From Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 12:00AM to Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 11:00PM
This marks the auspicious celebration of the appearance of Hindu Lord, Sri Ram. This celebration, known as Ramayana Week, commenced with the Hindu New Year.
During these 9 days, Hindu's offer worship to Sri Ram by observing a strict fast where neither meat nor alcohol is consumed, and pious devotees undergo a dry fast where no food or water is consumed at all. Crowds gather at temples and halls where songs and dances are performed for the Lord. Readings from the epic Ramayana are done to remind humanity of the path of action that is righteous, and that which is immoral.
The Ramayana is one of the insightful Hindu scriptures that display many ways of upholding Dharma (Truth) and the path to God. Sri Ram is said to be the seventh avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu, the consort of Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) and Preserver of the Universe. Hence Sri Ram’s consort, Sita is seen as Mother Lakshmi, the embodiment of perfect womanhood.
In Hinduism, Sri Ram is referred to as Maryada Purushottama which literally means The Perfect Man or Lord of Self-Control or Lord of Virtue. Hence, the reason for the birth of Sri Ram was to bring morality to the world and to teach humanity the true nature of their destiny. And even thousands of years later, Hindu's still pass on that knowledge of righteousness by teaching the Ramayana and observing festivals like Ramayana Week and Ram Naumi.