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Vijayadashami also known as Dussehra, Dasara or Dashain is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navaratri every year.

It is observed on the tenth day in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin or Kartik, the sixth and seventh month of the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar respectively, which typically falls in the Gregorian months of September and October.

Vijayadashami celebrations include processions to a river or ocean front that involve carrying clay statues of Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya, accompanied by music and chants, after which the images are immersed in the water for dissolution and farewell. Elsewhere, on Dasara, towering effigies of Ravan, symbolising evil, are burnt with fireworks, marking evil's destruction. The festival also starts the preparations for Diwali, the important festival of lights, which is celebrated twenty days after Vijayadashami.

Also called: Dashehra, Dasara, Navaratri
Observed by: Hindus
Type: Religious, Cultural
Significance: Celebrates the victory of good over evil
Celebrations: Marks the end of Durga Puja or Ramlila
Observances: pandals (stages), plays, community gathering, recitation of scriptures, puja,fasting, immersion of Durga or burning of Ravana
Date: Ashvin (September or October)

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