Dussehra is celebrated on the 10th day of the month of Ashvin, which falls in the months of September or October. Dussehra or Vijayadashmi is being celebrated today with enthusiasm at LIS Pre primary. “Ravana Dahan” commemorates the day when Lord Rama killed Ravana, as written in epic ‘Ramayana’.
‘Vijay’ refers to victory and ‘Dashami’ refers to tenth. The Hindu festival is celebrated after the end of 9 day festival – Navratri. The word Dussehr is derived from the Sanskrit words ‘dasha’ and ‘ hara’ which mean ‘ ten ‘ and ‘ defeat’ respectively. In Hindu mythology, it is said that the demon king Ravana had ten heads.
The festival is celebrated in different ways across the country. In West Bengal, the day marks the end of Durga Puja, when idols of Goddess Durga are immersed in water bodies. It is also believed that the Goddess battled demon Mahishasur for nine days and killed him on the tenth day.
LIS pre primary celebrated Dussehra on a virtual platform. A special assembly was organized to mark the celebration. The festive mood gripped the kids as they saw the effigy of Ravana, made of waste papers and bamboo sticks. Teachers explained the purpose of the celebration through a video. The festive spirit culminated the celebration by setting the Ravana to flames. The kids cheered and clapped as fire crackers entwined around Ravana burst creating an astounding light and sound. The festival was celebrated with great enthusiasm and gaiety.