These nine days of Navratri celebrations are spent in grandeur. People dressed in their very best with colourful expensive clothes and decked with loads of jewellery offer their prayers to Goddess Durga or Shakti and ask for strength and blessings. They also prepare a huge variety of dishes and make elaborate preparations for gala night parties. People gather in community halls and other chosen venues to dance to the tune of garba songs and enjoy good music and food. These are the occasions where everyone gets to meet their long-time friends, family members and relatives. The whole of North India gets charged up with the festive mood hanging heavy in the air.