noun

  • A Hindu autumn festival extending over the nine nights before Dussehra. It is associated with many local observances, especially the Bengali festival of Durga.

    • ‘During Navaratri, some devotees of Durga observe a fast and prayers are offered for the protection of health and property.’
    • ‘There were plenty of dancing opportunities at the Dandiya-Garba dance events during Navaratri, a special occasion for his community.’
    • ‘Major festivals like Deepavali, Navaratri and Pongal are naturally included but what really hold interest are the less known ones.’
    • ‘The old one got damaged during the 2002 Navaratri festival in the temple when, as is customary, an elephant had to touch the flag mast before bringing down the festival flag.’
    • ‘With the autumn sun smiling and rain providing an occasional relief, the Navaratri season has set in with a vibrant and colourful note.’
    • ‘During Navaratri Gujaratis dance the garba or dandiya-raas, a dance in which one holds a stick in each hand, and claps the sticks in rhythmic patterns against those held by one's partner.’
    • ‘With bold strokes in red, blue, and yellow, these mentally challenged children painted pictures depicting the Navaratri festival.’
    • ‘India, by contrast, sets aside just two Hindu days a year on its national calendar Navaratri and Diwali.’
    • ‘Rishin Patel, 19, told the committee: ‘I have always looked at Navaratri as being a social event.’’
    • ‘Pilgrims went during Navaratri and other holy occasions.’

Origin

Sanskrit, literally ‘nine nights’.

Pronunciation

Navaratri

/ˌnʌvəˈrʌtri/