Mahashivratri celebrates the marriage of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati. Shivratri is the perfect night to pray to Lord Shiva. It is celebrated passionately in North India. As a tradition all of us in the family wake up early in the morning of the Mahashivratri day and take a ritual sunrise bath, and preferably visit the nearest Shiva Temple to take blessings from the God.
We observes a very strict fast during this auspicious day in the honour of Lord Shiva. We are not allowed to have proper food even in the evening rather we have something which do not include cereals and some milk. Devotees of Lord Shiva observe the Shivaratri Festival by following the prescribed rituals with sincerity and devotion. The festival symbolizes the Ratri which is Dark it stands for Ignorance. Ignorance causes fear. Knowledge begets Confidence. There are two forces acting on us and they are Positive Force and Negative Force. Faith is the positive force enriching Human Lives. Doubt is the negative force robbing of Glow and Meaning.
Some devotees stay awake all night and spend the night in Shiva temples in worship of Lord Shiva. Singing of hymns and verses in praise and devotion of Lord Shiva besides the intense chanting of Om Namah Shivay, the mantra that is said free people from all their sins, continue through the night on Shivaratri. A lot of items are prepared as Prasad and are kept for maney days.