Garba, is the traditional dance of Gujarat state practiced ahead of the Hindu festival Navratri or nine nights festival, which began from Oct. 13 and culminated on 22nd October. Navratri is the most awaited festival in India.
During the nine days of Navratri, the nine form of the Goddess Durga is worshipped, followed by the tenth day, commonly referred as Vijayadakshmi or Dussehra. Both men and women usually wear colorful traditional costumes while performing Garba and Dandiya. The girls and the women typically wear Chaniya choli, a three-piece dress.
Garba name is derived from the Sanskrit term Garbha ("womb"); implying the gestation period or pregnancy. Garba is performed in a circle as a symbol of the Hindu view of time, its cyclical nature and various stages of life from birth to death, followed by re-birth with the only thing that is constant is the Goddess (dance symbolizes that God, represented in feminine form), in the midst of unending and infinite movement all around. Garba songs typically revolve around the subjects of Lord Krishna or the nine goddesses.