Portsmouth’s Hindu festival starts this week

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ONE of the most auspicious dates in the Hindu calendar will be celebrated in Portsmouth.

Navratri, which means nine nights, is a colourful dance festival, worshipping nine goddesses, with traditional garba and raas-style dancing taking place.

Organised by the Portsmouth Navratri Celebration 2011 committee, events take place at the Buckland Community Centre, in Malins Road, Buckland.

The festival kicks off on Thursday between 7.30pm and 10.30pm.

On Friday and Saturday, people can come from 7.30pm to midnight, and on Sunday, from 6pm to 10pm.