NAVARATRI CELEBRATION AT UMASS BOSTON
Navaratri means “nine nights” in Sanskrit. Nava means “nine” and Ratri means “nights”. During these nine nights and 10 days, nine forms of the powers Shakti or Devi are worshiped. The tenth day is commonly referred to as Dussehra, a festival celebrated on the last day of navaratri, an important festival of India’s state Gujarat.
The Desi Student Association (DSA) of UMass Boston recently organized the first Navaratri night on Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight. The event was an effort by the members of the association to spread the rich culture of India among the people of Boston. The event started by singing prayers and worshiping the Goddess Amba. Everyone present there did aarti (a spiritual offering to the goddess by lighting diya/candles) of the goddess one by one. Once the preaching was over, people started doing Garba (the traditional folk dance of the Gujarat state of India, which is also performed by people during navaratri) to Gujararti folk songs in a circle around the goddess. They performed the three types of Garba: one clap, two clap and raas. I must admit it was very beautiful; it was truly mesmerizing and visually enthralling.
Most of attendees and dancers were dressed in traditional clothes that were amazing and beautiful. The most eye-catching part about the event was all the students, Americans, Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis, and Africans, no matter what nationality or culture, they all got together and danced to the beats of Indian folk music. They enjoyed the culture of India, ate Indian food, did aarti and appreciated each other’s company. The event ended with a smile on everybody’s faces, showing the joy they experienced at the event. It was a beautiful event that took me back to India, and it is a memory that I will cherish all my life.
I have also re-tweeted few tweets,which are relevant to this event or Navaratri. My first re-tweet is about how and which goddess are worshiped during nine days of Navaratri.
My second re-tweet describes different shades of goddess Durga ,which are worshiped.
Fourth tweet is a snap from one of the navaratri event from Mumbai ,where people are performing Garba(Traditional folk dance of Gujarat).
My fifth tweet is of Steven Fulop Mayor of New Jersey ,describing his excitement for upcoming Navaratri event in New Jersey.
A glance of rich,beautiful and colorful dresses wore in Navaratri and rehearsals with the dresses.
Navaratri time to celebrate womanhood.
My next re-tweet discusses about “Victory good over evil”
There are several competitions and contests held during Navaratri which are fascinating for everyone .
Further,covering event with Twitter made things easy to describe and helped in capturing every moment of the event.I covered all photos ,moments or videos of entire event and posted it on twitter.There’s no doubt that Twitter is a useful tool for news organizations.For some journalist Tweeting,seems like “one more thing” added to an already busy day.Twitter can be a powerful tool for finding story ideas and keeping up with news.Twitter is a great tool for seeing how people are reacting to news.Twitter is great for soliciting help with projects.One of the limitations of Twitter’s built-in search tool is that it doesn’t let you search for tweets from months and years ago.
I had never used twitter before i am new to the world of twitter ,but i found twitter as an interesting way gathering information and also easiest way of sharing news .
Happy tweeting !