In the state of Haryana the festival of Dussehra is celebrated just before Diwali. This festival is being associated with the great epic Ramayana. The Brahmins are fed on these days in memory of the deceased members of the family. The Shradas are followed by the Nauratas. On this day pudding or ‘halwa’ is eaten with rice and curd. All the members of the family except the women folks put stalks of green oats on their heads. On the last day huge idols of King Ravana are burnt all over the city at night and mark the victory of the good over the evil.

The Mango Festival and the Kurukshetra Festival have become popular annual events in the state of Haryana.

Effigies of Ravana were burnt and people cutting across religious communities exchanged sweets and greetings as Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh today joined the nation in celebrating the festival of Dussehra. Effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkaran and son Meghnadh were burnt and fire crackers set off at different places as scores of people watched. A tight security arrangement was made around places where the effigies were burnt. A number of effigies were soaked by rains as a thunderstorm had hit the city and many areas of Punjab and Haryana late on Tuesday.