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The Navratri commences on the first day (pratipada) of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Ashwin. The festival is celebrated for nine nights once every year during the beginning of October, although as the dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar, the festival may be held for a day more or a day less.
Dussehra celebrations often include processions to a river or ocean front carrying clay statues, accompanied by music and chants, after which the images are immersed into the water for dissolution and a goodbye. The festival also starts the preparation for one of the most important and widely celebrated festivals, Diwali.