13042 84 Ave, Surrey, BC V3W 1L2
4. Sri Siva Ganesha Temple Society of Surrey BC
11470 64 Ave Unit#104, Surrey, BC V3S 1X7
5. Bhameshwari temple
7984 123 St., Surrey, BC V3W 3V4
6. Hindu Temple Burnaby
5420 Marine Dr, Burnaby, BC V5J 3G8
Canada International Student Magazine wishes you all a very Happy Navratri! Let us celebrate the nine days of devotion with passion.