Navratri is one of the most popular festivals in India. It is celebrated in almost all parts of the country, from Punjab and Tamil Nadu to Bengal and Rajasthan, but the most colorful and profuse celebrations take place in Gujarat. It takes place multiple times in a year.
Sharad Navratri is one of the most, if not the most, important festivals in Gujarati culture. The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil, with goddess Durga being the key deity at most celebrations.
She is celebrated in all her different avatars in India during this nine day festival. Taking place sometime in September or October, this festival culminates in the splendid Dushhera or 10th day celebrations.
Each of the preceding 9 days holds a different significance altogether. In Gujarat and nearby states, Navratri celebrations include night long dance festivals in which people gather to dance to traditional and modern music. Though this is used as an opportunity to celebrate and party by most young people, the traditional element is still strong.
One of the most popular dance forms of these celebrations is Garba, which is an energetic and graceful dance style inspired by the dance of Krishna devotees of yore, and Dandiya, a fun dance practiced with colorful sticks. To many people, the most important and most traditional aspect of this festival is the clothing.
Navratri dresses (especially lehenga cholis) are extremely colorful and traditional in their look. This is the time to dress up to the nines with no efforts spared. People spend months putting together the perfect ensemble for each day of this festival.
The most popular and commonly seen one is the Navratri chaniya choli, which is a regional version of the famous lehenga choli outfit worn all over India. It consists of a long skirt fastened around the waist with a drawstring, which is a fitted blouse called the choli.
It ends just above the navel. You also have a heavy, long scarf called the dupatta. A Navratri chaniya choli collection will generally have circular fall skirts with a very voluminous drape.
This type of skirt is well-suited to the elaborate and energetic Navratri dance moves; the skirt flairs out beautifully as women dance and twirl to the beats of the music. Navratri choli designs, on the other hand, vary quite a bit. In fact, girls often use the choli as a tool to personalize their outfit and make it more modern or sometimes, even sensual. Cholis with daring designs like backless cuts, deep necklines or sleeveless patterns have become quite popular with women who want to imbibe a more western aesthetic in their look.
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