Navratri, the nine-day festival celebrated by Hindus around the world, ends on October 5. It is celebrated four times a year, but only two of them are celebrated on a large scale – Chaitra Navratri and Shardiya Navratri.

Navratri literally translates to nine nights in Sanskrit, and is celebrated to worship Goddess Durga and her nine avatars known as Navdurga.

People across the nation celebrate this festival in different ways with numerous videos online showing the wonderful celebrations. In Gujarat, Garba it has special significance in Navratri celebrations. Hundreds of Gujaratis move in sync as they perform their traditional dance Garba.

Among those people, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, who was visiting Gujarat, also joined the Navratri celebrations at a public function in Rajkot last night.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, Mann can be seen matching his moves with Garba event tune yesterday. The audience cheered him on and urged him to do something Bhangra moves as well. The head of government can be seen happily obliging the crowd after busting out some dance moves.

Watch the video:

Each day of Navratri is associated with an incarnation of Goddess Durga. People observe ritual fasts, recite slokas dedicated to each goddess, wear new clothes, offer bogo and clean their homes during these nine days. They ask the goddess for her favor to live prosperous, joyful and fulfilled lives.

Parts of North India including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh organize a Ramlila that starts on the first day of Navratri and ends on the occasion of Dussehra. During Ramlila, the story of Lord Ram’s victory over Ravan is enacted and effigies of Ravan are burnt on Dussehra night.

In parts of West Bengal, Odisha, Assam and Bihar, a procession is held on the occasion of Vijayadashami where statues of Maa Durga are immersed in a river or sea.

In many parts of the country, the festival is celebrated with much vigor by performing Garba and Dandiya Raas. While Garba is a traditional dance in which participants clap their hands and move in a circle while making rhythmic gestures, Dandiya Raas involves dancing with dandiya sticks to the rhythm of the music.

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