Navratri 2020: Navratri is one of the biggest festivals in India. Navratri starts on October 17 and ends on October 25. Celebrations are expected to be low key this year due to Covid-19 but the spirit of the festivities can't be spoilt by the pandemic. So it's time for garba, good food, rangoli, lights, new clothes and all things colourful! Navratri also marks the beginning of Durga Puja. The Navratri that comes ahead of Durga Puja is called Shardiya Navratri and it is the most significant and auspicious of the four Navratris celebrated in India. It is called Shardiya Navratri also because it takes place during Sharad or the autumn season.
Navratri 2020: Know The Days And Dates
- 17th October - Pratipada
- 18th October - Dwitiya
- 19th October - Tritiya
- 20th October - Chaturthi
- 21st October - Panchami
- 22nd October - Shashti
- 23rd October - Saptami
- 24th October - Ashtami
- 25th October - Navami
Happy Navratri 2020: Wishes, Photos, WhatsApp Status And Facebook Messages
- "May the Goddess bless you and your loved ones; wish you success and prosperity. Happy Navratri 2020!
- "Navratri is a time to share and care. Wish you glorious days ahead. Happy Navratri 2020!"
- "May Maa Durga empower you and your family with health, wealth, happiness and prosperity! Happy Navratri 2020!"
- "Wish all your dreams come true during Navratri and all through the year. Wishing you a very Happy Navratri!"
Navratri 2020 Image: Shardiya Navratri is the most significant of all the 4 Navratris
- "May the blessings of Goddess Durga always be with you. Wishing you happiness! Happy Navratri 2020!"
- "Happy Navratri to you and your family. May the nine days of Navratri light up your lives!"
Shardiya Navratri: How is it celebrated?
This nine-day festival is a grand affair in every way. New clothes, puja, special food, rituals and festivities are a big part of Navratri. Navratri is a Sanskrit word that means 'nine nights'. Devotees pray to the nine avatars of the Goddess Durga or Shakti. Before Navratris, most people clean their house and buy new household items. Lights, flowers and rangoli are inseparable features of the Navratri celebrations.
Navratri 2020 Image: Navratri is incomplete without Rangoli
Most people observe fast during Navratri. Special vrat food is eaten only once a day - in the evening. During vrat, people avoid pulses and grains. Many among us don't fast but often avoid non-vegetarian food and dishes cooked with onion and garlic. Kuttu ka atta or flour made with water chestnut, sabudana and makhana are commonly eaten during Navratri.