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01-09 Nine Em­peror Gods Fes­ti­val

This Taoist cel­e­bra­tion takes place over nine days; devo­tees prac­tise a veg­e­tar­ian diet to cleanse them­selves, opera shows are staged, and veg­e­tar­ian stalls are set up around town. The fes­ti­val cul­mi­nates on the last day with a loud and lively pro­ces­sion.

01-09 Navra­tri Fes­ti­val Cel­e­brated by the Hindu com­mu­nity, this fes­ti­val is ob­served by devo­tees pray­ing to the god­desses Durga, Lak­shmi and Saraswati for power, wealth and knowl­edge. A spir­ited pro­ces­sion takes place on the last day.

02 Awal Muhar­ram

A qui­eter af­fair, Awal Muhar­ram is the first day of the Is­lamic cal­en­dar and is usu­ally ob­served at home with fam­ily and spe­cial prayers.

29 Deep­avali

The Fes­ti­val of Lights is a bright af­fair cel­e­brat­ing the vic­tory of light over dark­ness with burn­ing oil lamps, open houses, spe­cial prayers and in­tri­cate ko­lam de­signs (made of coloured rice or beans).

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