Difference Between Garba and Dandiya (Photo Credits: WikiCommons)
Happy Navratri 2019! The most fun-filled and colourful time of the year is finally here. Starting from September 29 to October 7, this nine-night festival is also known as Durga Utsav or Durga Puja in some states of India is being celebrated in India with great fervour and enthusiasm. One of the most awaited parts of the celebrations in India is the Garba and Dandiya raas. However, many people confuse the two forms of dance. For people who do not know about Navratri, it is a festival celebrated essentially by Hindus that sees each of the nine days of the festival dedicated to one Goddess Durga incarnation namely, Goddess Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmandal, Skandmata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhatri. The celebration offers prayers to Goddess Durga also known as Maa Durga and Maa Shakti. Check out Sharad Navratri 2019 date and other information.
Navratri sees various Garba and Dandiya events all across India but many people confuse dandiya and garba. While both the dance forms have Gujrati origin, they are performed in different ways. In both Dandiya raas and Garba, men and women dance in colourful attire to the music playing with live orchestra. Dandiya and Garba Events Near Me During Navratri 2019: Date, Ticket Price and Venues in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.
Here Are The Differences Between Garba and Dandiya:
Did you know Garba is performed before Goddess Durga ‘Aarti’ to show devotion while Dandiya is performed after it, as a form of merriment?
To perform Dandiya, you need a pair of colourful, decorated sticks and is also known as ‘stick dance. Moreover, Dandiya is performed in circular movements more complex than that of Garba. The sticks are said to represent the sword used by goddess Durga to fight.
Sharada Navratri is also celebrated as Durga Puja in West Bengal and other areas in Eastern India. During Durga Puja, people go around pandal-hopping and also eat amazing food. The festival ends with sindoor khela that is extremely popular.