BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — After a scaled-down celebration final 12 months, individuals within the Indian neighborhood in Kern County obtained to collect and rejoice a particular Hindu pageant. Dancing, meals, colours, festivities for the celebrations of the Indian Pageant Navarathri.
“Celebration of Navarathri, as translated is 9 nights of pageant wherein we rejoice the female vitality. So, that is the celebration of goddesses,” stated Komal Desai, Vice President of the Hindu Temple of Kern County.
The pageant focuses on three goddesses Durga, the goddess of energy and energy Lakshmi, is the goddess of wealth and values, and Saraswathi the goddess of data and knowledge.
However India is a various nation with many traditions and tales. So, in some cultures, Navarathri symbolizes a conflict in mythology turning into Lord Rama and the demon king Ravana and on the tenth day, referred to as Dussehra, Rama wins, and goodness prevails and that’s the theme of the pageant.
One other vital half is the dancing. Folks dance in circles across the god, a kind of dances known as Garba. With claps, spins, and twirls to conventional beats and music, it’s a means of praying to the gods and goddesses and in search of their blessings.
One other type of conventional Indian dance that individuals put on outfits like lehengas or chaniya cholis for and dance on the pageant, known as Dandiya
“This pageant is mainly the explanation that I’m nonetheless related with my tradition. I contemplate it an enormous a part of my life and these 9 days are truthfully the most effective 9 days I’ll ever have,” stated Nidhi Pandya, ninth grader at Stockdale Excessive College
So, the Hindu Temple of Kern County hosted the nine-day celebration of the pageant to convey the neighborhood collectively Pandya stated having an event and place to rejoice like this helps her really feel proper at residence.
“Despite the fact that this neighborhood isn’t essentially the most numerous, it’s essentially the most accepting that I’ve ever been in and it’s very nice to know that I’m part of it,” stated Pandya.
Desai stated placing on an occasion like that is no straightforward feat, nevertheless it’s value it to convey hope to the neighborhood.
“We’ve a variety of neighborhood effort that goes into it. This brings the entire neighborhood collectively,” stated Desai. “As a result of to place this complete factor collectively is a variety of effort so we’re very grateful that we’ve that neighborhood. After COVID, we weren’t positive, however we nonetheless, you realize, individuals had been very enthusiastic, and it introduced everybody collectively.”
Cathy Dave stated she has been celebrating the pageant right here for nearly 30 years.
“This pageant I don’t miss in any respect and though it’s a spiritual pageant and it’s the celebration of the 9 goddesses, it’s additionally thought-about playtime as a result of Hindus consider that faith must be each side of your life, together with playtime, which is why I prefer it. I like to bounce; I like this complete idea of playtime with God,” stated Dave.
Attendees stated this 12 months’s celebration of the pageant was about being grateful for what they’ve and the chance to rejoice collectively.
“It gave the chance for individuals to type of get again to regular, come and do the issues that they normally do, and I believe slowly persons are getting snug with popping out,” stated Desai. “I believe individuals forgot the artwork of dressing up and going wherever. So, I believe this manner it looks like slowly persons are moving into it. So, I believe, that’s you realize, slowly we study to dwell life as earlier than.”