“Sundara bhārata ō raṅgō anē ujavaṇī…
India is a land of plethora cultures and traditions that, some part of India is always dazzling with the colors and festivities. The embark a long journey of fiesta and Western part of India is especially brimming with festivals and celebrations during this time.
In Maharasthra, everyone is excited for bringing Ganpati Bappa home and making sure that he is well fed and taken care of whereas in Gujarat, everybody is getting ready for the endless Garba nights.
Talking about Garba, the word originated from the Sanskrit word, further broken down to garbha which means womb and deep means a small earthen lamp. Together they signify a body which carries a light, a divine soul which gives light and points at the need for deriving solutions to problems. Garba is danced around a symbolic object of veneration to honor the fact that all humans have the Divine energy within them. The spiral and concentric circles of Garba have a spiritual feel, just like in Sufi culture. The concentric circles in which the dancers move are also a symbol of the Hindu view of time which is cyclical and moves from life to death to rebirth. The vicious cycles of the dance show the unending circles of birth and the only constant and never ending thing in Universe is the God.
The dressing up part is the most exciting part of the whole event. Women dress up in colourful, gorgeous, glamorous and heavy embroidered costumes with dazzling jewelries. Women wear the chaniya choli, which are heavily embellished with mirrors, beads, shells, etc. They wear traditional chuddas, necklaces, nose ring, kamarbandh, etc., with the chaniya choli. Or they go for multi-colored ghagra, with colorful bangles, big jhumkas, payal and kamarbandh. These prove to be an eye catcher when you twist and swirl in the popat style garba dance. Your ghagra takes a life of its own when you swirl around.Kafni pyjamas kediyu is the right choice for men. A short kurta, designed with embroidery and mirrors with flare on the bottom is called Kediyu.
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