Here are some of the Florida communities celebrating Navratri/garba/raas in 2015:
The Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will celebrate Navratri on Oct. 16, Oct. 23-24, and Oct. 31 at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. The Samir Date and Dipalee Somaiya group and Khelaiya Group will perform. Beginning at 8 p.m., the event is free for Samaj members; seniors and students are $10 and adults are $15. Dandiya will be available for purchase and parking is $10 per car. For more information, call GSTB President Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424.
The Sanatan Mandir at 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, will celebrate Navratri beginning Oct. 13 with Durga Puja daily from 6 to 8 p.m. Dussehra celebrations will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. For details, call the temple at (813) 221-4482, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.sanatanmandirtampa.org
Ambaji Mandir at 10991 58th St., in Pinellas Park, will celebrate Navratri with daily garba at 7:30 p.m. from Oct. 13-22. Dusshera will be celebrated on Oct. 23. For more information, call the Mandir at (727) 388-6685 or visit http://www.ambajimandir.org
Sri Laxmi Narayan Mandir will hold Navratri celebrations daily from Oct. 13-23 with garba singing/dance from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. There will be a Sri Mahalaxmi Havan from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 17. Sri Laxmi Narayan Mandir is at 4615 George Road, Tampa. For information, call the temple at (813) 444-9786.
SOIKOT (Bengali Association of Greater Tampa Bay) will hold Durga Puja on Oct. 23-25 at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. Lakshmi Puja will be on Nov. 1 at Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. For details, e-mail Soikotflorida@gmail.com or visit http://www.soikot.org
Telangana Association of Florida will hold Bathukamma (Dussera celebrations) from 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 18 at Lettuce Lake Park (shelters 2 and 3), 6920 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa. For information, call Veena at (813) 476-9508.
The Gujarati Society of Central Florida will hold Navratri Garba on Oct. 9-10, Oct. 16-17, and Oct. 23-24 at Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood. Admission is free for Gujarati society members; $30 per day for non-members and $15 for students with ID. For information, call (407) 460-2020 or visit http://www.gujaratisocietycfl.com/
The Indian Cultural Society of Orlando will hold Navratri Raas Garba on Oct. 16-17 and Oct. 23-24 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Lake Mary High School, 655 Longwood Lake Mary Road, Lake Mary. It is free for cultural society members. For information, call Chandresh Patel at (407) 721-5878 or visit http://www.icsocfl.com
The Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) temple will present Navratri Garba and live music Raas and garba from Oct. 13-22 in the community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. Snacks will be available at the canteen stall. Dussehra celebration will be from 5 p.m. on Oct. 24. For more information, call Mahesh Kapadia at (407) 902-8634, e-mail email@example.com or visit http://www.hindutempleorlando.org
And Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple will present free Garba Night from 8 p.m. Oct. 23-24 at Jewish Community Center Hall, 11184 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando (which is close to the temple). For information, call (407) 437-6709 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
FORT LAUDERDALE: The Indian Regional & Cultural Center (IRCC) will celebrate Navratri from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Oct. 17 and Oct. 23-24 at Silver Trail Middle School, 18300 Sheridan St., Fort Lauderdale. IRCC members pay $10 per day, non-members are $15 and seniors are $5. For information, call (954) 543-1539 or visit http://www.irccflorida.com
PALM BEACH: The Palm Beach India Association will celebrate Navratri/Garba at 8 p.m. on Oct. 9-10 and Oct. 16-17. For venue and other information, e-mail email@example.com or visit http://www.gopbia.com
The Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida will celebrate Navratri at 8 p.m. on Oct. 9-10, Oct. 16-17, and Oct. 23-24 at Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow. For more information, call Subhash S. Patel at (863) 648-0294, Vinoobhai Patel at (863) 293-0942 or visit http://www.bscfl.com
The India Association Cultural & Educational Center will hold Navratri from 9 p.m. on Oct. 16-17, Oct. 21 and Oct. 23-24. For details, call (352) 873-4519, visit http://www.indiaocala.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gujarati Samaj of Gatorland in Gainesville will celebrate Navratri on Oct. 16-18, Oct. 21, and Oct. 23-24 at Kanapaha Middle School, 5005 S.W. 75th St., Gainesville. The event is free for Samaj members; $10 for non-members and $5 for non-member students. For details, email email@example.com
The Gujarati Samaj of North East Florida will celebrate free Raas-Garba night from 8 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 10 (Raawal Brothers to perform).
Also, GSNEF will celebrate Absolute Navratri on Oct. 16-17 (Dhoom Unlimited) and Oct. 23-24 (Sachin Limaye and group). Daily tickets are $10. Venue for all events is Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex, 3605 Phillips Highway, Jacksonville. For more information, visit http://www.gsnef.org
MELBOURNE (SPACE COAST)
The Indian Association of the Space Coast will hold Navratri celebrations from 7 to midnight Oct. 16-17 and Oct. 23-24 at Viera High School, 6103 Stadium Parkway, Viera. For more information, call (321) 302-1870, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.iascbrevard.com
Also, Manav Mandir temple, 7400 Waelti Drive, Melbourne, will begin Navratri, Garba and Amba Puja at 7:30 p.m. daily from Oct. 13 for nine days. Durga Ashtami Havan will be on Oct. 21 and Dassera on Oct. 22. For information, call (321) 426-0688 or visit http://www.mmbrevard.org
Enjoy the festivities!
NITISH S. RELE