Dance Into Navratri!

Listen to the clicks of your dandiya sticks
It’s Navratri, nine nights of music!

It’s time for celebration! Navratri, one of the greatest Hindu festivals begins this week on September 25th. Taking place around the beginning of harvest time, Navratri (which literally means “nine nights”), symbolises the triumph of good over evil. An exciting revelry of sights and sounds, dance is an integral part of the Navratri festival celebrations.

Garba or Dandiya, are dance forms which were earlier only performed in Gujarat region of India, but have now become very popular across the country. The lively and colourful dances are seen in almost every corner of the country today to grace the occasion of Navratri. Usually played in the late evening after performing all the religious rituals, the Dandiya dance involves clicking together highly decorated wooden sticks or Dandiya sticks. Meanwhile, Garba is performed before worshipping Goddess Durga.

Besides setting the festive mood, the Garba and Dandiya dances hold a special significance in the festival, as they are believed to be the dramatisation of the fight between the Goddess and Mahishasur– the mighty demon king. Dance into Navratri with your children with an easy virtual lesson by watching the video below!

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