For the next 9 days, from 13 to 21 October, Hindus across the world will be celebrating Navratri. The festival is dedicated to the worship of Hindu deity Durga. The word Navratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskirt, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights and is marked by special rituals, ceremonies, and fasts.
Then, there’s the dancing.
Imagine hundreds of brightly-dressed dancers swirling in unison around the colourful statue of a beautiful Indian goddess, as a drummer quickens the pace on his dhol.
This is Garba and Raas, traditional dances that are performed to honour the warrior goddess Durga during the holiday. Chances are, there’s a dance taking place near you. So make sure you look the part and grab a pair of Washable No Sweat Underarm Sweat pads (beautiful silk Asian clothing can be easily damaged by sweat stains especially during dance) and join in!
Here’s why you should go…
Who Doesn’t Want To Dance Like A Bollywood Star?
Because of its colour and beauty, Navratri celebrations have often made appearances in Bollywood movies. Many major stars–from Amitabh Bachchan to Deepika Padukone have performed Garba on film. The important thing to remember is to manage your expectations. Honestly, the chances that you’ll end up looking like this are close to nil:
You get to wear beautiful outfits
From the likes of Kajals Couture, Variety Silk House and Este Couture coupled with beautiful jewellery such as that seen by Red Dot Jewels. Plus, now you don’t have to worry about embarrassing underarm sweat patches thanks to No Sweat, Washable Underarm Sweat Pads designed to protect your clothes from sweat stain damage.
The Steps Repeat, So You’ll Get The Hang Of It. We Promise.
The moves on the Garba dance floor may look complicated, but they are repetitions of the same basic steps. The dance steps are rhythmic and repetitive, so once you watch and follow a combination of footwork and hand movements, you’ll be fine. The traditional Garba is a series of steps that include spinning, some hand-clapping and sweeping of the arms.
After that, dancers will grab colorful dandiya sticks to perform the Raas dance. The participants form two circles or two lines and will strike the dandiya of the person standing in front of them. One circle goes clockwise and another goes counter-clockwise.
Credits: Huffington Post, Carol Kuruvilla