National Journal of Community Medicine

Original Article

Year: 2019 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 6 | Page No: 385-387

Dating Patterns of Young Adults during Navratri Festival of India in the City of Surat

Author: Keshvi Chauhan1, RK Bansal2


1Compulsory Rotatory Houseman, Surat, India

2Senior Professor & Head, Department of Community Medicine, SMIMER, Surat, India


Surat is a highly urbanized and cosmopolitan city of the traditional state of Gujarat. The festival of Navratri provided us with the unique opportunity to study for the variables having a significant impact on dating especially amongst the collegaites. This study was carried among 133 young adults for understanding their dating patterns during Navratri festival of India in the city of Surat of District Gujarat. It needs mention that dating is gradually gaining momentum in India especially among the young adults more so during socially acceptable events as Navratri. Newspapers have reported of increase abortions following this event pointing to the need for our interventions for safer sexual practices. Scant medical literature is found pertaining to Navratri and dating hence this preliminary study.

Keywords: Dating, Navratri, STD, HIV, Contraception