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Nine nights 九夜

A woman dances during the celebration of Navratri in Ahmedabad, India.印度阿默特巴德市的一名女子在九夜節慶典上跳舞。 (照片:法新社)

PHOTO: AFP

As you can see, the woman in this picture is wearing special, bright, beautiful clothes. That's because she's a dancer, and in this picture she has a reason to dance.

This woman is celebrating an Indian festival called Navratri. Navratri is held to celebrate many different Indian goddesses.

Unlike most holidays, Navratri doesn't just come once a year. Navratri happens twice a year in India, once in the spring and once in the fall. That's not all. Each time Navratri is celebrated, the festival lasts for nine days. That's a lot of celebrating!

Navratri lasts for nine days because there is so much to celebrate. For the first three days, Indians celebrate goddesses that help to clean people's minds and hearts by destroying things that are evil. The next three days, Indians celebrate goddesses that will bring them money and riches. For the last three days, the goddesses that give wisdom are honored.

With so many goddesses to celebrate, it's no wonder it takes nine days!

(Kayleen Hartman, Staff Writer)

正如你所見,照片中的女子身穿特殊亮麗的服飾,那是因為她是一名舞者,而照片上的她有特別的目的跳舞。

這名女子正在慶祝一個叫「九夜節」的印度節慶。九夜節是為慶祝許多不同的印度女神而舉行。

和多數節日不同的是,九夜節不只一年一度。印度一年慶祝兩次九夜節,一次在春天,另一次在秋天。不只如此,每回慶祝都為期九天,可真是熱鬧豐富的慶典!

九夜節為期九天是因為有太多可慶之處︰前三天,印度人慶祝藉破壞邪惡力量,幫助人們洗滌心思意念的女神﹔接下來三天慶祝招財致富的女神;最後三天向賜與智慧的女神致敬。

有這麼多女神要慶祝,難怪需時九天!(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. celebrate v.i. /v.t.

慶祝 (qing4 zhu4)

例: We celebrated Seth's birthday with cake and balloons.

(我們以蛋糕和氣球慶祝席斯的生日。)

2. festival n.

節日 (jie2 ri4)

例: During the moon festival, we eat moon cakes and pomelos.

(我們在中秋節吃月餅和柚子。)

3. destroy v.t.

毀壞 (hui3 huai4)

例: I built a beautiful sand castle, but my little brother destroyed it by jumping on it.

(我蓋了一座美麗的沙堡,但是我的小弟把它踩壞了。)


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