Different places in India have different rituals associated with the Sharad Purnima. In Maharashtra, the trend of honoring the eldest child is practiced on this day.
In Gujarat, the night of Sharad Purnima is celebrated by performing Garba and Raas (Dance forms).
Bengalis celebrate this festival with gaiety and fun and almost all families have their distinct celebrations for Sharad Purnima. In Orissa, Sharad purnima is mainly celebrated by females. Married women keep fast for well being and prosperity of their family while unmarried women observe fast for getting blessed with good looking and caring husbands. Along with this, many families worship Goddess Laxmi on this day and keep vigilant through out the night by playing chess and other indoor games.