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October 6, 2011

Today is the last day of Garba, a Gujarati nine day festival that follows a story from the Ramayan and celebrates the Navtratri. In order to defeat a bull demon with the gift of immortality, the Goddess Durga must go through nine reincarnations, with the ninth one having the power to overcome the demon. Each night the Gujaratis dance the Garba, starting slow and getting increasingly faster, and pray to help the goddess successfully reincarnate. The dances are performed in circles around the central shrine, which here at NID depicts all incarnations of the goddess (gotta love having graphic designers on campus). On the ninth day all the lights are turned off and dancers perform with diyas (candles), which you can see below.

Credit for the diya photos goes to Hannelore

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