Vijaya Dashami, or Vijaydasami, is observed after the nine-day Navratri festival. It is observed as the final day of Dusshera in North India and Karnataka. In 2013, the date of Vijaya Dashami is October 13. Durga Puja comes to an end on the day. Vijaya Dasami is observed as Vidhaya Arambham in Kerala. All tools and books that were untouched during the previous day (which is the Ayudha Puja day) are taken up after blessings from the Goddess.
Many people start learning music, art and new courses on the Vijaydasami day. Children are initiated into the world of letters on the day. People also use the day to begin new businesses and make new investments.
North India and Karnataka, the 9 day Navratri festival and the 10th day Vijaya Dashami festival is at times together referred as Dusshera. Some people only refer the last day (10th day) as Dusshera.