Navratri is a Hindu festival which is celebrated around the world. This year 2020 brings us into a year where the usual huge celebrations can not take place.
This festival of Navratri is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the country. There are a total of five Navratras in a Hindu Panchang – Chaitra, Aashad, Ashwin, Paush and Magh.
Around the UK people are visiting temples which have opened up with COVID-19 guidelines provided by the government. People who are unable to visit temples are celebrating the festival with the same joy and enthusiasm in the comfort of their homes. During these nine auspicious days of Navratri, devotees observe fast, wake up early, worship the nine-avatars, offer prayers, bhog, and prasad.
This year social media is full of videos and images reminiscing from last year or years before. Zoom poojas were carried out for people around the world to join in, You-Tube Navratri singing groups bring the classical music to peoples home. Also individual families carried out their own family poojas at home.
We have a message from London’s Borough of Culture 2020 head of Brent council Muhammed Butt and Cllr Krupesh Hirani.