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WEBWIRE can announce that Mumbai will witness a special Hindu festival in October with a series of celebrations taking place throughout city.

Navaratri is a festival celebrated by Hindus around the world to honour the Goddess Durga. The festival’s name comes from the Sanskrit nava and ratri, which translate as nine and nights respectively.

The nine nights of celebrations signify the nine manifestations of the Goddess and during this time people visit temples to worship and pay respect to the deity. Different forms of celebration take place throughout India but in western India and especially Mumbai the festival has its own special set of rituals.

The event features the famous Dandiya and Garba folk dance which consists of a colourful display of well choreographed dancing with performers dressed in traditional clothes.

Visitors booked into Mumbai hotels ( can take part in the dance which is performed at venues and even stadiums all over the city. People new to the dance should be prepared to form two circles with other dancers and will be given a pair of sticks called dandiyas.

In time with the music, the two circles then hit each others sticks at the same time, as one circle turns clockwise and the other anti clockwise.

People visiting the city may be able to view some of the latest adaptations of the dance with new generations introducing disco dandiya, which features pop music mixed into the background.

The event is decided by the lunar calendar and this year will run from 8th to 16th October 2010.


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