Navratri

When: Friday, October 18, 2013

Where: RSC 2.200 (UT RecSports Center)

Time: 8 pm – 12 am

Navratri, meaning “nine nights,” is a major Hindu festival that lasts nine days and nine nights. This celebration is a tribute to female power and energy, otherwise known as Shakti. Navratri honors different forms of Hindu goddesses over the nine days. During the first three days, the goddess Durga is worshipped as the destroyer of and protector against evil. The second three days are devoted to the goddess Lakshmi, who is revered as the goddess of both material and spiritual prosperity. During the last three days, goddess Saraswati is honored as the goddess of wisdom and knowledge. In addition, Navratri symbolizes the triumph of good over evil and the victories of Durga over Mahishasura, and Ram over Ravan. This year, Navratri lasts from October 16th -23rd.

The celebration of Navratri at the University of Texas at Austin culminates in performing traditional dances such as garba, raas, and bhangra. Garba is a graceful dance in which people dance in a circle, often around a centerpiece of flowers and lamps. Dandiya raas is a fast-paced dance in which dancers with colorfully decorated sticks (dandiya) strike the sticks of the person in front of them. Bhangra is a more modern form of dance, in which everyone dances with their hands in the air.

Come celebrate Navratri free with Hindu Students Association! There will be a fantastic DJ, great music, tasty food, and free t-shirts! Please bring your UT ID if you want to use our dandiya sticks!

Questions? Contact our Navratri chairs at hsanavratri@gmail.com.

Special thanks to: Green Events, College of Liberal Arts, Vice President of Student Affairs, Campus Events + Entertainment, University Co-op, Student Government, and The Princeton Review!