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Garba Dance

A group dance with religious significance performed in Western India.

Garba is a form of dance that comes from Gujarat, India.

The Garba is danced during the festival of 'navaratri' which lasts for 9 days. This is one of the most famous festivals in India.

It is believed to have originated in the northern part of Gujarat. It is mainly performed by Hindu women in honour of Goddess Amba or alternatively other Hindu gods and goddesses as well. Men may also take part in the dance. This festival is enjoyed by everyone, both young and old.

The dance consists of women forming a circle around an image of the Goddess Amba and/or "garba(s)". The women move around the center whilst clapping to the rhythm of the garba (song).

In India, the United States, and England as well other countries, Garba competitions are held in which there are prizes at the regional as well as national level. One such organization that offers this is FOGANA (Federation of Gujarati Associations of America). See their website at for more information.

In the San Francisco bay area is the CCF competition (charitable care foundation). Its categories include garba and dandia raas.

Source: Wikipedia

Flags: Very Short (0-60 mins), Short (1-3 hours), With a Group, Children, Teens, Adults, Outdoors, Night
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