India is celebrating the Hindu festival of Dussehra, signifying the triumph of good over evil. The festival is also known as Vijaya Dashami, Dasara or Dashain. Dussehra is the culmination of the nine-day Navaratri festival.
Many people of the Hindu faith observe Dussehra through special prayer meetings and food offerings to the gods at home or in temples throughout India. They also hold outdoor fairs and large parades with effigies of the demon king Ravana, which are burnt on bonfires in the evening. Idols of the goddess Durga are immersed in bodies of water. Many cities stage a performance known as Ramila, a dramatic re-enactment of the life of Rama.