Gods and goddesses: Heavenly festivals in India and Malaysia
Nine is the magic number for two multi-day Asian celebrations. In Malaysia, the Nine Emperor Gods Festival draws devotees seeking happiness and health. In India, Navratri or the "nine nights festival" that continues until Sunday, pays tribute to the nine forms of Hindi goddesses. Here's a look at how the celebrations play out.
-- Mary Forgione
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An Indian folk dancer from the Panghat Group of Performing Arts poses with a cutout of Ma Amba or Goddess Amba during a rehearsal for the festivities.