Dussera is probably the chief Hindu festival, being associated with the
great Epic Ramayana and its renowned hero, Rama.
The celebrations last nearly a month. First come the Shradas, early in
September and lasts over a fortnight. The Brahmins are fed on these days
in memory of the deceased elders of the family. The Shradas are followed
by Nauratas, which as the name implies are nine in number. Oats sown in
the field or deposited in big utensils, are watered on each of these days.
On the Dussera day, pudding (halwa) is eaten with rice and cured. The
Brahmins are also fed. All the members of the family except woman put
stalks of green oats on their head.
Ram Leela is enacted in various places. On the last day the effigies
of the demon king Ravana and his supporters are burned, which forms the
concluding event. More