In India, the festival of Dussehra symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. The festival traditionally represents the legend of Rama and Ravana. Ravana, the demon king, abducted the beloved Princess of India, Sita. The Lord Rama rescued the Princess, proving victorious over the powerful and evil King Ravana.
The Dussehra festival is ten days long, culminating on the tenth day, the Dussehra holiday. On the day of Dussehra, large statues of Ravana are constructed and brought into open fields. These effigies are burned and with them the evil they represent, so that the people are allowed to follow the path of virtue and goodness throughout the year.