India is populated by millions of people. Each of them is unlike any other - each has his own destiny, his duties and his obligations, collectively called dharma. From Kashmir to Tamilnadu, from Bengal to Rajasthan, there are people who are completely different from each other in the matter of ethnos, religion, the way of life, or even in the manner of dressing.
Thousands of Hindus consider Navaratri to be the most important holiday, and this has a profound meaning. Nine days of Navaratri are dedicated to the female hypostasis of God, the Mother Goddess: the feast is held in order to receive Her blessings and to try to reveal one's divine nature.
Diwali, or Dipawali, is the largest and the brightest holiday among all Indian holidays. Diwali is a festival of lights ("dip" - fire, "avali" - a series, a string, so «dipavali» is translated as «garland (string) of lights»).
Sharad (shardia), or Autumn Navratri, is the most important of the two Navratris. It is called Maha Navratri (Great Navratri) and is celebrated in September-October according to the Gregorian calendar, during the onset of cold weather.