Dussehra: The Festival of “Victory of Good over Evil”
Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami is an important Hindu festival. It is celebrated by Indians every year in the Hindu Vikrami Calender month of Ashwin (September / October). Dussehra celebrates the Hindu god Rama’s victory over the demon king Ravana and the triumph of good over evil.
The effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarana and Meghnada are burnt at the sunset.
This is also the festival marking end of Navratri and the immersion of Durga idols which are worshipped for nine days prior to Dussehra. Dussehra is also the day when many families start formal education of their kids. The practise has been so old, that in some parts of Kerala, even after conversions to Christianity, some members of the community continued this tradition.