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FEATIVALS OF GUJARAT

FEATIVALS OF GUJARAT

Uttarayan (14 Jan), Coinciding with Makar Sankranti which marks the height of winter, this colourful festival fills the sky all over Gujarat with thousands of beautifully crafted kites.

Modhera Dance Festival (Jan), Modhera Sun Temple. This three-day festival of Indian classical dance is a unique oppor-tunly to enjoy these dance forms in the setting in which they were originally performed.

Tarnetar Fair (Aug/Sep), Tarnetar. This unique matchmaking mela sees prospective grooms promenading the fairgrounds, holding colourful umbrellas, as young women wearing multi-pleated skirts swirl around in dance. A girl indicates her preference by approaching a youth for a chat, leaving it to the elders to settle matrimonial details.

Navratrl (Sep/Oct),Navratri or “nine nights” is celebrated throughout Gujarat and is marked by nine nights of dancing in honour of the mother goddess. Women perform the Barba dance, whirling around in a circle, clapping their hands. The exhilarating dandia rag is the highlight, when men and women strike small lacquered batons to a beat that gets faster and faster till it finally breaks in a frenzied crescendo.

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