Navratri, the Hindu festival of nine nights that began on October 5th and ended Sunday, was celebrated all over India with great fanfare. The Huffington Post has a terrific series of festival photographs.
Also known as Durga Puja, Navratri is dedicated to Durga, the mother goddess who also represents power. According to BBC Religion: During Navaratri, some devotees of Durga observe a fast and prayers are offered for the protection of health and property. Many different ceremonies and festivals take place over the nine days. Hindus buy new clothes, make special treats, and buy gifts for friends and family.
Here are some more resources for the holiday:
- The BBC has a short video clip about how the holiday is celebrated in Bangladesh.
- BBC Religions has a good page about the holiday itself.