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Eating Paan on Dussehra

There are numerous and unique traditions associated with Dussehra and Vijaya Dashami like giving apta leaves and performing shami tree puja. One such unique tradition is eating pan on Dussehra.

On the day people offer paan to Lord Hanuman and later consume it as Prasad. It is widely believed that Hanuman loves eating paan.

As per Hindu astrology, paan is a symbol of victory and Vijaya Dashami celebrates the victory of Sri Ram over Ravana and that of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura.

People eat paan after the burning of the effigy of Ravana. And take a vow to follow Dharma the path of righteousness.

Paan is also a symbol of love, honor, fame, dignity and esteem. This is the reason why it is widely used during auspicious events.

Dussehra also marks the change of season and various contagious diseases spread during the period. There is a belief that paan improves immunity and provides protection against diseases.

During Navratri, people fast for nine days and mostly eat very light food. After the nine-day fasting, when people start eating normal food they will face digestion problems and the paan helps with digestion.