Fri, Oct 06, 2006 - Page 20 News List

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)


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)






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.


2. festival n.

節日 (jie2 ri4)

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


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.


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