Significance of Garba and Dandiya

 

करवाचौथ

 

करवा चौथ का व्रत कार्तिक कृष्ण पक्ष के चतुर्थी तिथि को मनाया जाता है। यह व्रत सुहागिन स्त्रियाँ अपने पति की लम्बी उम्र के लिये करती हैं। यह व्रत विशेषकर राजस्थान, पंजाब, मध्य प्रदेश एवं उत्तर प्रदेश तथा बिहार के कुछ क्षेत्रों में मनाया जाता है।

  
-Garba or Dandiya

These are the dance forms which were earlier only performed in Gujarat, but have now become very popular across the country. The lively and colourful dance forms' popularity is such that Garba festivals are organised in almost every corner of the country today to grace the occasion of Navratri. Garba and dandiyas are believed to be the dramatisation of the fight between the Goddess and Mahishasur– the mighty demon king. The sticks of the Dandiya dance represent the sword of Goddess Durga.

 

 

 

 -Dance Time of Garba and Dandiya

Dandiya is usually played in the late evening, after performing all the religious rituals (Aarti). While Garba is performed before worshipping Goddess Durga.

 

-Traditional costumes for garba

Both men and women usually wear colorful costumes while performing garba and dandiya. The girls and the women wear Chaniya choli, a three-piece dress with a choli, which is an embroidered and colorful blouse, teamed with chaniya, which is the flared, skirt-like bottom, and dupatta, which is usually worn in the traditional Gujarati manner. Chaniya Cholis are decorated with beads, shells, mirrors, stars, and embroidery work, mati, etc. Traditionally, women adorn themselves with jhumkas (large earrings), necklaces, bindi, bajubandh, chudas and kangans, kamarbandh, payal, and mojiris. Boys and men wear kafni pyjamas with a Ghagra - a short round kurta - above the knees and pagadi on the head with bandhini dupatta, kada, and mojiris. There is a huge interest in garba among the youth of India and in particular, the Gujarati diaspora.

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-Social event turned up into commercial affair

Garba used to be played in every nook and corner of the street, but today it has become a glam event filled with the best in fashion, food, events and dance. Garba and Dandiya nights these days are all about big stars visiting the event, delicious food, designer clothes and glamour. The dance element is sometimes lost in the glamour of the stars and people come to the venue more for the star then the festival.
It is a beautiful feeling to go with your family and attend the colourful and vibrant Garba nights during the Navratri festival.

 

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