Navratri 2023 celebrations in New Zealand
न्यूजीलैंड मे नवरात्री उत्सव 2023
Navratri festival celebrations 2023 in New Zealand: Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Wellington and other cities – scroll down for programs
‘Nav’ नव means Nine and ‘Ratri’ रात्रि means nights. Navratri mean nine night. In various Indian languages it is mentioned as नवरात्री / નવરાત્રી / ਨਵਰਤੀ / நவராத்திரி / నవరాత్రి / ನವರಾತ್ರಿ / Navaratri / Nav-ratri / Navrathri / Navratram / Naurata / Naurati. The festival is celebrated by all the Indian religions and communities. The festival is celebrated with Prayers and traditional dances. There are many temples (Mandir / मन्दिर / गुरुद्वारा) and associations in New Zealand organizing various programs during Navratri. Every temple Authorities and volunteers put in their heart and soul to celebrate every Indian Festive occasions with great pomp and make us feel at home. click here to see list of temples in New Zealand
Navaratri, the nine days festival, when we worship Goddess Durga with prayers. These prayers are in form of mata ki chowki (माता की चौकी), Durga Puja, devotional songs and traditional dance called “Raas Garba”. This is one of the most popular festival across India, with unique traditional celebrations specially in Bengal and Gujarat states of India.
Navratri 2023 dates (Lunar day / Tithi as per New Zealand time)
- Sun, 15 Oct 2023: Ghat-sthapna, Navratri Begins. Ghat Sthapna घट स्थापना
- Sat, 21 Oct 2023: Durga Saptami, Saraswati Avahan
- Sun, 22 Oct 2023: Durga Ashthami, Saraswati Puja, Sandhi Puja
- Mon, 23 Oct 2023: Maha Navmi, Saraswati Visarjan, Ayudha Puja
- Tue, 24 Oct 2023: Vijaya Dashmi, Dussera, Dasherra
- Sat, 28 Oct 2023: Sharad Purnima, Brightest full moon day
“Raas” or “Dandiya Raas” (डान्डिया रास) or “Raas Garba” (रास गरभा) is the traditional folk dance form of Gujarat & Rajasthan states of India. It is the featured dance of Navratri evening celebrations. It started from Gujarat and now one can see these dance in almost every city in India and entire world. click for Garba Nights across New Zealand
Raas Dandiya is organized in all major cities of New Zealand. There are many Dadiya Garba programs before and after navratri.
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