Why Do We Eat Paan on Dussehra?
Paan is a symbol of prosperity, a magical ingredient of Ayurveda and an important part of religious customs and traditions, the refreshing and evergreen creeper. It holds a special place in Hindu tradition. Native to South-East Asia, betel leaves are as important as the sacred Tulsi plant which is worshiped in many households. But we never think of the reasons behind the connection of betel leaf with many traditions despite the fact that it is used in almost every religious custom.
It is believed that eating Paan is the sign of love and symbol of showing happiness. As Dussehra is a festival, where we celebrate Rama’s victory over the demon king Ravana and the triumph of good over evil, so it is festival of happiness. Hence, we eat paan to show our happiness after Ravan Dahan.