Dasara (Dussehra) is celebrated on the 10th day in Shukla Paksha of Ashwayuja or Ashwin month. It is also called as Vijaya Dashami. Dussehra is the final day of Navratri Durga Puja. Dasara 2012, Dussehra 2012 date October 24 in India. In 2011, it was on October 6.
On Dasara, Shami Puja is performed in some places. Mysore Dasara and Kullu Dasara culminate on this day. Ayudha Puja is also one of the main rituals during Dussehra. As this is the last day for Durga Pooja, Goddess is worshipped with utmost devotion. Aparajita is another name of Goddess Shakti. Aparajita Pooja is observed on this day.
In Maharahstra, Simollanghan is celebrated on Dasara. For Kerala people, Vijaya Dashami is a big event. Malayalis perform Vidyarambam for their children on this day. Ramlila, a colourful folk play, is culminated on this day. Durga Visarjan is also performed on Vijaya Dashami.